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VOL. 39 | NO. 5 | Friday, January 30, 2015

A country drowning in student loan debt

$1.2 trillion owed creates long-term problems for auto industry, home sales

Three and a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.

Student debt, rising rents take bite out of real estate market

Hefty student loans are a major stumbling block for young Americans as they try to buy their first home, a National Association of Realtors’ annual survey shows.

Cohen pushes for student loan bankruptcy protection

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen sponsored legislation in the Tennessee Senate that led to creation of the HOPE Scholarship, which provides four-year college students with $4,000 a year for their studies.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Both sides dig in for Insure Tennessee special session

Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.

Local Weather
Today
Knoxville, TN
41°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 43%

EVENTS

Maryville College and Mozart. An Evening of Mozart. Friday, 7 p.m. Clayton Center for the Arts, Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Free and open to the public. Students in Maryville College’s January Term Opera Scenes course will perform scenes from several operas. Free and open to the public. Information: maryvillecollege.edu

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UT SPORTS

Campbell’s gamble finally pays with scholarship

KNOXVILLE – Galen Campbell might get to play a minute here or there as the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team pursues its surprising run toward bubble status for the NCAA tournament.

NEWSMAKERS

Messer promotes 3 to senior project manager

Messer Construction Company has promoted three staffers – Adam Chmiel, Brian Mitchell and Kyle Scoble – to senior project managers in the Knoxville regional office.

BRIEFS

UT Report: Economy looking up for 2015

Lower unemployment rates, falling gas prices and increased consumer confidence position the national and Tennessee economies for continued recovery and strong growth in 2015 and beyond, according to a University of Tennessee-Knoxville forecast.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Toyota’s lowest-priced car gets spruced up

Toyota’s lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features – all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

What to watch for in this year’s Super Bowl ads

Regardless of what happens on the field, history will be made at this year’s Super Bowl of advertising – starting with a record price tag of roughly $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, a significant spike from the $4 million advertisers forked over last year.

CAREER CORNER

You have an interview! Now, what should you take with you?

Hiring season is on! Chances are good you’ve been sending out your resume online for every interesting job out there. Soon, you’ll find yourself invited for in-person interviews.

THE WORLDLY INVESTOR

Why the market has fallen in 2015

The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10 percent-plus. High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

I SWEAR

Different from or different than? A difference?

I’m fortunate to count Lee Martin, assistant director of Vanderbilt University’s English Language Center, as a weekly reader. Most recently, he writes about my having written, in a recent column, “No different than watching reruns on regular TV, right?”