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VOL. 42 | NO. 5 | Friday, February 2, 2018

Tennessee finds itself locked into a bad deal

Strange bedfellows collaborate to oppose for-profit prisons

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons makes no secret about his disdain for private prisons in Tennessee.


Rotating Forrest bust out of Capitol gains momentum

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s days in the State Capitol could be numbered.

A long-shot solution for guns in Cordell Hull

State Rep. Joe Towns was like a lot of other legislators when he arrived at the renovated Cordell Hull Building for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

Anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill now focuses on ultrasound

By necessity, Rep. Micah Van Huss turned his “heartbeat bill” into an ultrasound reporting bill after failing to find the support to pass his proposal in a subcommittee.

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Wine to the Rescue. A benefit for the Smoky Mountains Bulldog Club includes dinner with wine and food pairings and dessert, silent auction, blind wine sale and special bulldog guests. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. $85 per ticket, $600 table of eight. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.smbcarn.org

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UT defies low expectations, projected as 4, 5 seed

You won’t find a lot of star power on Tennessee’s basketball team. You will find a roster of players buying into the system of third-year coach Rick Barnes.


Self-driving semis cut costs, eliminate jobs

Rep. Pat Marsh had never heard of platooning before he was approached by Peloton Technology with claims that the technology it offers could give trucks fuel savings of more than 7 percent overall per year.

Top truck bottleneck list shows 9 in Tennessee

The American Transportation Research Institute released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in the U.S., including nine in Tennessee.


Smith sworn in as TVA board member

Jeff W. Smith, of Knoxville, is now a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors after taking the oath of office in a ceremony. His term will expire on May 18, 2022.


New facility planned for UT engineering

The University of Tennessee will soon begin construction on a $129 million, 228,000-square-foot building for engineering students and faculty.


Vrabel will face vastly improved AFC South

In case you haven’t noticed the stakes have been raised considerably in the AFC South for 2018.


Cool rides for less: 15 used cars for less than $15K

Depreciation may be the bane of new-car buyers, but it’s also the reason so many shoppers buy used. We scoured our annual Edmunds New Car Buying Guides from years past to see what cars we loved back in the day can now be had for $15,000 or less. For each vehicle, we’ve provided a range of years offering the best selection and value. In certain cases, getting an even older model is a viable option, too.


Fewer pre-release teasers for this year’s Super Bowl ads

In another record-breaking year, with ad costs exceeding $5 million per 30-second spot, big brands are once again putting it all on the line. Some will score big and others will be answering to their boards about their multimillion-dollar blunders.


People hire people: Online applications not enough

If you’re looking for a job, there’s a good chance you’re applying online. And chances are good that applying online is your go-to option. It makes sense.