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VOL. 44 | NO. 52 | Friday, December 25, 2020

2020 has one last party to spoil

Big celebrations out as pandemic lingers like an unwanted guest

New Year’s Eve is not a major holiday for everyone, at least in normal times. It will be this year.

Restaurants to retailers, virus transformed business

It would be just a temporary precaution. When the viral pandemic erupted in March, employees of the small insurance firm Thimble fled their Manhattan offices. CEO Jay Bregman planned to call them back soon – as soon as New York was safe again.

NEWSMAKERS

Quirk to retire from TVA

Sherry Quirk, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s executive vice president and general counsel, has announced her retirement, effective March 5.

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EVENTS

Zoo Lights. Presented by Chick-fil-A Knoxville, Zoo Lights is an all-new light extravaganza featuring colorful animal lanterns, tree lights and festive food and drinks. Zoo Lights continues through Jan. 3, 5-9 p.m., each evening. Tickets are $15 per person for ages 3 and older. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Zoo Knoxville members receive a $2 discount on admission tickets. The Zoo strongly encourages online ticket purchases to ensure entry as the number of tickets available will be limited each evening. Last admission at 8 p.m. each evening. Zoo Lights will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Information

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BRIEFS

ORAU joins $7M waterway review process

Oak Ridge Associated Universities is among the institutions being award a $7 million blanket purchase agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for peer review of waterway projects

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans ready (or not) for prime time

Sunday Packers game seen as beginning of playoffs

We know this much about the Tennessee Titans after 14 games: The offense is prolific – the best we have ever seen from the club since it moved to Tennessee in 1997. The Titans have scored 30 points or more nine times this season, and scored 40-plus points for the fourth time this season in Sunday’s 46-25 romp against the Detroit Lions.

Leaky defense must slow potent offense

The Titans head to the proverbial Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field for a rare Sunday Night prime-time game, one circled as a highlight of the season since the 2020 schedule was announced.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Edmunds names its top new cars for 2021

Every year Edmunds’ experts put their heads together to determine the very best new vehicles on sale. Spread across eight categories, the Edmunds Top Rated Awards are given to the cars, trucks and SUVs that rank at the top of their class according to Edmunds’ vehicle testing program.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Need to get away? RV-buying mistakes to avoid

Recreational vehicle sales are soaring, and the RV industry expects 2021 to be a record-breaking year. Dealerships say much of the demand is coming from first-time buyers and others anxious to find a safer way to vacation during the pandemic.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Ready to make the jump to being your own boss?

Right about now, you’d pounce on just about any job. One that’s different from the one you have. A job that pays better or offers flexible hours so you can deal with virtual schooling, unimpeded.

CAREER CORNER

Burnout is not a badge of honor to be celebrated

Burnout is not a badge. Yet, for some reason, we wear it every day as if it qualifies us for a prize. Grinding yourself down is not a contest. I wish we could all agree on this.

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