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VOL. 45 | NO. 7 | Friday, February 12, 2021

Is COVID-19 the death of shaking hands?

The centuries-old greeting is actually kind of disgusting

On March 8, 2020, the 8:45 morning service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin was unfolding as it did every Sunday. Just after the Prayers of the People, the rector offered The Peace. “May the peace of the Lord be always with you,” Father Rusty McCown said to the congregation. “And also with you,” they responded.

You never know where that extended right hand has been

I began to question the practice of shaking hands long before COVID-19. But like most of us, I never acted on my disdain for the practice. Maybe now I will.

NEWSMAKERS

Beebe to chair UT Institutional Review Board

Professor Lora Beebe of the College of Nursing has been selected to serve as chair of the Institutional Review Board at The University of Tennessee.

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EVENTS

Thursday Talks Kickoff. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will kick off its series with Kat McDearis of Green Heron Compost. Attendees must register in advance. Every other month, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host a webinar on the third Thursday to educate the community on everything dealing with keeping Knoxville clean, green and beautiful. Feb. 18, 10 a.m. Information

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BRIEFS

Eastman to build methanolysis facility

Eastman officials have announced the company will build one of the world’s largest methanolysis facilities at its site in Kingsport.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Whatever happened to car subscription services?

Just a few years ago, car subscriptions looked like the next sure thing. Picking up on consumers’ comfort with paying monthly for the likes of streaming services or phones, many automakers introduced programs that allowed people to get a new car and a variety of perks for a monthly fee.

PERSONAL FINANCE

What gig workers need to know about taxes

If you became a gig worker during the pandemic, beware: Your taxes just got more complicated.

CAREER CORNER

COVID’s impact on gender equality

January’s unemployment rate fell to 6.7%, with more than 49,000 jobs added in January. As in previous months during the last year, hospitality, retail and travel continue to struggle. And, sadly, the pandemic is having a disproportionately higher impact on the careers of women.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Get those tough money tasks off your to-do list

Nothing sparks procrastination quite like a to-do list of financial tasks. Sometimes the only thing scarier than making a financial choice in the first place is making the WRONG choice, which can happen when you don’t totally understand what you’re doing.

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