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Havin’ a Heat Wave

Is He Qualified?

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General Interest

Lottery Doesn’t Add Up

Bug in Our Ear

Havin’ a Heat Wave

Is He Qualified?

Martin is expected to run for the Sixth District seat being given up by Chuck James , who is running for County Commission. Martin, who lives in Karns, started a company he later sold for $20 million and now advises young entrepreneurs on starting new companies.

He was recruited by County Mayor Mike Ragsdale and his chief of staff, Mike Arms . Martin was a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory before leaving to go into business. He is an adviser for both UT’s College of Engineering and for Middle Tennessee State University. He was the first executive director of the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation.

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But Duncan has formed a Road to Victory Leadership PAC and Ragsdale and wife Claudia are hosting a major fund-raiser, at $500 per ticket, to kick it off. Ragsdale and a host committee will assemble the business community in Knoxville and Oak Ridge for a party at the Ragsdale home Jan. 27 to try and build a comfortable fund for the Duncan effort.

The purpose of the new PAC will be to make contributions to Duncan’s Republican House colleagues expected to face a Democratic onslaught in the November elections. The Democrats will be trying to capitalize on Republican leadership disarray and take back the U.S. House. While Duncan runs from a safe seat, his leadership PAC will be able to contribute money to colleagues not so lucky.

The House Republicans have term limits for committee chairs and there will be much upheaval come the next Congress. Duncan is in line to take over one of the major subcommittees on the Transportation Committee. The more helpful he is to his colleagues the more helpful they may be in his leadership quest.

Some of the names on the 29-member host committee for the Duncan event include Congressman Zach Wamp , Darrell Akins , Mike Arms , Alex Fischer , David Coffey , state Sen. Randy McNally , Pat Beasley and Oak Ridge Mayor David Bradshaw .           

General Interest

County Commissioner Mark Cawood is a Democrat and he will be facing the winner of the Republican primary in May, which could be current school board member Chuck James .

The other commission seat in that district is open and Democrat Margaret Massey Cox is running and will face the Republican primary winner, a crowded field that includes anti-wheel tax activist Greg “Lumpy” Lambert .

Mark Harmon , a UT broadcasting teacher and talk show host, has picked up a petition to run as a Democrat against Republican Commissioner David Collins .

Meanwhile, in South Knox County, there is a possibility that Commissioner Larry Clark could face an August opponent in school board member Robert Bratton . Democrat Bratton has not declared for the race, but is said to be considering it. If he runs for re-election to the school board he will face former school board member Jim McClain .

Lottery Doesn’t Add Up

Adams has been fired from his post there, accused of “workplace harassment.” The staffers on Capitol Hill, who have observed Adams closely for many years, aren’t buying it. He never had that sort of reputation. Lottery officials have refused comment on the dismissal and no records or details of the alleged offense have been released. The latest theory on the Hill, is that something else is going on inside the Tennessee Lottery. Adams is expected to file a lawsuit. Meanwhile, he is getting by on his $61,000 per year state pension.

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