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One-Hit Shutout

Pass the Soap

SPLC a Comedy Act?

Put On a Local Face

All About Integrity

Bug in Our Ear

One-Hit Shutout

Patterson responded by saying Dooley was preventing media contact with the wounded deputy and that going through her office may have resulted in her talking the officer out of the interview or tipping rival stations as to his location. “I’m sure you wouldn’t do that though would you?”

WATE reporter Amelia Graham interviewed Deputy Cory Johnson after he got home from the hospital. The deputy had stopped to check out a parked van and was shot by two men who then fled. After the interview Patterson said his station was “shut out” on information from the sheriff’s department when Sheriff Tim Hutchison was being interviewed by the other television stations.

Dooley said WATE was able to interview Chief Robert Sexton the next day and that she found it amusing that Patterson described her job as “keeping the media under control.” She wrote: “Gene, get your fact straight. You owe it to your viewers before you bellyache in a public forum.”

Patterson responded: “You have every right to call my post bellyaching. But I don’t think it was. I was just defending my newsroom. This incident wasn’t the first time I’ve felt our newsroom was punished for going after a particular story. And I imagine if you surveyed the other media outlets, and they were honest, they [would] tell similar stories.”

Pass the Soap

The movie partly filmed in Knoxville was called The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things , based on what turned out to be a phony autobiography of a teen prostitute called J.T. LeRoy. Completed sometime back, it made some rounds of art houses and festivals, but is just now getting a mainstream release—and reviews in big-time publications.

Look for these excerpts on the promotional posters in a lobby near you: 

“Well-nigh unwatchable.” - The New York Times .

“Overwrought...a curiously remote and unshocking horror show” - Variety.

“You’ll probably want to take a shower afterwards.” - The New York Post .

“The opposite of accomplished filmmaking.” - Boxoffice Magazine .

“Execrable” - The New York Daily News.

Some other reviewers found it interesting. “As captivating as it is perverse,” said the Greenwich Village Gazette .

And sure enough, Fonda, Ryder, Manson and others do have small roles in the movie. We can hardly wait. (According to someone at Downtown West Cinema 8—the film’s most likely venue in Knoxville—the movie isn’t scheduled to show here at this time, but that may change.)

For now, though, we can’t be sure how well Knoxville plays. Except for this clue from the Village Voice —which referred to “this slog through Whitetrashville, U.S.A.”

For the record, though, the setting of the film is actually West Virginia.

SPLC a Comedy Act?

Security took the reporter and film crew outside for questioning and they said they were a team from Comedy Central.

Put On a Local Face

Andrews is getting face time anchoring the news programs, and he is a known commodity in the local market from the daily program. It might be a safer bet than bringing in an unknown anchor from another market. Since Hall went to Atlanta, Bill Williams has come out of retirement to co-host the 6 p.m. broadcast with Robin Wilhoit . Wilhoit does the 11 p.m. broadcast alone.

Hall was the host of WBIR’s Live at Five program before stepping into the anchor slot on Williams’ retirement. Current Live at Five host Russell Bivens asked not to be considered for the job; he has young children and did not want the 11 p.m. news duties. Both Style and Live at Five are produced by the WBIR news department.

All About Integrity

Wendell “Sonny” Rawls , a former reporter at The Tennessean where he worked with former TVA Chair Craven Crowell , got a $200,000 no-bid consulting contract from TVA. The arrangement was the subject of stories in Metro Pulse and elsewhere and prompted an inspector general’s audit in 1997. At a January board meeting, a senior reporter for the Center for Public Integrity questioned whether Rawls should be serving as managing director of the organization, serving as second in command, given this indiscretion.

Bob Williams and Rawls got into an argument, and Williams invited Rawls outside to settle it with fisticuffs. The fight was averted and Williams was fired soon after, according to the National Journal .

A TVA audit in 1997 faulted the agency for allowing the appearance of favoritism in awarding the sole-source contract. Rawls told the National Journal that the entire TVA board approved his consulting contract and, “I don’t think ethics is a matter of concern here.”

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