ear (2006-10)

TVA VP Exits

Race a Referendum?

One More Thing

Bar Fight

Chester the Honoree

Ousting Campfield

Bug in Our Ear

TVA VP Exits

Friday will be Robinson’s last day at TVA, as she is leaving to pursue other opportunities. If we still believed in rumors we would tell you that she was kept on for the past month because TVA didn’t want to make personnel news while the new board members were held up during the Senate confirmation process. Now that the new board has been approved, Robinson told her staff Monday that there would soon be an announcement about her leaving.

Robinson came to TVA in 2001 as executive vice-president of communications and government relations. She had worked at Case Corporation in Wisconsin and before that at Burson-Marsteller in New York.

Race a Referendum?

Long-time County Commissioner Wanda Moody and her attorney Herb Moncier have been in the news the last several years for suing Sheriff Tim Hutchison . Some see her as a hero for trying to rein in the sheriff’s power to use drug funds for projects without approval from County Commission. Others decry the expense of lawyers for all the parties and transforming a political fight into a succession of legal cases.

Tony Norman , a biology teacher at West High School and the son of former County Commissioner Rex Norman , is running against Moody for District 3, Seat A, and the sheriff lawsuits will most likely be the central issue in the campaign. Norman is coming up on 30 years as a teacher, his children are grown, and he says he wants to follow in his dad’s footsteps by entering public service.

One More Thing

Bar Fight

Swann held attorney David Lee in contempt of court during Lee’s divorce case and Lee later announced in court that he planned to run against Swann in the next election. Lee then asked that Swann recuse himself in any cases handled by Lee. Swann then barred Lee from his court.

Lee went to the court of appeals, and appeals court Judge Charles Susano ruled that Swann could not bar Lee from the Fourth Circuit Court. According to the ABA Journal, Susano ruled that “disbarment from practicing in a given court under the circumstances of this case sends the wrong message. It says that if one decides to run against an incumbent judge, he or she must give up the attorney’s practice in the judge’s court.”

Swann had argued that Lee did not normally try cases in his court and that he was taking pro bono divorce cases. “David Lee may not use his artificially created conflict, which was done for his own reasons in his own divorce litigation, as a strategy to remove this judge from any and all litigation that he chooses to enter. It is an affront to the orderly administration of justice.”

Susano suggested that Swann transfer Lee’s cases to another judge in the Fourth Circuit. Lee has qualified to run for the Fourth Circuit judgeship and Swann is seeking re-election.

Chester the Honoree

This year’s event will be at the Knoxville Convention Center June 17 at 6 p.m.

Ousting Campfield

Gary Drinnen , who has run local campaigns and worked on the Knox County Bush re-election effort in 2004, is holding a reception for his campaign against Campfield in the Republican primary with a list of familiar political and business names as hosts. A partial list includes former state Sen. Ben Atchley and wife Sue Atchley , as well as Darrell Akins ; Bruce Bosse ; Doug Berry ; Cynthia Moxley ; former state Rep. Steve Buttry and his wife, school board member Cindy Buttry ; Sam Furrow ; Raja Jubran ; Marvin Hammond ; Nick Cazana ; former state Rep. Tom Jensen and his wife Carolyn Jensen , field representative for U.S. Sen. Bill Frist ; Doug McCarty ; Fuad Raviez ; Wes Stowers ; Bob Talbott and Susan Williams . The reception is Tuesday night at Gettysvue Country Club.