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VOL. 45 | NO. 29 | Friday, July 16, 2021

‘Great unknown’ of COVID still lingers

Health officials wait, worry as public brushes aside continuing risks

It’s been more than two months since the federal Centers for Disease Control relaxed its recommendations on masking for the fully vaccinated and since Metro Nashville lifted its own restrictions on masking and gathering. Since then, many have ditched the masks and resumed most, if not all, of their favorite pre-pandemic activities.

Tennessee fires top vaccination official amid pandemic

Tennessee officials have fired the state’s top vaccination official, who had been facing scrutiny from Republican state lawmakers over her department’s outreach efforts to vaccinate teenagers against COVID-19.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Sure, you could let your cat roam, but why would you?

The notice on the community bulletin board was, unfortunately, not unusual: A missing cat, gone for two days from its home in a neighborhood near ours.

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EVENTS

Free Family Fun. The Knoxville Office of Special Events and Parks and Recreation continues its free Kid A’ Riffic Fun in the Park at West Hills Park, 7624 Sheffield Dr. Families are invited to participate in crafts, games and other activities on Wednesdays in July, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. No registration is required. Information Additional date: July 28, World’s Fair Park

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NEWSMAKERS

Wanamaker to lead Howard H. Baker Center

Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics at the University of Tennessee, has been named executive director of the university’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. She replaces former executive director Matt Murray, who announced his retirement in March.

BRIEFS

Superintendent: KCS plans normal school year

Knox County School Board Superintendent Bob Thomas recently provided an update about the 2021-22 school year, outlining a return to normal operations after the pandemic.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

‘Back to normal’ boosts pandemic pup expenses

Last summer, like millions of Americans, I brought home a 7-pound ball of fluff. Over the past year, my mini-goldendoodle has turned into 23 pounds of pure joy. Close to one in five households have acquired a dog or cat since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent survey from the ASPCA reports. That’s approximately 23 million American households.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Get dirty with these 5 affordable off-road vehicles

Does a little outdoor adventure sound enticing to you? It does to many Americans, as evidenced by crowded national parks and increased demand for trucks and SUVs. If you’re looking for a vehicle that can handle going off-road yet still be your inexpensive source for daily transportation, there are several options at your disposal.

PERSONAL FINANCE

You must decide who gets keys to your digital estate?

You may not own cryptocurrency or nonfungible tokens. You may not have a big Instagram following or run an online business. But if you do almost anything online, you probably have digital assets — electronic records that you own, control or license. Failing to make arrangements for those assets while you’re alive could cause unnecessary costs, stress and heartache to those you leave behind.

CAREER CORNER

What the Great Resignation means to your job situation

Countless news stories have popped up in the last few weeks about the Great Resignation. Millions of American workers are quitting their jobs.

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