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VOL. 42 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 18, 2018

Firefly nurtures creative spirits with nature

When Erin Elizabeth Smith and Joe Minarick purchased Firefly Farms in the winter of 2013, it was an unkempt property with a decades-old ranch home that had been left empty for years.

Residents ‘bray’ about their time at SAFTRA

“Who says being an artist has to be a lonely endeavor? I left SAFTA inspired and excited to continue my work, having made a lot of progress, and having made new connections with a whole new group of fellow travelers on this narrow path strewn with words.”

Blockchain tech ‘is the shiny new penny’

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

Bitcoin fans rave, but understand it’s still a risky business

By now, anyone who follows Wall Street even slightly has heard of cryptocurrency and its most famous spawn – bitcoin, which launched in 2009 but grabbed headlines last year for its wild swings in valuation.

Blockchain buzzwords

Address: Cryptocurrency addresses are used to receive and send transactions on the network. An address is a string of alphanumeric characters, but can also be represented as a scannable QR code.

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Knoxville, TN
Wind: from the North at 12.7 gusting to 19.6 mph
Humidity: 75%


Preservation Power Luncheon. Knox Heritage will hold its second annual event to celebrate National Preservation Month, share updates on preservation progress in Knoxville, hear from a national expert on how to truly transform historic neighborhoods and announce the 2018 Fragile and Fading list of local historic places in peril. Attire is business casual/casual. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. $15 per ticket; $100, table of eight. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information: www.knoxheritage.org

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Jack Daniel's may no longer be sacred cow

When Van Halen front man David Lee Roth opened a bottle of Jack Daniel’s on stage back in the ’80s, the last thing he thought about was taxes and court appeals when he took a big swig of whiskey.


Petoskey to expand in Morristown

Petoskey Plastics Inc. officials have announced the company will invest $29.6 million to expand its operation in Hamblen County.


Reel to serve as TVMA president

Russell Reel, DVM, of Morristown, has been named president of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.


"Breaking In' shows just how bad a movie can be

Given the number of movies made each year, you’d think there would be enough good ones to go around. One or two decent films per weekend out of the several hundred movies now being released each year shouldn’t be too much to ask.


Someone has to tackle life’s unpleasant disorders

Wash your hands thoroughly.


Four-door sedans in the spotlight for bargain hunters

Over the past few years, car shoppers have flocked to crossovers and SUVs because of their higher seating position, added cargo space and ease of entry. As a result, sedan sales have slowed to a crawl.


Rethink how you look at career as you grow older

If you’re like most people, you think you’re the only one. Everything was fine for the first 20 years of your career. You were focused. You were happy. You were going up the ladder. Then you hit an age. Maybe it was 30 or 40 or 50. But suddenly, everything changed.


Five metrics for keeping website on target

Engaging videos, impactful testimonials and beautiful graphics can all be parts of an efficient website. Although it may look and function seamlessly, you cannot judge the success of your website simply on the aesthetics or mechanics. You’ll have to consult the hard numbers to judge the success of a website and, if necessary, determine how to alter that success.