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VOL. 42 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 20, 2018

Honest, Abe, it isn’t your cabin

UT team proves, disproves authenticity of historic wooden artifacts

A good story dies hard, especially if it’s at the center of a tourism attraction. That’s why the park rangers and officials at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville, Kentucky, are to be commended – they wanted to know if the cabin that had long been touted as Lincoln’s birthplace actually was and were willing to take their lumps if not.

Back in the lab: How tree rings tell an artifact’s story

Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer, associate department head and the James R. Cox Professor of Geography in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Geography, and his team of students bring wood samples back to the lab in Knoxville to determine the age of the artifact.

UT College of Law to offer flexible-schedule J.D. program

Beginning in fall 2018, students can attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law without having to commit to full-time study.


UT's Sex Week seems tame compared to Legislature's antics

Why should UT Knoxville be limited to its annual Sex Week when Tennessee legislators are celebrating year-round?

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YWCA luncheon. The annual luncheon raises funds for the YWCA’s Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program. The event begins Thursday at 11:30 a.m.; doors open at 11 a.m. The Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program offers a 58-bed facility and counseling for women to empower them to become self-sufficient by providing safe, affordable housing for up to two years. $25 per person; $250, table of 10. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Information

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Pruitt pumped up for ‘exciting’ spring game

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt loosened up a bit as the Vols went through spring practices last week, talking at length about individual players for the first time.


Watson, Sissons revert to goal-scoring selves

In their formative years, forwards Austin Watson and Colton Sissons were goal-scorers, a significant part of the reason the Predators drafted them in the first and second round, respectively.


‘Nerve-racking’ days ahead for NFL draftees

By the end of next weekend, six new picks – give or take a few due to potential trades – will become the newest Tennessee Titans draft class.


Former Knoxville chief gets Justice Dept. post

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Former Knoxville Police Chief Phil Keith has been named to a new post in the U.S. Justice Department as director of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS.


Fort Sanders Regional plans major expansion

Covenant Health has announced plans for a $115 million expansion and modernization of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.


You can only hope this book will put you to sleep

It’s 3 a.m., and you’re still awake. Bedbugs are the least of your worries; the TV’s off, the lights are off, but your brain isn’t.


7 things you might not know about new car warranties

Most of us know the new-car basic warranty, often referred to as the “bumper-to-bumper warranty,” is designed to protect the owner against any factory defects during the first few years of ownership. But did you know this coverage doesn’t actually apply to the bumpers? The vehicle’s bumpers are considered body panels and so aren’t covered.


Always have enough money to escape unhappy job environment

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Margaret Heffernan, whose incredibly impressive career includes running five companies in the United States and the United Kingdom, being a college professor, authoring five books and giving multiple TED Talks. Originally from Texas, Margaret has lived all over, including in the U.K.


Is it more important to like the company or product?

New York Times best-selling author Robert Cialdini is known for his expertise on the subject of persuasion – specifically the role it plays in driving consumers to purchase a particular product or service.