On March 7, 2011:
Dr. John Buchannan, PhD, PE of UTK Dept. of Biosystems Engineering spoke about the SMART facility planned for construction at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. This will be a facility to test stormwater treatment devices.
On March 14, 2011: Joe Hultquist, Executive Director of East Tennessee Quality Growth was the speaker. East Tennessee Quality Growth helps area governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations and individual stakeholders achieve consensus on quality growth goals and develop plans and programs to achieve those goals. An outgrowth of the “Nine Counties, One Vision” campaign of 2000-2005, its mission is to, through dialogue, research, and education, create a vision of quality growth, and promote and facilitate implementation of this vision through regional cooperation and local action.
On March 21, 2011: Becky Ashe described the new Knox County STEM Academy opening in the Fall of 2011. The STEM Academy will be a high school focusing on preparing students for
careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Becky Ashe has been named as the principal of the new STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) school that will be housed in the historic L&N Building on Henley Street and Western Avenue. The school will accept ninth and tenth grade students from all Knox County.
On March 28. 2011: Chris Butler of the Tennessee Association of Floodplain Managers described the Tennessee Association of Floodplain Management (TN AFPM) -including the goals and objectives of this newly formed organization. He also answered a number of pertinent questions during the question period after the presentation.
Steve Hillenbrand offered to serve another term on the Knox County Air Pollution Board.