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VOL. 40 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 23, 2016

Forging the Winterfest

How enterprising leaders transformed winter in the Smokies

Leon Downey still remembers a time when you could stand out on Pigeon Forge Parkway anytime during the week of Christmas and not see a single soul.

East Tennessee ultimate holiday to-do list

Don’t let the fact Halloween is weeks away stop you from starting to plan for your Christmas season. From shows to shopping, decide now what you and yours want to do later on this winter.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Now we’ve got God to thank for Durham’s rise, fall?

State Rep. Kevin Brooks set the tone for Jeremy Durham’s ouster in prayer, of all places.

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EVENTS

Oktoberfest in Oak Ridge. The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will host its popular annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser at the Willow Ridge Garden Center in Oak Ridge. Join fellow music and beer lovers for a festive event that will include delicious German cuisine catered by Carmella Catering, plenty of craft ales, a selection of fine wines, and exciting silent and live auction items, all in support of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. The Biergarten opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and guests will be greeted with light hors d’oeuvres and drinks while they browse the silent auction items. Battle Brass will provide delightful entertainment, including familiar German polkas and other dance music. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite beer stein to compete in the Best Beer Stein competition. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will include German favorites such as chicken schnitzel and bratwurst. A live auction will be held after dessert. Tickets are $65. All proceeds benefit the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, which presents professional performances in the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series. Information: www.ORCMA.org

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DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Nothing else counts for Jones if he can’t top Gators

Since his arrival at Tennessee in December 2012, Butch Jones often has spoken about the importance of getting the Vols back up and running in their biggest rivalry games.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

What’s worse than dating a Gator? Another loss

If you’re a Tennessee fan hurting from the 11-game losing streak against Florida, put yourself in Corey Vereen’s shoes.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Will we one day look at Lions win as turning point?

Was Sunday’s stunning victory in Detroit the start of a turning point for the Tennessee Titans?

Raiders at Titans: What to watch

Score more points: OK, the Titans are 1-1, and may be somewhat encouraged by that. But they also have scored 16 points in both games. As exotic as the “smashmouth” might be, and as much bend-but-don’t break as the defense has put up, let’s be honest here, the Titans won’t be in the win column very often in today’s NFL scoring just 16 points every week. Somehow, some way, the offense has to find a way to score more often.

NEWSMAKERS

Summit Strateic Solutions hires Thompson as CEO

Jack Thompson has been named CEO of Knoxville-based Summit Strategic Solutions.

BRIEFS

UT jumps one spot in U.S. News rankings

The University of Tennessee has been ranked 46th in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report rankings, a highly respected annual listing.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Dodge Durango gets new color options, Sport mode

The Dodge Durango has added sharp new color options, a Sport driving mode and connectivity upgrades for 2016.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

How could your brand capitalize on live-streaming?

Since Facebook Live launched in April, live-streaming events have become very popular. Even though competitor Periscope has been around since early 2015, Facebook has integrated live-streaming directly into the timelines of 1.71 billion users, making these live videos more visible than ever.

CAREER CORNER

Don’t be afraid to have an opinion when warranted

Very often in school, we’re taught to understand both sides of an issue. If you can argue for or against a point, you’re often more likely to truly understand all dimensions of the problem at hand.

I SWEAR

Better duck as Schenk, Yip and Hack tee it up

I saw in the sports section of my local paper an item that said three golfers named Yip, Hack and Schenk were a threesome on the final day of some tournament.