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VOL. 43 | NO. 12 | Friday, March 22, 2019

Reversal of fortunes

Vols set for deep run, Lady Vols hope to salvage frustrating year

How times have changed for University of Tennessee basketball. The women’s program was once a virtual lock for a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, while the men’s program sweated life on the bubble.

Betting our schools on Lee’s voucher plan

State lawmakers who want school vouchers in Tennessee have watched their plans go up in flames for years after clashing with public school advocates in both urban and rural districts. But Gov. Bill Lee has brought new life to the idea by pushing for a voucher-like program known as education savings accounts.

Voucher promoters employ old model for new effort

Parents and teachers will join Tennessee lawmakers this spring in trying to determine what Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Account proposal, a school-choice option that is similar to school vouchers, would mean to them.

Public funds for religious schools? There is a precedent

How could it be constitutional to use state tax dollars to send a child to a private religious school?

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EVENTS

Big Ears Festival. The event draws thousands of attendees from across the globe during its four-day run at venues in downtown Knoxville. Big Ears is created and produced by AC Entertainment. The New York Times calls it “a music festival with a rare vision.’’ Big Ears is a weekend of world-class musical performances that celebrates Knoxville’s historic theaters, nightclubs, churches, museums and outdoor spaces with concerts, discussions, interactive workshops, installations, film screenings, surprise collaborations and unexpected artistic collisions. It celebrates the never-ending adventure of artistic creation and exploration. Annually, the festival supports 100+ performances of music, film and art over four days. Community engagement typically includes 50+ panels, workshops, and performances that are free and open to the public. March 22-24. Information

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EDUCATION

Spreading orange on the red planet

UT students repeat as finalists in NASA’s Mars water-mining competition

Elton John cautions Mars “ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids,” but that’s not stopping a group of University of Tennessee engineering students from teaming with NASA to help make the red planet more livable.

RASC-AL program offers boost to UT, NASA research efforts

The Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge is run by NASA in tandem with the National Institute of Aerospace.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Griffey ignores constitution with Trump shout out

This week’s topic requires that I temporarily forsake my goal of making this a Trump-free zone.

NEWSMAKERS

UT leadership honors couple for $5M gift

The University of Tennessee has recognized alumnus Clay Jones and his wife, Debbie, by naming a center in the Student Union in their honor.

BRIEFS

U.S. News rankings boost UT colleges

U.S. News and World Report has recognized three University of Tennessee colleges ranked in the top 30 among public institutions:

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Are prepaid car maintenance plans worth it?

Prepaid car maintenance plans are one of the most common items a dealership finance and insurance manager will offer you when you buy a new car.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How to give money advice to someone not seeking help

Unsolicited money advice is like stale fruitcake: Most people wish the givers would just keep it to themselves.

CAREER CORNER

Something odd about that job offer? Wait for another

The premise of my column, which comes from one of my career mentors, might sound a bit confusing.

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