KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County prosecutors say they are going to continue to use a law that enhances the sentences of gang members despite a state appellate court's striking it down as unconstitutional. And at least one Knox County judge is willing to let the district attorney's office continue to use that law.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1SQbkHd ) that prosecutors say they will continue to seek charges under the gang enhancement law.
4. Why Businesses Should Know the SCORE - Thursday, April 14, 2016
Steven Spielberg said, "The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." And that describes the underlying philosophy of SCORE.5. Knoxville Judge's Former Mistress Charged With Prostitution - Monday, March 28, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The mistress who supplied a Knoxville judge with drugs and helped lead him to his downfall has been arrested on prostitution charges.
Deena Castleman was arrested last week in a sting at a Knoxville motel and charged with promoting prostitution and impersonating a licensed professional, Knox County Sheriff's Office records say.6. Tri-Star Chronicles Captures Tennessee’s Lesser-Known Stories - Tuesday, March 15, 2016
J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III is not Memphis’ most famous name across the state of Tennessee. But he is an important name, has a deep and rich story worth telling, and that is exactly the point.7. Sports Community to Memphis: Acknowledge Our Value - Monday, February 01, 2016
In sports, it is natural for some – maybe even many – to say what a player, coach, team or even a city can’t do. Memphis knows this well.
There were doubts about the viability of a Downtown minor-league baseball park. But 16 years after AutoZone Park opened at Third Street and Union Avenue, the ballpark is as beautiful as ever – thanks in part to some $6.5 million in upgrades following the team’s purchase by the parent St. Louis Cardinals.8. Knox Slaying Case Sets Legal Precedent in Tennessee - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has used a Knox County murder case to rule that an autopsy report can serve as evidence in a trial, even when the report's author isn't available to testify.9. Stubby and Bo Know First Big-League Hit Is Forever - Friday, January 15, 2016
They will always remember the first one because in baseball, there is no charity.
June 22, 2001, the St. Louis Cardinals are losing 10-5 to the San Francisco Giants when Stubby Clapp, back-flipping hero to Memphis Redbirds fans, leads off the bottom of the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter.10. New Memphis COO Doug McGowen Knows Importance of Carrying Out Orders - Thursday, January 14, 2016
From age 13 until he finished college, Doug McGowen was filling in his summers and college breaks with work. Real work. Sweat-on-the-brow work.
He grew up in Meadville, a small town in northwest Pennsylvania. And there he toiled for a small family-owned construction company, doing whatever was asked.11. - Saturday, December 19, 2015
Knoxville Edition...12. Grizzlies Know Survive and Advance Isn’t Just a Motto for Postseason - Friday, December 11, 2015
When the Memphis Grizzlies saw their 2015-16 schedule, they knew from season’s start to mid-December would be especially challenging.
Or to be blunt about it: dangerous and potentially disastrous if the injury bug had bitten hard.13. Plastic Products Maker Investing $115M in Knox Co. Facility - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A leader in blow-molded plastic products will locate its new manufacturing and distribution operations in Knox County, a move expected to create 500 jobs.
Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd made the announcement about Lifetime Products Inc. on Friday.14. - Saturday, November 21, 2015
Knoxville Edition...15. Playoff Committee Knows 2 Losses Don’t Define Memphis Season - Friday, November 20, 2015
Two straight losses knocked the University of Memphis football team from the national polls.
Not a surprise and not unfair.
But after the Tigers lost at home to Navy and its diabolical triple-option offense, and by a single point at Houston – yes, they blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead – they remained at No. 21 in the College Football Playoff rankings.16. Grizzlies: Old Enough To Know Better - Friday, November 06, 2015
In the minutes after the Grizzlies’ worst loss in franchise history, Dave Joerger reached for the “O-Word.”
That’s right, the coach admitted the Grizzlies sometimes “look a little bit old.”17. Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Name Mularkey Interim Coach - Wednesday, November 04, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk had been thinking of making a coaching change for weeks, and team President Steve Underwood said they caught Mike Mularkey a bit off-guard Tuesday morning asking him to take over as interim head coach.18. What You Should Know About Renters Insurance - Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Did you know that only 31 percent of renters in the United States have renters insurance? Those of us in the real estate industry consider that startlingly low. But why should you consider renters insurance?19. Nashville and Knoxville Police Oppose TBI Investigations - Monday, October 26, 2015
The police chiefs of Nashville and Knoxville have come out against a proposed state law that would automatically send fatal police-encounter investigations to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.20. Reveiz Knows What Vols Need to Snap Streak - Friday, October 23, 2015
Tennessee place-kicker Fuad Reveiz was anxious and nervous much of the week leading up the Vols’ game against Alabama on Oct. 16, 1982.
It was a tall order for the Vols.
Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant had an 11-game winning streak against UT. The Crimson Tide was 5-0, ranked No. 2 in the country and coming off a 42-21 victory against then-No. 3 Penn State.21. Even Joe Buck Knows Value Of a Cubs World Series - Friday, October 09, 2015
Baseball needs the Chicago Cubs.
And Jake Arrieta, and Joe Maddon, and what Joe Buck, of all people, called “old-school ratings.”22. Memphis Grizzlies Getting ‘Hard Knocks’ Treatment - Thursday, October 01, 2015
The Memphis Grizzlies are going to get a little national recognition – before the season even starts.
NBA TV’s weeklong “NBA Real Training Camp” series will showcase the Grizzlies on Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.23. Knoxville Police, Fire Hire Employees Despite Red Flags - Friday, September 25, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Records show the Knoxville police and fire departments hired multiple employees over the past decade despite red flags in their applications.
Some of the warning signs included drug use and poor driving records, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.24. Final Memphis Mayoral Debate Begins at 8 pm on WKNO - Friday, September 18, 2015
On the road to the last televised debate in the Memphis mayor’s race, the four major candidates know each other well.
They each know the speeches of their rivals, as well as their own, and the ability to catch the other guy off guard becomes more difficult as a result.25. Knox County's Ex-Nutrition Director Charged With Theft - Wednesday, September 16, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the former nutrition director for Knox County Schools has been charged with theft and official misconduct.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1OTU6YY) 49-year-old Jon Dickl was booked into the Knox County Detention Center on Sept. 10 and released on bond. Dickl is charged with a count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and a count of official misconduct.26. Dognapping Threat Unknown by Witness - Thursday, September 10, 2015
My hand surgeon and my chiropractor should be paying attention to a certain case being tried in the New York Supreme Court. The finger-pointing alone is bound to result in injuries that would require an adjustment, if not an operation.27. - Saturday, August 29, 2015
Knoxville Edition...28. Record-Setting Freshman Class Settles in at UT Knoxville - Saturday, August 29, 2015
Murfreesboro’s Madison Underwood, 18, admits the University of Tennessee-Knoxville was not her first choice after graduating Siegel High School this spring.
But it soon became a serious contender – and ultimate winner – thanks to a combination of value, community and programming.29. Four Things To Know for Your Fundraising Plan - Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The fundraising plan is at the core of successful fundraising. But what exactly is a fundraising plan? Is it a spreadsheet? A list of activities? A list of potential donors and funders? Our answer: it’s this and so much more.30. - Saturday, August 22, 2015
Knoxville Edition...31. Know When To Cut Your Losses at Work - Friday, August 21, 2015
Typically, we think of sunk cost in terms of investing or economics. It’s the concept that money or some other cost you have already lost can’t be recovered. In business, the idea of sunk cost might come in to play when a project has failed. Management eventually decides that no amount of additional work will save the project. It’s best to cut their losses and walk away while they can.32. University of Memphis Knows Time to Shine Is Now - Friday, August 21, 2015
First, there was a video because in 2015 there must always be a video.
Before University of Memphis Athletics director Tom Bowen and president M. David Rudd took their turns at the lectern to talk about the public phase of a $40 million capital campaign for athletic facilities, all heads turned toward a screen.33. Tech Tips: Stuff You Didn't Know You Could Do on Facebook - Thursday, August 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook? Overlay colorful text on the photos you post? How about mark the end of a relationship without your 500 closest friends getting notified?34. Collins Knocks 'Puller, Pusher and Picker' Jobs In Whitehaven Opening - Saturday, August 15, 2015
Memphis Mayoral contender Harold Collins opened his Whitehaven campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 15, by saying incumbent mayor A C Wharton Jr. has “rendered us a puller, pusher and picker city.”35. Collins Knocks 'Puller, Pusher and Picker' Jobs In Whitehaven Opening - Saturday, August 15, 2015
Memphis Mayoral contender Harold Collins opened his Whitehaven campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 15, by saying incumbent mayor A C Wharton Jr. has “rendered us a puller, pusher and picker city.”36. - Saturday, August 15, 2015
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Knoxville Edition...38. FBI: Too Soon to Know if Chattanooga Gunman Was Radicalized - Thursday, July 23, 2015
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Chattanooga gunman who killed five U.S. troops acted alone without help from anyone else, and investigators are treating him as a "homegrown violent extremist," the FBI said Wednesday.39. More Things To Know Before Proposal Writing - Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Last week’s column focused on six basic things you should know before writing a proposal. Here, we address three more nuanced things to consider.
Some nonprofits create a “boiler plate” proposal and send it out to as many foundations and corporations as possible, hoping to “get a hit.” That is one strategy, and sometimes it is appropriate. Making small modifications to a standard proposal is efficient, particularly when seeking to secure sponsorships and smaller grants. In general, we suggest a more targeted approach.40. 6 Things to Know When Writing a Proposal - Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Summer reading is highlighted in Oprah and other magazines each year. A good read is great to enjoy on the beach or curled up on a lawn chair. But what about a good summer write?
That’s right – start writing now to help the money come in at the end of the year, or perhaps next spring. That’s how it’s done. Writing proposals now prevents future complaints such as, “How can I write that proposal in just three days?” It’s called planning ahead.41. 18th Annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl Scheduled - Saturday, July 11, 2015
This competition for the title of "Smartest Company in Memphis" at the 18th annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl will be held in a few months at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.42. Want to Get Into Knoxville-Area Showbiz? Here’s How - Saturday, July 11, 2015
“Chasing the fun” keeps Jaime Hemsley, founder and owner of Gage Models and Talent Agency, in high gear to find her clients opportunities in the entertainment business.
“There’s lots of different ways to get involved in the industry,” she says, adding that her clients work both locally and nationally. Her agency recently booked a client with a TV reality dating show. Gage is headquartered in Knoxville but has clients throughout the southeast and works with agencies in New York and Los Angeles.43. - Saturday, July 11, 2015
Knoxville Edition...44. 18th Annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl Scheduled - Friday, July 10, 2015
This competition for the title of “Smartest Company in Memphis” at the 18th annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl will be held in a few months at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.45. - Saturday, July 04, 2015
Knoxville Edition...46. Knoxville’s Amazing Network of Trails, Parks and Waterways - Saturday, June 27, 2015
With the Great Smoky Mountains looming in the distance, and no shortage of ball fields and other outdoor recreation sites closer at hand, Knoxville and its surrounding communities don’t lack for recreational opportunities.47. - Saturday, June 27, 2015
Knoxville Edition...48. Fast Growth for Knoxville Diocese - Saturday, June 20, 2015
For the smallest Catholic diocese in the U.S., the Knoxville diocese knows how to draw a crowd of movers and shakers.
At the April 19 groundbreaking for the new $25 million cathedral, the lineup of both secular and non-secular dignitaries attending a weekend of events was impressive.49. ‘If It’s on His Mind, You’re Going to Know It’ - Saturday, June 20, 2015
The state legislature’s vote this year to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee raised eyebrows among believers and nonbelievers statewide.
Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, it was tabled by the Senate following questions about its constitutionality and opposition from the governor, other elected officials and community leaders statewide.50. - Saturday, June 20, 2015
Knoxville Edition...51. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers - Saturday, June 13, 2015
The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.
A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.52. - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Knoxville Edition...53. Deadlines Everyone Should Know - Thursday, June 11, 2015
Ray’s Take: Deadlines are good for the soul. It’s always important to keep track of significant ones in life. At 16, we can drive, and at 18, we can vote. Your taxes are due on April 15. But what about other significant deadlines that may not be as familiar?54. - Saturday, June 06, 2015
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Knoxville Edition...57. No Stanley Cup Delusions for Knoxville’s Ice Bears - Saturday, May 02, 2015
As the NHL playoffs heat up, the Southern Professional Hockey League is done for another season.
All is quiet inside Civic Coliseum, home of the Knoxville Ice Bears. They ended their 2014-15 season by claiming Knoxville’s fourth President’s Cup as champions of the SPHL.58. - Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Knoxville Edition...61. US Chamber Of Commerce Honors Knoxville Small Businesses - Saturday, April 04, 2015
As it has been for the last several years, Knoxville is well represented on the 2015 list of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Blue Ribbon Award winners.
Five Knoxville companies –The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – are among 100 companies nationwide selected for this year’s awards. Only one other Tennessee company made the list.62. - Saturday, April 04, 2015
Knoxville Edition...63. Advanced Plastics Manufacturer Expanding to Knoxville - Friday, April 03, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An advanced plastics manufacturer is opening a new manufacturing facility in Knox County that's expected to create more than 200 jobs.
Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that Hicks Plastics plans to invest $10.4 million to expand its operations to Knoxville, Tennessee.64. - Saturday, March 28, 2015
Knoxville Edition...65. Knox County Superintendent 'Surprised' By Hamilton Co. Suit - Thursday, March 26, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The superintendent of Knox County Schools said Wednesday that he's surprised Hamilton County and six Chattanooga-area school systems filed a lawsuit against the state over funding after what he thought was a productive meeting with the governor.66. Well-Known Names Host Strickland Fundraiser - Thursday, March 26, 2015
At $1,500 per person or couple, a fundraiser Tuesday, March 24, for the mayoral campaign of Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is an indication the campaign to the October city ballot is picking up in intensity.67. The Wine That Saved a Knoxville Landmark - Saturday, March 07, 2015
Linn Slocum started making wine from kits because she enjoyed it, later surprising herself by parlaying her hobby into a winery business that has enlivened downtown Knoxville, led to the renovation of a historic site and showcased East Tennessee’s farm-to-table food movement.68. - Saturday, March 07, 2015
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Knoxville Edition...70. Knoxville Mayor Orders Sunshine Law Training - Monday, February 16, 2015
An East Tennessee mayor has ordered more training for those appointed to city boards after she found possible violations of the state’s sunshine laws.
The move stems from a public records request by the Knoxville News Sentinel in relation to a proposed $9 million digital radio system being discussed by the Knox County E-911 Board of Directors. The newspaper reports the city gave it copies of emails on Thursday that show some board members discussed the contract in private.71. Are You a Hack Waiting to Happen? Your Boss Wants to Know - Friday, February 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – The next phishing email you get could be from your boss.
With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees are not a hack waiting to happen.72. - Saturday, February 07, 2015
Knoxville Edition...73. Even Rob Lowe Knows Seahawks Made Wrong Call - Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Before Super Bowl 49, all the talk was about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and what they did or didn’t know in regards to “Deflategate.” 74. Know What to Carry to Interviews - Friday, January 23, 2015
It’s official: Hiring season is on! Chances are good you’ve been sending out your resume online for every interesting job out there. Soon, you’ll find yourself invited for in-person interviews.75. Financial Terms You Should Know - Thursday, January 15, 2015
Ray’s take: Do you know the RMD for your IRA? How about your AGI for the IRS? Or does the alphabet soup of financial terms leaving you scratching your head?
Some people watch interviews with investment professionals and look for subtitles, as if the conversation is in another language. It often is. Investment and tax news is typically delivered in cryptic acronyms which seem to be designed to confuse rather than inform.76. - Saturday, January 10, 2015
Knoxville Edition...77. More Than One Way to Ring in New Year in Knoxville - Saturday, December 27, 2014
With gas prices dropping and the economy continuing to improve, Knoxvillians have much to celebrate as 2014 comes to a close. A number of venues and restaurants have festive plans for New Year’s Eve.78. Market Square, Old City Vie for Knoxville Revelers - Saturday, December 27, 2014
Christmas wrapping packed away? Check. 2014 all but in the books? Check. Resolutions for 2015 made? Maybe. Check. Making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check. Check.
New Year’s Eve revelers have choices of how they want to ring in 2015 while celebrating a successful – or at least completed – 2014. There’s no time yet for making resolutions when two of the year’s biggest parties are about to blast Knoxville with noisemakers and fireworks.79. - Saturday, December 27, 2014
Knoxville Edition...80. Short stay? Travel Site Also Lauds Knoxville Area - Saturday, December 20, 2014
People with an eye for inexpensive yet great vacation or short getaway destinations are likely to land in Knoxville.
Knoxville ranks ninth in the nation on hotel search trivago.com for Best Value City with a ranking of 91.59, coming in between Springfield, Mo., and Little Rock, Ark.81. Knoxville Area a Magnet for Retirees - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Retired air traffic controller Sterling King moved to Knoxville when his brother needed him. Five years later, he has fallen in love with the area and everything it has to offer.
Moderate weather, without the bone-chilling Northern winters or the searing heat of Florida summers, is a big draw, along with its location in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, says King, 58, who migrated from Dayton, Ohio, to Raleigh, North Carolina, and then to Knoxville.82. - Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Knoxville Edition...85. Knoxville Among 16 Cities Leading US on Climate - Thursday, December 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is singling out Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and 13 other cities for leading their peers in efforts to address climate change.
The winners of the competition for cities will receive additional government resources to deal with global warming's impacts, including data tools and a dedicated coordinator to help cities access federal funding.86. - Saturday, November 29, 2014
Knoxville Edition...87. How Much Do You Know About How the Internet Works? - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.
Knoxville Edition...89. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO - Saturday, November 22, 2014
A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.
The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.90. Tiger Basketball Returns to WKNO - Friday, November 21, 2014
A 30-year community tradition returns to WKNO with the tape-delayed broadcast of 15 University of Memphis Tiger basketball home games.
The broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, featuring the Tigers’ game with Stephen F. Austin State University.91. Grizz Want NBA to Know They’re the Real Deal - Friday, November 21, 2014
It was early. How else do you define an NBA game played on Nov. 17?
But it was important, the game seeming to hold value beyond the single win (which went to the Grizzlies) or the one loss (which went to the Houston Rockets).92. - Saturday, November 08, 2014
Knoxville Edition...93. How Bad is Knoxville Crime? - Saturday, October 18, 2014
From murders to burglaries, most of Knoxville’s crime can be attributed to illegal drugs, police say.
But even as crime figures have remained static for years, where you live likely determines how you feel about crime and safety.94. - Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Knoxville Edition...96. Pigeon Forge, Knoxville Help Fill Each Others’ Coffers - Saturday, October 04, 2014
While the tourism industries in Pigeon Forge and Knoxville are quite different, they are inextricably linked.
Only about 35 miles apart, they are gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and happily share tourism dollars.97. Where Else but Knoxville for Women's Basketball Hall of Fame? - Saturday, October 04, 2014
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame was supposed to be built in Jackson when it was first envisioned.
But after fundraising efforts fell faltered there, Lady Vols coaching legend Pat Summitt and Gloria Ray, the first UT women’s athletic director, spearheaded a fundraising effort and gathered $8 million for the facility that opened in Knoxville in 1999.98. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride - Saturday, October 04, 2014
When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.99. - Saturday, October 04, 2014
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