Features by Blake Farmer

Dogs trained to spot diabetics' blood sugar swings

There's a burgeoning industry of inexpensive classes that promise to train dogs to alert their diabetic owners to a change in their blood sugar.
Posted In: dogs, diabetes, Health

Memphis tries to lure its natives home

Memphis -- a city that has struggled with population decline and high unemployment -- wants its native sons and daughters to help fuel a comeback.
Posted In: cities, Memphis, tennessee

Drought could push farmers to ditch the till

Many farmers in Tennessee tend their fields without tills to cut down on erosion, but they've found that their method also helps conserve water during droughts.
Posted In: farming, drought

Teach for America fields political candidates

Teach for America is tapping its nationwide network of alumni to recruit candidates for public office -- so much so that in one Tennessee race, two TFA alums are squaring off against one another.
Posted In: politics, teachers, Teach for America, Education, 2012 election

An overdose of pharmacy students

Just five years ago, universities rushed to open pharmacy schools to fill a projected need. But baby boomer pharmacists are delaying retirement.
Posted In: pharmacists, pharmacy

On-demand printing helps sustain the printed page

Technology allows old books to stay "in print" indefinitely.
Posted In: Books, printing

Golf retail stores making a comeback

The official start of golf season is in full swing with all the top golfers competing this weekend in The Masters. The retail side of golf was sliced nearly in half by the recession, but some stores are making a return.
Posted In: Sports, Golf

Tennessee city sets its sights on its very own typeface

The city of Chattanooga, Tenn., wants to join a growing list of U.S. cities with its own typeface to be used in everything from stationary to street signs.
Posted In: fonts, cities, tennessee

Businesses find opportunities in health reform law

For all the talk by Republicans about the dangers of "Obamacare," there are some who view the law as good for business.
Posted In: health care reform law, health care, 2012 election, tennessee

FedEx to raise prices in the coming year

FedEx will start charging higher rates in part so it can afford to hold on to good employees.
Posted In: fedex, shipping, Transportation


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