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VOL. 44 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 13, 2020

Mother Nature saves 2020

Rivers, lakes, mountains, trails help rescue state tourism from total disaster

Tourism officials love gaudy economic-impact numbers. Tennessee’s most recent report on travel doesn’t disappoint, offering up record-breaking figures that are the envy of many other states. Unfortunately, the report is for calendar year 2019.

Smaller birds for smaller gatherings this year

The 20-pound turkey comes out of the oven, its skin perfectly browned and crisp. The sideboard is lined with bounteous platters of dressing, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole and creamed onions. The pies – apple, pecan and pumpkin – rest on the dessert table nearby. A houseful of family and friends head to the table to give thanks and dig in.

NEWSMAKERS

Liu earns DSAA next-generation award

ChuanRen (Charles) Liu, a professor of business analytics and statistics in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, has been given a next-generation date scientist award from the IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics.

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EVENTS

American Cancer Society’s Virtual Gala. The event to fight cancer will join forces with friends from around the state for one large celebration. This one-time-only virtual experience will include volunteers from around Tennessee, working to “Save Lives, Celebrate Lives & Lead the Fight” for a world without cancer. The event will include a program and pre- and post-show entertainment. A silent auction will go live Nov. 12 and will end at 9 p.m. at the Nov. 19 event. A live auction also will held during the event. Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Information

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BRIEFS

Flagship Scholarship extended to 8 schools

The University of Tennessee has announced eight new high schools are now eligible for the Flagship Scholarship. Students at 38 Tennessee high schools now qualify.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans get addition by subtraction on defense

Sometimes simpler is better. With so many new faces in new places on the defense, the Titans really had little choice but to simplify their assignments as much as possible and communicate with each other to make certain that all 11 players on the field understood what to do.

Looking back, ahead at Titans’ unusual season

With the Titans having a short week and a Thursday night game against the Indianapolis Colts, we will forego the usual four downs and the usual game-plan slant. Instead, we will examine four areas regarding Tennessee’s season thus far.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

We were promised self-driving cars. We don’t yet have them

Tesla recently made headlines with the beta launch of its “Full Self-Driving Capability” system, which came with a disclaimer: “It may do the wrong thing at the worst time, so you must always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention to the road.”

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Dated primer for dealing with women in workplace

The hero in an old-time western always wears fancy boots. He’s also chivalrous, good to his horse, polite to ranchers and kind to small children. Bandits and even cold-blooded gunslingers are treated fairly, while the boots get scuffed but are still fancy.

PERSONAL FINANCE

What to do when life blows up your well-laid plans

Job loss, business failure, involuntary retirement, divorce, disability or the death of a breadwinner – these are just some of the ways our finances can force us to come up with a Plan B. That’s never as simple as downloading a list and ticking off completed assignments, however.

CAREER CORNER

Your work-from-home performance evaluation

This has been a crazy year. What we thought would be two weeks of working from home has turned into an entire year of Zoom meetings, with no end in sight.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

What new debt collector rules mean for you

Working with third-party debt collectors can be confusing and scary. For the more than 68 million U.S. adults with debt in collections, knowing their legal rights is crucial.

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