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VOL. 44 | NO. 1 | Friday, January 3, 2020

Health care, education & the usual hot buttons

Business as usual for GOP-led Legislature, plus how to spend an extra $700M?

After a raucous, partisan 2019 session that delivered historic health and education measures, Tennessee lawmakers return to Nashville on Jan. 14 for the second half of the 111th General Assembly.

Look for fewer bills as legislators eye early adjournment, re-election

So far, fewer than 100 bills have been filed for consideration in this year’s session of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly, but they include laws on hot-button issues such as school vouchers, vaping, immigration, guns and gender.

Legislators seek to balance punishment, preparing non-violent offenders for success

It’s all about balance in criminal justice reform, and this year lawmakers are likely to be searching for that sweet spot between punishment and preparation for reentry into society for Tennessee’s more than 21,000 inmates.

Democrats seek quick reversal of Education Savings Account bill

Rep. Bo Mitchell, a Nashville Democratic, was joined by 19 fellow House Democrats in filing a one-sentence bill Aug. 21 that aims to delete from the books a law passed in May that allows state money – about $7,400 per student per year – to go to parents in Memphis and Nashville to send their children to private school instead of public school.

Legislators have plenty of ideas for $700M in unused funds

If you ask a Tennessee lawmaker an open-ended question about priorities for 2020, the subject might immediately go to what to do with the TANF funds.

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EVENTS

A Night with Romeo and Juliet. The Rotary Foundation of Knoxville hosts this fundraiser. Attire is dressy or cocktail. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information

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UT SPORTS

Manning had better idea for Ford

Young grocery bag boy rises through ranks of UT athletics

Bud Ford was bagging groceries at a North Knoxville Kroger when Gus Manning came through his line one afternoon in 1964.

Turner’s loss changes plans for Vescovi

Every athlete wants to end their college career on their own terms. Lamonte Turner won’t get that chance. The Tennessee redshirt senior point guard is having season-ending surgery to repair a long-term shoulder injury.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

We’re not the Volunteer State, at least not yet

A multiple-choice quiz. Tennessee’s official state nickname is:

TENNESSEE TITANS

Has Vrabel taken Titans to next level? Only if they top Patriots

When the Tennessee Titans dismissed Mike Mularkey two years ago following a 9-7 season and a playoff win, the reason given was that general manager Jon Robinson wanted someone who could take the club to a higher level.

Titans can’t allow Patriots to shut Henry down this time

The Tennessee Titans face a daunting task in the first round of the AFC Playoffs this weekend, traveling to Foxboro to face the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Look for Texans, Patriots, Seahawks, Saints to advance

Wild-Card Weekend is here and, if the way the regular season ended is any indication, we could be in for a crazy ride all the way to Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

NEWSMAKERS

TN Supreme Court picks Radice for commission

Joy Radice has been appointed to serve on the Access to Justice Commission.

BRIEFS

Radio Systems to buy Clark Distributors

Invisible Fence has announced its parent company, Radio Systems Corp. of Knoxville, has acquired Virginia-based Clark Distributors, Inc. effective Dec. 31.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

What are your options at the end of a car lease?

This was a record year for lease returns, with an estimated 4 million people taking back their vehicles back to dealerships, Edmunds data show. The trend is expected to continue in 2020 as leasing has grown in popularity.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Sometimes leasing a car is the more frugal option

If you need a car, the most frugal option is to buy one that’s 2 to 3 years old, pay cash and drive it until the wheels fall off.

CAREER CORNER

Time to better focus your 2020 employment plan

This is the perfect time to work on your 2020 plan. As you prioritize your New Year’s resolutions, consider a career cleanup along with your plans to go to the gym more often.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Focus on monthly tasks to hit 2020 financial goals

A year is built one day at a time. It’s the busy Tuesdays when you never have a moment and the lazy Sundays when you can finally relax.

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