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End of Anderson Era?

But Is It on Cable?

Truckin’, not Racin’, Prevails

Prez Candidate Visits

What Died in Here?

The ‘Mast’ Effect

Bug in Our Ear

End of Anderson Era?

Anderson has had some heart problems and been hospitalized this past year, and he has also be caught up in the crossfire between Haslam and his East Knoxville base over the departure of Rene Kessler from city government. Kessler, the former director of Community Development, resigned after a Civil Service report criticizing her tenure.

Anderson has had increased authority during Haslam’s first term. He headed Parks and Recreation under Ashe. After a re-organization last year, he oversees more city employees than any other department head, excluding the uniformed services.

Anderson, a track star in college and the former football coach at Austin East High School, is also a long-term member of the Knox County school board.

But Is It on Cable?

Cable companies in Knox County have been operating on a month-to-month basis without long term contracts. Hamilton drew the assignment to chair the committee after the November election. Cable operators have argued a major bill may pass this legislative session affecting the regulation and operation of cable systems and have stalled contract talks.

Truckin’, not Racin’, Prevails

Prez Candidate Visits

For tickets contact Shree Pettigrew at attorney Sid Gilreath ’s office, 637-2442.

Edwards was the vice-presidential candidate in 2004 and has been campaigning steadily since that time. He is leading in the Iowa polls and is widely considered the most formidable candidate against U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton .                 

Waiting For a Sentence

More than a month after her husband was sentenced to six years for his part in a marijuana-distribution conspiracy, Bernadette Trent West is still waiting to hear how long she will have to spend in federal prison for her more peripheral connection to the money-laundering aspect of the caper.

The longtime downtown entrepreneur, photographer, and former flight attendant who has confessed a role in the money-laundering case, was supposed to be sentenced this past Tuesday afternoon, but U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips unexpectedly had it rescheduled for next Friday, Jan. 19, at 10 in the morning.

At his sentencing early last month, Scott West apologized directly to his wife for involving her in the scheme.

What Died in Here?

This past Monday night, during a segment reviewing newspaper oddities from around the country, he came across one in the “Mobile Home” section of an unfamiliar shopper-style tabloid based in Knoxville. The short item included this fragment: “Owner died, but not in mobile home.”

Are real-estate agents for more stately domiciles obliged to disclose that sort of information?

The ‘Mast’ Effect

Restaurant sources tell us the most obvious result has been to increase the lunch trade on weekends. Workers downtown require restaurant staffing Monday through Friday, but most cut back servers on the weekends. Since Mast opened, restaurants are staffing on Saturday and Sunday as if it were the usual Monday through Friday busy lunch crowd.

The re-furbished and busy Tennessee Theatre is also helping business downtown. Depending on the event, theatergoers are coming downtown to eat before the performance or after, boosting business on Gay Street and on Market Square.

Downtown denizens believe these trends bode well for the opening of the movie theater on Gay Street later this year.

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