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VOL. 42 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 16, 2018

Tennessee farmers see future in hemp

State among top US producers as CBD oil finds new markets

After decades of prohibition, stigma and an overall image problem, at least 35 states nationwide – including Tennessee – now allow some form of hemp cultivation. But it’s not the kind of hemp that gets people stoned.

Knoxville's Blühen Botanicals adds processing plant to R&D operations

Knoxville is now home to Blühen Botanicals, an industrial hemp processor that’s aiming to be one of the largest companies of its kind in the Southeast.

MTSU researchers explore hemp’s uses

As the director of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Elliot Altman is on the front lines of researching hemp. Students in the program are cultivating cannabis in greenhouses to research potential medicinal uses for the plant.

CBD oil: What’s it all about?

CBD is an abbreviation for the cannabinoid cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can be used as a daily supplement to contribute to overall health and wellness. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds and are found within the hemp plant.

Hemp through the years

Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. Hemp popularity has soared in recent years following its revitalization after the 2014 Farm Bill approving its cultivation.

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Regal Celebration of Lights. Bands, caroling, marshmallow roasting, lighting of the Christmas tree, sparkling lights, train rides, choirs, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and more. Lighting of the 42’ tree in Krutch Park Ext. Music, carolers, train rides, pictures with Santa, face painting, marshmallow roasting and more. Market Street will have children’s craft activities, Home Depot’s Little Elves Workshop, and the opportunity to make cards to send to soldiers with ‘Cards for Heros’ by the American Red Cross. Kids can enjoy a ride on a miniature train down Gay St. Live music by the Blue Line Blues begins at 5:30 p.m., tree ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Krutch Park, Market Square. Information

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East Tennessee Preservation Awards announced

The 2018 East Tennessee Preservation awards, recognizing outstanding individuals, organizations and projects protecting the area’s heritage, have been announced. Those recognized are:


Do we really want more people voting?

Almost 56 percent of Tennessee voters took part in last week’s election, the most for a midterm since 1994, reports indicate.


Vols' Phillips doesn’t want to watch any bowl games

Sitting on the couch watching bowl games on television might be entertaining for the average fan. But for Kyle Phillips, “it was miserable.” The Tennessee senior defensive end wanted to be preparing to play last year rather than stewing over a historically bad season that ended with no SEC wins and a coaching staff change.

UT, VU, Lipscomb find success in NCAA soccer play

Kevin O’Brien didn’t have to look far to find a blueprint for building a program when he was hired as the Lipscomb University women’s soccer coach in 2012.


Linebacker Brown gets big game from small frame

When the Tennessee Titans took Jayon Brown in the fifth round two years ago, there were two things that stood out about him.

Titans at Colts: What to watch

1. A big stroke of Luck. The Titans have never beaten Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who entered the league as a rookie in 2012. With Luck missing all of last season due to a shoulder injury, the Titans were able to finally get the upper hand on Indy. But of late, Luck and the Colts have been putting up points at an alarming rate, scoring at least 29 in each of the past four games. Not coincidentally, Luck has not been sacked in that four-game span, which means the Titans defense will have to find a way to create pressure in order to slow down the Indy offense.


Vetter gets ORNL’s top science, tech award

Jeffrey S. Vetter was recently honored with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s top science and technology award, the Director’s Award.


Dogwood Arts hits goal of 10K trees in 10 years

Dogwood Arts has reached its goal of adding 10,000 Dogwood trees to East Tennessee’s landscape through the Bazillion Blooms program.


How to make your car’s safety features work for you

Drivers are used to traditional passive safety features, such as airbags and seat belts, that help limit injury in case of an accident. But vehicle safety is changing dramatically. The latest vehicles have safety features that can help prevent an accident in the first place.


Some smart ways to rein in your holiday spending

The holidays are a huge deal in the Weston household – and every year, the expenses threatened to gallop out of control.


Job seekers have to deal with silly interview queries

Most interviews come in a fairly straight-forward format: You do a phone screen with human resources and then a phone interview with the hiring manager. Afterward, you meet in person with the hiring manager and other folks on the team.


Grow your brand with data-driven design

What if you could redesign your website with proven data? What if – before you ever began designing your new site – you knew the type of content your target audience wanted most, as well as what headlines, navigation menus and even colors would lead them deeper into your site to convert to a specific goal? Even better, what if that type of data were easily at your fingertips?