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VOL. 46 | NO. 21 | Friday, May 27, 2022

40 years after the Knoxville World’s Fair

It was both a big hit and a herald of hard times for the ‘scruffy little city’

In 1982, the “scruffy little city” did it. Despite some near-death experiences, what is billed by some as the last successful world’s fair to date was held in Knoxville from May to October that year.

Where are they now? Mislaid, made-over attractions

The 1982 World’s Fair had a lot to see, from new and repurposed buildings to ground-level artwork installations.

Dive into the history of the 1982 World’s Fair

World’s Fair enthusiasts or those simply curious about what the 1982 event was all about have a six-month plethora of ways to learn about the event – about 300 all told, Visit Knoxville’s Kim Bumpas says.

D’oh! Sunsphere immortalized

One of the great cultural honors of the 1990s was to be featured in an episode of the Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons. The 1982 World’s Fair and the Sunsphere achieved that honor in the March 31, 1996, episode “Bart on the Road.”

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EVENTS

DollyFest in the Old City Weekend. Dress up like Dolly Parton for a weekend of art, music, history, food and fun celebrating Dolly in the Old City. The event will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County. Saturday, noon–7 p.m. The Old City, Central Street at Jackson Avenue, Knoxville. Information

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UT SPORTS

UT tennis, softball hit wall while baseball marches on

After reaching the Final Four a year ago, the Tennessee men’s tennis program was hoping to take the next step this season and play for a national title.

NEWSMAKERS

UT’s Poudyal earns Fulbright Scholar Award

University of Tennessee associate professor Neelam Chandra Poudyal has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award for 2022-2023.

BRIEFS

TDEC awards parks and recreation grants

The town of Cumberland Gap will receive $250,000 parks and recreation grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for land acquisition and the first phase of park development of the Cumberland Gap Commons.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

What to know before getting your car wrapped

Wrapping a vehicle in vinyl to alter its look was once the domain of show cars, luxury and exotics but has now gone mainstream as part of a growing multibillion-dollar industry.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Move junk or make money: Keys to yard sale success

A successful yard sale involves hours of preparation and plenty of hard work. So does an unsuccessful sale. I’ve had both kinds and can confidently say the version that makes money is better.

How debt-related stress affects body and mind

Being in debt feels like you’re always a step behind. It doesn’t help that debt is spoken about as something that’s your fault – too much online shopping, or too many pricy pitchers of mimosas at brunch.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Too good to be true? How to spot bad money advice

There are many people out there who want to tell you what to do with your money. The problem is only some of them know what they’re talking about.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

When ‘we’ve always done it that way’ isn’t good enough

Everybody in. The meeting’s about to start, the train is leaving soon and the car is idling, so pack it up and let’s go. We’re not leaving anyone behind. With “Inclusion Revolution” by Daisy Auger-Domínguez, we can be sure that no one’s missed.

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