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VOL. 42 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 9, 2018

Innovation, risk drive Weigel success

From 1 drive-through milk stand to 89 stores with more innovation coming

The view down memory lane and back is all encompassing as Bill Weigel looks out the window of his modest, neatly cluttered office at Weigel’s Stores, just off Emory Road in Powell.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Customer-focused government not always a pleaser

Gov. Bill Haslam is fond of saying government should run more like a business, and during his eighth and final State of the State address he invoked the term “customer-focused” at least twice in a victory lap.

BRIEFS

Evergreen Ball raises $700K for Smokies

The annual Friends of the Smokies Evergreen Ball, held Jan. 27, raised more than $700,000 for the park’s annual needs.

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EVENTS

Connect Knox Speaker Series. Bestselling author of “The World is Flat” and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman, renowned for his reporting and analysis of complex issues. He offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization and climate change. The series focuses on creating conversations and connecting people. A meet-and-greet will be held from 5-5:45 p.m., with the speaking event starting at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend but space is limited, and tickets are required. Thursday, Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information: www.connectknox.com

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UT SPORTS

Vitello era begins as Vols baseball launch ’18 season

Tennessee baseball is off to a fresh start under first-year coach Tony Vitello, and senior catcher Benito Santiago is savoring every minute of it.

NEWSMAKERS

Hashemian named to Energy Policy Council

Dr. Hash Hashemian has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Energy Policy Council.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Taking stock: Top Titans needs for 2018

With the Super Bowl in the books and another NFL season come and gone, it will soon be time to prepare for the 2018 season.

PREDATORS

Subban having best year of a great career

In eight previous NHL seasons, Predators defenseman P.K. Subban has already earned the league’s best defenseman award, twice been named a first-team all-star and helped guide his teams into three conference championships.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Luxury compared: Lincoln Navigator vs. Cadillac Escalade

Just a handful of automakers offer three-row luxury SUVs. If you want one with robust towing capabilities, your choices narrow even further. Within that group are two well-known domestic models: the 2018 Cadillac Escalade and 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

CAREER CORNER

Workplace diversity gains momentum

The biggest game changer in the hiring space this year will be diversity, according to LinkedIn’s 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report, in which 9,000 recruiters and hiring managers from around the world expressed opinions.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Some ad execs on the hot seat following Super Bowl spots

There is perhaps no greater scrutiny that a brand faces than during the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year.