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VOL. 42 | NO. 10 | Friday, March 9, 2018

A data-driven solution to nature’s ‘costliest hazard’

Nigerian transplant helps Knoxville plan for decreased damage from increased flooding

Underdressed for the cold weather when he arrived at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport in January 2001, Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu decided to shop for a hoodie – an item of clothing not sold in his native Nigeria – while waiting for his connector flight to Knoxville and his ultimate destination, the University of Tennessee.


What’s best for state, education or punishment?

Carlos Reyes, a graduate of Murfreesboro Oakland High School’s Class of 2017, would be in his second semester at MTSU majoring in business administration – if he could afford it.


Russell happy she came back, even if Lady Vols fall short

Mercedes Russell had a tough decision to make last March when the Tennessee Lady Vols ended a disappointing season in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.

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Irish celebration. The Knox Shamrock Fest, formerly known as the Irish Festival, benefits the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, and is held on Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Includes green beer, live Irish music, Irish dancing, Irish vendors and activities for children. March 16-17. A parade will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. on Gay Street. Information

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Long-ago DUI offender helps keep others safe

It was a warm Tennessee night in April of 1992 when 23-year-old Larry Randle got into his maroon Ford Thunderbird – the first car he ever owned – and drove a few miles to a friend’s house in his hometown of Martin, Tennessee to have a few beers and watch a basketball game on TV.


Knox County picks top teachers of year

Three Knox County Schools teachers have been named “Teacher of the Year’’ recipients, selected by guidelines from the Tennessee Department of Education.


Restaurant Group buys 34 area Wendy’s

JAE Restaurant Group, a multi-unit franchisee of Wendy’s fast food restaurants, has acquired 34 Wendy’s throughout Knoxville. JAE will employee 1,150 Wendy’s workers in Knoxville.


Crossover showdown: Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue

Americans are buying more small crossover SUVs than ever before, and among the best sellers are the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue.


What’s a little embellishment in pursuit of good stories?

A dollar doesn’t buy as much as it used to. Once upon a time, you could get a good steak and a drink for less than $10. You could buy a house for less than five figures, and it was big enough for raising a good-sized family.


Is Facebook still relevant? You’d better believe it

Facebook is expected to lose nearly two million users younger than 25 to growing social platform Snapchat in 2018, leaving many to wonder whether Facebook will remain a prominent business partner in 2018.


To share or not to share: Getting tired of social networks

Social media used to be so fun. We could all stay connected with friends and family around the world. And it felt like social media was expanding our friend circles.


Racist recordings of ex-Pilot Flying J head to be released

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Secret recordings capturing the ex-president of the country's largest diesel fuel retailer using racial slurs and profanely criticizing his own board of directors and his boss' football team and fans will be unsealed and released publicly.