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VOL. 42 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 19, 2018

UT, VU researchers offer hope for Alzheimer’s grip

Researcher: ‘We are poised to make some very big steps’

Few diseases are feared more than Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disorder that steals memories, leaves no survivors and has no cure or real treatment.

Memory care facilities booming as dementia grips boomers

To Allen Curtis, the signs of dementia in his father were subtle … until the day they weren’t.

Alzheimer’s disease by the numbers

Alzheimer’s disease currently affects at least 5.2 million Americans, including about 110,000 Tennesseans. That number is expected to reach 14-16 million people by 2050 as more member of the baby boom generation reach 65, the age at which risk of developing Alzheimer’s begins to increase.

Take action against Alzheimer’s

Get informed: The Alzheimer’s Association is the primary organization offering education, support and referrals to Alzheimer’s sufferers and their caregivers. You can learn more about the illness and get help at www.alz.org/altn or its 24-hour helpline at 1-800-272-3900. The National Institute on Aging is an excellent resource to learn about the disease and keep up with the latest scientific developments. Its website is www.nia.nih.gov

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Legislative Agenda Breakfast. The event held by the Knoxville Chamber, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Blount Partnership, outlines the legislative priorities of the region. Friday, 7:30-9 a.m. $25 members; $30, non-members. Embassy Suites Knoxville West, Knoxville. Information: www.knoxvillechamber.com

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Despite need, expanding health care not in cards

Springfield resident Felicity Palma struggled mightily when she moved to Tennessee from Florida two years ago after suffering health problems and losing her job.


Pruitt’s SEC-heavy staff is recruiting coup

It was early December, 2012, and Butch Jones stood in front of a podium after being named Tennessee’s 24th football coach.


Smoky Mountains ups camping, picnic fees

Great Smoky Mountains National Park says it is raising fees for front-country campgrounds and picnic pavilions by 10 to 25 percent.


Summit Medical Center promotes Guard to COO

Summit Medical Group announces it has promoted Ranee Guard to the position of chief operating officer.


Mularkey couldn’t see what most others could

Mike Mularkey is loyal to his coaches and his coaching philosophies, though probably to a fault, as it appears that was a huge part of why he was fired as the Tennessee Titans head coach on Monday morning.


What’s next: Top car tech trends from CES 2018

Artificial intelligence that controls your infotainment screen. A vehicle that can read your brain. Cars that can see around blind corners. These are some of the automotive tech highlights of Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


The downside of life in the C-suite

Have you ever wished you were the top executive in your department? For many, becoming a C-level executive can be a lifelong goal. Whether it’s chief executive officer, chief marketing officer or chief financial officer – the C-suite has real perks.


Micro-influencers? Top 10 trends for 2018

The field of marketing is evolving at an unprecedented rate. If you simply don’t have the time to dig in – which is reality for many a small and mid-sized company CEO with limited internal marketing resources – it can feel like a runaway train.