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VOL. 44 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 13, 2020

Big fears kill Big Ears, SEC Tournament

Tourism, local revenue at risk as planners weigh impact, safety

How does Tennessee find the sweet spot between hoops and health? That was the dilemma this week as the clock ticked down for the start of the SEC Men’s Basketball Championship amid a steady stream of news on the spread of COVID-19.

SEC tourney win was likely UT’s only route to NCAA

There was an outside shot the Tennessee men’s basketball team could have earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament after wins against Florida and Kentucky.

27 years later, Knoxville area better prepared for blizzard

As if she weren’t causing enough trouble, Mother Nature gave Harrison Vineyard quite the fright, a shock with some real staying power.

NEWSMAKERS

1st Covenant LEAP class graduates

Covenant Health recently celebrated the first graduates of its Emerging Leaders class.

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EVENTS

2020 Gift of Hope (RSVP by March 19). The March 24 fundraising luncheon is an opportunity to learn more about the services that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley provides to youth. This event is a fundraising luncheon, so at the conclusion of the program, guests will be asked to make a pledge or contribution. A ticket is not needed; RSVP by email to bjones@bgctnv.org or call 865-232-1172 by March 19. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Information

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BRIEFS

SmartFinancial merger complete

SmartFinancial, Inc., the Knoxville-based parent company of SmartBank, has completed its acquisition of Progressive Financial Group, Inc., and Progressive’s wholly owned bank subsidiary, Progressive Savings Bank.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Five sedans worth considering amid the SUV mania

SUVs are among the most popular vehicles on the road, and their sales growth has come at the expense of the traditional four-door sedan. Many shoppers are attracted to the greater utility and higher seating positions these vehicles typically provide.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Honestly, your children don’t want your furniture

Estate appraiser Julie Hall advises downsizing clients not to take it personally when their adult children don’t want their furniture and other possessions. But when Hall asked her 23-year-old daughter what she might want from the four-bedroom family home, the younger woman mentioned just three items.

CAREER CORNER

Treat your career as if it were a small business

Loyalty is an interesting concept. Companies expect it. Many demand it. You must be a loyal employee, management says. You must put the company’s best interest first.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

What! I owe the IRS money? How to handle, head off tax bill

Tax season can be a windfall or a wipeout for your budget. Which camp you fall into likely depends on whether you get a refund or a tax bill from the IRS.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Lee declares emergency in Tennessee over COVID-19

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency Thursday to help the state address the spread of the new coronavirus.

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