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VOL. 41 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 18, 2017
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: CONSTRUCTION

Millions for road projects but who will build them?

State faces shortage of construction workers

Tennessee’s aging workforce is creating a shortage of welders, heavy-equipment operators, formwork carpenters, iron workers, concrete finishers and construction supervisors – all while the state is ramping up to spend an additional $350 million a year on road projects.

College or construction? The answer is getting tougher

From learning on the job to earning degrees in civil engineering, there are many roads into the construction industry and its array of specialties.

Go Build TN touts success in encouraging building careers

Two years ago, the Tennessee General Assembly set up funding for Go Build Tennessee Inc., a nonprofit that would spread the word to high-school and postsecondary students about careers in construction.

Transportation construction basics

Who designs and builds roads and bridges? Civil engineers do the design work. They prepare drawings, specify materials and address safety issues for construction workers and the traveling public while the work is being done. The civil engineers may be employed by the state to design the project, or the state may turn to private companies. Most states use both methods.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Susan G. Komen Dinner. East Tennessee’s Susan G. Komen chapter will hold its eighth annual barbecue fundraiser. One of the organization’s signature events, “Boob-b-que” features food, beer and wine, carnival games and silent and live auctions. The event raises funds to provide mammograms, patient assistance and education in Komen’s 24-county service area. Attire is business casual or casual. Friday, 6-9 p.m. $100, $900 for table of 10. Lighthouse Knoxville, 6800 Baum Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.komeneasttennessee.org/boobbque

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Stronger penalties alone won’t solve state opioid crisis

Rep. Bryan Terry deals with patients from every demographic caught up in the web of opiates.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Freshman impact: Vols’ all-time best rookie running backs

Butch Jones let us in on a little secret recently when he said his freshman running backs will play for Tennessee this season. That’s plural – running backs. Jones’ plan is to use all three freshman backs – Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan and Trey Coleman – in some sort of rotation behind junior John Kelly. Given the nature of the game, putting the football in the hands of freshmen is risky business. But Jones is taking the plunge.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Wolf, offense look to prove predictions wrong

It’s championship or bust for Tennessee senior tight end Ethan Wolf.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Williamson must show he’s worth ‘the big money’

Seven years ago, the Titans had a young, productive linebacker who was in the final year of his contract and wondering whether his future would be in Tennessee or elsewhere.

Panthers at Titans: What to watch

Coming off a lackluster performance in the preseason opener against the Jets, the Titans hope to redeem themselves in the preseason home opener against the Carolina Panthers (2 p.m. Saturday. TV: WKRN, NFL Network).

NEWSMAKERS

CBBC Bank makes promotes 4 staffers

CBBC Bank’s board of directors has approved the promotions of four staffers.

BRIEFS

Architecture magazine lauds UT projects

The University of Tennessee has recently received various honors from outside organizations and publications.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Internet interrupts evolving customer lifecycle

The B2C (business-to-consumer) customer lifecycle is used to describe the phases a customer progresses through when making a purchasing decision and is generally broken down into these five phases: awareness, consideration, purchase, service and advocacy.

CAREER CORNER

How long should your job search take? That depends

One of the top questions I hear from job seekers is: “How long should my job search really take?”

CRITIC'S CORNER

‘Don’t open that door!’ No, really, just stay home

Quick poll: You’re staying in a house in which someone is brutally killed by a supernatural entity. What do you do next?