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VOL. 41 | NO. 30 | Friday, July 28, 2017

Should children play football?

NFL chief medical officer says yes; More parents say no

It was the second concussion that made the decision an easy one for Brentwood parent Chris Hulshof.

Marching band to NFL: VU doctor’s unlikely path

When the NFL sought a worthy selection for the first chief medical officer in league history, it turned its eyes to Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center.

Brain disease seen in most football players in report

CHICAGO — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.


Bad leadership or politics? Motlow president’s fall

One day he was the golden boy, touting Motlow State’s success and posing with the governor for the signing of the Reconnect Act. The next, seemingly, he was gone with the wind.

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Watermelon Crawl. A collection of downtown Knoxville restaurants and bars are celebrating the tastiest part of summer and benefiting a great cause during the inaugural Watermelon Crawl in celebration of National Watermelon Day, Aug. 3. Tuesday through Saturday, participating restaurants and bars will offer watermelon-based creations, from cocktails to food to dessert. The event is a benefit for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. There is no entry fee, but crawl participants will purchase their food and drink selections at each establishment. Participants may vote for their favorite offering to be Best in Show by making a donation benefiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. To date, participating establishments include Babalu Tapas & Tacos, 412 S. Gay St., Café 4, 4 Market Square, Cruze Dairy Farm Pop-up Shop, 408 S. Gay St., Fairgrounds at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St., The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel, 531 Henley St., Juice Bar, 2 Market Square, Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay St., Oliver Royale, 5 Market Square, The Parlor at Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay St., Windows on the Park at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St. Information: www.facebook.com/events/120228178594870/

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Team works to save injured, orphaned bears

TOWNSEND – It’s only fitting. At the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – one of the largest protected black bear habitats in the eastern United States – a small, but fiercely dedicated nonprofit stands vigil for the iconic symbol of the southern Appalachians.


‘Life-changing’ trip to Vietnam for trio of Vols

Nashville’s Kyle Phillips never knew how good he had it as a University of Tennessee football player. Not until he went to Vietnam with The VOLeaders Academy for a 13-day study with numerous other student-athletes from UT. They left June 29 and returned two weeks later.


Titans enter camp with great expectations

When the Tennessee Titans arrive for training camp on Friday, there will be something around the team that has not been inside the locker room in a long time – expectations.

Titans training camp: Four key storylines to watch

The Tennessee Titans enter 2017 with players, fans and prognosticators expecting this to be the year the team makes its return to the postseason after eight years without.


Remember Memphis? Titans would rather not

Time flies, doesn’t it? A lot can happen in 20 years. Think about it: In 1997, Bill Clinton was sworn in for his second term as president. Princess Di was killed in a car crash. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 8,000 for the first time.


MCB promotes Wampler, Harris

Knoxville-based Mountain Commerce Bank has announced the promotions of two staffers to regulatory oversight positions.


Bridge renamed to honor “bravest woman’’

A bridge on Holbrook Drive in Fountain City has been renamed to honor a courageous Knoxville woman who few may remember.


Struggling to be in with the in crowd? It never ends

None of the other kids like you. They don’t include you in anything. In fact, they often just plain ignore you, and some even pick on you. You don’t understand why this is, but there isn’t much you can do: quitting your job is not an option.


Using Facebook for more than cat videos

Facebook now has two billion monthly users and accounts for 10 percent of all website visits. So, you’ve probably already taken the time to set up a Facebook page for your business and are making regular posts part of your marketing strategy.


McDonald’s recruits employees using Snapchat

When most job seekers think of using social media to apply for a new job, they think of networking website LinkedIn. Now, McDonald’s and Snapchat recently pushed the boundaries of recruiting.