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VOL. 41 | NO. 52 | Friday, December 29, 2017

Opioid crisis and juvenile justice

Two issues poised to dominate 110th General Assembly

With the state’s budget projected to be tight and lawmakers lining up to run for re-election in 2018, the coming legislative session isn’t expected to yield many surprises.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Haslam considers 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.

BRIEFS

Rogero signs Chicago Climate Charter

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has joined 50 other mayors in signing the Chicago Climate Charter, an agreement among municipalities to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accord to address climate change on a local and global level.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Legislator’s lunch. A networking and luncheon event will be held, sponsored by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association, Visit Knoxville and Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council, with the region’s state legislators. Registration and networking begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and the program Thursday at 11:30 a.m. $30 per person. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. Information: knoxart.org

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SPORTS

Knoxville ice legends score for hospital, other charities

Kevin Swider was a teenager in the early 1990s when he spent some tense times in children’s hospitals dealing with a heart condition. It didn’t stop him from pursuing his hockey dream. The native of Lithonia, Michigan, became a legend of the Southern Professional Hockey League playing for the Knoxville Ice Bears and, now settled in Knoxville, is giving back to those in need during the holiday season.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Season once again hinges on Jacksonville

By now, Titans fans know winning Sunday’s game against Jacksonville would put the team in an NFL playoff game for the first time since Jan. 10, 2009.

Jaguars at Titans: What to watch

First down: What will the Jaguars do? Jacksonville is locked into the No. 3 spot in the AFC playoff seedings. That means there is a chance they would rest key players and not risk injuries – even though that has seldom been the M.O., of a Tom Coughlin-run organization. If the Titans win, they would most likely travel to Jacksonville for the first round of the playoffs.

NEWSMAKERS

TBA picks 2018 Leadership Law class

The Tennessee Bar Association has chosen nine East Tennessee attorneys for its 2018 Leadership Law program.

Governor adds 217 appointees to 93 boards

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the appointments of 217 Tennesseans to 93 boards and commissions.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Audi A5 vs. Kia Stinger: Pick a deal or real deal

When it comes time to buy an upscale fastback sedan, most people naturally consider models from European luxury brands. For 2018, though, those car shoppers have another option: the 2018 Kia Stinger.

CAREER CORNER

Interviewing just like it’s a first date

Interviewing for a job is a nerve-racking process. When else do we want others to judge us? We spend so much time preparing – finding the perfect clothes, organizing our resume, and sneaking out of our job. We ask for recommendations from our old bosses.