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VOL. 45 | NO. 5 | Friday, January 29, 2021

Getting more shots into more arms

Health officials navigate logistics, old suspicions

When Meharry Medical College associate professor of microbiology and immunology Donald Alcendor isn’t in the classroom or lab he’s visiting barbershops, salons and small businesses, teaching informally about clinical trials at Meharry for a new COVID-19 vaccine.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Return to ballpark, bars worth reliving childhood phobia

I’m no fan of needles. This aversion was perhaps most vividly demonstrated the time my grandmother and two aunts had to pry me out of the car after I saw that we were parked at the Jackson County, Mississippi, health department. Once extracted from the car, I tried to climb a tree to escape my fate.

NEWSMAKERS

Fields named director; CCI adds staffers

Megan Fields has taken on a new role at The University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information.

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EVENTS

Legislative Update. Join the Knoxville Chamber for a virtual briefing on proposed legislation for the upcoming session and a review of the legislative agenda developed by policy leaders at the Knoxville Chamber, Blount Partnership and Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Friday, 7:30-9 a.m. Register Information

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BRIEFS

Kellyco donates headphones to schools

Kellyco Metal Detectors, a Knoxville-based company, has announced it is donating 2,846 headphone sets to Knox County Schools to make education more accessible to students who are learning remotely during the pandemic.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Top automotive technology revealed at CES 2021

The atmosphere at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic, struck a different tone than in years past. Without hordes of tech-hungry onlookers jockeying for position through packed convention center halls, automakers appeared more reserved in their proclamations for the future.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Your tax refund is likely shrinking this year unless you know about this fix

Families battered by the pandemic recession might soon discover the tax refunds they’re counting on are dramatically smaller – or that they actually owe income tax.

CAREER CORNER

In the new normal, you might never meet your boss face to face

Before the pandemic, your manager probably had more of a say in where you were day to day.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Three things you must know if you’re new to gig work

Shutdowns, layoffs and salary cuts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have left millions of Americans searching for new sources of income. Those who’ve recently turned to gig work may be weeks away from a financial surprise in the form of unexpected tax bills and insurance coverage fine print.

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