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Coming Attractions

Card Carrying Members Only

Padgett Recovering

The Village Reborn?

Green GOPers

Political Divorce

Correction

Bug in Our Ear

Coming Attractions

Card Carrying Members Only

But the motion carried. Dissenters say the Election Commission cannot issue new voter-registration cards for scores of people before the county convention Saturday, March 31. The voter-registration requirement will favor party activists and longtime party officers who have cards, as opposed to average Democratic voters who want to attend the convention and help elect new officers.

Interim chair Betty Reddick is being challenged by Don Daugherty for the chair position to lead the party through next year's contentious elections following controversy over term-limited office holders and their appointed replacements.

Padgett Recovering

The Village Reborn?

But early this year, they both were both closed, without posted explanation. Furniture was cleared out of Vicki's, and its phone number was disconnected. But Pisano's appeared ready to reopen for business.

"I'm done," says Taya Walker , the Russian-born pizza expert who opened Pisano's four years ago--though she still owns some restaurants run by family members in California. She admits to being overwhelmed with her responsibilities, and ready to take a break. "Tell everyone I plan to happily retire and travel all around the world." She seems proud that her successor, Aaron Gross , former chef at the lamented upscale Bearden restaurant Little Star, will be taking over in mid-April. She says he'll be making pizza by her old recipe, but will add pasta and several other Italian dishes. It will be known by the name Lucia.

As for Vicki's, whose prices could startle neighbors, many of them less-than-posh UT   grad students (when they closed, table cards advertised the daily special, a $22 lobster entrée) a restaurant is said to reopen in its place late in the year, after extensive remodeling to the former grocery, under new management. In charge this time will be one Kimo Meheula , reportedly an accomplished Hawaiian chef, and his wife, Kassey .

Green GOPers

The two Republican stalwarts were recognized for the preservation of TVA lands. Sansom is the chair of the new part-time TVA board, and Williams was chair of the committee that came up with the recommendation to prevent further residential and resort development of TVA land, later approved by the board. The action came after the previous TVA board had swapped TVA land to facilitate a residential/resort development on Nickajack Lake by John "Thunder" Thornton and Mike Ross .

Political Divorce

Williams has told Capitol Hill reporters he has been shunned by Republicans in his district since he voted for Democratic Sen. John Wilder for Speaker two years ago. Williams says he is not invited to party functions, like the annual Lincoln Day Dinners, fund-raisers in which officeholders get to make a pitch to the party faithful.

The state Republican Party had already indicated they would support another candidate against Williams next year. Mike Faulk , an attorney from Hawkins County, has been traveling the district--he does get invited to Lincoln Day Dinners--and makes no secret of his plans to run for the seat.

Williams continues to campaign in the district by attending community functions and ball games and has said he has support in his six-county district outside the party functionaries.

Correction

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