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VOL. 41 | NO. 47 | Friday, November 24, 2017

Haslam backs WGU despite critical audit

Feds: Online college lacks faculty, should repay $700M in financial aid funds

On any day, hundreds and possibly thousands of Tennessee students go to college online, whenever and however they want, courtesy of Western Governors University Tennessee.

WGU students say mentors are their key to success

Every morning, Western Governors University course mentor Linda Knieps checks her roster of students to learn what they’ve been accomplishing. One may have aced an exam; another, not so much.

WGU: How it works

WGU offers two six-month terms a year, and students can start their school year on the first day of any month. The next term starts on Dec. 1.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Wiping slate clean is now less about who can afford it

The scales of justice in Tennessee are slowly tipping back toward the poor – and not so poor – helping them regain traction lost to often-minor transgressions.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

The Knoxville Award Luncheon. The 24th annual event recognizes and honors a deserving person who demonstrates his/her care for the community and its citizens. Doors open at Friday at 11:45 a.m. Event begins at noon. The 2017 Knoxville Award honoree will be surprised at the event. All proceeds benefit Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service (SCHAS), a nonprofit, Knoxville-based organization providing homemaker and personal care services for seniors and people with disabilities of all ages in the community. $150 per ticket; $1,500, table of 10. Previous honorees: James Haslam II, Lindsay Young, Mary Shafer, Pat Summitt, Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, W. Jack Walker, Jim Dick, Sam and Ann Furrow, Natalie Haslam, Larry Fleming, the late Sen. Howard Baker, Sen. Ben Atchley, Jim and Kay Clayton, Hallerin Hilton Hill, Phillip Fulmer, Congressman John J. Duncan Jr., Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, Dr. Joe Johnson, Johnny Majors, Randy Boyd and Dale Keasling. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Knoxville. Information: www.schas.org/home/schasevents

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NEWSMAKERS

Sun named Haslam’s top entrepreneur for 2017

Shelly Sun, founder and CEO of BrightStar Care, has been named the 2017 Haslam College of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

At 0-7 in SEC, Vanderbilt, UT playing only for pride

Tennessee’s football team and interim head coach Brady Hoke will try to avoid a historically bad season Saturday.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans willing to let Davis learn on the job

One of the most anticipated aspects of this Tennessee Titans season was how much of an impact rookie wide receiver Corey Davis could have in his first season.

Titans at Colts: What to watch

First down: Exorcise the demons. After their four-game winning streak came to a crashing halt, the Titans have to find a way to right themselves in a place that has always been a house of horrors – Lucas Oil Stadium.

BRIEFS

Hurricane forces med students to Knoxville

More than 1,400 students, faculty and staff from Ross University School of Medicine will relocate temporarily to Knoxville in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How to shop for car deals on Black Friday

Black Friday has become one of the single best days of the year to buy a car. Edmunds research shows 15 percent of total November car sales take place on Black Friday weekend.

CAREER CORNER

Your biggest weakness? Hope it’s not unpreparedness

“What is your biggest weakness?” continues to be one of the favorite interview questions of hiring managers. This is a tough question all the way around.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Three Cs of building a powerful office team

Many business owners and executives want to be surrounded by empowered and motivated employees who join them in seeking new heights for their companies. But are they creating the right environment for that world to exist inside their companies?