Liquor Lobbyist Tom 'Golden Goose' Hensley

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Liquor lobbyist Tom "Golden Goose" Hensley has had procedures to make appointments to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission changed over the years in order to continue on the board. The original two-term limit on governors' appointments was changed (when Hensley had done two terms) to allow speakers of both houses to make two-year appointments, so Hensley could continue to be appointed. Now there is a bill to make the two-year terms six-year terms.

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with burritos on the brain have been sorely disappointed by the sign on the locked door at Tortilla Mac's , the taco/burrito joint in the Cook Building on Gay Street. It reads, "Closed today for repairs." The bizarre thing

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Bully for Her

Caitlin Nolan , a 15-year-old Oak Ridge student, has done more than some legislators are able to do: she got a bill passed in the General Assembly this year. The youngest registered lobbyist offered a bill that requires the state Department of Education to issue guidelines to schools on how to deal with bullies. Nolan had been bullied at school and at soccer practice and wants something done about it. The bill passed both the House and Senate by unanimous votes.

Her exploits garnered news coverage around the state, but last Friday she went national. ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings has a segment called the Person of the Week. For last week it was Caitlin Nolan. The report, narrated by Elizabeth Vargas , told Nolan's story and singled her out for her activism.

The media-savvy Nolan is the daughter of former state Rep. and now lobbyist Bill Nolan and Amy Nolan , spokeswoman for Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam .

 

Celebrity Stalker Confessions

When we got a tip last week that Kate Hudson had been sighted at the Starbucks in downtown's Hilton, we tried to look cool dashing down there as fast as we possibly could. As luck would have it, the uber-thin Hollywood starlet, wife of Black Crowes' lead singer Chris Robinson , and daughter of Goldie Hawn , was leaning, oh so lithely, over a pool table in the hotel bar. In town for the Black Crowes show the following evening, she drank iced tea, smoked American Spirit cigarettes, and channeled her Almost Famous character, Penny Lane, by mouthing the lyrics to '70s songs playing over the sound system. Oh, and she beat Robinson at pool.

The next day, we casually ate lunch in Market Square, positioned by a window in case the aforementioned movie star and her rock star husband happened to stroll by. Moments later, they did just that, with Hudson strutting behind a stroller holding little Ryder Robinson. Members of the Black Crowes accompanied the iconic couple, while all of Market Square turned and gaped. The group dined at the Tomato Head without incident.

Recently reunited after a falling out, Chris Robinson and his brother Rich took the stage at the Civic Auditorium later for a stirring concert.

Word also has it that Jackass star Johnny Knoxville , straight from filming Dukes of Hazzard with Jessica Simpson , was also spotted, wreathed by a gaggle of girls this past weekend at Michael's.

 

COO, CEO Whatever

The TVA board has elevated Chief Operating Officer Tom Kilgore by ordering that people who formerly reported directly to the board will now report to Kilgore. The management team will report to Kilgore during the transition from the current three full-time board members to the new nine-member part-time board.

The agency's legal counsel will report to Kilgore, and the board and the inspector general will continue to report to the board. Everyone else will report to Kilgore. The new board is expected to name a chief executive officer, and this move may be an attempt to set Kilgore up as the de facto CEO when the new board takes office.

Meanwhile, TVA sources say they haven't seen much of board member Bill Baxter of late; he is out on the campaign trail. No, he isn't running for political office, he is lobbying potential TVA board members for the job of chairman. The new nine-member board will select its chairman.

Baxter and current board member Harris will be on the new board. There is now a strong possibility that current chairman Glenn McCullough will also stay. McCullough has been chairman due to the good offices of fellow Mississippian and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott . The new majority leader is, of course, Tennessee's U.S. Sen. Bill Frist .

 

Goosing Wildlife

Liquor lobbyist Tom "Golden Goose" Hensley has had procedures to make appointments to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission changed over the years in order to continue on the board. The original two-term limit on governors' appointments was changed (when Hensley had done two terms) to allow speakers of both houses to make two-year appointments, so Hensley could continue to be appointed. Now there is a bill to make the two-year terms six-year terms.

In a committee discussion last week, one legislator sarcastically suggested that they just pass a bill putting Hensley on the board that oversees the TWRA "for life." It would save time by not having to change the law every couple of years.

 

Yo Quiero Tortilla Mac's

Downtowners with burritos on the brain have been sorely disappointed by the sign on the locked door at Tortilla Mac's , the taco/burrito joint in the Cook Building on Gay Street. It reads, "Closed today for repairs." The bizarre thing is that there appear to be no repairs taking place, nor have the doors swung open in more a week. TM's owner, Harold McLean , couldn't be reached for comment, but the building's owner, Tom Hensley , says, "I haven't heard from Harold; we don't know what's going on."

 

Radio Dial Scrambled

Listening to the radio during the morning commute has been complicated this week. WUOT 91.9 is installing a new transmitter to broadcast digitally, and the temporary transmitter now in use has weakened the signal. Most Knox County residents should have been able to catch All Things Considered, but outlying areas may have had trouble. The new transmitter will be on top of the Richland Building. Work is to be completed by the end of next week.

Citadel Broadcasting has further scrambled the dial. Popular morning drive-time host Hilton Hill is moving (along with Neil Boortz , Rush Limbaugh , etc.) to the much more powerful 100,000-watt FM station 100.3. So NewsTalk99 is becoming NewsTalk100. AM990 and its smaller sister FM stations will become all sports beginning next week and will be known as the Sports Animal 99. Phil Williams and friends on The River, the format that has been on 100.3, have replaced hip-hop programming on the Wild 98.7. So now they are 98.7 The River, and Wild is gone, leaving Hot 104.5 as the area's only hip-hop station.

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