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VOL. 39 | NO. 48 | Friday, November 27, 2015

Vanishing bees pose big threat to economy

Honeybee pollination in Tennessee alone worth $119M annually

ave Hackenberg, a beekeeper in Florida, discovered 400 of his over 2,000 beehives had been abandoned during the winter.

Keeper continues lifelong fascination with all things bees

Joel White’s fascination with bees began in 1975 when one of his college coaches took him out to some apiaries to show him around.

Queens, workers, drones: Types of bees and what they do

For honeybees, it’s all about the queen, and long may she reign.

Homeowners can do their part for bee health

Honeybee decline is on the rise, but there’s something Tennesseans can do about it, right in their own back (or front) yards.

Local Weather
Knoxville, TN
Light Rain
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 96%


Christmas in the City. Knoxville officially begins its holiday season with the kickoff party for its annual Christmas in the City at 6 p.m. Friday, on Market Square in Krutch Park. The night includes the lighting of a new 42-foot tree with more than 100,000 lights as part of the spectacle. The WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown and carolers will provide live music. Other festivities include train rides, pictures with Santa, face painting, marshmallow roasting and crafts with children offered by local businesses. Home Depot’s Little Elves Workshop will be open to make a toy or a card to be sent to U.S. soldiers with American Red Cross “Cards for Heroes.” Skaters are invited to Holidays on Ice that also begins Friday at the tent-less open-air rink on Market Square. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 12 years and younger, including skate rental and unlimited time on the ice. Also starting Nov. 27 is the annual light show in Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. Motorists can tour the park with its lighted trees and 20-lighted trees floating on the park’s lake through Jan. 1. In addition, XFinity Christmas at Chilhowee is a free event, 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, and includes the lighting of the Chilhowee tree. Knoxville’s 43rd WIVK Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 with a march up Gay Street. The parade begins on Church Avenue at Hall of Fame Drive and will continue from Church to Gay Street, Gay Street to Jackson Avenue, then Jackson Avenue to Morgan Street. The Knoxville Community Band Holiday Concert is a free event at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at Bijou Theatre. Tour de Lights Bike Ride, a free 5-mile bike ride, is 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at Market Square, touring downtown, Fourth and Gill and Old North Knoxville. New Year’s on the Square begins at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.

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Can VU pull off one more SEC win against Vols?

Tennessee football fans already are talking about their bowl destinations for the Christmas holidays.


If fear is the goal, terrorists have won in Tennessee

The terrorists who struck Paris three weeks ago succeeded in more than killing and wounding hundreds of people. Their attack is pitting Americans against each other in how to respond, and Tennessee politicians are no exception.


Cardiologist Abazid joins Tennova

Bassem A. Abazid, M.D., cardiologist, has joined Tennova Healthcare and has a new medical practice at East Tennessee Heart Consultants.


Lifetime Products to bring 500 jobs

Lifetime Products, Inc., officials announced last week the company will locate new manufacturing and distribution operations to Knox County.


Mularkey’s choice: Build resume or build for future

Mike Mularkey finds himself in a tough situation. The Titans head coach, who took over after Ken Whisenhunt was fired three games ago, knows he needs to win some games down the stretch to better enhance whatever chance he might have of being named permanent head coach.


Escape updates communications for 2016

The Ford Escape gets better for 2016 with a new, easy-to-operate version of its Sync onboard communications and control system that’s quicker to respond and more user-friendly.


Beacon of hope in rise of proximity marketing

With 2016 just around the corner, it’s the right time to consider emerging marketing trends that could benefit your company’s growth strategy.


Poet’s indescretions lead down meandering path

Last week we noted that American poet Ezra Pound wrote a historical two-line poem in 1913. While establishing himself as a leader in the movement that gave us stream-of-consciousness fiction, free-verse poetry, atonal music and abstract art. And years before being indicted for treason.


Holiday weight loss advice: Forget about it

I hardly ever dream, and when I do, I hardly ever remember them. Usually, when I lay my head down on my pillow and close my eyes, that’s all. It’s all over until the next morning.