PILOT FLYING J TRIAL: Three of four former employees convicted

A jury has reached a verdict in the federal trial that began in November for four former employees of Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J. The Associated Press reports three of four former employees were convicted in connection with a rebate scam.Former company President Mark Hazelwood and former account representative Heather Jones were found guilty of conspiracy on Thursday.Former company Vice President Scott "Scooter" Wombold and former account representative Karen Mann were found not guilty of conspiracy.Hazelwood and Wombold were convicted of wire fraud.


“Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo reopens featuring a live unicorn at Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater`

“Magic Beyond Belief™” starring internationally-acclaimed magician Darren Romeo is now reopen, after being closed for a four-month production hiatus, Tuesday to Friday now through December in The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.The magical show includes approximately $250,000 in upgrades, most of which are in production elements. The move back to the Smoky Mountain Opry™ is to enable Romeo to perform larger illusions on a bigger stage and allows for the return of large animals to the show...


Knoxville couple scammed by invention design company

A Knoxville couple says they've been scammed out of thousands of dollars by a Florida-based company they hired to help design a new tool for carpenters. They say they haven't been able to reach the design company and phone numbers for the company don't work.From the beginning of time, human inventions and technologies have shaped and transformed our lives. David Lentz in Knoxville is one of those innovative thinkers...


FOCUS Ministries holding family comedy night

The first Knoxville Family Comedy Night benefiting FOCUS Ministries of East Tennessee will be held on February 24, 2018, at First Baptist Concord located in Farragut, starting at 7 p.m.The evening will feature standup comedian and Knoxville-raised musician Jonnie W. Jonnie travels the country performing for all audiences and all ages. His clever wit and down-to-earth humor have been entertaining businesses and churches, conference attendees and small groups alike...


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    Sevier County attractions hiring ahead of summer tourism

    Ahead of a busy spring and summer tourism season in Sevier County, many attractions have already begun their seasonal hiring. Preparing for the heat of summer, Ripley's announced the company needs nearly 300 workers across their eight attractions...


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    At the Name of Jesus

    On the eighth day after His birth, the eternal Son of God, in accordance with the Law, would have been circumcised and given His name. The name He received was quite common. It is the same Hebrew name as “Joshua.” It means, “God saves.”No other name is spoken as often with such tenderness and devotion. The name itself has become a prayer. We are told that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”..


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    Dizzying Geometric Pies and Tarts by Lauren Ko

    Lauren Ko brings mathematical precision to her baking, using elaborate intertwined patterns to form transfixing patterns to the top of her homemade pies and tarts. The Seattle-based amateur baker has been piecrafting for just a couple of years...

Daniel Rueda and Anna Devís

Tech Bites

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    The Hollowing Middle of the Surveillance Malware Market

    Spare a moment to consider the FinFishers and Hacking Teams of the world, the forebears of a multi-million dollar market for government spyware. While their founders relished in their personas as spies-for-hire, behind the scenes they have always been startups running on thin margins with stiff competition. Increased costs, export regulations, security improvements, and the perils of belligerent clients will make their position increasingly untenable...