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VOL. 42 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 16, 2018

‘Well, who needs that? I’m healthy as a horse’

Heart Ball honoree Tim Purcell of Pilot Flying J recalls the journey that saved his life

On a Saturday afternoon last summer, Tim Purcell took a break from working on his 30-acre Knoxville ranch to walk to the mailbox about a quarter-mile from the house. When it started to rain, the lifelong distance runner thought nothing of picking up the pace to beat the downpour.

Building a better (less disgusting) port-a-potty – in Knoxville

Knoxville’s Mark Townes has never been afraid to think outside the box. Especially when that box is disgusting.


Florida’s epiphany on guns means little in Tennessee

Memphis resident Stevie Moore has been waging a war to take illegal guns off the streets since someone shot his son in the head with an AK-47 15 years ago.

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Job Fair. The Blount County Chamber of Commerce, working off its mission statement to promote economic growth, is hosting a job fair sponsored by Blackberry Farm, M Force Staffing, Pellissippi State Community College and Staffing Solutions, 2-6 p.m. Thursday at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee building, 136 Harvest Lane in Maryville. Anyone looking for a job or wanting career development opportunities is invited to attend. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. In addition to full and part-time positions, this job fair is designed for internships and service opportunities as well. Any business or company interested in participating can reserve booth space which includes one eight-foot table, two chairs and table linens if needed. The fee is $160 for Blount Chamber members and $210 for non-members. To reserve booth space or inquiry about sponsorship. Information: Deborah Nye at 865.983.2241 or email dnye@blountpartnership.com and www.blountchamber.com

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It all began with Ernie and Bernie: UT's NCAA Tournament history

Basketball coach Rick Barnes was fired by Texas in late March of 2015 when he refused to fire members of his coaching staff.


Airport president to retire at end of year

William F. Marrison, A.A.E, president of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, has announced his retirement and will leave his post on Dec. 31 after 50 years in aviation and 36 years in leadership positions with the Knoxville airport.


JDS Technologies to expand in Scott County

JDS Technologies will invest $2.2 million to establish a new manufacturing facility in Winfield and create approximately 110 new jobs during the next five years. The new operation in Winfield will be JDS Technologies’ second manufacturing facility in Scott County.


Build quality might be a shock to Tesla purchasers

The Model 3 is Tesla’s most affordable electric car, with a promised starting price of $35,000. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have put down a $1,000 deposit for one. Almost all of them are still waiting for the chance to order.


4 secrets recruiters might not tell you

Applying for a job seems like a fair process. You apply online and, if you’re a good fit for the job, the company will give you a call.