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VOL. 42 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 19, 2018

Strutner finds help in high places for drug abuse program

Meeting with Trump, grant help raise profile of Clinton-based ASAP

On her way home from vacation in August, Stephanie Strutner turned on her cell phone while going through customs in Detroit to find a barrage of messages from her national nonprofit colleagues, all with a singular focus: “The White House is calling, and they need to get in touch with you immediately.”

Leadership Knoxville shifts 2019 agenda

Embracing change and learning how to benefit from it is a standard lesson for Leadership Knoxville participants, and this year the organization itself will be practicing what it preaches.

Stowers reflects on Leadership lessons learned

For Liz Stowers, a Leadership Knoxville alumnus and community volunteer who now serves on the organization’s board and chairs the curriculum committee, her first impression of the organization has been a lasting one in terms of engagement.

The 2018-19 Leadership Knoxville class members

The following have been selected for the upcoming class of Leadership Knoxville:

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East Tennessee Community Design Center. The Center will hold its annual gala in support of the organization. The Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award, which is a tribute to the legacy of architect Bruce McCarty and the contributions he made to the region as one of the founders of ETCDC, will be presented to Pat and Joe Johnson, president emeritus of the University of Tennessee. The Annette Anderson Director’s Award also will be presented, which is granted to a nonprofit client of the East Tennessee Community Design Center that has demonstrated a commitment to making East Tennessee a better place. The 2018 recipient is The Beck Cultural Exchange Center for the Delaney House restoration project. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $150 per ticket; $1,250, table of 10. Information: Information

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Lee dislikes lottery, likes education plans they make possible

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee didn’t exactly shock anyone by saying he would fight legislative efforts to legalize sports gambling in Tennessee.


Vols riding high (for a change) as Tide rolls in

Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt took a swig of water as he stood behind the podium, trying to choke back his emotions.


Clayton unveils home-buying guides

Clayton, a Berkshire Hathaway home-building company based in Maryville, has announced a new educational home-buying how-to video series on its Clayton YouTube channel.


Gibbons named public defender

Andrew J. Gibbons of Kingsport has been appointed as public defender for the Second Judicial District, which serves Sullivan County. Gibbons will replace Stephen Wallace, whose retirement is effective Nov. 1.


High levels of microplastic in Tennessee River

During 34 grueling days last summer, endurance athlete and scientist Dr. Andreas Fath set a world record by swimming all 652 miles of the Tennessee River, from its headwaters in Knoxville to its mouth in Paducah, Kentucky.


‘Exotic smashmouth’ looks pretty good in hindsight for Titans fans

Six games into the 2018 season, and one trip across the pond before the bye week, a major question comes to mind concerning the Tennessee Titans’ offense.

What to watch: Titans vs. Chargers at Wembley Stadium, London

1. Find the running game. The Titans’ offensive woes start with the line, which was embarrassed by Baltimore and has not been able to get the run game going all season. The Titans may have to go back to the basics and do something to re-establish the run.


What’s new – and what’s missing – in your next new car

Automakers are continually making changes in vehicles. These can be technological breakthroughs, such as the automatic emergency braking systems that are increasingly becoming standard on new cars. Some are mandated changes, such as a federal requirement that all vehicles have backup cameras, which went into effect in May.


Settling for less money to start? That’s a bad idea

Have you ever had someone tell you that it’s a good idea to get your foot in the door at a company? The theory is that if get your foot in the door and work your way up over time.


Google updates dictate you are what you ‘E-A-T’

Google’s latest two algorithm updates, Medic and Birthday, each had a significant impact on where affected websites found themselves ranking within the search engine results pages (SERPs).