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VOL. 42 | NO. 25 | Friday, June 22, 2018

Blue wave? State Democrats more likely up a creek

Other states might see Trump backlash but it’s doubtful here

Tennessee Democrats are hoping a “blue wave” will wash across the Volunteer State this fall and help them regain a number of seats lost over the last decade. Republicans are banking on red voters to crush any wave by capitalizing on the popularity of President Donald Trump when November arrives.

Johnson hoping to tap anti-GOP energy in District 13

Democrat Gloria Johnson is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to matching up against Republican state Rep. Eddie Smith in Knoxville and says a “blue wave” of Democratic wins nationwide could push her to victory.


Enthusiasm not enough to turn Tennessee blue

Tennessee’s legislative Democrats are eternally optimistic. They don’t have much choice but to look on the bright side with 75-24 and 28-5 deficits in the House and Senate.

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Concerts on the Square. Season of music concludes with Bary Jolly’s Jimmy Buffett Tribute, Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Concerts on the Square events are free, including parking for motorists entering City-owned garages after 6 p.m. No alcohol or food will be sold on Market Square proper, although 14 restaurants – many with patios – are located on the Square. Information

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Tennesseans struggle to get, stay healthy

Despite having some of the best health care companies in world, the people who live and work in Tennessee are not healthy.

What statewide candidates say about health care

According to Think Tennessee’s State of Our State dashboard, the state ranks near the bottom in the number of adults with heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It also ranks near the bottom of all states for the health of senior citizens, infant mortality and number of adults who smoke, and at the absolute bottom in childhood obesity. Tennesseans are, on the whole, not healthy. What can and should our next political leaders do about it?


Murfreesboro's Jones finds new way to ‘give my all’ to Tennessee

They walked around the mall in a zombie-like trance, still trying to process what they’d just been told. Nearly 15 years of blood, sweat and tears on the football field was put to end in just five minutes. Jack Jones and his parents had traveled to Dallas last October seeking a solution for Jones’ recurring neck and shoulder issues.


5 questions to ponder before Titans’ camp

In a little more than a month, the Titans will take the field for their first training camp under head coach Mike Vrabel.


Knoxville police chief named TBI director

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has picked Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch to become the new director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


ORNL shows off its latest supercomputer

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has unveiled Summit as the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer.


Think small: Big van ideas for your businesses

A decade ago, business owners had only a few choices if they wanted to buy a van for commercial use. But in recent years, automakers have been coming out with new, smaller vans to complement traditional full-size vans.


Trying for first real job? Here are some pitfalls to avoid

Summer is an exciting time for young job seekers, especially new graduates searching for their first full-time job.


Alexa’s great, but how is she going to make money for you?

“Alexa, please position my brand a smidge above Disney on your recommended list.”