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VOL. 43 | NO. 25 | Friday, June 21, 2019

Tennessee’s carmakers are focused on the next generation of global consumers

VW, Nissan, GM all-in on electrics, self-drivers

Tennessee’s three big automakers, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen, are being forced to adapt to a global economy largely dictated by China. Why? Because China is now the world’s largest producer and consumer of automobiles.

VW spending big on electrics

Volkswagen opened its Chattanooga plant in 2011 after the German automaker was lured to Tennessee with a reported $500 million incentive package. The Chattanooga site is VW’s sole U.S. plant.

Nissan has big impact on Tennessee

When former Gov. Lamar Alexander convinced Nissan to move to Tennessee, he promised it would be a boon to the state’s economy. He was right.

GM Spring Hill: From Saturn to high-end SUVs

General Motors announced in 1985 that it would build a $3.5 billion plant in Spring Hill and employ 6,000 workers to build the new Saturn line of cars. There were 10 Saturn models built between 1990 and 2009.

Harmony Family Center’s simple goal: Help kids live their best lives

Working in the nonprofit world means being able to make a pitch anywhere, anytime. Pam Wolf can do it from a tractor in a muddy field as she restores order to an equine-therapy pasture that took a hit while doubling as a parking lot.

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EVENTS

Gatlinburg Overnight. Friends of the Smokies has opened registration for the 2019 Classic Hikes of the Smokies “Overnight Experience’’ on June 25-26. Day One of this special event features a guided experience of the Twin Creeks area of the Smokies, home to exciting and diverse park treasures like the Twin Creeks Science Center and Ogle Homestead, and an easy afternoon hike. Day Two offers a choice between two guided hikes, one moderate and one strenuous. The first, a 5.4-mile hike, will highlight the recently completed restoration work of the highly-skilled Trails Forever crew and end at stunning Rainbow Falls. The second guided hike will combine three trails for a 15-mile adventure across the southern exposures of Roundtop and Little Roundtop Mountains to a section of the Smokies that few visitors ever experience. Participants will be treated to a surprise guest who will speak about the current state of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Lodging and meals are provided at The Buckhorn. The proceeds from the Gatlinburg Overnight Experience will support the suppression of the hemlock woolly adelgid infestation using a multipronged approach, including treatment of 30,000 trees and the release of 570,000 biological control beetles. It will also raise money for the park to treat trees in high-use areas that are at risk of the emerald ash borer, another invasive species. $300 per person. Those who register should be prepared to hike at least 6 miles and climb more than 1,500 feet on challenging terrain. Information

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UT SPORTS

Lady Vols assistant Sullivan learns to harness power of orange

Jennifer Sullivan immediately sensed a change in the atmosphere whenever a member of the Tennessee women’s basketball staff walked into a gym.

NEWSMAKERS

Gómez named director of McClung Museum

For the first time in nearly three decades, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is welcoming a new executive director.

BRIEFS

Rodefer Moss merges with Kingsport firm

Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC, a multistate accounting and advisory firm, is expanding its services in the upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia area by merging with two other firms.

GUEST COLUMNIST
BEHIND THE WHEEL

Perennial favorite Pilot meets its match in Telluride

The Honda Pilot has always been a strong choice for a midsize, three-row, crossover SUV. But Kia has recently introduced an all-new model known as the Telluride that it hopes will attract shoppers with its bold styling and value.

Adequate notice imperative when representatives tackle big issues

More than 22 year ago, a group of citizens in Englewood filed a lawsuit against their city, alleging that their Board of Commissioners did not provide adequate notice of a meeting in which it selected a route for a highway expansion project.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How to make your money last longer in retirement

Many people worry about running out of money in retirement. That’s understandable, since we don’t know how long we’ll live, what our future costs might be and what kind of returns we can expect on our savings.

CAREER CORNER

Be prepared for ‘How much money do you want?’ query

There’s a riddle hidden at the end of job interviews. As a candidate, you show up to an interview believing you’ll be talking about fit. And, you do – at first.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Five money tactics for military deployments

While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Erik Goodge was severely wounded during a deployment to Afghanistan. After returning home, the veteran became passionate about finances as he navigated his post-military life and benefits.

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