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VOL. 46 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 23, 2022

Too much to tackle alone

TV money, NIL, playoff expansion, transfers leave college football reeling. Is regulation by Congress the solution?

For all the issues facing college football – everything from name, image, likeness (NIL) to the transfer portal (scholarship athletes leaving schools to play elsewhere), from conference expansion to expanded college football playoffs, from conferences changing their TV packages and states changing their NIL laws – there’s one underlying theme: money.

Playoff expansion inreases heat for domed stadium in Nashville

While Nashville city leaders continue to debate what the East Bank along the Cumberland River might someday look like, the city’s sports leaders think they have a clearer picture of what the future could hold if a new enclosed stadium is built.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Random thoughts on GOATs, dogs and evil sparrows

As a writer of commentary, I at times ponder deep and meaningful topics for columns. At other times, not so deep or meaningful. Here’s a bit of both:

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EVENTS

Market Square Farmers Market. The twice-weekly Market Square Farmers Market is an open-air market on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by our vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, plants, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Information

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UT SPORTS

Finally, UT-Florida matchup really does ‘mean more’

How long did it take before somebody mentioned the Tennessee Volunteers’ bitter rivalry with the Florida Gators to now-second-year head coach Josh Heupel?

TENNESSEE TITANS

How to steal a first down without making a catch

Long-held pigskin wisdom says three things can happen when you throw the football – completion, incompletion or interception.

DB Avery already has one big highlight

One of the least-familiar names on the Tennessee Titans’ 53-man roster is cornerback Tre Avery, an undrafted rookie from Rutgers.

Titans vs. Raiders: What to watch

The Titans return home on a short week and face the Las Vegas Raiders (Sunday, noon CDT, Fox) in a game that could have playoff tiebreaker implications come December and January. The Raiders are in a tough division in the AFC West, and the Titans need to hold serve at home, something they didn’t do against the Giants.

GUEST COLUMNIST

Dispatch call on Elvis death left the building, spawned mystery

When Elvis Presley was found on the floor at Graceland Aug. 16, 1977, his road manager called the Memphis Fire Department, and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

NEWSMAKERS

Liu adds another R&D 100 Award

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have represented the “Oscars of engineering,” a high-profile recognition for innovative researchers generating impactful technology around the world.

BRIEFS

State unemployment rate up slightly in August

After three consecutive months of steady, near record-low unemployment across the state, Tennessee’s jobless rate inched up slightly in August, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Toyota bZ4X falls short in challenge to VW ID.4

Toyota largely pioneered hybrid vehicles, and its extensive lineup of gas-saving models today is a testament to that. But it’s taken a while for Toyota to finally come out with its first mass-market electric vehicle: the all-new 2023 Toyota bZ4X.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Six new rules for smarter, efficient European travel

Tourism rebounded this summer in Europe – and Europe wasn’t ready. Pandemic-related staff shortages led to massive lines and flight cancellations at many airports; meanwhile, prices for hotels and taxis soared.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

How about free? Furnishing your home on a budget

Moving season is almost over. But if you’re one of the many people settling into a new home right now, you might feel like the furniture-buying season is just getting started. And that can get expensive.

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