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Search Limited to Tower?

Dude, Where’s My Car?

We Thought You Were Lost

Multiplication Problem

Tyler Redux               

Bug in Our Ear

Search Limited to Tower?

Kilgore told the Executive Committee in a meeting last week the search “has been suspended” by the board. It would seem to mean the board has either decided Kilgore can keep the job, or they are going to give him some time to demonstrate he should keep it.

Meanwhile, Ellen Robinson , who spent five years as TVA’s executive vice president of communications before leaving to pursue opportunities in the private sector, has landed at Moxley Carmichael Communications as a vice president.

Communications guru Cynthia Moxley said, “The last time I hired the top PR person at TVA, it worked out great.” That hire would be Alan Carmichael , her husband and an 18-year veteran of the TVA communications operations.         

Dude, Where’s My Car?

When queried, Chief Sterling Owen IV said the biggest mystery for the department looking at the case was, “How did this guy find his car?”

For other months this year the highest blood-alcohol level ranges from .21 to .28.

Owen says the traffic accidents with fatalities this year (for which they have received lab results) reveal that 50 percent of the drivers were impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Who knew Knoxville is a hotbed of lawbreakers? The department began issuing citations from red-light cameras in May. After 60 days the half-dozen cameras at selected intersections have resulted in 12,000 citations for running red lights.

We Thought You Were Lost

Multiplication Problem

A city pension formula consists of taking the two highest years’ salary for a 30-year employee and multiplying it by 2.1 percent to set the pension amount. The proposal was to increase the multiplier to 2.3 percent. The multiplier for the police and fire departments is currently 2.5 percent.

The measure failed to pass on first reading, which means it cannot be brought up again unless someone who voted no asks for reconsideration and gets six votes in agreement. It isn’t likely to happen, so the adjustment can’t be brought up again until the next general election, which is in 2008.

City employees are angry that the proposal didn’t get to a workshop where they could make their case and provide documentation for the measure. Putting the Charter amendment on the ballot would have required another vote by Council after the workshop.

There is a Charter amendment already on the ballot for a cost-of-living adjustment for pensions of former city school employees who have retired since schools were taken over by Knox County. City employees also got a raise in the current budget. Council members generally felt it better to wait until 2008 to see what the budget situation will be then.

Tyler Redux               

The email is entitled “Ragsdale Missing Me Now” and notes that Harber used to win local races on Ragsdale’s behalf, but without his services this election, all of the Ragsdale-supported candidates lost. Wheel-tax opposition leader Greg “Lumpy” Lambert beat a Ragsdale-supported candidate in the Republican primary, and a Democrat in the general election to take a seat on County Commission . Chuck James lost to County Commissioner Mark Cawood . Thomas Deakins defeated Lee Martin for the school board and state Rep. Stacy Campfield beat back a challenge by Gary Drinnen .

Meanwhile, a Ragsdale backer notes that supporters of Sheriff Tim Hutchison are blaming the mayor for the sheriff’s narrow victory over the under-funded and minimal campaign of former Mayor Randy Tyree . If Ragsdale’s influence has waned, then how is it he to blame for the sheriff’s low numbers? You can’t have it both ways.

While the county mayor’s candidates have been getting a lot of attention, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam ’s candidate didn’t do so well either. Haslam was on the host committee for a fund-raiser for Jim Bletner , head of concessions for the UT athletic department. Haslam supported Bletner against incumbent Republican legislator Frank Niceley . Niceley won by a two-to-one margin.

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