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1. Events -

Market Square Farmers Market. The biweekly 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. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Information

2. Beam, Ailor join Pinnacle Knoxville team -

Veteran banking leader Andy Beam has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior lending officer in Knoxville, bringing 26 years of industry knowledge and experience. He will manage the client advisory group, which focuses on serving the needs of the bank’s commercial and corporate clients.

3. TN reaction to abortion ruling varied, intense -

Reaction to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 vote overturning Roe v. Wade last week ranged from rage to celebration, with abortion rights advocates decrying the decision while anti-abortion forces moving to restrict access as quickly as possible.

4. New medical center hosts ribbon cutting -

The Knoxville Center for Behavioral Medicine recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 64-bed hospital will provide a comprehensive continuum of care for adults and geriatric patients with psychiatric, emotional and addictive disorders.

5. Events -

Keys of Hope Luncheon. YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley will host its 12th event to raise funds for the YWCA’s Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program. The event begins Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program offers a 58-bed facility and counseling for women to empower them to become self-sufficient by providing safe, affordable housing for up to two years. $50, $500 for table of 10. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

6. Events -

Restoring Hope Luncheon. The annual luncheon is a cornerstone event for The Restoration House and leads to building new relationships and ensuring sustainable funding for the organization to impact low-income single-mothers and their children throughout Knoxville. The event will both inspire and challenge perceptions of mother-led families and help offer a glimpse into the healing and thriving taking place. Restoring Hope is open to the public with reservations requested. Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information

7. Events -

Business Hall of Fame. The Junior Achievement event annually recognizes individuals for their contributions to the East Tennessee business community. Additional details to come. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information

8. State population headed toward 7.87M -

Tennessee could grow by nearly a million people during the next 20 years and reach a total population of 7.87 million by 2040, a study by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research finds.

The Boyd Center, housed in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, released population projections that include data on age and race demographics for each of the state’s 95 counties from 2020 to 2070.

9. Events -

Blount Mansion Christmas Party. The Christmas party will be held at both Blount Mansion and the adjacent Craighead-Jackson House, so that attendees can have space to spread out. The event will feature cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and live music with decorations by The Knoxville Garden Club. RSVP by Nov. 22. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. $75 per ticket. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave., Knoxville. Information

10. Lyons named to Baker Center as director -

Bill Lyons is joining the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy as the inaugural director of policy partnerships.

A professor emeritus of political science at UT, Lyons began his new role Sept. 20.

11. CCI students earn SEC Academic honors -

The University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information has announced that 17 of its students were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during the 2020-21 academic year.

The honorees include track and field standout sprinter Maia McCoy, who completed her master’s degree in communication and information. This year, she was an All-American and a Southeastern Conference bronze medalist in the 100-meter dash.

12. Mayors name 7 to Sports Authority -

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs are jointly recommending seven individuals to serve on a new Sports Authority.

The sports board will be tasked with doing a deep study of a proposed publicly-owned sports and entertainment stadium and will finance, build and manage the stadium if the proposal moves forward.

13. Events -

49th annual Goodwill Awards Breakfast. Goodwill will honor individuals who have overcome adversity in order to obtain competitive employment, community employers, organizations and individuals whose support of and contributions allow the organization to provide employment opportunities for in people enrolled in Goodwill Industries-Knoxville employment training and rehabilitation programs. Tickets are $15 per person. Sponsorships are available. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Wednesday, 8-10 a.m. $15 per ticket. Information

14. Events -

Green & Gold Gala. The event, hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs, is the premier fundraising event at Knoxville Catholic High School. The gala features cocktails, silent and live auctions, dining, dancing and music and will take place at the Blaine Stadium football field on the campus of Knoxville Catholic. The 2021 honoree will be “Irish Legend” Tim Irwin for his many years of support and service to Catholic High. In the event of inclement weather, the gala will be held Saturday, April 17. Friday, 6-11 p.m. $100 per person. Knoxville Catholic High School, 9245 Fox Lonas Road NW. Information

15. Fields named director; CCI adds staffers -

Megan Fields has taken on a new role at The University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information.

A lecturer at CCI, Fields became director of public speaking and director of the Public Speaking Center, School of Communication Studies Jan. 1.

16. A whole new game for East Tennessee ballparks -

Baseball fans love to chomp on statistics and analytics in the same way their children attack a box of buttery popcorn.

They ardently serve up a home plate of hot stove palaver, consuming everything from RBIs, HRs and OBP to ERA, SV and WHIP, then wash them down with other of abbreviated terminologies and trends about their favorite players and teams.

17. Events -

American Cancer Society’s Virtual Gala. The event to fight cancer will join forces with friends from around the state for one large celebration. This one-time-only virtual experience will include volunteers from around Tennessee, working to “Save Lives, Celebrate Lives & Lead the Fight” for a world without cancer. The event will include a program and pre- and post-show entertainment. A silent auction will go live Nov. 12 and will end at 9 p.m. at the Nov. 19 event. A live auction also will held during the event. Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Information

18. Flagship Scholarship extended to 8 schools -

The University of Tennessee has announced eight new high schools are now eligible for the Flagship Scholarship. Students at 38 Tennessee high schools now qualify.

The Flagship Scholarship is offered to admitted first-time first-year students who graduate from one of the designated Flagship high schools. Combined with the HOPE scholarship, it covers a student’s tuition and mandatory fees for up to eight semesters, which adds up to as much as $52,000 over four years.

19. Events -

Virtual Impact Awards. The Young Professionals of Knoxville will host a condensed version of the Impact Awards virtually, Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. Two Outstanding Young Professionals, YPK Member of the Year, and Leadership Certificate graduates will be presented. The Impact Award winner will be our keynote speaker. Free and open to members and nonmembers. Information

20. UT sets multiple enrollment records -

The University of Tennessee board of trustees has announced new enrollment records for the UT system.

Records set this fall:

• Overall enrollment across the system increased 1.9% to an all-time high of 52,559 students.

21. Permit will give restaurants more space -

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon has announced a temporary permit to allow local restaurants a chance to increase capacity and offer additional outdoor space to customers.

The Temporary Use of Outdoor Seating for Restaurant Dining permit will help support local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

22. Blakney takes on TBA vice presidency -

Attorney Tasha C. Blakney, a partner at Eldridge & Blakney in Knoxville, has taken office as vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Blakney was elected to the office by TBA members earlier this year and will assume the presidency in 2022.

23. PYA Analytics renamed Data Tapestry -

PYA Analytics, a Knoxville-based technology company that develops data architecture and analytic solutions, is changing its name to Data Tapestry.

Founded in 2013 by PYA and scientists and engineers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PYA Analytics began as an affiliated company of PYA to address clients’ business analytics needs.

24. Off to college or home on a laptop? -

Who doesn’t treasure high school graduation memories? The pomp and circumstance amid a sea of caps and gowns. Family and friends whoop-whooping as the principal offers a diploma and a handshake that ends one chapter of your life, eager to chronicle the next phase with the start of freshman year of college in the fall.

25. Boyd named UT System president -

Randy Boyd has been named president of the University of Tennessee System, having served as interim president since November 2018.

He was approved by the board of trustees unanimously via video vote due to the coronavirus and will serve in the position through June 2025.

26. UT System announces One Health Initiative -

The University of Tennessee System has announced the creation of the UT One Health Initiative, an effort to enhance research collaborations across the state and region to address rapidly emerging health challenges.

27. VW, UT, ORNL announce collaboration, innovation hub -

KNOXVILLE — Volkswagen Group of America, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee announced Friday a collaboration to create Volkswagen’s first innovation hub in North America at the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm.

28. After the boys of summer have gone ... -

Numbers tell one story about why Tri-Cities teams in the advanced rookie Appalachian League are in the cross-hairs of Major League Baseball’s proposed minor league contraction.

People in the communities of those affected – Johnson City, Greeneville and Elizabethton along with Kingsport – tell the real story, the human side of why a “Field of Dreams” pushback is underway to save the region’s love affair with the National Pastime.

29. Events -

TN Kids Belong fundraiser. Former Tennessee First Lady Chrissy Haslam and the agency will host a breakfast to benefit the organization, which works with government, business and faith communities to recruit and build sustainable support for foster and adoptive families in the community. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. The Square Room, 4 Market Square, Knoxville. Information

30. Events -

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show. The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans and makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth. Free. Gatlinburg Convention Center. Through Dec. 1. Weekdays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information

31. ETCH's Goodwin to retire; hospital seeks new head -

Keith Goodwin has announced he will retire as East Tennessee Children’s Hospital president and CEO.

He has been in the position since June 2007. A committee of the board of directors will lead the search to name Goodwin’s successor. The committee plans to name the new hospital CEO in early 2020.

32. EnerNex awarded Smart Grid project -

EnerNex, a Knoxville-based CESI company, has received a U.S. Trade and Development Agency-funded Smart Grid Study project to support Côte d’Ivoire Énergies (CI-ENERGIES).

The grant will provide for improvements to the Côte d’Ivoire grid.

33. UT releases proposed tuition and fee increases -

The University of Tennessee board of trustees will be considering a record fifth year of tuition increases when it meets June 21.

The proposed increases range from 2 to 2.5%, which are within the 2.5% maximum set by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

34. Oak Ridge native wins Pulitzer for debut opera -

Ellen Reid, an Oak Ridge native, has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for music with her debut opera, “p r i s m.’’

Reid graduated from Oak Ridge High in 2001 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia University and her Master of Arts from California Institute of the Arts. She works as a composer and sound artist in L.A. and New York.

35. New UT chancellor will be highest-paid in school history -

The University of Tennessee System has selected Donde Plowman as the ninth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

She will be recommended to the board of trustees Friday. If approved, she will begin her new role July 1.

36. Divine intervention in form of $5M buyout keeps Barnes at UT -

If UCLA’s purse strings were as loose as Tennessee’s when it came to contract buyouts, Rick Barnes would be in Southern California trying to resurrect a storied program.

The Bruins made a hard push to hire Barnes as their men’s basketball coach, but their inability to fork over $5 million to buy out his contract was a sign to Barnes that he should remain in Knoxville.

37. Adams to manage pair of Knoxville hotels -

Skip Adams has been named dual general manager for The Tennessean hotel and the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Knoxville.

Rockbridge Capital purchased the two hotels in January and placed them under management by Aimbridge Hospitality, the country’s largest independent hotel investment and management firm. Aimbridge provides management, asset management, development, renovation and consulting services to 800 hotels.

38. Doubters? Not in Boyd’s Ancient Lore Village -

When Tom Boyd announced his intention to construct a $40 million, 40-acre fantasy world resort in south Knoxville based on his own vision of ‘Inner Earth,’ it was followed by widespread news coverage and bemusement.

39. Events -

Knoxville Chamber’s BAH Humbug. The annual holiday networking event draws Chamber members and their guests, along with business and community leaders, elected officials and young professionals. Dressy, business casual or casual attire. Thursday, 5 p.m. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road. Information

40. Events -

Regal Celebration of Lights. Bands, caroling, marshmallow roasting, lighting of the Christmas tree, sparkling lights, train rides, choirs, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and more. Lighting of the 42’ tree in Krutch Park Ext. Music, carolers, train rides, pictures with Santa, face painting, marshmallow roasting and more. Market Street will have children’s craft activities, Home Depot’s Little Elves Workshop, and the opportunity to make cards to send to soldiers with ‘Cards for Heros’ by the American Red Cross. Kids can enjoy a ride on a miniature train down Gay St. Live music by the Blue Line Blues begins at 5:30 p.m., tree ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Krutch Park, Market Square. Information

41. University of Tennessee leadership struggling to adapt to changing culture on campus -

This fall the University of Tennessee system is in flux, with a brand new board of inexperienced trustees, an interim chancellor at its flagship campus in Knoxville and an interim system president with little experience in higher education.

42. The 2018-19 Leadership Knoxville class members -

The following have been selected for the upcoming class of Leadership Knoxville:

  • Brad Adams, COO, CFO South College
  • David Ayliffe, associate general counsel, TVA
  • Ben Bentley, executive director/CEO, Knoxville Community Development Corp.
  • Lisa Bollinger, human resources business partner, UT Battelle-ORNL
  • Becca Boyd, VP, director of HR, SmartBank
  • Mike Brown, president, CEO, M&M Productions USA
  • Claudia Caballero, executive director, Centro Hispano of East TN
  • Nicole Chandler, executive director, The Change Center
  • Jeff Cheek, owner, Countryside Tire and Auto Service
  • Jamie Ciancio, gifted and talented coach, Knox County Schools
  • Kim Ciukowski, senior VP, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Jon Clark, president, Brighton Developers
  • Tanya T. Coats, president, educator, Knox County Education Association
  • Jack Davidson, SVP, The Trust Company of Tennessee
  • Jon-David Deeson, CEO, OrthoTennessee
  • Stephen Deucker, VP, owner, experience and GM, Vision Center, Cirrus Aircraft
  • Randy Fields, director of business development, Hickory Construction
  • Susan Ford, president, Pugh CPAs
  • Marty Gibbs, VP and general manager, The Christman Company
  • Jill Green, shareholder/professional recruiter, BGT Recruiting & Consulting, Inc.
  • Ronald Green, deputy chief, Knoxville Police Department
  • Derwin Hagood, senior VP operations, Knoxville Utilities Board
  • Christina Harrill, annual giving officer, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
  • Tolly Harris, VP, customer care, Jewelry Television
  • David Hunt, president and general manager, WBIR
  • Lyle Irish, CEO, Knoxville Area Association of Realtors
  • Ashley Jessie, executive principal, West High School
  • Mickey Johnson, private wealth advisor, Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group
  • Seth Kehne, president, Lawn Butler, Inc.
  • Katharine Killen, director of community relations, Knox County Health Department
  • Kim Lauth, CEO, Kim Lauth Consulting, LLC
  • Andy Lowe, Knoxville market leader, LBMC
  • Steve Mangrum, dean, Haslam College of Business, UT
  • Elise Massey, owner, Collier Restaurant Group
  • Dave Miller, president East region, First Tennessee Bank
  • Lauren Miller, director of client services, Moxley Carmichael
  • David Mink, senior VP, White Realty & Service Corp.
  • Meghan Morgan, associate general counsel, Pilot Travel Centers, LLC
  • Robert Nobles, interim vice chancellor for research, UT
  • Carey Parker, CEO, LHP Capital
  • James Shamiyeh, medical director, Heart Lung Vascular Institute, UT Medical Center
  • Seema Singh-Perez, councilwoman, City of Knoxville
  • Oliver Smith IV, president, owner, Oliver Smith Realty & Development Company
  • Wanda Sobieski, president, Suffrage Coalition
  • Rick Staples, state representative, State of Tennessee
  • Brian Tapp, Senior VP, Avison Young
  • Scott Taylor, partner, Bernstein, Stair, McAdams, LLP
  • Joe Tolbert, pastor, Foster Chapel Baptist Church
  • Garrett Wagley, executive director, Wesley House Community Church
  • Angie Wilson, senior director of marketing, Visit Knoxville
  • Lynsey Wilson, VP, marketing events, Knoxville Chamber
  • John Winemiller, attorney, office managing partner, Merchant & Gould PC


43. Boyd’s gubernatorial campaign haunts UT presidency debate -

Randy Boyd probably knows the age-old sermon about reaping what you sow. But after a highly successful business career in which he made millions selling electric fences – enough money to throw away millions in a failed gubernatorial bid – he must have forgotten that timeless teaching from the Bible.

44. Leaders ignore calls to drop out of Obamacare lawsuit -

A Christian group pleading with Tennessee leaders to drop out of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act could be compared to a tree falling in the forest.

If nobody’s listening, what chance do they have of being heard?

45. 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.

The Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday in Knoxville to consider the recommendation made by Board of Trustees Chairman John Compton.

46. 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.

But when it comes to key questions, the difference between them is as wide as the Tennessee River is long. And the first separation runs along their ideas for Medicaid expansion.

47. It’s Lee’s to win unless he makes a rookie mistake -

When Bill Lee drove a tractor through tiny Eagleville last October, hardly anyone noticed.

Only a handful of supporters milled around in the parking lot of the Farmers Co-op in southwest Rutherford County that morning where Lee spent a few minutes talking to people inside the store before emerging to ride to another town as part of a statewide tour, a precursor to an RV ride he would take later in the Republican primary race.

48. Hard to find an ‘adult in the room’ in this year’s campaign ads -

TV executives, ad reps and political consultants will hate to see this governor’s primary race end. But they can take solace from all the pain they’ve helped dole out while dining on caviar and grilled halibut while in the Caribbean Islands this fall, if they like fish eggs.

49. What statewide candidates say about education -

Gov. Haslam and the General Assembly have invested in education during the last eight years. Has that been a good investment and should it continue? What do the candidates propose for the next four to eight years?

50. What statewide candidates have to say about rural Tennessee? -

Like most of America, Tennessee’s metropolitan areas have prospered during the last eight years, while the rural areas have lagged in almost every measure. The state has 19 of its 95 counties classified as “distressed.” What can and should we do to give every Tennessean a chance to succeed?

51. What statewide candidates say about opioids, public safety -

The spread of opioid abuse claimed more than 1,600 lives in Tennessee in 2016, and it is getting worse. Methamphetamine abuse, while not getting the headlines, has increased. Gun violence and murder is increasing. What proposals do our candidates have to help Tennesseans address these public safety issues?

52. What do statewide candidates say about infrastructure investment? -

Is investment in public infrastructure important? And should Tennessee have more dedicated revenue sources to pay for construction and maintenance of infrastructure across the state, or is the existing tax structure – primarily the state tax on fuel, and wheel taxes – sufficient to pay for what Tennessee needs to sustain and grow its economy?

53. What statewide candidates say about health care -

According to Think Tennessee’s State of Our State dashboard, the state ranks near the bottom in the number of adults with heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It also ranks near the bottom of all states for the health of senior citizens, infant mortality and number of adults who smoke, and at the absolute bottom in childhood obesity. Tennesseans are, on the whole, not healthy. What can and should our next political leaders do about it?

54. From humble beginnings to industry leader -

H.M. “Hash” Hashemian was working on a project while earning his master’s degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee when he and his professor, Tom Kerlin, realized they had the makings of a solid commercial enterprise.

55. Events -

Schmoozapalooza. The Knoxville Chamber’s spring networking event allows attendees to join 700-plus business people at a casual, Coney Island boardwalk-themed bash to make new business connections. Tickets purchased online prior to the event for members are $5 and $10 for non-members; tickets at the door are $10. Business casual/casual attire. Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Hwy. Information: www.knoxvillechamber.com

56. Events -

Cookie Creations. The Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians will hold its annual fundraiser on Friday to officially kick off the cookie season. The event features bluegrass music and cookie-inspired dishes paired with beer from Balter Beerworks. 6-9 p.m. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.girlscoutcsa.org

57. Events -

Connect Knox Speaker Series. Bestselling author of “The World is Flat” and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman, renowned for his reporting and analysis of complex issues. He offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization and climate change. The series focuses on creating conversations and connecting people. A meet-and-greet will be held from 5-5:45 p.m., with the speaking event starting at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend but space is limited, and tickets are required. Thursday, Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information: www.connectknox.com

58. Events -

Wine to the Rescue. A benefit for the Smoky Mountains Bulldog Club includes dinner with wine and food pairings and dessert, silent auction, blind wine sale and special bulldog guests. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. $85 per ticket, $600 table of eight. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.smbcarn.org

59. Events -

The Knoxville Award Luncheon. The 24th annual event recognizes and honors a deserving person who demonstrates his/her care for the community and its citizens. Doors open at Friday at 11:45 a.m. Event begins at noon. The 2017 Knoxville Award honoree will be surprised at the event. All proceeds benefit Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service (SCHAS), a nonprofit, Knoxville-based organization providing homemaker and personal care services for seniors and people with disabilities of all ages in the community. $150 per ticket; $1,500, table of 10. Previous honorees: James Haslam II, Lindsay Young, Mary Shafer, Pat Summitt, Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, W. Jack Walker, Jim Dick, Sam and Ann Furrow, Natalie Haslam, Larry Fleming, the late Sen. Howard Baker, Sen. Ben Atchley, Jim and Kay Clayton, Hallerin Hilton Hill, Phillip Fulmer, Congressman John J. Duncan Jr., Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, Dr. Joe Johnson, Johnny Majors, Randy Boyd and Dale Keasling. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Knoxville. Information: www.schas.org/home/schasevents

60. Events -

Fantasy of Trees Preview Party. The Tuesday event kicks off the start of the popular event that turns the Knoxville Convention Center into a holiday wonderland. The party will feature entertainment, dancing, carousel rides, silent auction (7-9 p.m.), holiday foods and cash bar. Guests can view the trees and holiday decorations and decide on purchases. Attire is festive holiday wear. The Festival of Trees event runs from Nov. 22-26. $75. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Knoxville. Information: www.fantasyoftrees.org/events.aspx

61. Trump’s bluster cascades through state politics -

The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.

“This is a really big moment for the Tennessee Republican Party,” with the Trump wing or far-right wing “firmly in control,” says Kent Syler, Middle Tennessee State University political science professor.

62. A million reasons not to jump into governor’s race -

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers is banking on the idea wealthy candidates won’t be able to buy voters in 2018.

“Most of them seem to think they can write a hundred-dollar check to everybody in Tennessee and get their vote. I just don’t think it’s gonna play out that way this time,” says Beavers, an ultra-conservative state senator from Mt. Juliet who says she hopes President Donald Trump will give her a bounce at the polls.

63. First United Methodist welcomes Flynn back -

The Reverend Mark Flynn is returning to Oak Ridge as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church.

He was the pastor of Kern Memorial UMC in Oak Ridge from 1998-2006. For the past 11 years, Flynn has served as senior pastor of Christ UMC in Chattanooga, the 45th largest United Methodist congregation in the nation.

64. Tennessee, Left Coast a world apart on immigration -

San Francisco resident Terry Karlsson relishes her hometown’s reputation for embracing “multi-cultural diversity.”

The wife of a Swedish immigrant, Karlsson says she believes San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city, one in which it refuses to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law, reflects a nation born of people who moved here, a land of immigrants from many countries.

65. GOP points true north as state’s moral compass -

It was billed as the start of the 2018 governor’s race, but the GOP’s Reagan Day Dinner in Murfreesboro last week often sounded more like a tent revival.

Vote for one of these candidates and you’re guaranteed a place in heaven, ran the subtext of the evening, because, after all, everyone knows only Republicans know the road to salvation.

66. TMA recognizes Knoxville physician -

Clifton R. Tennison Jr., M.D., of Knoxville, has received the Tennessee Medical Association’s Outstanding Physician Award, one of three honored by the organization.

James “Chris” Christian Fleming, M.D. of Memphis and Barrett “Buddy” F. Rosen, M.D. of Nashville were also named Outstanding Physician Award winners.

67. IMPROVE Act fight an insight into testy election ahead -

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.

Whether this is a forerunner to a Republican gubernatorial primary remains to be seen as Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and House Speaker Beth Harwell weigh decisions. It’s not as if they’d be facing off against each other, though, since businessman Bill Lee and former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd are definitely in the race and not hurting for money.

68. Dean’s hurdle: Winning over state’s rural voters -

As mayor, Karl Dean helped usher in Nashville’s current boom of economic growth and development. Now, as candidate for governor of Tennessee, Dean wants to bring prosperity to other corners of the state.

69. Unfinished business -

By any measuring stick, Randy Boyd is a renaissance man. The founder of Radio Systems Corp. served as commissioner of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for two years before he stepped down earlier this year.

70. Merger creates NAI Koella I RM Moore -

Two East Tennessee brokerage firms have combined assets and operations to create the largest commercial real estate and property management group in the area.

Commercial real estate firms NAI Knoxville and the former Sperry Van Ness/R.M. Moore, LLC announced the partnership.

71. Events -

Muse for All. The Muse Knoxville will hold its 4th annual scholarship luncheon to raise money for the Muse For All programs. The funds are used for educational programming and exhibits for children regardless of economic, physical or social barriers at significantly reduced prices or free of charge. Sponsorships are available. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.themuseknoxville.org/

72. Events -

Imagination Library of Knox County’s Under the Big Top. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County will host this event to benefit the organization, which provides books for children. The event, called “Under the Big Top,” will feature carnival-themed games, food and drinks, entertainment and a live auction. Thursday, 6:30- 9:30 p.m. $100 per ticket; $1,000, table of 10. Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information: www.bit.ly/ImaginationLibraryKnoxCounty

73. Sewer upgrade to close West Blount Avenue -

A portion of West Blount Avenue, just west of Chapman Highway, is scheduled to be closed for 90 days to install sewer main connections and storm drains.

The work began Feb.1.

Charles Blalock & Sons Inc. is in charge of the project that is part of the construction of two South Waterfront residential development. They are the $60 million Riverwalk at the Bridges apartments at the former Baptist Hospital site and the $35 million Riverfront Station student apartment complex, just west of the Henley Bridge.

74. Haslam plan tilts broadband playing field -

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.

“I thought there would be a lot more to it,” says Marsh, a Shelbyville Republican, calling the proposal “a drop in the bucket” financially but at least a starting point.

75. Wildfire victims get tax assistance -

Tennessee is reaching out to Sevier County residents and businesses damaged or destroyed by the recent wildfires.

The Department of Revenue is in the process of notifying county residents that tax relief is available.

76. B & T Distributing moving HQ to Blount -

B & T Distributing Company has bought 20.75 acres of land in Maryville and will relocate its regional headquarters and distribution center to Blount County.

Company officials plan to add 80 jobs and make a $13 million investment. The company plans to begin site construction immediately and open its operations in late 2017.

77. 16 faculty members join Haslam College -

Haslam College of Business has added sixteen new faculty members for the fall.

The new hires bring almost 150 years of combined industry experience and over a century of teaching experience to the University of Tennessee.

78. Auto supplier investing millions in Campbell -

Telos Global, LLC, officials have announced the company will locate a new facility in Caryville in Campbell County.

The firm, an automotive supplier, will invest $32 million and create 63 new jobs.

79. Tennessee’s a hot job market (If you’re in the right field) -

If you’re a Tennessean just starting to plan for a career – or considering a new career – you can take heart. Indicators that show Tennessee, as a whole, is emerging as a job-friendly place with stable, good paying jobs with good benefits available.

80. Statewide office a tough road for Tennessee Democrats -

Democratic mayors Megan Barry of Nashville and Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, are surrounded by GOP-supporting suburban and rural voters. It’s reflected by solid majorities in the Tennessee Senate and House.

81. Tennessee honored on pereodic table of elements -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee will soon be the second state honored on the periodic table of elements.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry last week recommended the names of four recently discovered elements that are now only known by numbers. The proposed name for element 117 is tennessine, in honor of the contributions of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee to the development of super heavy elements.

82. 3 East Tennessee cities receive $50,000 grants -

Bristol, Morristown and Cleveland will receive first round grants of $50,000 each from Tennessee Main Street Entrepreneur.

Six total communities, including Columbia, Jackson and Savannah, were award winners, as announced last week by Randy Boyd, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner.

83. Robots are taking Tennessee’s jobs -

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

84. Austin East wins ORAU grand prize -

Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ annual grand prize in its Extreme Classroom Makeover went to teacher Rhea Carmon and her students at Austin East Magnet High School in Knoxville.

The total prize was $30,000.

85. DTR to expand Tazewell facility -

DTR Tennessee, Inc., officials have announced the company will invest $9 million to expand its Tazewell manufacturing facility.

The expansion will be DTR’s fourth since construction was complete in 2002 and is expected to be complete by November 2016.

86. Statewide demand outstrips supply of qualified workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

87. C&J Wealth hires financial planner -

TJ Hurst has joined C&J Wealth Advisors as an associate financial planner.

He will work with clients in Knoxville and Oak Ridge.

“I look forward to advancing my financial career with a well-respected, client-focused firm and a team of certified professionals,” said Hurst.

88. Alcoa, Kingsport road projects backlogged -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently visited Alcoa and Kingsport to highlight transportation projects in those cities and point out challenges facing the state’s infrastructure system.

The governor and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer released two transportation projects lists:

89. Regal HQ headed to South Waterfront -

The Regal Entertainment Group will locate its new corporate headquarters at Knoxville’s South Waterfront.

The area, on the Tennessee River in downtown Knoxville, is undergoing a major revitalization.

90. Knoxville attorneys make ‘Best’ list -

Tom Dillard, Wade Davies and Stephen Ross Johnson of Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C., have been listed in the “Best Lawyers in America’’ for 2016.

Johnson also was named Knoxville’s 2016 Lawyer of the Year for white-collar criminal defense.

91. UT priority admissions, grant deadline set -

The priority admissions and scholarship deadline for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is Nov. 1.

Incoming freshmen must have their applications filed by this date to be considered for competitive scholarships and the Chancellor’s Honors Program. Once admitted, qualifying students will be invited to complete a scholarship and honors application.

92. Chinese firm to open US HQ in Knoxville -

Innovate Manufacturing Inc., a China-based injection molding company, is locating its U.S. headquarters in Knoxville.

Company officials made the announcement on Monday, saying they will invest $4.7 million in building upgrades and renovations.

93. Awards spotlight Knoxville's top achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

94. Renovations add to charm of Smokies Park -

SEVIERVILLE – You don’t have to be an avid baseball fan to have a great time at Smokies Park.

Of course, the most ravenous baseball fan also will find the Tennessee Smokies’ home stadium has all you could want in a minor-league ballpark. There also is Southern League baseball, a Double-A league from which players often make the jump straight to the major leagues.

95. UT, Eastman celebrate new engineering lab -

Eastman has long been a strategic partner of the University of Tennessee College of Engineering.

The new Eastman Unit Operations Laboratory, which opened Thursday, serves as the latest example of that partnership, bringing business and education together to enable students to be successful in the workforce.

96. Legislators not moved by hymns, prayer or reason -

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

97. Hospital to add neonatal facility -

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville continues to expand and will include a new neonatal intensive care unit.

The facility, according to a press release, will feature a 44-bed, private room neonatal facility. Funds were donated by the Haslam family.

98. UT astronaut ready to begin year in space -

When Barry Wilmore returned to Earth on March 11, it took the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, out of space for the first time in six months.

That absence won’t last long, though.

Scott Kelly – who, like Wilmore, is a graduate of UT’s Space Institute – will begin a one-year mission in space later this week, giving UT an impressive span of being represented almost 18 consecutive months in space.

99. UT named a ‘Best Value’ by Princeton Review -

UT-Knoxville has been included in the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In.”

The new book and online resource (http://tiny.utk.edu/x3fLp) aims to address two major concerns of college applicants and their parents: paying for college and graduating with a good job and a paycheck.

100. Broadcaster honored by FBI for leadership -

Knoxville broadcaster Frank D. Murphy has won the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. He will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C., in April 2015.

As host of the East Tennessee Report, for the Journal Broadcast Group, Murphy has devoted radio shows to law enforcement issues, according to the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ website.