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VOL. 46 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 14, 2022

It’ll be your best vacation ever!

This is the year we make up for 2 years of lost travel. Unless, well, COVID

The two words that sum up travel in 2022 are “cautiously optimistic.’’ To be sure, travel is one of the top priorities for many of the pandemic weary. An Expedia report on 2022 travel trends found that more than 68% of American travelers are planning a big trip for their first foray out, whether it be travel to a foreign country or upgrading to luxury accommodations in the United States.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Hurdles ahead for city’s political convention hopes

Having made it a couple of weeks into 2022 without any major new attacks on democracy (fingers crossed), let us briefly turn our attention to 2024 politics: How does the prospect of tens of thousands of ardent Republicans or Democrats swarming through Nashville strike you?

NEWSMAKERS

Khaleel to head NSSD at Oak Ridge

Moe Khaleel has been selected to lead the National Security Sciences Directorate, or NSSD, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Local Weather
Currently
Knoxville, TN
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A Few Clouds
Wind: Variable at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 51%

EVENTS

Evergreen Ball. The annual celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its supporters with Friends of the Smokies. The Saturday event features cocktails; dinner; silent and live auctions; and live music. Venue and additional details to come. Friends of the Smokies. Information

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UT SPORTS

Dump the junk: Change of diet fuels Vol Vescovi’s rise

Santiago Vescovi doesn’t really care how anyone pronounces his name. He’s more concerned about the quality of his game. The 6-foot-3 Tennessee junior guard has been earning more widespread respect this season for the continued improvement in his play on both sides of the ball. He’s emerged as a stabilizing presence in UT’s lineup.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tannehill saves best for regular-season finale

When the Tennessee Titans lost at home six weeks ago to the Houston Texans, there was growing concern that Ryan Tannehill might not have what it takes to lead a team to a title.

Titans will use bye week to ‘get healthy,’ prep for Henry return

The Tennessee Titans have the top seed in the AFC, so now what? For a team that used a record number of players this season – the number reached 91 during Sunday’s win in Houston, with three new Titans making their debuts – a little rest and relaxation are in order.

Wild Card Weekend predictions

The NFL playoffs begin this weekend. Here's a look at the matchups and predictions for outcomes.

BRIEFS

Open house showcases Transforming Western

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation will host an open house for neighborhood, stakeholder and community members to review the Transforming Western plan for the Western Heights housing site and Beaumont area.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

New cars and missing features: What to do

Most people are aware that automakers have felt the brunt of the worldwide microchip shortage, resulting in understocked dealerships at a time when consumer demand is high. But there’s another less well-known trend that can further complicate the process of buying a new vehicle.

CAREER CORNER

Safer bet, you or the person in next cubicle?

I recently heard a famous comedian talking about her career and how she got where she is today. When it comes to her work, she said, she’s always tried to bet on herself, and that other people should bet on themselves, too. What a novel idea.

PERSONAL FINANCE

This year, resolve to leave no more gift cards unused

Years ago, a friend who needed cash sold me a $100 Nordstrom gift card. I wish I knew where the heck I put it.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

How to have wedding you want for less money

This one goes out to all you lovebirds who got engaged over the holidays and are now left planning a wedding with zero event-planning experience.

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