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's coaching talents have been recognized nationally. In the May 1999 issue of Sport Magazine , Pearl was listed as one of the "Five Head Coaches on the Rise," placing him in a group with Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech), Mike Brey (Notre Dame), and Buzz Petersen (Tennessee).

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Two weeks into the Knoxville City Council election cycle, the only non-incumbent to pick up a petition is Ken Knight , manager of the downtown Radisson Hotel. He would be running in the district represented by Councilwoman Barbara Pelot . Knight got a taste of politics as a leader in the referendum fight against a new downtown convention center hotel.

Towering Rumors

Everyone has applied to be a TVA director now that the board is being expanded. We left our resume in the mail slot. (But then, we also buy Powerball tickets; we believe in being optimistic.)

Rumor has it (and as far as we're concerned, all rumors are true) that new board members being considered include Bill Musler , former TVA employee now in Long Island; someone named Jim Baker , from Middle Tennessee, not that Bush retainer guy. Then there are current board members Skila Harris and Bill Baxter , who will stay on with a pay cut. There will be candidates we can't mention yet from Upper East Tennessee and Memphis. Geographic diversity, don't you know. Memphis wants two members. Alabama just wants somebody, anybody. People who live on TVA lakes want water under their docks.

We understand that during interviews, prospective candidates are asked their position on naming Baxter as the new chairman. Be careful, it's a trick question.

 

What They Knew

Mike Arms , chief of staff for County Mayor Mike Ragsdale , has issued a memo to county employees explaining what the mayor's office knew and when they knew it about GOPgate and the theft of former Knox County Republican Party Chair Chad Tindell's private e-mails.

The chronology of events includes these tidbits: Tyler Harber told Arms that he copied Tindell's e-mails but did not hack his computer. Thus Arms knew the source of the e-mails while county spokesman Dwight Van deVate was still announcing they didn't. Harber said Tindell gave him his password. (Tindell has denied to investigators that he ever gave Harber his e-mail password.) Arms and Ragsdale decided, during a trip to Nashville, to fire Harber.

Arms said Harber called him one night, several times, to report that the sheriff's office had taken (Harber's partner) Adam Groves' computer and that Harber was questioned by deputies "under very unusual circumstances." (The sheriff's office reports that Harber was stopped after doing 90-95 miles an hour on I-640, cuffed and put in the patrol car, but was let go on orders of Sheriff Tim Hutchison.)

Harber's county computer turned up missing, and he said deputies had taken it. Arms said he and Ragsdale told Harber to get a lawyer and talk to the sheriff. Arms briefed Attorney General Randy Nichols on the situation. Todd Cook , Harber's supervisor, finally got Harber to admit he had hidden his computer on top of an air duct in the basement of the Andrew Johnson Building. Thecounty mayor terminated Harber and paid him for 90 hours vacation time.  

The sheriff's office is examining computers used by Tindell, Arms and Harber.

In a related matter, investigators are also looking at a computer used by state Sen. Jamie Hagood's chief of staff during her Senate campaign. They are trying to determine if any computer viruses were introduced by an outside source. The campaign suffered almost daily system crashes in the weeks leading up to the election.

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Here's an item from the biography of new UT basketball coach Bruce Pearl from a University of Wisconsin website:

Pearl's coaching talents have been recognized nationally. In the May 1999 issue of Sport Magazine , Pearl was listed as one of the "Five Head Coaches on the Rise," placing him in a group with Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech), Mike Brey (Notre Dame), and Buzz Petersen (Tennessee).

 

Movin' On Up

Enjoy perusing the narrow hallways that comprise your friendly neighborhood bookstore, McKay Used Books and CDs? Things may not be so cozy come next week. The beloved bookstore, voted Best Used Bookstore numerous times in Metro Pulse 's annual Best of Knoxville poll, will transfer its titles to a huge warehouse located on Papermill Place Way next to Campbell's Pool & Spa.

The move, which will transpire from April 3-8, will accommodate more parking, automatic doors, shopping carts, spacious aisles, an elevator to the upstairs music section and double the inventory capacity. The customer service aspect of business is also expected to receive a boost with the addition of "greeters" who will direct customers to the appropriate area. And from now on, when you bring your books in to sell, they'll be whisked away for pricing behind closed doors. There will even be more potties!

 

Who Needs an Office?

As chair of the Knox County Republican Party, Chad Tindell spent two years building a legacy. He asked retiring state Sen. Ben Atchley to sit still for a tribute dinner as a fund-raiser for the county party. Tindell raised the money to open a permanent office, staffed with volunteers, and enough money in the coffers to operate the office for the next two years—through the next county election cycle.

Since Tindell left office, the courthouse office-holders, who keep and control the Lincoln Day Dinner money instead of the party, have been discussing closing the office and using the funds for 2006 election campaigns.

Office-holders don't understand why Tindell thought they needed a base of operations to elect Republicans. They plan to just run all the re-election campaigns the way they usually do—from their offices in the City County building.

 

Petition-Seekers Slim

Two weeks into the Knoxville City Council election cycle, the only non-incumbent to pick up a petition is Ken Knight , manager of the downtown Radisson Hotel. He would be running in the district represented by Councilwoman Barbara Pelot . Knight got a taste of politics as a leader in the referendum fight against a new downtown convention center hotel.

Councilman Steve Hall has a re-election campaign kickoff and fund-raiser tonight at the Knoxville Expo Center, 5-7 p.m. Ellen Adcock , director of administration for former Mayor Victor Ashe , is said to be "strongly leaning" toward running against Hall, but has yet to pick up a petition.

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