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VOL. 42 | NO. 40 | Friday, October 5, 2018

What’s the rainforest doing in the Smokies?

A dream born in Chicago travels unlikely route to Sevierville home

On a steamy late-summer morning, Bill Lucey is busily overseeing an exhibit renovation, complete with ropes, branches and other vertical novelties that will soon house the results of the recent “baby boom” at Rainforest Adventures.


Boyd’s gubernatorial campaign haunts UT presidency debate

Randy Boyd probably knows the age-old sermon about reaping what you sow. But after a highly successful business career in which he made millions selling electric fences – enough money to throw away millions in a failed gubernatorial bid – he must have forgotten that timeless teaching from the Bible.


Bunny's choice: UT soccer star hops away to play for Jamaican team

The nickname didn’t come from her ability to sprint past defenders or her mad hops to redirect headers.

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Veterans Honor Dinner. East Tennessee PBS will hold the second annual event to recognize and honor area veterans. Each ticket purchased provides a sponsored ticket for a local veteran to attend the event at no cost with $10 being donated to support the local efforts of Wreaths Across America. The inaugural event sold out in 2017. Attire is business or dressy. Table and program sponsorships also are available. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. $100 per ticket. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville. Information

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TVA promotes utility veteran Skaggs to COO

Michael D. Skaggs has been promoted to chief operating officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority and will assume the position immediately, TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson says.


Five Knoxville businesses earn diversity awards

Five small women- and minority-owned businesses were recently honored by Knoxville’s Purchasing Department at the third annual Diversity Business Enterprise awards.


Titans have had season of adversity in 4 games

Vrabel’s 3-1 team ready to do ‘whatever it takes’

Tough times don’t build character, the old saying goes, they reveal it.

Titans at Buffalo: What to watch

1. Getting the run game going. That’s about the only aspect of the team that has yet to make a big contribution to a win. Other than the wildcat runs in Jacksonville, Derrick Henry has not been a major factor for the Titans. The Titans proved against the Eagles that the pass game is legitimate, so that should loosen things up for the run game.


New to electric cars? Here’s how to shop for one

Although electric vehicles account for just a fraction of overall car sales, they are slowly gaining favor with buyers, particularly as second cars for daily commuting.


From idea to thriving business: It’s easier if you don’t need much sleep

You’ve been thinking about it for weeks. That idea you’ve got in your head won’t let you go. It’s too intriguing: it solves a problem, helps people and could be a money-maker. So what next?


High employment puts 'purple unicorn' on endangered list

Dear hiring manager, You’re amazing. You’re the gatekeeper to new jobs and the person who will later help us to get a promotion that will help our careers. But, we have to talk.