Knoxville’s economy improved over the summer, rising two spots to 12th in the Brookings Institution’s latest “recovery performance” rankings.
The think tank’s MetroMonitor report ranks the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan economies each quarter based on job creation, unemployment rate, metro economic output and housing prices.
For the 2012 second quarter Knoxville ranks 12th overall, 18th for employment, and 14th for output and house prices.
Knoxville ranked 14th overall in the first quarter.
Scripps Networks Interactive stock appears ready to end the trading week with a new 52-week high.
The Knoxville based lifestyle media company has been its share price move steadily higher in recent weeks and is trading over $62 today.
The company’s share price started the year around $43.
Scripps Networks portfolio of cable television networks and related websites includes HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country.
Knoxville fell three spots on Allstate Insurance Co.’s 2012 “America’s Best Drivers Report,” but it still cracked the Top Ten.
The scruffy little city is No. 9, according to the recently released Allstate report, down from No. 6 in 2011.
Knoxville drivers have a car crash every 12.2 years, or 18.1 percent less likely than the national average of a collision every 10 years, according to Allstate.
The Tennessee Valley Authority has again been named to Site Selection magazine’s annual list of the top utilities in economic development.
TVA is one of ten power companies on the 2012 list. Another ten companies received honorable mention.
The magazine credits Knoxville-based TVA for helping “garner $4.9 billion and 43,000 jobs for its region last year.”