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VOL. 42 | NO. 35 | Friday, August 31, 2018

‘Politics is more dramatic than pro wrestling’

Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs moves from WWE ring to mayor of Knox County

There were only two job descriptions in Glenn Jacobs’ world during the past 23 years – good guys and bad guys. But now the longtime World Wrestling Entertainment star, known as champion tag-team member Kane, is an elected official. The Republican won the race to become mayor of Knox County by a nearly 2-to-1 margin this summer, and the political rookie’s goal is to eliminate any public policy brawls and verbal body slams before they occur.

Strata-G pours energy into philanthropy

Companies, especially those new to an area, often make a point of saying they want to be “good neighbors.” That can take the form of anything from underwriting Little League teams to sponsoring community clean-up events or holiday toy drives.


Business-friendly Dean, Lee split on bigger issues

Gubernatorial candidates Bill Lee and Karl Dean appear to be cast in a similar mold – business-friendly moderates.

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Goodwill Vintage Fashion Show. Goodwill Industries-Knoxville’s flagship fundraising event celebrates its 34th year on Thursday. The evening of fun and fashion features hundreds of vintage and vintage-inspired modern outfits, all found at local Goodwill stores. The event includes dinner, entry to the fashion show and access to deals at the Vintage Boutique immediately following the show. Attire is dressy, cocktail, business or business casual. A Vintage Boutique pre-sale begins at 5 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the 7 p.m. runway show. The boutique is open to all attendees after the show. The funds support Goodwill Industries-Knoxville’s mission to provide vocational services and employment opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment in East Tennessee. Holiday Inn Downtown World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

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Vols OL Johnson helping young fans excel in classroom

Kids don’t usually go rushing to school on Mondays to gush about watching an offensive linemen play football on TV. That status is mainly reserved for more glorified positions like quarterback or wide receiver.


Attitude, ability give Gabbert NFL longevity

Entering his eighth professional season, Blaine Gabbert has had many labels attached to his NFL career.

How the Titans' roster will likely shake out

We’ll take a little different tack this week, since, for one, the preseason finale with the Minnesota Vikings will have already been played when this is published, and the season opener with the Miami Dolphins doesn’t take place until Sept. 9.


Herrmann named Summit Strategic CIO

Harry Herrmann is the new chief information officer for Summit Strategic Solutions.


T.C. Lewis & Co. 128th in Inc. 5000 rankings

T.C. Lewis & Co., a Johnson City-based real estate and management company, has been ranked No. 128 on the 37th annual Inc. 5000.


Thinking of a hybrid? Here are some top picks

The Toyota Prius may be synonymous with hybrids, but shopping for a gas-electric car is no longer a choice between that and a handful of also-rans. Today, more than a half-dozen hybrids return 45 mpg or more while offering impressive space, cutting-edge tech and more conventional shapes that don’t flaunt their eco credentials quite so blatantly.


Neither side should waste the other’s time in job search

I recently heard a stand-up comedian make a joke about dating. They compared the experiences that men have versus women when they go on a Tinder date.


Frustrated with declining Facebook performance?

Declining Facebook engagement, diminishing organic reach and decreased impressions. Do these sound familiar? You aren’t alone. Facebook’s algorithms are a moving target for today’s marketers.