Bob Corker, Oodles, Sundown in the City

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The first page of the script involved an activity on a street corner that could get you arrested. That was the first indication that perhaps the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership wouldn't be helping the young filmmaker shoot his movie in Knoxville.

The movie would have featured the Fifth Avenue Motel, the bus station and the Tennessee Theatre. The young producer wanted the city to close streets and put new facades on the buildings, among other things. Rhonda Rice , who spends her time trying to locate new business in the area for the East Tennessee Television and Film Commission, decided this was not a project the chamber needed to be involved with.

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Mike Ragsdale's office of Probation and Parole has had a higher-than-usual profile recently, what with its famous clerk/political operative Tyler

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In the latest disclosures, former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker reports $2.6 million raised. He raised $2 million at the end of 2004 before the others started and added $600,000 this last quarter. This compares with former Congressman Ed Bryant who reports $414,908 and former Congressman Van Hilleary , who reports $404,745. Bryant trumpets raising more money, and Hilleary points out

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Upscale at Sundown

Oodles/Uncorked on Market Square has identified a key component of marketing for Sundown in the City concerts. In an e-mail promotion, the restaurant offers VIP seating at tall tables for easy viewing on the patio, with table service from the kitchen and bar, appetizer platters and "that most desirable of Sundown accessories: a bathroom." Table for four is $100.

Tonight's free concert on Market Square features Buddy Miller and opening act the Texas-swingin' locals, the Lonesome Coyotes .

 

Not in Our Town

The first page of the script involved an activity on a street corner that could get you arrested. That was the first indication that perhaps the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership wouldn't be helping the young filmmaker shoot his movie in Knoxville.

The movie would have featured the Fifth Avenue Motel, the bus station and the Tennessee Theatre. The young producer wanted the city to close streets and put new facades on the buildings, among other things. Rhonda Rice , who spends her time trying to locate new business in the area for the East Tennessee Television and Film Commission, decided this was not a project the chamber needed to be involved with.

The young man moved on to another city. So, if you see any new porn this year that involves a street corner, a bus station and theater, and anything that vaguely resembles the Fifth Avenue Motel, you can say: "Hey, they almost made this movie in Knoxville."

 

Voice Seeking Home

When Doug Horne decided to sell his AM radio stations, like AM-850, he canceled local programming and put on cheaper syndicated shows pending a sale.

The Voice, a conservative morning drive-time show led by Tennessee Conservative Union chief Lloyd Daugherty , Kelvin Moxley and a gaggle of guest hosts, started looking for another home and solicited e-mail addresses to keep listeners informed as to their new home.

Daugherty is negotiating a deal with financial backers to lease stations to re-launch the program (which featured running commentary criticizing Jobs Now!, the Chamber Partnership and County Mayor Mike Ragsdale ) and possible syndication. Daugherty says he hopes to have the program back on the air by early summer.

 

Return of the Chickens!

The construction of the new downtown interchange at Interstate 40 and the James White Parkway led to the destruction of a Knoxville institution: Chicken City, on Magnolia Avenue for 50 years, fell victim to the wrecking ball. But your source for fresh ice-packed poultry is back. Chicken City has re-opened on Central Street, between the Woodland Avenue and Heiskell Avenue exits, off I-275.

Probation Policing

County Mayor Mike Ragsdale's office of Probation and Parole has had a higher-than-usual profile recently, what with its famous clerk/political operative Tyler Harber and all. Local law officers were upset to discover that there is a bill in the legislature to give probation officers Todd Cook and Jay Witt police powers, thus creating another police agency with investigatory authority and arrest powers.

The hullabaloo caused the bill to be reset, and local legislators told the local lawmen to get together and "work it out." We understand a compromise has been reached that will give probation officers arrest powers but will limit the arrest power to apprehending specific parole violators. They cannot investigate crimes.

Cook and Witt are former deputies/political operatives for Sheriff Tim Hutchison but left the department. A sheriff spokesman said all they had to do was ask the sheriff to deputize them in their current jobs; the effort to pass legislation setting up another police agency was "unnecessary."

 

Show Us the Money

You may have heard that there is a U.S. Senate race next year, and the Republicans are engaged in a fratricidal primary to bang up four of their best candidates for statewide elective office.

In the latest disclosures, former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker reports $2.6 million raised. He raised $2 million at the end of 2004 before the others started and added $600,000 this last quarter. This compares with former Congressman Ed Bryant who reports $414,908 and former Congressman Van Hilleary , who reports $404,745. Bryant trumpets raising more money, and Hilleary points out he only recently joined the race. State Rep. Beth Harwell , R-Nashville, is busy with the current legislative session.

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