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Another Career Nixed

Here, You Take It

Candy (Factory) Lovers Unite 

Détente in the Air?

Straight in the Heart

Baptists Only Need Apply

We Did What?

Bug in Our Ear

Another Career Nixed

The public service announcements were part of a $6 million advertising campaign against drunk driving, paid for by the National Highway Safety Administration. The “Booze It & Lose It” campaign was part of a $24 million effort funded with federal tax dollars.

The ads were produced with the University of Tennessee and the Titans NFL team and ran during football games. A state official told the Tennessean the ads with Pitts were pulled, but were due to expire anyway. There are no more UT football games this year, and the Titans will be done soon as well. The agency has other PSAs on the shelf ready to use in other venues.

We find that interesting, because we hear a new batch of the ads were being filmed in Knoxville and included Pitts as recently as two weeks ago.

 

Here, You Take It

So Nichols has a file on a half-assed investigation on his desk and has been asked to determine if there was a crime to prosecute, if the statute of limitations has run out since the 2001 incident, and all of this occurring at a business that no longer exists.

The TBI has told Nichols that if he needs any help with the case, to give the state agency a call.

 

Candy (Factory) Lovers Unite 

 

Détente in the Air?

Lambert is running for County Commission from North Knox County and has fairly high name recognition for stunts like attending a Commission meeting in a giant screw costume, representing taxpayers upset with Ragsdale’s wheel tax initiative.

Given that Lambert and Ragsdale are on the ballot next year, is détente in the air? Lambert doesn’t need Ragsdale supporting his opponents, and Ragsdale doesn’t need Lambert running on an anti-Ragsdale platform.

 

Straight in the Heart

Hall, who had been groomed to succeed Williams, stepped into the anchor spot, and the “Straight from the Heart” team has remained the ratings leader in the Knoxville market. But there is no obvious candidate on the WBIR staff to replace Hall, who was seen as having a long future in the anchor chair in Knoxville. There had been no need to prepare an heir apparent. Bringing in a new “face” for the evening news is always risky.

Williams will return from retirement to anchor duties at 6 p.m. in the short term and the popular co-anchor Robin Wilhoit will do the 11 p.m. newscast solo. Williams may have to fill the slot for several months while WBIR does a search for the new (must it be a male?) anchor. That may well stretch into the May ratings book.

 

Baptists Only Need Apply

The move will result in Belmont losing $2.3 million the state Baptists now contribute. Most of the funds are expected to be diverted to Carson-Newman and to Union University in Jackson, the other two Baptist colleges in Tennessee.

 

We Did What?

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