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VOL. 43 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 18, 2019

Building ‘strong, smart and bold’ girls

Girls Inc. program blossoms under Basden’s leadership

A few years ago, a fourth-grader arrived at Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge after witnessing her mom shoot her father to death in a remote town in Alaska. The grandmother, who had moved the girl here, was at a loss about what to do with her.


How hard can it be to find the perfect church?

“Church shopping” sounds slightly off-putting. So, I prefer to think of my current repatriated Nashvillian process as spiritual home seeking.


Carving to grace Magnolia Avenue gateway

A limestone carving of a magnolia flower will be the centerpiece of the Magnolia Avenue gateway monument. Bruno Lazzaris, an artist from Pittsburgh, has carved the flower in limestone that will be embedded in the monument on Magnolia Avenue at Jessamine Street.

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Green & Gold Gala. The event, hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs, is the premier fundraising event at Knoxville Catholic High School. Featuring cocktails, silent and live auctions, dining, dancing and music. Saturday, 6 p.m. $100 per person. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information

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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.


Turner follows Abbott with selection to Team USA

Monica Abbott is one of the greatest pitchers in the history of softball. The former All-American set numerous NCAA records while at the University of Tennessee and won an Olympic silver medal for Team USA.


Titans' OC hire might offer clue to Mariota’s future

Marcus Mariota can’t catch a break. His offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur, was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers last week, leaving the Titans to search for play-caller No. 5 as Mariota heads into a make-or-break fifth season as Tennessee’s quarterback.

Looks like Patriots (again?) vs. Saints in Super Bowl

With only four teams remaining, it’s no real surprise that four of the most potent offenses in the league have slots in the conference championship games.


ETSU professors named university fellows

Joe Bidwell and Janna L. Scarborough have been named Presidential Fellows at East Tennessee State University.


Top car tech trends from Consumer Electronics Show

Every year at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we get a glimpse of what vehicles might be – and what they could do. The event has also become an annual progress report on the latest electric vehicles and how close we are to “full driving automation,” as the Society of Automotive Engineers calls it. Here are a few vehicle trends from CES that you’ll see in the immediate future and some others that are much further away.


Change the conversation to help your business stand out

Blah, blah, blah. Sadly, that describes your business. Nothing has changed in decades, so it’s time for something new. You’d like to shake things up, but the budget is limited, and you don’t know what to say. That’s fine: in “Talk Triggers” by Jay Baer & Daniel Lemin, you’ll learn that actions speak louder anyway.


Be polite and keep your business jargon to yourself

Have you ever wondered how your website is doing in the SERPs? What about your PPC? Are you getting a good CPA? What about the CPM? Are you tracking all of your KPIs?