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Alcoa Foundation’s Local Grants Total More Than $200,000

2012 Alcoa Foundation grant recipients were recently presented their Foundation grant checks. Pictured (L to R): Marc Gibson and Olga Ebert from the University of Tennessee receive a $29,500 Alcoa Foundation grant check from Alcoa Foundation representative Tricia Napor and TN Location Manager Ken McMillen.

The Alcoa Foundation announced 2012 grants of more than $200,000 to 10 non-profit and educational organizations in Blount, Knox and Sevier counties in Tennessee and Graham County, N.C., including a $25,000 Sally Ride Science grant to benefit more than 3,000 local fifth to eighth graders.


Alcoa Tennessee Operations’ Community Advisory Board, consisting of 10 local business, community and government leaders, evaluated more than 50 grant proposals in recommending projects the Alcoa Foundation should fund in 2012-13.


The 2012 grant recipients and funding amounts include:


Multi-year grant recipients

Pellissippi State Community College (year two of two)
Youth Leadership Blount (year two of two)

New grants

Blount Adult Education Foundation (adult education)
Blount County Habitat for Humanity (environment)
FIRST Robotics  (STEM education)
Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team (education)
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (education)
Ijams Nature Center (environment)
University of Tennessee (STEM education)
Sally Ride Science (STEM education)


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Local Alcoa Inc. employee attends recent One Young World Summit

Hadil Senno

Hadil Senno, human resource professional at Alcoa’s Knoxville office was selected as one of 10 Alcoa early-career professionals from seven countries to participate in the third annual One Young World Summit held in Pittsburgh, Penn. the week of Oct. 18.


Modeled after the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the One Young World Summit brought together more than 1,300 delegates under the age of 30 from 180 countries to dialogue, debate and develop solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental, business, education, health and political issues. 


Senno was selected from an application pool of nearly 100 young Alcoa employees who submitted essays describing their passions and community service projects that are helping them create positive change.  Alcoa partnered with One Young World on selecting the 10 delegates to represent the company.


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Alcoa Finalizes Sale of Tapoco Hydroelectric Project to Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

Alcoa announced today that it has finalized the sale of its 378-megawatt Tapoco Hydroelectric Project to Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners.


Tapoco is a four-station hydroelectric project located on the Little Tennessee and Cheoah Rivers in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. The transaction included the four generating stations and dams, 86 miles of transmission line, and about 14,500 acres of land associated with and surrounding Tapoco. 


Alcoa received proceeds of approximately $600 million from the sale.


Tapoco was originally developed by Alcoa to provide power for its aluminum smelting and rolling mill operations in Alcoa, Tenn. The four dams – Calderwood, Santeetlah, Chilhowee and Cheoah – came into service between 1919 and 1957.


J.P. Morgan advised Alcoa on the transaction.


A month packed full of service

Alcoa volunteers Leann Latour (left) and Leah Coston helped sort and pack backpacks with food items for the Family Resource Center.

Congratulations Tennessee Operations for a worthwhile 2012 Month of Service. Close to 500 Tennessee Operations, Tapoco and Knoxville employees volunteered approximately 1,500 hours during 26 volunteer events. From helping the Girls Scouts prepare for an upcoming STEM event, to performing maintenance work for J.I.M.S. Ministries, to packing backpacks with food at the Family Resource Center, employees showed their true volunteer spirit.


New Blount Event Recycling Initiative introduced to local planners

Charlene DeSha, director of Keep Blount Beautiful, talks with event planners and area business representatives on the availability of two new Blount Event Recycling trailers.

As the nation celebrates the 15th annual America Recycles Day, local event planners and special event venue managers gathered to learn how to “green” their upcoming parties, concerts and festivals.


Blount Event Recycling is managed by Keep Blount Beautiful through a grant funded by Alcoa Foundation.  Other partners include the cities of Maryville and Alcoa, DENSO and Spectra Recycling.


“Developed to make recycling a ‘no-brainer’ at an event, rather than an ‘afterthought’, Blount Event Recycling holds everything needed to green your event in one convenient trailer,” said Charlene DeSha, Keep Blount Beautiful Coordinator.


Jane Groff, City of Maryville Community Relations Manager, spoke to the group about her experiences with recycling at one of the area’s largest special events – the Foothills Fall Festival.


“We’ve been pleased to work with DENSO, Alcoa Inc., Keep Blount Beautiful and Spectra Recycling for the last several years to make it easy for our guests to recycle at the Foothills Fall Festival,” Groff said.

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Help us celebrate 100 years

Alcoa Tennessee Operations will be celebrating 100 years in the community next year and we’re looking for photos, newspaper articles, location newsletters, memorabilia or other items to complete our historical collection.


We're looking for:

  • Dated aerial photographs
  • Local community pictures
  • “Aluminum Bulletin” newsletters (V1 or V2)
  • “Tennessee Alcoan” issues
  • Historic building photos
  • Alcoa memorabilia
  • Magazine features


Please visit for details and instructions on how to submit items. Call 865-977-3358 to arrange delivery or for more information. Note: Items may be donated or returned to their owner upon request.


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