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VOL. 42 | NO. 24 | Friday, June 15, 2018

Mountains into mulch

Sevier Co. showing the world how to help solve garbage problem

It’s no secret that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and nearby tourist hubs of Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge attract millions of visitors a year eager to catch a glimpse of black bear in Cades Cove, reach the top of Clingmans Dome or ride the Thunderhead at the Dollywood theme park.

How Sevier County landed a world-class garbage solution

There’s no telling how many millions – maybe even over a billion – of tons of garbage, sludge and waste Tom Leonard has either processed and transformed into compost, reused or recycled in some fashion or dumped into a landfill.

You don’t miss your water until your well runs dry

As people and businesses pour into Tennessee, state leaders are working on a plan to keep its taps flowing.

Striking gold, silver, more in mountains of e-waste

Americans love new gadgets. Through planned obsolescence or seductive marketing, companies like Apple encourage us to upgrade every year or so to a faster and smarter phone, tablet or laptop.

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Solstice Supper. CAC Beardsley Community Farm celebrates its 20th anniversary Celebration on Thursday with its annual farm-to-table benefit. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction, and dinner is served at 6:45 p.m. The dinner features four courses paired with craft beer and local wine. Solstice Supper is a collaboration among OliBea, Old City Wine Bar, Rebel Kitchen, Oliver Royale, Pretentious Brewing Company and Mothers Daughter. The supper will include some of Beardsley’s produce in addition to donations from A&B and Spring Creek Farm. Individual tickets are available ($110 per ticket, $400, table of four, $760 for table of eight). A business sponsor table of eight is $1,000 and includes recognition at the dinner. Solstice Supper raises funds for the farm’s operating budget to provide sustainable grown produce to those in need in Knoxville. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

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Midstate transit future is paved with tired ideas

Will it be trains, planes or automobiles? If you ask state Rep. William Lamberth, Davidson County voters gave a resounding answer on the future of mass transit in this region. Based on their overwhelming defeat of an early May referendum, they don’t want to raise taxes for mass transit, preferring to be more like Atlanta and Los Angeles and less like New York.


UT’s Holdsclaw finds joy in finding herself

Identity is the fundamental premise of the human condition. Who are you? Until that’s comfortably resolved, nothing else is able to fall into place.


ORAU taps Gamble as development vice president

Wanda Gamble has been named vice president of business development for Oak Ridge Associated Universities.


UT scientists make diabetes discovery

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have discovered a chemical compound that could lower sugar levels as effectively as the diabetes drug Metformin but with a lower dose.


7 off-roaders that can be driven right off the lot

One of the most price-effective and time-tested ways to go off the beaten path in a motorized vehicle is to buy a used SUV or pickup and modify it with aftermarket parts to enhance its performance. Well, there’s also something to be said for getting a new vehicle straight from the dealer showroom that’s ready to play in the dirt. And more than ever before, automakers are offering vehicles with those off-road modifications already installed for you.


What wisdom would you share with your younger self?

Listen up. Pay attention. Eyes forward, ears open. You’ve heard those things before in your life, and now you say them to yourself, your kids, and your employees. But do they hear what you say now… or, as in the new book “Note to Self,” collected and introduced by Gayle King, will your words ring back in the future?


‘Weak tie’ can be strongest link to your next job

A job seeker recently came to me with a problem. They’d been looking everywhere for the right job and finally found it. It was just what they were looking for, and their skills were a perfect match.