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VOL. 41 | NO. 24 | Friday, June 16, 2017

Front line against climate change

Despite budget threats, Tennessee is ground zero

It’s mostly business as usual at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with continuing research focused on regional and local communities and extreme weather.

Coal is dying, and the free market holds the murder weapon

Chattanooga’s Michael Walton, 33, grew up in Greenville, Tennessee, about six hours from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, where his biological grandfather was a supervisor at a strip coal mine.

Fighting climate change in the age of Trump

When President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, phasing out both U.S. commitments to achieve carbon reduction targets and financial contributions to slow climate change, it was a call to action for many.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN


Summer Concerts. Tonight: Singer-songwriter and former Knoxvillian Louise Mosrie. June 29: Nashville pianist Kendall Ray. All concerts are free, including parking for motorists entering city-owned garages after 6 p.m. Downtown visitors can use the new public restrooms located in the Market Square Garage, near the Wall Avenue entrance. No alcohol or food will be sold on Market Square proper, although 14 restaurants – many with patios – are located on the Square. Information: www.knoxvilletngov/concerts.

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Medicaid cuts could hit rural children hardest

As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.


Power pitching, hitting goal of new UT coach

Tony Vitello wants to put a Power T in Tennessee baseball, and with it a yearly contender for SEC championships and NCAA tournament bids. The new UT baseball coach was introduced last Friday at Tennessee’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium. He emphasized power pitching and power hitting as part of his rebuilding plan.


Vanderbilt’s toughest year comes up short

When the Vanderbilt baseball team finished its season one step short of its goal – the College World Series – there was a sense of profound disappointment for the Commodores. That’s to be expected. The last pitch of any season is cause for sadness if you’re a committed baseball program that doesn’t achieve the ultimate goal.


Finals run gives Preds look at young talent

As if the Nashville Predators’ march to the Stanley Cup Final wasn’t riveting enough on its own, the journey has also provided fans with some unexpected glimpses into the team’s future. Injuries have sidelined prominent Predators like Ryan Johansen, Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson for various lengths ever since the playoffs began way back on April 13, forcing less experienced Preds into more significant roles and prompting the promotion of minor-league prospe cts behind them.


Winemiller selected as KCDC chairman

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation has appointed new officers for its Board of Commissioners.


Grocery delivery service expands into Knoxville

Instacart has announced an expansion into the Knoxville market, offering in same-day – or even one-hour – grocery delivery.


Ford beefs up already impressive F-150 Raptor pickup

Ford’s brawny 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup truck is raking in the accolades, with its more powerful engine and new 10-speed transmission. And for the first time, it’s being offered in the automaker’s SuperCrew body style, which makes it roomier than ever.


Let content transform you to LinkedIn pro

LinkedIn is one of the few social platforms that still allows your network to see your organic, unpaid content. It also is the single-largest social platform focused exclusively on the business sector.


Path to job candidate’s heart isn’t always paved with cash

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Austin to meet a number of folks who work at the job website Indeed.com. If you’ve looked for a job in the last 10 years, there’s a good chance you’ve visited Indeed.