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Yule Love These Bonuses

Steve Hall Times Two

Security First

Thanks for Nothing

Budget Knox-dogs

Bug in Our Ear

Yule Love These Bonuses

Oswald Zeringue, $130,000, $1.5 million; Karl Singer , $136,000, $1.1 million; Tommy Kilgore , $75,385, $1 million; Ashok Bhatnagar , $136,000, $840,916; Michael Rescoe , $130,000, $840,252; Joseph Bynum , $130,000, $753,246; Maureen Dunn , $130,000, $604,474; James Randy Douet , $136,000, $558,969; Michael David Skaggs, $136,000, $554,734; Masoud Bajestani , $130,000, $532,912; Kenneth Breeden , $136,000, $521,183; Leanne Stribley , $130,000, $517,650; William Boston , $130,000, $498,698; Ellen Robinson , $130,000, $494,356; Richard Purcell , $130,000, 482,489; John Long , Jr. , $130,000, $471,061; Kathryn Jackson , $130,000, $470,973; Jon Rupert , $136,000, $446,011; William Lagergren , $130,000, $425,069; Amy Burns , $140,000, $419,600; Jack Bailey , $130,000, $397,801; John Hoskins , $130,000, $385,201; Brian O’Grady , $43,077, $367,849; Theresa Flaim , $130,000, $357,570; Phillip Reynolds , $130,000, $355,187.

Zeringue is retiring and Kilgore will replace him as president and chief operating officer. Singer is in charge of the agency’s nuclear program. Everyone else is some kind of vice-president.

 

Steve Hall Times Two

The anti-wheel taxers who forced a referendum on the issue are bombarding Hall with promises of fund-raising and support if he will agree to run. Ragsdale thus far has been on cruise control toward re-election.

Hall has become a leader of the conservative anti-establishment forces in Knox County. He has a cable access television show on politics, is a weekly co-host on Lloyd Daughtery’s talk show on AM-1180 and has mentored young conservative candidates like state Rep. Stacy Campfield , R-Knoxville. Hall is the conservative voice on City Council, often at odds with his fellow Council members on issues like limiting eminent domain. He concedes that he has had calls and e-mails urging him to run, and he hasn’t ruled it out. But he says fundraising for a countywide race would be the problem.

Should Hall run, there would be two Steve Halls on the ballot. Steve Hall , long-time Register of Deeds, will be on the ballot for re-election. There is constant confusion over the identity of the “original” Steve Hall, a long-time county officeholder, and the “extra crispy” Steve Hall, starting his second term on Council. Having them on the same ballot would further muddle the name issue.

 

Security First

For a recent Saturday ceremony to swear in the newly re-elected members of City Council, the parking garage was open for the benefit of family and friends of the politicos.

Meanwhile, a memo has been posted on bulletin boards around the building that the Public Building Authority has discovered that city and county employees have been lending passes to family and friends to park in the decks and enter the building. The PBA memo says passes have been confiscated from unauthorized people using the parking facility. This comes after the Lift the Bar organization, advocating that the parking decks be reopened to the public, prompted an audit of parking passes, which revealed dozens of people who should not have had them.

 

Thanks for Nothing

When The Tennessean did a recent story on troopers getting letters of recommendation from public officials it was noted that the trooper in question had a DUI charge. While the story was correct, an accompanying graphic listed Gill as recommending for promotion a trooper with a DUI. Seems Gill’s thank you note was in the trooper’s file.

 

Budget Knox-dogs

State Rep. Bill Dunn , R-Knoxville, was a deficit hawk who made a name for himself on the committee. He has moved on to Republican leader in the state House, giving up his committee seat. The Republican caucus has voted to replace him with another member of the Knox County delegation, Rep. Frank Niceley , R-Strawberry Plains. Niceley was elected without opposition at a caucus meeting last week. State Rep. Harry Brooks , R-Knoxville, is also on the watchdog panel.

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