ear (2005-44)

Moot Mistake

Steve Hall managed to reclaim his City Council seat, along with the other four incumbents despite a television report on Election Day that he had withdrawn from the race. It seems a producer for WATE-TV’s morning news show pulled up an archived story in which Knox County Register of Deeds Steve Hall had made it clear he was not the Steve Hall running for Council. The confusion over which Steve Hall is which led the morning news program astray. The error was retracted twice during the morning show and clarified in the noon broadcast. Hall, who had run second to Ellen Adcock in the district primary, threatened to sue. He won in light citywide voting by a narrow, 88-vote margin anyway.

Football Star

I’m Not a Vegetable!

Does She Do Windows?

Ethics Scramble

Juvenile Justice

Chairman Tim?

Inmate Calling

Bug in Our Ear

 

Moot Mistake

 

Football Star

Denzel Washington , 51, the handsome leading man and star of Training Day , Remember the Titans , John Q , and Antwone Fisher , has a son who plays football for Morehouse College. Morehouse will be playing Miles College on Saturday at noon at Austin-East Magnet School. The game is part of Knoxville College’s homecoming activities this week. The financially strapped school disbanded its football program, so this year it launches the first Knoxville Legacy Football Classic. Fans are hopeful that Washington will be in town to watch the game.

There will be a tailgate party in the parking lot of the stadium before the game and the bands for each school will be going head to head in a competition at halftime and immediately after the game.

 

I’m Not a Vegetable!

Poundstone was interested in the name of the place, which she had assumed referred to the owner. “I was really embarrassed about seeing him,” she said. “I was afraid I was going to stare. Was he like the Elephant Man?”

 

Does She Do Windows?

Dick Williams was in intensive care for five days and in the hospital for a week with blood clots. Wife Susan was back and forth to the hospital and has two young grandchildren she’s raising. When she heard about the situation, Lynn Duncan , wife of Congressman Jimmy Duncan , and a family friend, offered to move in and take care of things at home. She came over and did the laundry and took care of the children so Susan Williams could go to the grocery store. Lynn then came back with homemade chicken soup when Dick got home from the hospital.

 

Ethics Scramble

Democrats fired back in a weekly newsletter pointing out that state Sen. Mark Norris , R-Collierville, also an attorney, represents hospital clients before the state Hospital Services and Development Agency and that state Rep. Joey Hensley , R-Hohenwald, is a doctor who sponsored a TennCare bill last session that would have increased business for doctors.

 

Juvenile Justice

Friends of each have hoped that one of them would pursue another judgeship, but we understand both are committed to this race. The first joint appearance for the two candidates will be a noon luncheon of the Volunteer Club, which will meet at the University Club, Mon., Nov. 21. 

 

Chairman Tim?

The Senate leadership is attempting to get squeaky-clean state Sen. Tim Burchett , R-Knoxville, to take the post. Even though Lt. Gov. John Wilder owes Burchett for his loyalty, the Knoxville Republican has turned down a chairmanship in the past. It’s not clear if Burchett will take the post or try to influence the selection of one of his colleagues.

 

Inmate Calling

Inmates can make only collect calls in many jails and mama and ‘em are getting some pretty stiff telephone bills. So enterprising inmates call numbers at random and ask you to help them out. Seems they really need to speak to mama and tell her they are in jail. They ask you to do a three-way call and hook them up. If you do it they get to chat with the family (or, sometimes mama turns out to be a girl friend) on your dime.

Also, if you do it, your number gets written on a wall by the jail phone under a heading that says “suckers.”

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