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Tennessee Looms Large

Cash or Charge?

It's Party Time

Rothrock Café, RIP?

Bug in Our Ear

Tennessee Looms Large

Gore's role in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth has put him back into the national spotlight, having played in movie houses around the world and premiering this week on Showtime, the pay television channel.

Meanwhile, The Hotline reported last week that former U.S. Sen . Howard Baker has been in Washington calling on heavy hitters talking up the candidacy of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson , now a fixture of the popular Law & Order television series. Thompson appeared on Fox News Sunday and did not rule out a presidential bid, setting off a veritable firestorm on conservative political blogs. (We would suggest to the News Sentinel that running an online poll of potential Thompson vice-presidential choices is a bit premature.)

So once again Tennessee may play a crucial role in the selection of the next president of the United States. Gore's failure to carry his home state cost him the election in 2000. Presidential politics over the last 20 years have included presidential runs by Baker, Gore, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and an almost bid by U.S. Sen. Bill Frist . Thompson has been considered a favorite to run for president since he burst on the political scene after the 1994 election. But he has always had someone from Tennessee in the way--Alexander and then Frist. The way is finally clear should he decide to go for it, as the financial heavyweights in Belle Meade are not committed to another Tennessean at the moment.

Cash or Charge?

Dr. Rick Grapski , a medical oncologist and Covenant Health's medical director for oncology services, discussed the arrangement and introduced Strader to the crowd.

Strader deadpanned to the delight of the crowd: "This is the first time I've seen Dr. Grapski that he didn't ask me for a co-pay."

It's Party Time

There is a surprisingly spirited race among the Democrats, who will meet March 31, to select a new chair . Jim Gray resigned last year in protest rather than support term-limited candidates who refused to step down. Betty Reddick has been serving in the interim and is seeking a term as chair. Don Daugherty has been campaigning across the county, calling for unity among the various factions and a recruitment of candidates and new Democratic voters to take advantage of the disarray among Republican officeholders.

The county party has factions consisting of organized labor, officeholders and the so-called "Deaniacs" who tend to be young activists in the Howard Dean mold. The elected officeholders, who have had success in Republican Knox County, are pushing the unity effort.

Rothrock Café, RIP?

For those who grew up thinking of the library as abstemiously monastic, a library café was a refreshing change.

Lately, though, the snack and coffee machines are still there, but the "café" is now reduced to two small tables by the window. In its place are racks full of books. Library rep Mary Pom Claiborne says it was a space issue. In the library's rearrangements to deal with its 35-year-old building--County Commission and county taxpayers seem so far unwilling to provide Knoxville a new one as big as the one in, say, Maryville--librarians had to find a place for the Tennesseana collection, previously quartered in the back. "I wouldn't count it out as a café, but the collection is looking cozy in there," she says, adding that the small space, adjoining the library's main room, didn't always work as well for musical performances as Frank had hoped.

Others remark that the place sometimes resembled a sitting lounge for vagrants, further evidence of Knoxville's uneasy relations with the homeless nation.

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