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VOL. 44 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 4, 2020

Peers offer praise for ‘relentless’ Sheppeard

Early childhood lesson gave her encouragement for stellar legal career

To the best of her recollection, Sarah Sheppeard never argued with her mother until a married couple looked at the family’s house in Topeka, Kansas, with the prospect of buying it. That night, then-6-year-old Sheppeard heard her mom, a homemaker and active community volunteer, talking about the visit from “two doctors.”

34 Knoxville ‘Lawyers of the Year’ recognized

Best Lawyers, the only purely peer review guide to the legal profession, has named 34 Knoxville Lawyers of the Year to its 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

FROM THE EDITOR

Wealthy, weary athletes could change the world

A sleeping giant awakened last week – if just for a moment – when professional athletes from major sports refused to play in response to another police shooting of an unarmed Black man.

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EVENTS

Ghostlight Series (streaming). The Tennessee Theatre announces its new streaming feature spotlighting local artists by streaming concerts from the Tennessee Theatre stage. “The ghost light is a longstanding tradition designed to keep a theater lit when it otherwise would be completely dark,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock says. “Though the Tennessee Theatre currently is closed, or at extended intermission as we like to say, we aim to continue to celebrate music, arts and entertainment.’’ The Ghostlight Series will stream on Tuesdays, and the lineup includes: Count This Penny on Sept. 8; Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet with Brent Thompson on Sept. 15; and Guy Marshall on Sept. 22. All prerecorded concerts will stream via Facebook Live and can be accessed for free starting at 8 p.m. at www.facebook.com/TennesseeTheatre and on the Facebook app. Information

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NEWSMAKERS

ORNL’s Peter named class of SME Fellow

William Peter, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, has been named to the 2020 College of The Society of Manufacturing Engineers fellows.

BRIEFS

Covenant rated No. 15 ‘Best-in-State’ Employer

Forbes magazine has named Covenant Health a 2020 “Best-in-State Employer,” ranking No. 15 in a list of 75 top employers in Tennessee.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Even Pro Bowler Kern concerned about readiness

Coming off three consecutive Pro Bowl seasons and a first-team, All-Pro selection in 2019, you wouldn’t think Titans punter Brett Kern would need much preparation for the upcoming season – even during a pandemic.

Unsettled Titans kicking game needs a solution

For several years before 2019, Ryan Succop had capably manned the kicker’s spot and performed quite well. But Succop was never healthy in 2019, and the results just weren’t the same when he came off injured reserve halfway through last season.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Time might be right to explore plug-in hybrids

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – typically abbreviated as PHEVs – make up a very small percentage of vehicle sales, but they can be a smart pick for a certain kind of shopper.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Some remote workers may be in for tax surprise

If the pandemic caused you to relocate across state lines, even temporarily, the next surprise could be having to file an extra tax return and potentially pay more taxes.

CAREER CORNER

2020 isn’t a competition; if it were, we’d all be losing

I hope we’re on the same page. This is a pandemic, not a competition.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Solutions for what was to be a paperless existence

File, file, read now, round file. Manuals, left cabinet, bottom drawer. Contracts, right file cabinet in the next room, along with receipts. And because you’ll generate more paperwork today, you’ll get to file again tomorrow and won’t that be fun?

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Sometimes debt relief can do more harm than good

In a crisis, long-term planning might lose out to quick and dirty solutions – regardless of the consequences.

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