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VOL. 45 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 5, 2021

Downtown Knoxville is on the rebound

New businesses replacing those lost to the pandemic

In March 2020, downtown Knoxville closed up shop. The COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to rage across the United States, and communities were hunkering down for what was then seen as a few weeks of cloistered life to ride the situation out. As days stretched into weeks and then months, economic challenges soared.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Dolly knows new statue would be for the birds

Whatever adjectives might be attached to Dolly Parton – and many come to mind – “underappreciated” would not seem to apply.

NEWSMAKERS

Simmons takes helm as MKAA chairman

Brian Simmons, president and founder of Simmons Property Group, LLC, is the new chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority.

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EVENTS

Les Trois Chefs outdoors. The event is an annual benefit for Childhelp Tennessee and includes a four-course meal complete with wine pairings and silent and live auctions. The event will be held outdoors in a heated tent. Les Trois Chefs begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and silent auction, followed by dinner and live auction from 8-10 p.m. Attire is business to cocktail. The event raises funds to support the programs and services of Childhelp in East Tennessee, which provides forensic services, medical exams and mental health counseling for victims of child abuse. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Friday, 6:30-10 p.m. $275 per ticket. Lakeshore Park, 6410 S. Northshore, Knoxville. Information

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BRIEFS

Pinnacle Award winners announced

The Knoxville Chamber’s Annual Pinnacle Awards for 2021 will celebrate its winners in a virtual event Feb. 19.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Mustang Mach-E races to lead versus Tesla Model Y

The 2020 Tesla Model Y is an intriguing pick for an electric SUV. It has a relatively small footprint but provides cavernous passenger and cargo space. And with a current entry price of $43,190, including destination and handling fees, it’s also one the most affordable electric SUVs around.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How to prioritize debt payments during pandemic

A singular crisis has led to extraordinary relief options for borrowers. Interest and payments have been paused on federal student loans. Homeowners can request nearly a year of mortgage forbearance. Credit card issuers and other lenders dramatically expanded hardship programs.

CAREER CORNER

In February, focus on what you love about your work

February is one of my favorite months. It’s a time when we focus on love and happiness. People are more kind to one another. We think about what is going well in our personal lives and dream of new beginnings.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

You’re not lazy, you’re taking care of yourself

Assume this position. Feet up, head back, fingers laced over your belly. Eyes shut. Teeth unclenched.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Managing finances on top of COVID burnout

I’m writing this between my daughter’s diaper changes, bottle breaks and naps, as well as my own weepy fits of anxiety and despair. Our day care closed because of a COVID-19 case, so our baby gets to gurgle at my husband and me as we stare at our computers – tense shoulders at ears – and attempt to work.

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