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Articles from May 3, 2016

After Rainout, Softball Focus Shifts to Ole Miss
When the wind lifted a table off the third-floor porch and tossed it crashing onto the field Monday, it was a sign no softball should be played at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.Actually, rain and lightning were the official reasons to cancel the third game...
A Village in Bearden ; MPC to Reveal New Urban Design
Bearden appears closer to an urban makeover.A year after Knoxville City Council members asked the Metropolitan Planning Commission to examine how to turn the neighborhood into a pedestrian-friendly "village," the commission has come up with its solution.At...
Blame for Failure of TNReady Test Is Widespread
There is plenty of blame to go around for the TNReady testing debacle.A contractor that could not deliver on its promises. State education officials who ignored red flags. And, it must be remembered, a Legislature that triggered the mess by forcing the Department...
Braves Call Up Four Players from Minors
Braves call up four players from minorsNEW YORK -- The last-place Atlanta Braves reshuffled their roster, making seven moves while trying to boost a punchless lineup.The Braves went into the series opener against the New York Mets with a 6-18 record...
Don't Commit Crimes against Karaoke
I haven't mentioned karaoke bars lately, but I continue to visit them across Knox County to assess the range of the music, talent of the performers and the interest of audiences. I go from A to Z, from Armstrong's Bar and Grill at 3307 John Sevier Highway...
Extortion Charges Continue to Grow ; Alleged Bank Robber Faces Years in Jail
If the federal government has its way, the alleged ringleader in a plot to rob banks by holding executives and their families hostage will die behind bars.Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lewen has obtained from a federal grand jury an enhanced 23-count...
Fortunes in Flux on UT's Diamonds
What a difference a weekend makes. The view from the Tennessee softball dugout has brightened considerably.What a difference a weekend makes. The view in the Tennessee baseball dugout has dimmed considerably.Baseball and softball, UT's two diamond sports,...
Gannett Seeks Help of Tribune Shareholders
Gannett seeks help of Tribune shareholdersCHICAGO -- Gannett is ramping up its efforts to acquire Tribune Publishing by going directly to shareholders, but not going so far as to initiate a hostile takeover bid for the Chicago-based publisher of the...
Guns-on-Campus Bill to Be Law ; Haslam, Citing Reservations, Won't Sign Legislation
NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he is allowing the guns- on-campus bill to become law without his signature.The bill, Senate Bill 2376, allows full-time faculty, staff and other employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities who have...
Implant Curbs Addiction
ST. LOUIS -- A new weapon to fight heroin and painkiller addiction could be on the way -- an implant that goes in a recovering addict's arm to deliver a drug that quells cravings for up to six months."The longer you keep them sober, the longer they stay...
International Paper Buys Weyerhaeuser Pulp ; Acquisition May Save $175M Annually
MEMPHIS -- International Paper Co. said Monday that it would buy Weyerhaeuser Co.'s pulp business in a deal valued at $2.2 billion, minus a $300 million tax benefit.Memphis-based International Paper said it expects to save about $175 million annually...
Jackson Gaining Sidewalk ; Passageway to Allow Safer Streetscape Work
The first of two new sidewalks on Jackson Avenue should be completed by the end of May -- just in time for the city to start its streetscape project on the other side of the road.Knoxville officials plan to build new curbs and sidewalks on the south...
Jones Happy Ex-Vols Have Chances ; Several Getting NFL Opportunity
Tennessee failed to have a player taken in the NFL draft for the second consecutive year, but UT coach Butch Jones did not seem particularly disturbed by that fact on Monday morning.The 2016 draft was just the fourth not to include a Tennessee football...
Karen Jenkins, Johnson City
Karen Jenkins, Johnson CityPromises made on floating housesIn response to the misleading comments of Rebecca Tolene, vice president of natural resources for the Tennessee Valley Authority, concerning floating homes, she claims "floating houses take for private...
Kerbyson to Attend Minicamps ; Detroit Gives Jackson a Shot
Kyler Kerbyson was not offered an undrafted free agent contract in the days following the NFL draft, but the Tennessee offensive tackle and the Catholic High School graduate will have two opportunities to earn one.Kerbyson told the News Sentinel Monday...
'Let's Move!' Encourages Healthy Lifestyle
The city of Knoxville will host the fifth annual "Let's Move!" event at Victor Ashe Park on Saturday to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle for Knoxville's youth.The event, which is part of first lady Michelle Obama's national campaign to...
Makeovers for Mom
MAKEOVERS FOR MOMKnoxville Center will celebrate Mother's Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, with makeovers, giveaways and a "Calling All Moms" fashion show in Center Court.Local moms may enjoy complimentary styling, makeovers, makeup tips and...
Many Turn to Free Clinics for Care ; Some Simply Cannot Afford High Deductible
Denise Johnson works two jobs, but neither of them offers health insurance to part-timers like her. She signed up for a marketplace plan this year, but for routine medical care, Johnson still goes to the free clinic near her Charlottesville, Virginia,...
Mom Wants Husband to Be More Engaged with Baby
Dear Amy: I've been married for five years to a wonderful, funny and very hardworking man. We have one child, who just turned a year old.We live 10 hours away from my family/friends and five hours away from my in-laws. My husband travels for his job,...
Murder-for-Hire Case to Grand Jury ; Laura Buckingham out on Bond
KINGSTON -- The case of a pregnant suspect in a murder-for-hire plot goes before the Roane County grand jury next month, and the defendant is free on $150,000 bail posted by a bonding company and her brother, authorities said.Laura Ann Buckingham, 30,...
Pga
PGAZurich ClassicMondayAt TPC LouisianaAvondale, La.Purse: $7 millionYardage: 7,341; Par: 72Final(x-won on second hole of playoff)x-Brian Stuard (500), $1,260,000 64-68-69--201Byeong-Hun An, $616,000 68-68-65--201Jamie Lovemark (245), $616,000 67-66-68--201Bobby...
Playoff Schedule
playoff scheduleSunday's gamesMiami 106, Charlotte 73, Miami wins series 4-3Golden State 118, Portland 106, Golden State leads series 1-0Toronto 89, Indiana 84, Toronto wins series 4-3Monday's gamesCleveland 104, Atlanta 93, Cleveland leads series 1-0Oklahoma...
Police: Kids Hurt in Booze-Related Wreck
Police: Kids hurt in booze-related wreckTwo children were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after they were involved in a single-vehicle crash in which authorities believe alcohol may have been a...
Q: Is It Wrong to Be Proud of Your Accomplishments? I've Bee
Q: Is it wrong to be proud of your accomplishments? I've been very successful in my business and I admit I'm proud of what I've been able to accomplish, but I've also heard that it's wrong to be proud. Is this true? -- T.McD.A: It's not necessarily wrong...
Reflecting on Fitness ; Gyms Ditch Mirrors to Aid Self-Image
If you're looking at yourself and thinking, 'Maybe I don't look as healthy or as fit or as good, and there's somebody exercising next to me who is all glammed up or all fit.' It just adds a level of stress to the average person that's just not needed."COSTA...
Riley Goes Home as Jefferson Co. Coach
DANDRIDGE -- Spencer Riley thought he'd left football behind him.Riley, a member of Tennessee's 1998 football national championship team, found himself unemployed when coach Frankie DeBusk and his staff were fired by Tusculum College in December. Two months...
SAC Tournament Ends with Unique Outcome ; Tusculum Gets Win, but Misses Bid
SEVIERVILLE -- It will go down in the record books as a victory for Tusculum College, but a rain and lightning-shortened 6-5 championship game win in the South Atlantic Conference tournament at Smokies Stadium on Monday will still send Catawba to the...
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Here Are Three Things to Watch as the NAS
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Here are three things to watch as the Nashville Predators prepare for Game 3 of their second-round NHL playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.No place like homeDown 2-0 in their best-of-seven series, the Predators have...
School Board Contract Would Pay Thomas $195K
A proposed contract would pay $195,000 to Buzz Thomas for a year as Knox County Schools' interim superintendent.That amount is similar to his current salary as president of the Great Schools Partnership, according to school board Chairman Doug Harris.The...
Science of Addiction Is Challenge to Apply ; Correcting Behaviors Not Just about Will
ORLANDO, Fla. -- He was 40 years old, a father of three and an Orlando house painter, clean and sober for eight years. One night last summer, he climbed into his truck, stuck a needle in his arm and injected himself with what would be his final dose...
SECOND CHANCE ; Man Credits Faith in Recovery from Aneurysm
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- As an ambulance rushed him to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in December 2012, Erick Martinez's future was suddenly in grave doubt.The then-26-year-old truck driver had been sitting in the parking lot of an Arlington,...
Siri Makes Phone Transition Easier
Some people, perhaps most, don't do well with change. I am particularly reluctant to change when I have something that works well.For months in the early 1990s I agonized over buying a computer to replace my Brother word processor, because of the expense...
Soccer
soccerLeicester clinches Premier League titleLONDON -- Leicester City secured its first Premier League title without playing on Monday after second-place Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea in one of the biggest-ever triumphs by an underdog in sports.Jubilant...
Storms Spawn Hail, Leave Damage ; Tree Falls on Home of Councilman
Luckily, the worst damage Knoxville Vice Mayor Duane Grieve's West Knoxville home suffered from a fallen tree was the crushing of some azalea bushes and shrubbery."Which is really too bad, but it could have been a lot worse," he said.On Monday, after...
Takata Sets Air-Bag Recall Fund at $189M
Takata Corp. raised provisions for its air-bag recalls that involve more than a dozen auto manufacturers, after denying reports that the biggest safety crisis in the industry's history will expand further.The auto parts supplier will book a combined...
Teen Charged in Cocke County Murder
A teenager accused in the killing of a Cocke County woman who went missing earlier this year was arraigned Monday.McKinley Lane Cody, 19, was arraigned before Cocke County Circuit Court Judge Ben Hooper II in the death of Lora Hale Costner, 42.Cody is...
The Brains Behind Bristol ; Hart, Caldwell Help Turn Years of Talk into Reality
BRISTOL, Va. -- Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart was merely a bystander on Monday morning, watching Phillip Fulmer and Al Wilson race golf carts.It was a bizarre scene on the driving range at The Virginian Golf Club -- Tennessee's former national-championship...
Troubles Persist at Youth Center ; 6 Staffers Hurt after DCS Unit Shakeup
DANDRIDGE -- Six Mountain View Youth Development Center staffers were injured in an incident the day after a new management team arrived in the wake of the superintendent's firing last week.Tennessee Department of Children's Services officials Monday would...
TVA to Consider Bellefonte Sale ; Board Meeting on Issue Set for Thursday
Whether or not to sell the Bellefonte nuclear plant site in northern Alabama will be one of the issues on the agenda when the TVA board meets Thursday.The board will receive a report on the status of the plant and could make a decision on whether TVA...
Well Respected Former Reporter John Stiles Dies
Those who knew him talk of John Stiles as that rare breed of newspaperman both respected by his sources and beloved by his colleagues.He was always fair, always striving for accuracy, always able to ask the right questions and get to the heart of a story...
Who'll Run for County Mayor?
is Anders interested?Whether it's objectionable to run in one race while attempting to win another is a matter of opinion, but Brad Anders is still running to keep his Knox County Commission seat in 2016 while others are already looking ahead to 2018.Commissioner...
Widow Sues after Scott Concert Rampage ; Husband Died after 'Full Throttle' Fest
The widow of an Indiana monster truck driver killed after he tried to stop an angry, drugged motorist's vehicular rampage through a crowd of patrons at a country music concert in Scott County is suing the campground that hosted the "Full Throttle" holiday festival...
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