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Turnover Plan Foiled?

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Can You Spare $500?

I’ll Do It Myself?

Not the Real Santa?

Bug in Our Ear

Turnover Plan Foiled?

You will recall the scenario in which Sessions Judge Brenda Waggoner retires, Court Clerk Cathy Quist is appointed to the job by County Commission, Commission Chair Scott Moore is appointed to Quist’s job, leaving an open commission seat for Commissioner Mary Lou Horner’s opponent, Larry Smith .

But what if Judge Waggoner, who has been off the bench on medical leave, doesn’t make her retirement official until after the qualifying deadline for the May primary? That may mean that Quist will reconsider running for the judgeship and decide to stay where she is. That leaves Moore on commission and Smith running against Horner.

If the vacancy occurs within 60 days of the election then no one will be appointed. Or, if it’s more than 60 days, commission could appoint former state Rep. Jimmy Kyle Davis , who is running for the post. Or they could appoint a retired judge as caretaker and let Davis and Andy Jackson run for the open seat.

Waggoner, who is said to favor Jackson, can call the shots. Political heavyweights Richard and Lillian Bean , who favor anybody but Quist, are also supporting this scenario. (Quist defeated Lillian Bean for her current job.)

The situation is further complicated by the death of Juvenile Court Judge Carey Garrett and whether County Commission gets into appointing a replacement before next year’s election. Tim Erwin and Cynthia Chapman are running for that seat. If commission were to appoint one of them in the meantime, it would give them the advantage of incumbency. At present, Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner is assuming responsibility for the office and has Chapman running it on a day-to-day basis.


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Knoxville City Council has been asked to provide a variance that allows balconies on the back of the Gay Street building that will house the Mast General Store. The upper floors of the building will be office space and residential condos.

The plan calls for balconies for the condos, which will face State Street. A variance for air rights for the balconies is needed because the rear stair and the condos will be over a city-owned alley.


Can You Spare $500?

The Polk County Commission has appointed Democrat Sally Love to the seat; she will serve until the Jan. 12 special election.

Both parties are expected to go all out to capture the seat. The Republicans will make a major push next year to win a majority in the House and the Newton seat is the first step in the campaign.


I’ll Do It Myself?

When Corker ran for the senate in 1994 he went through a half dozen campaign managers. Corker made a lot of money in private business before he went into public service and evidently believes that if you work for him you just need to work for him. 

Corker is using another national campaign consultant, Chris LaCivita , to do his mail outs, but has not hired him to be overall campaign manager. If Corker doesn’t find a top campaign strategist that will focus on his race, he may decide to run his own campaign.


Not the Real Santa?

It wasn’t necessarily the best parade. Partly we missed Austin East, the marching, dancing high-school band which has been the star of several past Christmas parades, but didn’t participate this year.

Some mini-Coopers labeled as Santa’s reindeer were clever, and it’s always fun to see somebody riding one of those old Victorian big-wheel bikes.

There were lots of twirlers, and lots and lots of unexplained cowboys, and trailer loads of unidentified kids. There were lots of nativity scenes on trailers, and every year the Holy Family seems a little portlier than the year before, as are we all.

And there were several gaps. Some first-timers watching from Wall Avenue assumed it was Knoxvillian incompetence behind the apparently uncoordinated off-and-on quality of the parade, but we understand it had more to do with television.

Then Santa Claus came along, speaking to the crowds like any DJ with a hand-held mike. One girl was overheard to say, “He doesn’t sound like Santa Claus,” and we had to admit he really didn’t. Some refused to believe he was the real Santa, and refusing to believe it was the real finale, the crowd left the sidewalk reluctantly, hoping for more to come.

Maybe it seemed lacking in comparison to a recently discovered film that has been making the rounds lately. A 1951 parade filmed in color by professional filmmaker Sam Orleans shows, unmistakably, a real parade with real floats—advertising communities like Skaggston, Halls, and Farragut, not limousine services or “twirling academies”—imaginatively conceived to tell stories and lushly decorated, Rose-parade style. Maybe we’re too busy for that sort of thing these days.

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