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VOL. 41 | NO. 48 | Friday, December 01, 2017

Tennessee’s football search claims another casualty

Fans, administration turn on first-year AD after hiring missteps

Tennessee football isn’t what it used to be. Nor is the attraction of being UT’s football coach. It became more and more apparent this week as now-"suspended" UT athletics director John Currie tried to hire his first football coach as an AD.

Mega-hits, mega-misses with state-funded sites

Despite Tennessee’s growing automotive-manufacturing industry presence, and what would have likely been an enticing package of tax abatements and other incentives, Toyota and Mazda just took a pass on a huge tract of land near Memphis.

Megasite funds a godsend for the state’s rural counties

Tennessee’s rural governments have tight budgets during the best of times. That means developing industrial land is often a pipe dream, which is why those on the ground say that the state’s site-certification programs and related grants are game changers for any chance rural lawmakers have of luring in large-scale businesses, with their accompanying jobs and tax dollars.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Is there room for common-sense gun legislation?

The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action picks its battles judiciously. Once labeled as a bunch of anti-gun extremists, the group is anything but, spokeswoman Kat McRitchie says.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Hope Luncheon. Catholic Charities of East Tennessee will hold its 3rd annual 360° of Hope event on Thursday with Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally as the featured speaker. The event includes a festive holiday program tailored toward business leaders in the Knoxville area and will be held in The Park Pavilion at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St., Knoxville. Information: www.ccetn.org

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NEWSMAKERS

SMG adds Lewis as Chilhowee director

SMG Knoxville has selected Misti Lewis as director of Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center.

BRIEFS

Summit adds new Middlebrook facility

Summit Medical Group and Summit Strategic Solutions officials have broken ground on a new facility at the Middlebrook Pike medical corridor in Knoxville.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans must find, fix what’s ailing Mariota

One of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind regarding the Tennessee Titans is what is wrong with Marcus Mariota? After a breakout season in 2016, one in which he threw 26 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions, Mariota has endured a stunning reversal in Year 3.

Texans at Titans: What to watch

1. Remember the Alamo, or something like that. OK, it was in Houston, not San Antonio, but the game in week four was a 57-14 drubbing at the hands of the Texans. The Titans won’t have to deal with rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson, who torched them that day. He is lost for the season with a torn ACL, but that game should serve as plenty of motivation to take care of business in a much-needed AFC South game.

PREDATORS

Better than 2006-07? Preds scoring a record pace

It was just more than a decade ago that the Nashville Predators roared through the NHL regular season, compiling franchise-best totals of 51 victories and 110 points. The 2006-07 Predators were almost certainly the most talented in team history, a club that featured six 20-goal scorers and a franchise-record 272 goals.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Pacifica or Odyssey? Depends on makeup of your family

There’s a reason the cover of a popular driving video game features a Porsche 911 GT2 RS instead of a minivan. One has 700 horsepower and racing stripes. The other reminds you of changing diapers.

CAREER CORNER

The importance of thanks to interviewers

The holidays are here again. Along with the turkey, stuffing and loved ones, there’s more to consider. This season is a time of giving thanks.