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VOL. 42 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 27, 2018

Tennessee’s economy at risk in this battle of wills

China’s retaliation targets farmers, auto workers

In an escalating back and forth over trade, Tennessee farmers like John Neal Scarlett are caught in the middle, worrying if politicians are keeping their best interests at heart when talking tough on trade issues.

How we reached this point

In the global market for steel, there is a significant overcapacity that is located in China, which has driven down the global price.

Auto industry in crosshairs of China’s retaliatory plans

When Volkswagen first announced it was going to build a plant in their area, Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke recalls, it was 2008 and people needed jobs. And they got them, 10,000 of them.

Tariffs make ‘solar coaster’ an even wilder ride

To some extent, Chris Koczaja knew what he was getting into when he became president of LightWave Solar a year ago. In an industry known for its ups and downs, there has been little consistency in government regulations.

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GKHA Stars. The Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association luncheon features the presentation of the annual PAULY Awards to hospitality/tourism professionals, companies and individuals, plus presentation of scholarships to students enrolled in hospitality/tourism/culinary at the University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Community College. Coinciding with National Travel and Tourism week, the event celebrates the stars of the hospitality and tourism industry. Kevin Triplett, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, will be the speaker. The Foundry on the Fair Site. Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. $30 per person; $300, table of 10. Information

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Schools’ success too dependent on weak vendor

The “debacle” called TNReady, a standardized test ruling the lives of students, teachers and administrators, is the predictable result of brain drain – not by students but by Tennessee’s leaders.


SEC batting leader Leach just ‘taking care’ of business

Tennessee’s Aubrey Leach works on the fundamentals in practice, day after day after day. It’s paying off at game time.


Boys & Girls Clubs recognize Fulmer

University of Tennessee Athletics Director Phillip Fulmer has been named the Gift of Hope award winner by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.


Vehicle manufacturer to open in Morristown

Van Hool NV officials have announced the company will establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Morristown.


Advance and learn: Preds prove their ability to evolve

Every round of the NHL playoffs presents teams an opportunity to grow as they move forward.


How straight talk can land you a good deal

Most of us want a special deal when we’re car shopping, a price that beats what our neighbor just got and, if we are lucky, one that’s lower than our research says we should be able to get.


Talking to strangers is a good way to make new contacts

If you’re like me, “Don’t talk to strangers” was a lesson taught early on by the adults in your life. You may have even heard the phrase, “stranger danger.”


From click to sale: Offer more on your site to generate leads

In the lead-capture business, the formula for success is straightforward on the surface: an offer strategy that your target market finds relevant, engaging ad content in a format that grabs the consumer and an effective landing page that compels those consumers to take action.