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VOL. 41 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 17, 2017

History will be kind to the Butch Jones era

Fired coach helped rescue UT program that had hit bottom

After the fact, Butch Jones’ shortcomings are there for all to see. He could recruit talented players but he couldn’t develop them. His hiring of assistant coaches was haphazard. He choked in late-game situations. He blurted out half-baked comments at press conferences. His interpersonal relationships were strained. He talked tough but had a thin skin.

Interim success: Some temp coaches get results

As Tennessee’s interim head coach following the dismissal of Butch Jones, Brady Hoke is entrusted with the task of making the best of a bad situation.

UT’s next head coach: Some possibilities

John Currie is eight months into his job as Tennessee’s athletics director and already facing a coaching hire that could define his career.

Hoke has a chance to get Vols to bowl game

Brady Hoke makes his debut as Tennessee’s interim football coach Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (ESPN) against LSU in Neyland Stadium.

Jones fired, Vanderbilt's Mason safe: Tale of 2 programs

When Vanderbilt visits Tennessee to close out the regular season later this month, the only incentive left for both teams may well be staying out of the SEC East’s basement.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Fantasy of Trees Preview Party. The Tuesday event kicks off the start of the popular event that turns the Knoxville Convention Center into a holiday wonderland. The party will feature entertainment, dancing, carousel rides, silent auction (7-9 p.m.), holiday foods and cash bar. Guests can view the trees and holiday decorations and decide on purchases. Attire is festive holiday wear. The Festival of Trees event runs from Nov. 22-26. $75. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Knoxville. Information: www.fantasyoftrees.org/events.aspx

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Despite massive turnover, GOP owns legislature

2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.

NEWSMAKERS

KCDC’s Gilbert earns national recognition

Sean Gilbert, senior vice president of housing for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, has been selected as the 2017 Emerging Leader by a national group.

BRIEFS

Big Ears adds ‘depth and breadth’ in 2018

The Big Ears Festival, called “a music festival with a rare vision,’’ by The New York Times, returns to Knoxville in 2018 for four days, March 22-25, with an emphasis on jazz, Appalachian themes and bluegrass.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Lewan pines for his days as a desert dirt-biker

Motocross’ loss is apparently the NFL and the Tennessee Titans’ gain.

Most valuable Titans – so far

What players have had the biggest impact on the Titans 2017 turnaround? Here are the top five, in no particular order:

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Comparing Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Pickups have been the best-selling vehicles in America for decade, and two of the most popular are the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. These trucks are modern, comfortable and capable, especially when it comes to towing and hauling.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Bratz brawl: A good tale of Mattel, intellectual property

What was your favorite toy when you were a child? You can probably remember it instantly: the thing you couldn’t bear to leave at home, the doll you spent hours with, the toy truck that road-tripped your imagination.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

White papers offer value, sales oppontunity

How much time do people spend with your marketing materials?

CAREER CORNER

Don’t overlook company reviews

Being happy at work is an essential part of career fulfillment. But sometimes, it seems we spend more time researching where to eat the best hamburger than where to work.