Archive for March, 2009

Fewer companies show at UT job fair

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This past Thursday’s UT job fair produced fewer companies than last year.

In all, 109 companies had tables at the job fair, down from about 200 last year. [Source, WBIR, UT students flood job fair]

Graduating senors feel the hurt from the weakened economy:

"It definitely seems like there’s more people fighting for fewer jobs," Watson said. "I’ve actually seen quite a few alumni here that are looking for jobs, which is a little disheartening." [Source, WBIR, UT students flood job fair]

Denso Offers Voluntary Buyouts

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Denso, the largest employer in McMinn County, is offering voluntary buyouts to some of its Athens plant employees. It is already on a 4-day work week due to lack of demand. [Source, WBIR, Denso offering buyouts in response to auto industry downturn]


Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Knoxville is a gem of a town in beautiful East Tennessee. Knoxville has an incredibly interesting and diverse history. Unfortunately, a lack of vision by local politicians, poor metropolitan planning, a strong good ol’ boy network, short-sighted planning, no urban development strategy and other factors leave Knoxville unable to keep businesses for any length of time. Restaurants close almost as quickly as they open. Large chain businesses that succeed in lessor cities fail in Knoxville. Farms with rusting construction equipment lay in waste from development projects started and never finished.

World War II brought prosperity to Knoxville in the names of Alcoa and Oak Ridge. Now Alcoa is shutting down smelters and Oak Ridge is tearing down buildings. Knoxville suffers and inches closer to becoming a ghost town.