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Wheeling, Dealing

Knox Cameo

Metro Gets a Boost

Trio's Time Expires

Senate Candidates on Parade

Bug in Our Ear

Wheeling, Dealing

Barr, as an associate and behind the scenes fixer for the Butcher banks, played a key role in financing the World's Fair in Knoxville. He also had a ringside seat to the Butcher business practices and was a star witness for the government when the banks failed and Jake and C.H. Butcher Jr. went to jail. Barr did his time in prison and came back to start to rebuild his life.

Barr lives in Anderson County and has been at the dealership for the 15 years since he was released from prison. He is the commercial sales manager.

Knox Cameo

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Metro Gets a Boost

Family and friends were joined by eight county commissioners, two City Council members, a state senator and Congressman Jimmy Duncan to hear Con Hunley perform.

At one point former City Councilman and Vice Mayor Jack Sharp , who was term-limited out of office, danced with term-limited County Commissioner Mary Lou Horner . Courtney Pearre , in from Nashville for a visit, quipped: "and that ladies and gentlemen is the closest we have ever come to unified government."

Trio's Time Expires

If gubernatorial traditions hold, Bredesen will be looking for Knoxville (or at least East Tennessee) Democrats to fill open positions. Bonus points for large contributors to Bredesen and/or the University of Tennessee (Haslam Field, Stokely Athletics Center).

When prominent Republican developer John "Thunder" Thornton 's term from the Chattanooga area expired last year, Bredesen appointed Jim Hall , a former member of the McWherter administration and head of the National Transportation Safety Board under President Bill Clinton .

Senate Candidates on Parade

Meanwhile, his opponent in the Senate race, former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has taken the post as head of the Democratic Leadership Council. He was on MSNBC promoting the DLC when he was asked about his successor, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen , a really white guy from Memphis, asking to join the Black Caucus to better represent his minority district. He was refused admittance because he isn't black. Ford refused to be drawn into the argument, saying the DLC is about issues and he would leave such racial arguments to his former colleagues in the House.

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