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VOL. 46 | NO. 1 | Friday, January 7, 2022

Cautious optimism for tourism in 2022

Knoxville banks on leisure travel, outdoor enthusiasts for comeback

Two years ago, Tennessee’s tourism economy was roaring. State and local officials touted record-breaking numbers, and 2019’s many successes were well positioned to carry into 2020 and beyond.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Could legislators solve some real problems? Nah

My wife has unofficially resolved to adopt a positive attitude toward 2022, an aspiration I would like to be able to join. But the goal is complicated for me by the fact that legislators are about to come back to town.

NEWSMAKERS

Hubbard new ORNL Science, Tech deputy

Susan Hubbard, scientific leader and researcher, has been named deputy for science and technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, effective March 1.

Local Weather
Currently
Knoxville, TN
83.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Variable at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 51%

EVENTS

MLK Leadership Awards Luncheon. The annual leadership awards luncheon Thursday honors businesses and people who have made a difference in the community. The luncheon is part of the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission of Greater Knoxville celebration, the largest consortium of MLK events in East Tennessee, and will feature Nona Jones, an author, entrepreneur and pastor, as the keynote speaker. The Leadership Educational Symposium is held before the luncheon from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Luncheon Noon-2 p.m. $50 per ticket. University of Tennessee Student Union 915 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville. Information

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UT SPORTS

Bowl loss aside, Heupel has Vols on winning trajectory

It was of little consolation to Tennessee that the Vols played in one of the most entertaining bowl games of the season. They wanted to win. But even with the setback, the first season under Josh Heupel can be judged as nothing but a success.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Foreman gets off couch, into playoffs

If Derrick Henry is the face and the heart of the Titans franchise, then D’Onta Foreman might be its soul.

Titans fans anxiously await Henry’s return to field

With the Titans now in a position to clinch the AFC ‘s top seed and home-field advantage throughout their playoff tun, the focus turns to whether Derrick Henry can come back and be effective for the postseason.

Titans at Texans: What to watch

The Titans, thanks in part to the Cincinnati Bengals, have the AFC’s top seed within their grasp. Not only would that bring home-field advantage to Nashville, it would give the Titans and their many wounded players another week to rest and get healthy for the postseason.

BRIEFS

Knoxville team to study transportation issues

A new National Science Foundation-backed initiative led by the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville Community Development Corporation and the United Way of Greater Knoxville is taking on transportation, including location, services offered and economic disparities.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Understanding trim levels, options for new cars

A key part of the car-buying process is familiarizing yourself with some of the key terms you’ll encounter on automaker websites and dealership lots. You want to ensure you’re getting the right features in your new vehicle. But if you’re new to buying cars or aren’t familiar with auto industry lingo, a conversation with the salesperson can go right over your head.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Find happiness for yourself, your employees in 2022

Your New Years’ resolution was to find a new job. And, well, that ain’t gonna happen. Everybody’s hiring, but they’re not hiring you. And it’s looking like you may have to stay right where you are, work-wise. Yippee, you’ll have to learn to cope for the next several months.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Set aside funds for what makes you feel good

You probably know to plan and save for the big and boring expenses, aka financial needs. But what about the fun stuff? Expenses that don’t put a roof over your head but do provide joy, rejuvenation and other hard-to-quantify benefits are worth saving for, too.

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