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Look Under Bingo

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Strippers 1, Whores 0

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Unity in Question

Bug in Our Ear

Look Under Bingo

Turns out the Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have a copy of the Shelby County charter on file either.

Officials are now questioning the odds of two of the largest counties in Tennessee, and the only two charter counties, both forgetting to send documentation to the Secretary of State. It’s beginning to look more like some bureaucrat put the two charters in a file and it got misplaced.

You will recall there was some turmoil within the Secretary of State’s office back in the day. Secretary of State Gentry Crowell committed suicide during an investigation of big money bingo and official corruption and is thus not around to be questioned in the matter.

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Jeff Johnson was named to a second term.

Going off the board are Wayne Blasius , LeAnne Stribley and Scott West .

New officers include Johnson as chairman, Wise as vice-chairman, John Pace as secretary, and Helen Short as treasurer.

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The 20 or so vendors, which now include a couple of purveyors of beef, chicken, and pork from refrigerated trailers, drew a crowd that numbered, for most of the morning, well into the three digits. Among the throng were representatives of a quietly influential demographic that’s the mainstay of the successful produce market, but one who doesn’t always make it downtown: the Old Lady.

The crowd seems to peak at about 10 in the morning, and so does the inventory. The market officially lasts until 1 p.m., but it appeared to be breaking up by noon, only because several vendors were sold out.

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Adult bookstore owners are challenging Knox County regulation under the theory that the county’s rules are enacted under authority of the charter. So U.S. District Judge James Jarvis , hearing the case, took the opportunity to say he would ask the state Supreme Court to rule expeditiously on whether the county charter is valid.

Jarvis doesn’t appear to be much impressed with local government. He has intervened within the past two years to ask questions about the work ethic of Sessions Court judges, to suggest that a more efficient court system could reduce jail overcrowding, and he has focused the minds of the county court system on speedy trials and getting people awaiting trail out of the jail system.

It appears he saw an opportunity with the adult bookstores to get a resolution to the gridlock resulting from the county Charter being thrown out.

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Unity in Question

Former Congressman Van Hilleary and former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker unequivocally said yes. Congressman Ed Bryant said he had done so in the past, but carefully didn’t answer the question. Bryant is endorsed by Tennessee Right to Life, and the organization has said it would not support any candidate other than Bryant in the general election.

Meanwhile, during breaks from the debate the audience could watch Corker for Senate commercials. Bryant and Hilleary didn’t purchase any ads to run during the debate. Corker’s television buy for the primary is an estimated $4 million.

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