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Rate Hike Won’t Hurt Economy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The rising cost of labor may drive interest rates higher, but the hike isn’t likely to affect overall economic stability, a University of Tennessee economist said Friday. Dr. Matt Murray, head of UT-Knoxville’s economics department, said that any rate increase imposed by the Federal Reserve Bank would likely be modest. Fed chairman

Insecticide Ruling Will Handicap Farmers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Curtailing use of two popular insecticides will limit Tennessee farmers’ arsenals against pests that threaten their crops, a University of Tennessee fruit specialist said Friday. An Environmental Protection Agency ruling restricting use of methyl parathion or azinphos methyl will make it harder to control pests that damage fruits and some vegetables, Dr.