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VOL. 42 | NO. 27 | Friday, July 6, 2018

Reluctant candy maker finds career, success in chocolate

But please, don’t call Knoxville Chocolate Company owner Brad Hamlett a chocolatier

After working at a Florida chocolate company off and on for six years, new college graduate Brad Hamlett was offered a tasty opportunity in 1993 to help expand the business and his simmering candy-making career.

A good home for animals who’ve had tough lives

The Gentle Barn Tennessee, the last stop for abused, old and/or neglected animals, is relocating its crew from a small farm in Knoxville to a 40-acre ranch in Rutherford County.

Legislation to protect domestic violence victims becomes law

Legislation to protect victims of domestic violence took effect July 1 as Tennessee began a new fiscal year. Various victims’ rights groups across the state supported the new law, which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) sponsored.


Collecting online sales taxes no cure-all for state budget

Tennessee’s political officials are lauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision enabling states to effectively collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers.

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Wind: North at 11.5 mph
Humidity: 79%


Shakespeare on the Square. Two of the magnificent plays of Williams Shakespeare, comedies, tragedies and histories, are rotated nightly outdoors on Market Square through mid-August. $15 per person for VIP seating. No admission charge for general seating, but donations are appreciated. 2018 Schedule: Cymbeline, 7 p.m. July 12, 14, 20, 22, 26, 28, and August 3, 5, 9, & 11. Special performance at Blount County Library in Maryville on July 30, Henry IV, Part One, 7 p.m. July 13, 15, 19, 21, 27, 29, and August 2, 4, 10, & 12. Indoor matinee performances: July 22: Cymbeline; August 5: Henry IV, Part One. Scruffy City Hall at 32 Market Square. Both shows begin at 2 p.m., and admission is $15 at the door. Information

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VOLeaders learn about life outside sports

They could already tell after the first few classes. There was something special about this group of VOLeaders at the University of Tennessee. They connected on a much deeper level than anyone envisioned.


Opioid abuse is taking Tennessean lives

The 124-member newspapers of the Tennessee Press Association are working together to present a forum for the major candidates in the gubernatorial and senate races. This week, candidates are addressing how to approach the opioid crisis.

What statewide candidates say about opioids, public safety

The spread of opioid abuse claimed more than 1,600 lives in Tennessee in 2016, and it is getting worse. Methamphetamine abuse, while not getting the headlines, has increased. Gun violence and murder is increasing. What proposals do our candidates have to help Tennesseans address these public safety issues?


Thomas promoted to Knoxville police chief

Eve Thomas has been named the new chief of police at the Knoxville Police Department.


New census data: State getting older

Tennessee is following national trends of an aging population, according to new U.S. Census information.


Kona or EcoSport: 2 options in small SUVs

The 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Ford EcoSport are two all-new subcompact crossover SUVs that are getting a lot of attention this year.


Is it OK to goof off? Yes, in fact it’s important

When was your last vacation? Think hard. When was the last time you turned off your phone for more than three hours, left your laptop at work or put your briefcase in a closet for a week? If the answer starts with the word “Nineteen,” then read on: “In Praise of Wasting Time” by Alan Lightman is needed, pronto.


Find the e-commerce platform that is right for you, your business

E-commerce sales will represent 10 percent of total retail sales in the U.S. this year, market research hub eMarketer estimates.