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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

Pilot Flying J reaches restaurant milestone

The largest travel center operator in North America is expanding its presence in the restaurant business.0306pilot.MP.jpg

Pilot Flying J recently opened its 300th company owned and operated restaurant and plans to open another 23 restaurants by the end of the year, the Knoxville-based company said Tuesday.

The 300th milestone was reached with the opening of a Huddle House at the company’s travel center in Anna, Texas, on June 11.

Pilot operates the largest travel center network in North America with more than 600 locations.

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Pilot Flying J expands — again

Update: Canada location corrected.

Pilot Flying J continues to expand its North American footprint. The Knoxville-
0306pilot.MP.jpgbased company announced today it will open seven new travel centers in June and July.

Six locations will be in the U.S. – Cleveland, Tenn.; Anna, Texas; Murdo, S.D.; Ferndale, Wash.; Klamath Falls, Ore.; Sioux City, Iowa – and one in Canada in Nanton, Alberta.

Pilot Flying J operates the largest travel center network in North America with more than 600 locations.

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Steelers win good for stocks — guaranteed

NFL+Super+Bowl+Football.jpgAs you’ve probably heard by now, 2011 will be a banner year for investors. It’s an absolute lock, according to the venerable Super Bowl Indicator.

According to this theory, when the winner of the Super Bowl is a team from the old NFL the stock market soars. When the winner is from the old AFL, the market drops. Over the years, the SBI has been right about 80 percent of the time.

Fortunately for investors, this year’s game features two old school NFL teams — the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

But if you’re looking for a maximum market bounce, cheer for the Steelers.

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Jimmy Haslam on Big Ben suspension

Jimmy Haslam, president and CEO of
HaslamJimmy.jpgPilot Travel Centers and part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, says he has “no special plans to watch” tonight’s NFL player draft.

But the head of the Knoxville-based company had stronger comments on the suspension of the Steelers’ star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“The NFL obviously takes very seriously the behavior of their players and rightly so, as do the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Haslam said.

“We are certainly very disappointed in Ben’s behavior.

“We hope this will be a life-changing event for him and are looking forward to seeing him straighten his life out and get back on the right path.

“We fully support the Commisioner’s decision.”

Thumbnail image for Roethlisberger+Suspension+F.jpgRoethlisberger was suspended for six games in the wake of a sexual assault investigation in Georgia.

Haslam bought a minority stake in the Steelers a little more than a year ago.

(Roethlisberger photo by Associated Press)