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VOL. 42 | NO. 1 | Friday, January 5, 2018

From ORNL to Neyland to the Smokies

Construction, politics and one super computer will change how we see East Tennessee

Hello 2018! There appears to be no shortage of momentous changes on the horizon as Knoxville and East Tennessee say goodbye to 2017 and flip the calendar to another year.


Legislators can’t get past threat of medical marijuana

Heading into the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Jeremy Faison is looking to send a message about his medical marijuana bill: Tennessee won’t open the door to recreational pot without General Assembly action.


Pruitt makes most of early signing date

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt could have done a lot worse during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, the first-ever for high school recruits in college football.

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MLK Leadership Awards. The annual awards luncheon honors people who have made a difference in the community and includes a keynote speaker. The luncheon is part of the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission of Greater Knoxville celebration, the largest consortium of MLK events in East Tennessee. The MLK Special Awards will be presented. Sponsorships are available. Thursday, Noon-2 p.m. $40 per ticket. Knoxville Marriott, 501 Hill Ave. SE, Knoxville. Information: www.mlkknoxville.com

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Tennessee signees, commitments and decommitments

Tennessee's early signees, hard commitments and decommitments for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Winter signing dates are Feb. 7-April 1.


UT’s White honored by Knoxville Bar Association

The Knoxville Bar Association has presented its highest honor, the Governors’ Award, to Judge Penny White.


Clayton rebrands affordable home line

Maryville’s Clayton home building group is unveiling the rebranding of its TRU Homes line in response to the lack of affordable housing in U.S. communities.


Why aren’t success-starved fans all in for these Titans?

There is some irony in the Tennessee Titans’ going to the “Show-Me State” for a first-round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Titans at Chiefs: What to watch

First down: Don’t be just happy to be there. The Titans have precious few players who have played in a postseason game. Even veterans like Derrick Morgan and Jurrell Casey are tasting the playoffs for the first time. They will have to survive the early jitters and realize it is just another football game (albeit with higher stakes) and go out and take care of business.


Which new car-safety features are worth the cost?

We are in a new era of car safety: The focus has shifted from reducing death and injury in a vehicle collision to preventing a crash from happening in the first place. Safety features designed to avoid accidents are becoming increasingly common in new cars.


‘How We Rise’ a good jump-start for millenials

Things are going to be different around here this year.


Don’t stay stuck in the same old job

If 2017 left you feeling disappointed at work, today is the perfect day to start turning things around for 2018.