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KNOXVILLE — The Great Recession may be gone, but it is not forgotten. Economists say it will take years for the U.S. and Tennessee economies to recover. In the meantime, policymakers have begun to identify causes of the crisis and lessons for the future.

A local organization dedicated to an ongoing public discussion of such business and economic issues as they relate to East Tennessee is holding its second meeting. The Knoxville Economics Forum, organized by the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will meet Friday morning April, 8, at Club LeConte in downtown Knoxville. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8 a.m. The cost is $20, payable on the day of the event.

Dennis Lockhart

Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will be the forum’s guest speaker. Lockhart has occupied this post since 2007. He has held various positions in the banking and financial industries – both domestic and international – and has also served on the faculty of Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.

“This is a very timely event as we see the East Tennessee economy finally showing signs of economic growth. Mr. Lockhart’s visit will allow business and community leaders to learn more about Federal Reserve policymaking over the course of the Great Recession and the national economic outlook,” said Matt Murray,” professor of economics and associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research.

The Knoxville Economics Forum is a local, nonprofit organization founded in 2010. Its mission is to foster open and honest discussion of the most important economic issues in East Tennessee by inviting leaders in business, politics and economics to share their views. The forum held its first meeting in October 2010, welcoming Kelly King, chairman and CEO of Winston-Salem, based BB&T, to the podium. For more information and to register for April’s event, please visit

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Whitney Holmes (865-974-5460,