MTECH holds grand opening for new Trades & Technology building | Education

Normally when people are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, they expect a big red ribbon and large scissors. At Moutainland Technical College on Friday morning the ceremony looked a little different.

The college opened its new building as only a trade college should, with a metal ribbon made by students and a ribbon cutting unlike any other.

The ceremony marked the grand opening of the college’s new Trades and Technology building, an 89,000-square-foot building that includes classroom space, labs, car shops and more.

The building will be home to various topics of study including automotive technology, diesel mechanics, welding, precision machining, automated manufacturing and other high-demand, industry-driven programs, including information technology, mobile application development and web development, according to a press release.

“What you see behind me is a remarkable facility dedicated to upward mobility for students, the economy and our entire region,” MTECH board chair Terri Hunter said at

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Grand Ole Opry’s Circle Network Joins Four Big Video-Streaming Platforms

Circle Network, a country music channel co-owned by the Grand Ole Opry’s parent company and station group Gray Television, said it has signed distribution deals with four big streaming platforms: Roku, Samsung’s TV Plus, Vizio’s SmartCast, and Comcast-owned Xumo.

The four outlets collectively claim 76 million monthly average users, and represent a big jump in audience accessibility for the 10-month-old network, said Circle’s General Manager Drew Reifenberger. Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, is a co-owner of the network with Gray, one of the nation’s biggest broadcast station groups.

The channel has been anchored by Saturday night broadcasts of performances on Opry Live from the Grand Ole Opry’s storied stage in Nashville, Tenn., continuing even through the pandemic’s strictures, though without live audiences.

The Opry “has had shows, with no audience, for 32 weeks now,” Reifenberger said. “The Opry is

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