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Sep 29 2022
10:36 am

Used car prices — although down 2% in August from the record high reached in January — are still up 48% from August 2019, according he Consumer Price Index, a key inflation measure. New car prices hit a record in August, up 30% over the last three years.

Used cars have become unaffordable

Over the past five years, the average home price has gone up by 60% while the average income has risen by less than 15%, said Andy Walden, vice president of enterprise research at Black Knight, a mortgage database company.

“Home prices are significantly out of whack with income levels,” said Walden.

Why it’s getting even harder to keep a roof over your head

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Hertz has agreed to purchase up to 175,000 electric vehicles from General Motors over the next five years. This follows earlier announcements that Hertz would buy 100,000 electric cars from Tesla and another 65,000 from the Volvo spin-off brand Polestar.

Hertz is buying up to 175,000 electric vehicles from GM

The Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. A Knoxville Tours motor coach will take participants to the festival on Saturday, October 8, leaving Oak Ridge at 7 a.m. and returning around 8 p.m.

A bus to Jonesborough; butterflies Saturday

“The life commitment I have given to this job is not sustainable,” she wrote, adding that she was resigning for her “health and well-being.”

https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/01/politics/election-workers-officials-harassment-kentucky-texas/index.html

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved Knox County and several other East Tennessee counties back into the "high" risk category for COVID-19.

Knox County moves back to 'high' COVID-19 risk category; CDC recommends masks indoors

And in August, the federal government enacted a Tier 2 shortage, which will limit the amount of water southern Nevada can pull from Lake Mead beginning in January by about 8.1 billion gallons a year.

Las Vegas isn’t betting on Mother Nature to solve its water problems. Here’s how it intends to win

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Sep 4 2022
12:33 am

The new policy, which started Friday, September 2, requires all mall visitors under the age of 18 to be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who is 21 years or older on Friday and Saturday nights after 4 p.m., Foothills Mall said.

Foothills Mall implements new policy for teens under the age of 18

Foothills Mall has new Youth Escort Policy (YEP)

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At the top of the list was Billings, in Montana. It was followed by Knoxville, and below that was the Kingsport-Bristol area. Chattanooga also ranked ninth in the study.

New study ranks Knoxville third in the U.S. for highest prevalence of depression

When looking at wait times locally at three main hospitals: UT Medical Center, Blount Memorial Hospital and Parkwest Medical Center, each averaged between 4-6 hours. Parkwest averages just over 5 hours, but Upchurch said she and others she spoke to are seeing double that.

Woman waits 28 hours in ER for room at Knoxville medical center

Thu
Aug 25 2022
04:13 pm

The board's new rules would also set interim quotas for zero-emission vehicles, focusing on new models. Starting with 2026 models, 35% of new cars, SUVs and small pickups sold in California would be required to be zero-emission vehicles. That quota would increase each year and is expected to reach 51% of all new car sales in 2028, 68% in 2030 and 100% in 2035. The quotas also would allow 20% of zero-emission cars sold to be plug-in hybrids.

California votes to ban new gas car sales by 2035

Deaths in the U.S. rose 19% from 2019 to 2020 — the largest jump in a century. Life expectancy was lowest in Southern states in 2020, including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia. That was most likely due to Covid deaths, according to Dr. Robert Anderson, chief of mortality statistics at NCHS, who reviewed the report.

Map: See how much life expectancy declined in each state in 2020

The trains are emissions-free and low-noise, with only steam and condensed water issuing from the exhaust. They have a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), meaning they can run for an entire day on the network on a single tank of hydrogen. A hydrogen filling station has already been established on the route. The trains can go at a maximum of 140 kph, or 87mph, though regular speeds on the line are much less, between 80-120 kph.

The world's first hydrogen-powered passenger trains are here

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They ended up voting on an amended ordinance that says appeals on development plans would not go through the Board of Zoning Appeals. Instead, appeals on development plans would go directly to court.

Knox Co. Commission votes to stop development plan appeals from going through appeals board

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They hope to be ready to open by October. Renovations are ongoing on the building as they prepare to welcome people in from the trails.

Restaurant will be built out of almost 100-year-old church in South Knoxville

Fri
Aug 19 2022
02:32 pm

The owner of Regal Cinemas is having a tough time — its stock crashed as much as 80% Friday after reports that its parent company is preparing to file for bankruptcy.

The world's second biggest movie theater chain is in trouble

Two things must happen for an amendment to pass and become part of the Constitution.

The amendment must get more yes votes than no votes.

The number of yes votes must be a majority of the total votes in the gubernatorial election, meaning the number of "yes" votes must be more than half the total number of votes cast in the governor's race for the amendment to pass.

Tennesseans will vote on these 4 amendments to the state constitution this November

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Each vendor is allowed to stage up to 300 scooters and at least 50 e-bikes. That’s an increase from the current combined maximum of 500 scooters, although the initial number of scooters being deployed is expected to be less than the maximum allowed by the permit.

Scooter riding is and will continue to be prohibited on sidewalks," the release from the City of Knoxville said.

People now have the option of reporting what they view as scooter or e-bike riders’ misbehavior using the My Knoxville app.

Electric bike rentals are coming to downtown Knoxville, UT campus

The proportion of high school graduates in Tennessee who are going directly to college, for example, has fallen to 53% — down 11 percentage points since 2017.

Her students’ parents “just don’t value education the way they did in the past,” said Amanda DeBord, an adviser in a statewide program in Tennessee called Advise TN. “I feel like that’s been slipping for a few years.”

Why Americans are increasingly dubious about going to college

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