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Put Away the Mallets

Unbleeped

FEMA May Balk

Done Deal?

Big Four Summit

Lining Up to Run

Bye, Bye Lightnin’s

Bug in Our Ear

 

Put Away the Mallets

What we’ve been seeing on the TV screen for the last several months has perplexed some folks. It’s an unending loop of a Heartland Series classic: the “Milligan Croquet Club.” Some of us who round this corner frequently have had the opportunity to memorize large portions of that episode about the old men who meet in a barn in Upper East Tennessee to play croquet. It was once among our favorites.

Mike Toomey of the East Tennessee Historical Society assures us their game will come to an end. The kiosk originally served as a place to post written weather reports. When some bugs get worked out with the cable hookup, the TV monitors will do the job, with the latest from the Weather Channel, and also WBIR’s local news, to serve pedestrians too busy to go into a proper bar to catch up on this week’s hurricane.

 

 

Unbleeped

Many of us cringed, mainly because we were sorry that Lori had to hear that word.

 

 

FEMA May Balk

It will probably be up to Gov. Phil Bredesen to rule that FEMA should reimburse for the trip, and local officials believe that he will. Bredesen had said earlier that it was a time for action on relief efforts and that he would worry about the paperwork later.

 

 

Done Deal?

But one wonders how much deliberation went into making the decision Wednesday, where the agenda called for hearing speakers arguing for and against the proposal. An internal TVA document prepared for the board at least a week ago listed the speakers and their likely arguments. It also provided “Potential Media Questions and Answers” on the sale of the property.

The 13 questions and suggested TVA board responses were all framed to explain why the board voted to sell. There were no alternative questions for a decision not to sell.

 

 

Big Four Summit

Between lunch and briefings for the mayors by TVA and by ORNL contractor UT-Batelle, the mayors will have a private meeting to discuss the state funding formula for schools. The metro school systems have had funding reduced since the small rural schools won a lawsuit forcing the state to more equally distribute state revenues. The funding formula is a complex maze of some 40 factors, but small school systems, even with the resources of an Oak Ridge, Maryville or Franklin, get more money per pupil that the metro school systems.

The mayors will have a conference call with State Comptroller John Morgan to discuss ways to get more funding for metro school systems.

 

 

Lining Up to Run

Nick McBride , a courthouse employee who has long been active in local Republican clubs, Gary Drinnen , who worked several political races in 2004, including the Bush - Cheney effort locally, and cafeteria owner David Wright , who lost to Campfield in the last election, are all considering a run. There is some discussion going on to consolidate the anti-Campfield factions behind one candidate, so stay tuned. The Democrats are expected to field Schree Pettigrew against Campfield in the general election.            

 

 

Bye, Bye Lightnin’s

The restaurant, which has been operated on the site since the 1920s, closed once, but TDOT delayed its move to rework the intersection of Strawberry Plains Pike and U.S. 25, so Tom and Kathy Raley , the current owners, re-opened this summer. But they got official notice that they have to be out in October. So Friday will be the last day of operation and will feature karaoke, bluegrass bands and a general celebration and then close for good.

Bug in Our Ear

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