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  • Haslam's Ed Reform Program Ambushed Published 3/19/2014 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments

    It was one of the weirdest days at the Legislature in recent memory.

  • Comfortable Fit? Published 3/19/2014 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments

    Reeves and Varlan’s wife, Dani, were in the same Leadership Knoxville Class. Varlan was city law director for Knoxville and Reeves’ husband Charles Swanson was the City Council attorney. Swanson now has Varlan’s old job as city law director.

  • Corker Haslam Job Swap? Published 3/12/2014 at 12:17 p.m. 0 comments

    A longtime theory around Tennessee political circles got a boost last week when the Roll Call newspaper did a story quoting political operatives that Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker may swap jobs in 2018.

  • Martin Tired of Pearl Talk? Published 3/12/2014 at 12:16 p.m. 0 comments

    There has been a lot of discussion on whether the University of Tennessee should fire basketball coach Cuonzo Martin or not—but little attention has been paid to whether Martin will be around to be fired.

  • Orange is the New Blue Published 3/12/2014 at 12:15 p.m. 0 comments

    Each year the secretary of state’s office publishes about 50,000 Blue Books, which legislators pass out to their constituents. This year the office ran off an additional 25,000 books, but with an orange cover in tribute to long-time Lady Vols ...

  • South Candidate Emerges Published 3/12/2014 at 12:14 p.m. 0 comments

    Another Republican candidate has emerged to challenge state Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville—this one from South Knoxville and associated with a mega-church.

  • Leaders urged to Vote Waggoner Published 3/5/2014 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments

    Leadership Knoxville is not too thrilled about its confidential alumni mailing list being used in a political campaign and may examine its procedures in the future.

  • Public Thank You for Ramsey Published 3/5/2014 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments

    Ramsey may have been singled out for thanks because the bill passed the state Senate first and his district is next door to Food City headquarters in Abingdon, Va.

  • On Somebody's, Er, List? Published 3/5/2014 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments

    Smith told WATE that Congressman Jimmy Duncan warned him to “stay away from my son,” which Duncan and two witnesses at the meeting say never happened.

  • Red Meat on the Menu Published 2/26/2014 at 10:29 a.m. 0 comments

    Local Republicans will be having red meat at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner next month.

  • Would-Be Judge to be Judged? Published 2/26/2014 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments

    Lu Ann Ballew wants to sit on the bench in Jefferson County’s courtroom, but she has a hearing scheduled in that courtroom on Monday in which she is the defendant.

  • Volunteer Chief to Retire Published 2/26/2014 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments

    Ginny Weatherstone, who has spent 17 years with the non-profit organization helping care for the homeless, plans to retire at the end of August, but the board is seeking to have a new director in place when she leaves.

  • Strange Bedfellows Published 2/26/2014 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments

    The bill makes it illegal to transmit someone’s naked photographs via the Internet and social media without the subject’s permission.

  • Duncan for Duncan Published 2/26/2014 at 10:22 a.m. 0 comments

    Since resigning from the Knox County Trustee’s office and pleading to a felony, John Duncan III has been working for his father, Congressman Jimmy Duncan.

  • Ruling to Potentially Affect Us Published 2/19/2014 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments

    Both Ohio and Kentucky are in the U.S. Sixth Circuit, based in Cincinnati. So is Tennessee.