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VOL. 39 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 26, 2015

Knoxville’s amazing network of trails, parks and waterways

Over the river and through the woods

With the Great Smoky Mountains looming in the distance, and no shortage of ball fields and other outdoor recreation sites closer at hand, Knoxville and its surrounding communities don’t lack for recreational opportunities.

Knoxville’s outdoor assets

In the Knoxville Metropolitan area, nearly 150 miles of paved and natural trails are available for recreation and transportation.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Haslam needs to back up call for more local control

If Gov. Bill Haslam is trying to build political capital, he’s making the right move by trying to light a fire under local officials.

Local Weather
Currently
Knoxville, TN
56.0°F
Fog/Mist
Wind: Northwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 100%

EVENTS

Community Health Council. Knoxville Community Health Council meets Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Cansler Family YMCA at 616 Jessamine Street. Information: knoxvilletn.gov

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NEWSMAKERS

East Tennessee teachers named finalists

The Tennessee Department of Education has announced its finalists for the 2015-16 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Awards. Finalists will have the opportunity to join the commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council.

BRIEFS

East Tennessee cities receive green grants

The state last week awarded more than $3.1 million in grant money to fund energy efficiency projects in Tennessee.

BEYOND BELIEF

French: Right favors ‘buycotts’ over boycott

The Rev. Franklin Graham is so not cool with gay couples who express their romantic feelings using more than a subtle nod from across the room.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Mini Hardtop adds 2 doors, keeps tight handling

The Mini Cooper Hardtop has oodles of personality, go-kart handling and now, of all things, four doors and a big, color-changing “mood ring” on the dashboard.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Naysayer finds happiness in the land of Mickey

I must’ve been out of my mind. How else to explain an anti-Disney person deciding to travel two time zones to visit Disneyland, just days after the official kickoff of the madness of the 60th anniversary celebration?

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Sales gauging techniques that move the needle

Unless you have more sales from ideal customers than you know what to do with, your organization can benefit from sales measurement strategies. They allow you to not only forecast future sales but also to dissect your team’s success through each step of the sales cycle in order to fine-tune your approach and improve results.

CAREER CORNER

Negotiate a less-painful exit before accepting job

Last week, the Internet was buzzing about the struggles of Gap and Lucky Magazine.

I SWEAR

It’s easy to botch Murphy’s Law origin story

Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. That’s a common wording for the epigram we call “Murphy’s Law.” Granted, others have said it somewhat differently.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Blackberries: Plump, juicy, delicious and available

At first, I didn’t know what to write about, and then I thought about the blackberries my mom is growing in her backyard. Since blackberries are ripening as I write, I decided to use them as my topic.

Capitol Commission to review which historical figures should be honored

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.

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