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VOL. 42 | NO. 15 | Friday, April 13, 2018

Addiction more than a cause for reigning Miss Tennessee

Father’s suicide helps Knoxvillian aid others dealing with crisis

Four years ago, Caty Davis was on summer break after her freshman year of college when two police officers showed up at the door to deliver the news that her dad had committed suicide.


Lots of noise but few results in Legislature

Just when you think the Tennessee Legislature is going off the deep end, someone will throw them a bungee cord. Maybe a rope made out of hemp would work better because a bungee cord leaves people bouncing, never quite reeling them in.

Senate committee nixes 4 UT Board appointees

One of Gov. Bill Haslam’s main legislative pushes has run afoul of a Legislature angry about everything from Sex Week at the University of Tennessee to the handling of the football coach hiring at the Knoxville campus.

Bible provides political cover for 7-day liquor sales passage

Buoyed by Bible verses and compromise giving liquor stores a head start on Sunday sales, legislation allowing grocery stores to sell wine on Sundays has passed the Senate on a 17-11 vote.

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Women’s Fund. The luncheon, now in its seventh year, will be held in honor of the late Betsey Bush on Thursday. The event features a well-known speaker, music, lunch and the presentation of the annual grant award winners. The 2018 speaker will be best-selling author Karen Spears Zacharias whose novel, “Mother of Rain,” received the “Weatherford Award for Best Appalachian Fiction.” The luncheon serves as a benefit for low-income women and girls across 25 counties in East Tennessee in the areas of education, life and work skills and showcases the impact of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee. Individual tickets are $250, and a limited number of $150 tickets are being made available to nonprofit organizations serving low-income women and girls. Lakeshore Park, 5930 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information: www.womensfundetn.org

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Pruitt brings fresh, quieter approach to spring practice

I find the culture shift of Tennessee football under new head coach Jeremy Pruitt this spring to be refreshing.


Butt trick: Forsberg unleashes physical ‘side’

With three quick flicks of his wrist in the Predators’ regular-season finale, forward Filip Forsberg offered a glimpse of his immense skills, collecting the team’s first hat trick of the year and guiding Nashville to a franchise-record 53rd victory.


Leonard named CEO, Winemiller promoted

Merchant & Gould has announced Christopher J. Leonard as its new CEO.


Tax overhaul will impact your purchase of a new home

If you want to finance the purchase of a home worth more than $750,000 this year and expect to take a deduction for mortgage interest on your federal tax return, it might be a good idea to speak with an accountant. The new federal tax law limits your options.


Lumber company to expand operations

New River Hardwoods, Inc., has announced it will invest $3.8 million in its operations on Roan Mountain in Carter County.


Advanced driver aids aren’t just for luxury cars

Automakers have come a long way from safety features such as seat belts and air bags. Today, manufacturers are adding advanced driver aids that can fend off an accident in the first place. And there’s a good chance that your next new car will have them.


Properly assess email marketing with A/B testing

In years past, plenty of brands adopted a “set it and forget it” email-automation mentality. Once a marketing email was released, it became a distant memory.


SXSW: Go for the music, movies, food, stay for the connections

I recently had the opportunity to attend South by Southwest (sxsw.com) in Austin, Texas, for the first time.