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Up Your Skirt!

First the Dixie Chicks, Then...

Primarily a Bummer

Harber-ing Leverage?

Mama's Pride

When in Doubt...

Don't Leave Lights On!

Bug in Our Ear

Up Your Skirt!

The first Knoxville issue is due out March 1. Careful not to confuse it with Eva Mag , which is locally written and produced.  

First the Dixie Chicks, Then...

Primarily a Bummer

That's an effort to make the Tennessee primary more relevant in picking presidential candidates. State party chairs see it as an economic development move, reaping millions in advertising and political spending for a Super Tuesday primary that also includes Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.

The bad news for local voters is that once the local parties have picked their candidates, the general election will not be until August of 2008. Any incumbent knocked off in a primary will still serve for an additional six lame-duck months.

Harber-ing Leverage?

Maybe it's just a coincidence, but an agenda item about an investigation of Tyler Harber , a former aide to Ragsdale who alleges he did only political work in his county job, was deferred. We hear it may not resurface. Unless, of course, another war breaks out.

Mama's Pride

When in Doubt...

The State/Central acreage, now an underused surface parking lot, has been touted in the past for a baseball stadium, a planetarium, and, most recently, a transit center. It's again open for offers, proposals and pipedreams.

No mention has been made lately of a location for a new downtown library building, a proposal from which Mayor Mike Ragsdale shrank in the face of suburban criticism in his first term of office, but the NS site was once deemed ideal for such a new facility.

The county expects to issue requests for proposals once it hears from the general public and the matter of ownership of the State/Central property is cleared up with the city of Knoxville.

Don't Leave Lights On!

The Nashville conservative think tank examined the utility bills for Gore's Tara-esque home nestled between rich Republicans in the exclusive Belle Meade neighborhood and concluded his household consumes more electricity in a month than the average American household uses in a year. His yearly usage is 20 times the national average. Gore paid nearly $30,000 in 2006 in combined electricity and natural gas for his 20-room, eight-bathroom home. The criticism was for 2006 bills, but a Gore spokesman told the Tennessean this year is different. After release of the movie the Gores have signed up for green power for the last three months, paying an additional $432 for power generated without carbon emissions. The Gores are also doing a renovation to add solar panels to the home and have switched to fluorescent lights.

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