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VOL. 41 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 20, 2017

Mass transit friendly

Knoxville wants you to get on board

Tennessee’s $6 billion backlog in road and bridge construction projects currently plaguing the state has legislators considering a gas tax hike this session.

From frustration to fixed: The long life of a road project

One surefire way to get some heated interaction on social media ­– other than talking politics – is a discussion of traffic, road conditions or both. But ranting about why there isn’t an interstate ramp here or a turn lane there simply won’t get the job done.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Legislators change tune on who can offer broadband

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

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EVENTS

“Diamonds in the Gym” with comedian Leanne Morgan and folk singer Zoe Nutt serves as a major fundraiser for the grants program of Akima Club of Knoxville. The evening of comedy and music includes appetizers, wine and a custom piece of jewelry giveaway by Rick Terry Jewelry. The event will take place in the Sacred Heart Cathedral gymnasium on Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $50. Sacred Heart Cathedral School, 711 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Information: www.akimaclub.org

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DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

Sophomore Schofield gets Barnes’ aggressive approach

Admiral Schofield knows exactly what to expect from second-year Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes. Call it tough love. Schofield, a 6-foot-4 sophomore forward from Zion, Illinois, served a three-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Freshman Bone gives Vols hope for quicker rebuild

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes isn’t ready to proclaim Jordan Bone a rising star in SEC basketball, but he sure saw promising signs from his freshman point guard last Saturday night in Nashville.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Is Saban's dominance bad for SEC? Of course not

I keep reading that Nick Saban is ruining SEC football because his Alabama program is so dominant. And I just don’t get it.

NEWSMAKERS

Y-12 Credit Union promotes 4 employees

The Y-12 Federal Credit Union has announced the promotions of four staff members.

BRIEFS

Haslam proposes first gas tax hike since 1989

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday proposed Tennessee’s first gas tax hike in 27 years to fund an ambitious roadbuilding program that would carry through well after he leaves office in two years.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Final 4 is proof NFL teams must have elite QBs

Now that the NFL playoffs are down to four teams remaining, it is easy to point out the common thread among them: Elite play at the quarterback position.

Conference championship predictions

After going 4-0 on predictions last weekend, it’s on to the conference championship games to determine which teams will play in Super Bowl LI.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

’17 Pacifica has more technology than earlier Chrysler vans

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a sharp-looking, roomy and versatile minivan with more technology than previous Chrysler vans and thoughtful features that other minivans can lack.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Raise prices and keep customers? Yes you can

When planning your price increase, you probably thought about:

CAREER CORNER

The real reason a company doesn’t return your interest

Interviewing for a job is an incredibly personal process – at least for the job seeker.