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VOL. 41 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 18, 2017

Millions for road projects but who will build them?

State faces shortage of construction workers

Tennessee’s aging workforce is creating a shortage of welders, heavy-equipment operators, formwork carpenters, iron workers, concrete finishers and construction supervisors – all while the state is ramping up to spend an additional $350 million a year on road projects.

College or construction? The answer is getting tougher

From learning on the job to earning degrees in civil engineering, there are many roads into the construction industry and its array of specialties.

Go Build TN touts success in encouraging building careers

Two years ago, the Tennessee General Assembly set up funding for Go Build Tennessee Inc., a nonprofit that would spread the word to high-school and postsecondary students about careers in construction.

Transportation construction basics

Who designs and builds roads and bridges? Civil engineers do the design work. They prepare drawings, specify materials and address safety issues for construction workers and the traveling public while the work is being done. The civil engineers may be employed by the state to design the project, or the state may turn to private companies. Most states use both methods.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN


Food + Spirit. Join US Foods, Bud Light, Knoxville-area restaurants and Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee on Saturday for the East Tennessee Food + Spirit Festival and an Evening with Mac McAnally on in World’s Fair Park starting at 6 p.m. Sample food and take a walk down Spirit Alley to sample the tastings of Beach Whiskey, Crown Royal, Dumplin Creek, George Dickel, Old Tennessee Brewing & Distilling, Ole Smoky, Sugarlands Distilling Co. and Thunder Road Distillery. After the sampling, cheer on your favorite local chef in the US Foods Chef Competition and later, sit under the stars, on a blanket from home, to enjoy hits from the 80’s with local favorite, Smooth Sailor. For $45 you will get: food sampling from Knoxville-area restaurants, spirit sampling in Spirit Alley, a lively chef competition and two concerts. Information: www.savannah@secondharvestetn.org

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Stronger penalties alone won’t solve state opioid crisis

Rep. Bryan Terry deals with patients from every demographic caught up in the web of opiates.


Freshman impact: Vols’ all-time best rookie running backs

Butch Jones let us in on a little secret recently when he said his freshman running backs will play for Tennessee this season. That’s plural – running backs. Jones’ plan is to use all three freshman backs – Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan and Trey Coleman – in some sort of rotation behind junior John Kelly. Given the nature of the game, putting the football in the hands of freshmen is risky business. But Jones is taking the plunge.


Wolf, offense look to prove predictions wrong

It’s championship or bust for Tennessee senior tight end Ethan Wolf.


Williamson must show he’s worth ‘the big money’

Seven years ago, the Titans had a young, productive linebacker who was in the final year of his contract and wondering whether his future would be in Tennessee or elsewhere.

Panthers at Titans: What to watch

Coming off a lackluster performance in the preseason opener against the Jets, the Titans hope to redeem themselves in the preseason home opener against the Carolina Panthers (2 p.m. Saturday. TV: WKRN, NFL Network).


CBBC Bank makes promotes 4 staffers

CBBC Bank’s board of directors has approved the promotions of four staffers.


Architecture magazine lauds UT projects

The University of Tennessee has recently received various honors from outside organizations and publications.


Internet interrupts evolving customer lifecycle

The B2C (business-to-consumer) customer lifecycle is used to describe the phases a customer progresses through when making a purchasing decision and is generally broken down into these five phases: awareness, consideration, purchase, service and advocacy.


How long should your job search take? That depends

One of the top questions I hear from job seekers is: “How long should my job search really take?”


‘Don’t open that door!’ No, really, just stay home

Quick poll: You’re staying in a house in which someone is brutally killed by a supernatural entity. What do you do next?