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Whew! No Vote

Flood of Red Ink

Wade Out

Web Sunshine

Credit Where Credit's Due

Bug in Our Ear

Whew! No Vote

If the delegation had had to pursue the election route it would have required a Democratic sponsor in the Democrat-controlled House. Would that be state Rep. Joe Armstrong , sponsoring a bill to cut short the term of his friend Diane Jordan 's son? Or state Rep. Harry Tindell , being asked to sponsor a bill to replace his father Billy , appointed to a two-year term as County Clerk? Bredesen's position that the Constitution doesn't allow for special elections avoided these issues.

Of three area senators, Jamie Woodson , Tim Burchett and Randy McNally , not one was able to meet County Mayor Mike Ragsdale to hear his pitch--ostensibly because they were too concerned that it might be an ethics violation to listen to a delegation from home and have dinner. Dutch treat is a foreign concept in Nashville.

In other words, the ballyhooed headlines about seeking a special election were premature because the election idea was a non-starter before Ragsdale started to Nashville.

Flood of Red Ink

Looming on the horizon? The feds are moving ever closer to forcing Knox County to deal with storm water runoff in subdivisions and shopping centers throughout the unincorporated area. You will remember KUB has been slapped with an order for hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements to get storm water out of the sewage system, with a correspondingly huge increase in water bills.

The county's problem isn't as extensive, since it isn't a matter of separating sewage and storm drains. But people who have observed the ongoing water quality control task force meetings with the feds estimate new regulations could force the spending of $150 million to $200 million to fix the problem. A remediation plan may require retention ponds in new construction and upgrades and installations at older subdivisions.

In the coming two years, county commissioners will have to pass storm water regulations that will anger the home builders and developers, deal with angry constituents outside the KUB service area hit with huge water bill increases and come up with funds to deal with the county's portion of the costs. They may also have to tell residents of older subdivisions they too will have to install retention ponds or expand and upgrade the ones they have.

Wade Out

She's been active in civic affairs here, including accepting the chair of the United Way board, which she currently holds. Her last day with Channel 6 is March 2.

Web Sunshine

It is interesting to note that a bill got dropped in the hopper this session, Senate Bill 1791, that would allow local governments to post legal notices on websites rather than pay newspapers to print them. In most rural counties with one county-seat weekly, newspaper legal notices are bread and butter revenue.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Joe Haynes , D-Nashville, and has no House sponsor as yet. Blogger Bill Hobbs (billhobbs.com) says his research shows the bill is being pushed by a lobbyist for county governments.

Credit Where Credit's Due

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