Archive for September, 2010

Pellissippi Enrollment on the Rise

by Haylee Turner

Pellissippi State’s enrollment this fall semester has climbed once again, increasing the student population to 40.8 percent of the population at the University of Tennessee.

There are 11,049 people enrolled, a 7.3 percent increase over last year’s record-breaking 10,295 students. According to Dr. Anthony Wise, Chief Academic Office and Vice President of Pellissippi State, several factors may be responsible for the exponential growth of enrollment: a weak economy, the new Blount County campus, and a renewed interest in continued education.

A front view of the recently opened Blount County campus
“The challenge for the College,” said Wise, “is for us to continue to provide the academic and student support our students need to achieve their educational goals. We have done that well in the past and will continue to work on doing it well going forward.”

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hot Air Balloons to Fly at Main Campus

By Haylee Turner

The Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival will return to the Hardin Valley Campus on Friday Oct. 1 and Saturday Oct. 2. The seventh annual event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The Festival website states that 24 pilots from 10 different states will be present to demonstrate flights of the balloons.  Among other enticements, there will be balloon rides, live music, kids’ activities, a dog show, and demonstrations from professional chefs. In the evening, the balloons will “glow” in synchronization with music.

Dishwater Blonde, a band scheduled to perform Saturday night at the festival.

The festival’s origins date to the 1990s when WOKI, a local radio station, hosted the Knoxville Rally. They used the Hardin Valley campus for launching and landing the balloons. “When WOKI could no longer host the event,” says Patricia Myers, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving and coordinator of the festival, “more than several of the pilots really missed coming to Knoxville to fly.”

The local pilots then approached Dr. Edwards, President of Pellissippi State, and requested that the event be revived by the school. In Aug. 2004, the first official Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival began. The event is presented by Comcast and thanks to several local sponsors, helps to raise funds for the Pellissippi State Foundation.

For more information about this event, visit

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010