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VOL. 45 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 15, 2021

Who’s paying for COVID? All of us

Unvaxxed, uninsured could cost us billions

We are tired. We locked ourselves down in March 2020 and waited almost a year for a lifesaving vaccine. We got our one or two doses (depending on the vaccine brand) as soon as we could. We stayed masked up and social distanced even after our jabs.

Government aid helped postpone COVID bankruptcies

Hundreds of thousands of people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, some for long periods of time. That comes with high medical bills.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Manning up is a sure way to sway this football fan

I’m trying to become a Titans fan, as befits a bona fide Nashvillian. But it’s going ... slowly.

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EVENTS

Cause for Paws. Young-Williams Animal Center will hold its seventh annual fall benefit and dinner, “Cause for Paws,” a fundraising event for the nonprofit animal shelter and official intake center for Knoxville and Knox County. The evening benefit will feature beverages, dinner, music and silent and live auctions. As the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, the shelter takes in more than 8,000 lost, unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals each year and depends on animal lovers and fundraisers to provide the best quality of life while these pets are in our care. Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $150 per ticket. Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

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UT SPORTS

Kiffin will feel the heat in return to ground he scorched

Lane Kiffin slipped out of Knoxville in the dead of night, leaving burning mattresses, police barricades and expletive-screaming students in his wake.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Let’s not talk about injuries

Last week, there was some refreshing candor from the Tennessee Titans camp.

Football-skin sofa? Byard has big plans for turnover stash

Kevin Byard has talked at length this year about the Titans needing to force more turnovers. Now he’s leading by example.

Bills vs. Titans: What to watch

The stakes get a little higher when the Titans host the Buffalo Bills this week on Monday Night Football. The Bills probably haven’t forgotten the 42-16 smackdown the Titans put on them last year in a rare Tuesday night game. The game had been rescheduled due to the Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak.

NEWSMAKERS

West selected for international board

Mary Beth West, senior strategist of Knoxville-based Fletcher Marketing PR, has been appointed to the newly formed Global Advisory Board of the Public Relations and Communications Association.

BRIEFS

Smith & Wesson HQ headed to Maryville

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest firearms manufacturers, is moving its headquarters and significant elements of its operations to Maryville in 2023.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2022 Toyota Tacoma still the midsize truck to beat

The Toyota Tacoma has been the most popular midsize truck sold in America through the first half of 2021. It’s also one of Edmunds’ most highly rated models in the category.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Fortify your finances against natural disaster

Emergency preparedness experts recommend that you have a “go bag” and a “stay bin” for disasters: Kits with supplies to help you survive a few days if you have to evacuate your home or shelter in place.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Diffusing the urge to walk off job

In retrospect, it was such a small thing. Any other day, that nearly-inconsequential little annoyance at work might not have bothered you. This time, it did, though, and that was it. You had no more cares to give, and you were done, immediate action was required.

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