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Catching a Browns game? Take Megabus


Knoxville football fans planning a fall trip to catch a Cleveland Browns game now have an easy way to get there.
Express bus operator Megabus announced today it has launched connecting service from Knoxville to Cleveland.
The Browns are a new favorite team for some Knoxville football fans since the team was purchased last year by Knoxville businessman Jimmy Haslam, CEO of truck stop operator Pilot Flying J, which is under federal investigation for fuel-rebate fraud.
Megabus is offering daily service from Knoxville to Cleveland, according to a news release. Buses will leave the Knoxville Transit Center at 301 Church Ave. for Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, with connections to Cleveland.
Megabus is known for selling some seats for as little as $1.
“The $1 fares go quickly, but there are many other great fares available if you book early,” Mike Alvich, VP of marketing and public relations for megabus.com/Coach USA, said in a news release. “Traveling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays is another great way Knoxville customers can secure the best megabus.com fares.”

The bus ride from Knoxville to Cleveland takes about 12 hours, according to the Megabus website. Don’t expect to rub elbows the the team owner. Haslam has a plane.
In Cleveland, Megabus will drop off and pick up passengers at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center near Cleveland State University.
Football fans will have to make their own way to and from FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Browns.

Megabus website

Cleveland Browns website

Help for East Tennessee jobs market

East Tennessee’s job market got a dose of good news this week when Whirlpool Corp. said it would invest $120 million to expand its Cleveland, Tenn. operation.

The company plans to build a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant where it will make built-in, premium cooking products. The expansion will add 130 jobs to an existing work force of 1,500 employees.

090210a+whirlpool08.jpgWhirlpool’s announcement is welcome news to unemployed Tennesseans. We still have a long way to go before all of the jobs lost in the recession are replaced, but progress is being made.

For more on the jobs market and why it’s not as bad as the screamers on cable TV would have us believe, check out my column on Sunday in Knoxvillebiz and the News Sentinel.

Photo: Chattanooga Times Free Press/ Mike Pare

Melissa Haynes, a Whirlpool Corp. employee, works on an oven at the company’s plant in Cleveland, Tenn.