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VOL. 41 | NO. 51 | Friday, December 22, 2017

Screen Wars: The Theaters Fight Back

Battling streaming, HDTVs with recliners, bars, real food, more

Television was going to end the movies. Everyone in the 1950s knew that. Didn’t quite turn out that way – as this weekend’s $45 million opening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” demonstrates – but the advent of new forms of entertainment did get movie theater operators thinking about ways to compete for audience share, a trend that has ramped up to new heights 60 years later.

STATEWIDE

Haslam considering changes to UT Board of Trustees

Gov. Bill Haslam is considering reducing the number University of Tennessee Board of Trustees members and trimming the number of finalists presented for top leadership positions in the UT system, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally has confirmed.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Fall Creek Falls: Sound plan or political payback

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Now go find a job. That’s the message the state of Tennessee is sending nearly 60 employees at Fall Creek Falls State Park at this joyous holiday season.

Local Weather
Currently
Knoxville, TN
92.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: from the Southeast at 10.4 gusting to 18.4 mph
Humidity: 46%

EVENTS

New Year’s Eve at Market Square. Market Square is the focus of festivities that includes live music and entertainment with a ball drop and fireworks at midnight. This is a party that brings large crowds out onto the streets of Knoxville to brave the cold weather and see in the new year in style. Holiday on Ice skating rink remains open until 10 p.m. to help keep the family entertained. The headline performers this year are the Bicho Brothers. Elsewhere in Knoxville there are a number of venues that host popular new year parties – venues to check out include: Scruffy City Hall, Crowne Plaza Countdown to Midnight, Club LeConte, Prohibition, Bar Marley, Old City Wine Bar, Lonesome Dove. Information: www.newyearsevelive.net/cities/knoxville.html

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UT SPORTS

Amid the tumult, a Vol legacy finally gets his call

Jacob Warren got one of the best phone calls of his life a couple of weeks ago. The senior tight end at Farragut High School was relieved to hear what new Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt told him.

NEWSMAKERS

McKissack returns to Keep Knoxville Beautiful

Keep Knoxville Beautiful has secured Alanna McKissack is its new executive director.

BRIEFS

DIY Stars confirmed for Dogwood Arts show

DIY Network’s Robert Kulp, Mike Whiteside and Sara Bendrick are all confirmed to appear at the 2018 House & Garden Show, February 16-18 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Nothing ‘exotic’ about Titans’ running game

The Tennessee Titans will tell you that their success is built around the run game. Don’t buy it. “Exotic smashmouth” has become a mere shell of its former self.

Rams at Titans: What to watch

Wesley Woodyard vs. Todd Gurley. After struggling last year, Gurley is back and is even picking up some chatter as an MVP candidate. The Titans have to find a way to slow him down if they are to have any chance of upsetting the Rams on Sunday. Gurley, who has nearly 1,200 yards rushing, also has caught 54 passes.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Edmunds: Best year-end car deals for 2017

Every December, carmakers and dealerships scramble to hit end-of-year goals and sell off vehicles from the outgoing model year. But this December might be one for the record books. Inventory is at unusually high levels, and the push to clear it will be far more aggressive than in years past. Rebates will be generous – particularly on sedans, which are not nearly as popular as SUVs. So, bargain hunters can find significant savings.

CAREER CORNER

Bah Humbug: Laid off before the holidays

I hate to admit this, but I have seen more people let go this holiday season than in years past. It’s a sad and stressful situation.