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Tiger Rags?

Haroldfest 2006

Vols Need Defense

Democrat Gets Post

His Mystery Deepens

Showing the Flag

Parliamentary Hijinks

Bug in Our Ear

Tiger Rags?

By Friday, the consensus was that some enterprising guerrilla LSU fan had arrived in town early to put up the team colors. The gesture infuriated some Vol fans, who couldn’t believe the arrogance of putting up enemy colors on the home team’s main street.

By the Sunday morning after the Vols’ loss to LSU, most of the ribbons—55 in all—had been torn down.

We caught up with the decorator behind the outrage. Her name is Kat Jones , and she works as a paralegal in the downtown office of attorney Richard Baker. She and her family obtained city permission to fasten them up there in anticipation of the Veteran’s Day Parade. She says the ribbon color some mistook for gold was actually yellow. “They were yellow and purple bows,” she says. “The yellow were for the troops out there in harm’s way, and that we want them to come home,” she says. “The purple was for the Purple Heart, which is the theme of this year’s parade.” Jones, who has helped with the last few years of the annual parade, bought all the ribbons herself. She and her family tied them up there on the previous Sunday, Oct. 29.  No one seemed to notice them as LSU colors until the game was imminent.

City officials have no idea who took the decorations down, and neither does Jones. She says it would have required a ladder and probably wire cutters. But Jones thinks even Vol fans should have known better. “Think for a minute,” she says. “In the history of football in Tennessee, would we let visiting fans decorate Gay Street in team colors? It wouldn’t happen. There would be a bloodbath.”

She means to do the job over. “If God’ll let me get the work done,” she says. “It’s all for the veterans.”

Haroldfest 2006

Mayor Bill Haslam arrived to proclaim the day Harold Shersky Day. But, for once, the famously hyperactive deli man remained seated as well wishers from UT basketball coach Bruce Pearl to former Knoxville Journal columnist Jim Dykes showed up to pay tribute.

Heska Amuna means to do it again next year; it has the makings of an annual festival.

Vols Need Defense

When Bosch’s phone rings on Sunday morning it usually isn’t good for the Vol nation. This past Sunday it was the 3 a.m. arrest of three players, including the Vols starting tailback, Arian Foster , fullback David Holbert and reserve safety Antonio Wardlow for a variety of charges having to do with a drunken brawl at a nightclub called Goodfellas.

The three arrests bring the total Vols in custody since May to seven.

Thus far the arrests have been reduced to misdemeanor charges under the general heading of stupid college tricks. That included defensive back Marsalous Johnson , who had his felony assault charges reduced to a misdemeanor last week for an arrest earlier this year down in Putnam County.

In the latest case perhaps the defendants will draw a judge who, after the loss to LSU last Saturday, also felt like drinking some beer and punching somebody. Bosch is reportedly in a “prevent defense” that stops any scoring on UT players at least until the end of the season.

Democrat Gets Post

Thornton, whose largess to the university once prompted the athletic department to let him run through the T at a home game, was a big supporter of Bredesen’s in the governor’s first run for office. But Bredesen appointed Thornton’s fellow Chattanoogan, attorney Jim Hall , to the board. Hall was a member of former Gov. Ned McWherter’s cabinet and served as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board in the Clinton administration.

Thornton was recently in the news after a land swap garnered TVA land in McMinn County for a major residential development. The controversy prompted the new TVA board to review its land policies and draft a policy that prohibits future sales of TVA land for anything other than restricted industrial development.

On the subject of appointments, the state Supreme Court just happened to appoint Bredesen’s longtime legal adviser Bob Cooper to the post of Attorney General. Everyone knows the Supreme Court is independent in such matters; though Bredesen has appointed two members to the court this year and has another appointment pending.

Cooper was rumored to be on the short list for a Supreme Court appointment himself, but lost out in behind-the-scenes maneuvering.

His Mystery Deepens

As they passed a barbecue booth, a plump LSU fan turned and gawked. The counterman waited for her, as she seemed for a moment unable to speak. But then she said, “Swear to God that looks just like Mike Delfino!” In fact, it wasn’t the mysterious secret-agent plumber on “Desperate Housewives,”  but actor James Denton , who plays him on TV. Whispers of recognition rippled across the crowd as his party entered the restaurant. The actor seemed content to ignore it, but one older fellow in the group seemed to be enjoying his association with the celebrity. As they entered, he turned around and said, “Yes, that’s him!”

The UT alum from Nashville was in town with his family for the big game.

Showing the Flag

Flying the flag is tricky, since there are three stars in the center of the flag, representing the state’s three Grand Divisions. The state Blue Book illustration of the flag shows two of the stars on top and one on the bottom.

One media call to the Bredesen campaign got an answer that the video was shot at an angle and the flag only looked out of kilter.

Parliamentary Hijinks

Another newly elected member, Commissioner R. Larry Smith , has emerged as the anti-Lumpy, urging Commission to ignore the investigation requests and just move on. His sentiments in a letter to the editor were echoed in a News Sentinel editorial.

Keep an eye out for the November County Commission agenda. If a Ragsdale supporter were to put such a resolution on the agenda, a Ragsdale majority could then vote it down. That would kill the effort. If Lambert sponsors the resolution he can withdraw it and re-introduce it at will.

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