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Williams to Board?

Weirdness on the Square

Death Follows Party

Canes/Walking Sticks Optional

Giving ’til it Hurts

Bug in Our Ear

 

Williams to Board?

Most of the names that have surfaced as potential TVA board members have been men. The only woman thus far confirmed on the board is current member Skila Harris. TVA is transitioning from a three member full-time board to a nine member part-time board of directors.

 

 

 

Weirdness on the Square

 

 

 

Death Follows Party

But after the party, in the early morning hours Sunday, Stamps found his wife Suzann , 62, dead from what is believed to be a heart attack. A judge ruled that Stamps could delay reporting to prison until Oct. 22.

After a three-year federal investigation of his $2 million no-bid state contract awarded to his newly formed company, Stamps pleaded guilty to four counts of income tax evasion and one count of making false statements to secure a federally funded state contract. Sundquist friend Al Ganier is awaiting trial on charges related to another state contract. Joanna Ediger , a former West High School teacher who had a job in the Labor Department during the Sundquist administration, is already serving a three-year sentence at Camp Cupcake, the West Virginia correctional facility made famous by Martha Stewart’s incarceration. Ediger was convicted of fraud for awarding Stamps his contract.

 

 

 

Canes/Walking Sticks Optional

 

 

 

Giving ’til it Hurts

CAC vans have provided needed transportation to get hurricane victims to public housing, expending precious gasoline. Volunteer Ministry and the Red Cross have been stretching resources to the brink. KCDC is virtually out of units in its six public housing projects. The 300 evacuees at the coliseum have been reduced to less than 100. But now officials are gearing up for another influx of evacuees. Hurricane Rita may hit the Texas coast, and that state needs to empty the Houston Astrodome in case it’s needed for an evacuation of Galveston. Tennessee may get up to 6,000 of the victims moved from the Astrodome, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is asking local governments how many they can take.

Knox County and Knoxville governments have been trying to keep a good accounting of expenses, hoping local relief agencies can get reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Relief Agency. If those reimbursements are delayed very long, some local fund-raising may be needed to keep everyone solvent.

The hurricane relief effort comes at the season for the United Way fund drive to begin, followed by Christmas fund-raising for the Empty Stocking Fund, the Mission of Hope and others. Charitable giving in the metro area, like many other communities in the Southeast, may be strained for some months to come.

Bug in Our Ear

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