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Ice, Ice, Baby

On Time, Under Budget

Drip, Drip, Drip

Pettigrew Coming On

Off the Reservation

Bug in Our Ear

Ice, Ice, Baby

See you in the rink. We’ll be the ones with pillows strapped to our butts.

On Time, Under Budget

The city has filed a lawsuit against Thompson Ventulett Stainback-McCarty Holsaple McCarty architects over work they supervised performed by Clark/Denark Construction at the Knoxville Convention Center.

The lawsuit alleges the Axminster carpet installed is not according to specifications and is subject to “pooling” which makes it unsightly, appearing as if it were extensively stained or water-marked. The suit says leaks in three places in the loading docks have shorted out the lighting in stairways, that the bathroom tile has to be replaced and a sewer line is full of gravel.

The suit alleges these defects are the result of Clark/Denark Construction “failing to perform its job in a workmanlike manner.”

Drip, Drip, Drip

The call for an investigation is on the agenda for the next County Commission meeting. Dissident commissioners have some “trust issues” in accepting the offer.

There remains a question as to whether there are enough votes on Commission to call for the investigation. If there aren’t enough votes at the regular meeting, the measure may be put off for a month, ensuring the issue stays alive. The state Supreme Court could rule on term limits and change the makeup of County Commission in the mean time.

The effort to get Commissioner Ivan Harmon , one of the sponsors of the investigation resolution, fired from his city job has fizzled. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam told Harmon his votes on Commission and his job are two separate and unrelated issues.

Should Commission vote for an investigation of Harber’s political activities, will the sheriff’s department be ready? We understand a Powerpoint presentation has already been prepared for viewing by Commission.

The other sponsors of the resolution are Commission Chair Scott Moore and Commissioners Mark Cawood and Greg “Lumpy” Lambert . Team Ragsdale recruited and ran candidates against all three in the recent election cycle.

The mayor’s office put out a 21-page packet of information this week recounting the career of Harber in county government. The packet also includes a deposition by County Health Department head Mark Jones conceding Harber tried to get TennCare information about Ragsdale enemies, but the deposition says the requests were ignored.

Pettigrew Coming On

Pettigrew has had thousands of dollars in contributions and has made some serious in-roads in the race. No one is ready to count Campfield out; his door-to-door campaigning prowess is well known. But the race has gone from leaning Republican to a toss-up. Campfield refuses to take PAC money and is being heavily outspent in phone banks, mailers and advertising. In Pettigrew’s favor is the district, which leans Democratic.

Off the Reservation

Gill airs from 8 a.m. to noon on Knoxville’s AM850 WKVL; AM1290 WATO, Oak Ridge; AM1140 WLOD, Loudon; and AM1400 WGAP, Maryville.

For the past week Gill has been airing conservatives-off-the-reservation views finding fault with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Corker. Gill says he hasn’t made up his mind about who he will vote for in the race.

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