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Streaking to the Stage

Mood Music?

Gritty Victories

Back to School News

Whose Dignity?

Bug in Our Ear

Streaking to the Stage

At the groundbreaking for the Habitat for Humanity 200,000th house festivities last Saturday Knox County Commissioner Diane Jordan called Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Vice Mayor Mark Brown up to the stage.

Haslam and Brown decided to make it a race and took off. Haslam jogs regularly and even enters road races. But Brown has been losing weight lately and got a head start. That is, until his pants fell almost to his knees. But Brown gracefully reached down, jerked the pants up, and still beat Haslam to the stage.

Knoxville Spokesperson?

Kate Hudson presented a public relations nightmare for area tourism with an appearance on the David Letterman Show Monday night. Goldie Hawn ’s daughter played a rock band groupie in the movie Almost Famous , but in real life she’s married to Chris Robinson , lead singer of the Black Crowes. The band visited town this past April for the Crowes’ tour date at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

On air with Letterman, Hudson was lamenting the boredom of tagging along on tour in places she’d never heard of. Letterman pressed her to name one such city. After a moment’s hesitation, she said, “well, there’s Knoxville, Tennessee.” In places like that “you have to make your own fun,” she said.

Letterman asked her if she would go back there (to Knoxville) “for a million dollars.” She laughed. Said maybe for

 

Mood Music?

All the music got applause, but it was Rocky Top that brought the house down.

 

Commission Shakeup?

The vote was a result of Commission anger over the wheel tax, the subsequent referendum and the political heat Ragsdale brought down on their heads. During the past year Moore and the Ragsdale administration have clashed over a number of issues.

It’s no secret that the Ragsdale administration would not be upset if someone else wins the chair. There are some quiet discussions going on to discover if any other commissioner has been looking in the mirror lately and seeing chairman material. Moore, in his first few months, was a little rocky on parliamentary procedure presiding at meetings, but has improved of late.

 

Gritty Victories

But we just wonder. If the football Vols win the SEC championship, as the media predicts, will criminal defense attorney Don Bosch get the game ball?

 

Back to School News

Beginning in 2006 the sales tax holiday applies to school clothes or a laptop. A new law says that between the first Friday in August and the following Sunday you can buy clothing and school supplies with sales prices of $100 or less per item and computers with sales prices of $1,500 or less per item without having to pay sales tax.

If your student drives with a learner’s permit, it might be better to leave the cell phone at home. There is a new law that provides for a $50 fine and the possibility of delay in getting a regular driver’s license if someone with a learner’s permit is using a cell phone while driving.

If learners are caught there are possibilities for defense. If they can prove they were calling 911 to report an emergency or calling their mother, they can mount an “affirmative defense.”  In other words, the Tennessee General Assembly doesn’t mind if you call home, you just can’t be yakking with friends while driving.

 

Whose Dignity?

Hilleary is a Gulf War veteran, Fonda is sort of a Vietnam veteran.

Supporters of Hilleary’s opponents labeled the challenge a stunt and argued that it is beneath the dignity of a U.S. Senate candidate to debate an actress. Knowing Hilleary and his dismal showing as a candidate for governor in the last election, it may be the other way around.

Bug in Our Ear

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