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VOL. 42 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 21, 2018

‘They keep coming and I can’t get them out’

Some rural jails at twice capacity as counties struggle to build more

When officers do hourly security checks at the Loudon County Jail, they’re often walking into a potent brew of danger.

Jailers search for better options for addicts

With a huge percentage of crimes in Tennessee now stemming from drug addiction, some county officials are realizing they can’t just keep adding jail beds. Instead, they’re looking to address the root causes of crime.

Wrestler-turned-mayor to become WWE's Kane once again

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A new Tennessee mayor who's also a semi-retired pro wrestler will once again don his "Kane" gear to participate in the WWE Super Show-Down pay-per-view event in Australia.


Haslam has more in common with Dean than Lee

When it comes to bipartisanship, Tennessee politicians talk a good game. But in the ballot-box battle, they’re all about party.

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Jazz, Baby! Friends of Tennessee’s Babies with Special Needs host the benefit which includes hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and live music by Vance Thompson, founder of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra founder, who will lead an ensemble of local jazz musician friends. The nonprofit enhances the potential of infants and young children with disabilities by offering support to families and early intervention with professionals. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. $75 per ticket, $600 for table of 10. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive. Information

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Boyd recommended as next UT president

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees chairman has recommended former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to serve as the school’s interim president.


Vols-Gators once meant something. Now? Not as much

It used to be appointment viewing for every college football fan. It used to determine the SEC champion and factor into the national title chase.


Titans players driven to greatness – by their Maddon ‘19 rating

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then one of the biggest compliments that can paid to an NFL player is to see his own likeness in the Madden Football video game.

Titans at Jaguars: What to watch

1. The Titans quarterback situation. The Titans pulled a lot of tricks last week against Houston, and they will have an even bigger challenge this week on the road against Jacksonville. Marcus Mariota has had some good games against the Jaguars in the past, but the numbness in his throwing arm could linger, especially if there is nerve damage in the elbow. Blaine Gabbert was OK as a game manager against the Texans, but the Jaguars’ defense presents a major obstacle, no matter which QB is under center. Jacksonville defeated New England 31-20 last week to move to 2-0.


UT’s Rouse receives Lifetime Excellence award

Dr. Barry Rouse has received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Lifetime Excellence in Research Award.


Knoxville’s revitalization plans move forward

Knoxville has several on-going revitalization projects, serving a variety of purposes including improvements for public safety, economic development, increased affordable housing and redevelopment of two popular attractions.


Rising interest rates mean fewer no-interest auto loans

Since the early 2000s, zero percent annual percentage rate auto loans have been an important part of the car-buying landscape. Whether the vehicles were subcompact cars or heavy-duty trucks, zero percent APR offers seemed to be everywhere, particularly around big holiday sale weekends and the fall car-clearance season.


Don’t always jump at the first job offer that comes along

Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school in California, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job. I would go to job fairs and networking events as if it were my full-time job.