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VOL. 40 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 02, 2016

Knoxville’s dream factory

Strong entrepreneurial support, low costs help make city an emerging high-tech hub

Knoxville may not be the most populated or fastest-growing city in Tennessee, but the city’s “not-too-big, not-to-small” size, accessible culture and relative low cost of living is drawing national attention, especially when it comes to its entrepreneurial spirit.

Business owners find right mix of talent, resources in Knoxville area

When Brandon Bruce moved to Knoxville from Southern California in the late 2000s, the decision didn’t have much to do with a desire to be an entrepreneur. He made the move because his wife, Tricia Bruce, landed a job as a sociology professor at Maryville College.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Refugee lawsuit proceeds despite political upheaval

Tennessee is going “full speed ahead” in a challenge of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program despite threats by President-elect Donald Trump to dismantle it or, at the least, stop the flow of refugees from terrorist-linked countries.

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EVENTS

Holiday Sparkles & Spirits 2016. The 11th annual event, a benefit for The Joy of Music School, features a performance by students of the school and auctions in categories of arts and culture; travel; food and wine; home and garden; professional and personal growth; and more. tUESDAY, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $125 per person. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.joyofmusicschool.org/

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DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Something missing from Jones’ ‘infallible’ system

By now, Tennessee fans have taken enough deep breaths to come to grips with losing to Vanderbilt.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

UT’s Jones will get a year to prove he’s not all talk

It’s going to be a long bowl season for Tennessee’s football team and its fans.

NEWSMAKERS

Fansler named chair, Miller promoted

Pam Fansler will become chairman of First Tennessee Bank’s East Tennessee region as she heads toward retirement in July.

BRIEFS

Death toll from wildfires increases to 14

GATLINBURG (AP) — The death toll from the Gatlinburg area fires has risen to 14.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Cox release sends message: Get better or good-bye

As the Tennessee Titans headed out the door for some long-overdue bye week days off, one veteran got more than he expected – the rest of the season off.

Titans at their break: The season so far

Marcus Mariota looks to be a franchise QB. Mariota, in just his second season, is emerging to be all the Titans could have hoped for and more at the most important position on the field.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Buick offers first Chinese-built SUV for US market

Buick adds a third SUV this year with the compact Envision, a competent and nicely equipped five-seater that is the first SUV to be built in China and sold in the United States.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

There’s more to your job than getting paid

The house won’t write its own check. Car payments don’t happen by magic, food won’t drive to your doorstep and decent clothing isn’t free. In short, bills won’t pay themselves – but are they the sole reason to go to work each day?

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Hello? Are you there? 5 sure ways to kill a sales call

Good old-fashioned sales calls are making a revival. With digital communication now serving as the preferred form of initial outreach to new prospects, there is a sizable opportunity for sales reps skilled at making a truly impactful sales call.

CAREER CORNER

Use the holidays to your advantage in finding next job

The holidays can be a difficult time in the life of a job seeker.

I SWEAR

Sometimes, less is more. Other times, it’s a mess

In Dec. 1818 – 198 years ago –Thomas Jefferson wrote Robert Walsh, Jr., a letter. In it he included an anecdote that speaks to the relative value of revising a document.