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VOL. 46 | NO. 18 | Friday, May 6, 2022

Automakers drive south, powered by electricity

Shift to EVs solidifying Tennessee’s spot at the center of the industry’s evolution

It began with Nissan’s decision to bring a manufacturing plant to Tennessee in 1983.

No turning back as automakers go electric

Here’s a good analogy about the nation’s ever-changing automotive conversion from cars with internal combustion engines to a fleet of battery-powered electric vehicles.

Days of whisper: NASCAR, Indy join EV push

When – not if – NASCAR and the NTT IndyCar Series enter the electric era of motorsports racing, will the traditional race command be replaced by “start your motors”?

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

12 valedictorians a bit much for class of 49 grads

Tennessee legislators love to bestow honors and find no shortage of excuses for doing so. Whether for retirements, deaths, significant anniversaries and birthdays, professional achievements, sporting accomplishments, pageant winners, Eagle Scouts – they hand out kudos like strings of beads flung at a Mardi Gras parade.

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EVENTS

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ The Big Night Out. The organization merges two events, Cash for Kids Sakes and the Hall of Fame induction, into one new event to celebrate the impact of one-to-one youth mentoring and honor the organization’s Hall of Fame inductees. The evening also will feature a live auction, dinner and the presentation of the first-ever East Tennessee Mentor of the Year award. Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $150 per ticket; $1,000, table of eight. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

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UT SPORTS

UT’s Rogers finds the perfect research subject: Herself

Ashley Rogers never intended to be a case study for medical research when she arrived at the University of Tennessee.

GUEST COLUMNIST

Transparency a must in vetting proposed developments

I recently had a conflict with a developer who is building a multimillion-dollar subdivision near my home.

NEWSMAKERS

Veteran New Orleans officer named KPD Chief

Paul Noel, a 25 year-plus police veteran and deputy superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, has been named Knoxville’s Chief of Police.

BRIEFS

Launch ceremony held for IAMM

The University of Tennessee has formally announced the launch of the Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

A longer loan for your car? That’s a bad idea

The traditional “20/4/10 rule” of car buying states that you should make a 20% down payment, have a loan no longer than four years and a total monthly car budget that does not exceed 10% of your take-home pay. But the reality is only 6% of new car shoppers actually followed that advice in March, Edmunds sales data shows.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

A loved one owes you money. How do you get it back?

Your sibling asked you to cover their rent for a couple of months while they were between jobs. Or maybe you loaned a friend a few hundred bucks for a car repair they couldn’t afford.

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