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Steve vs. Steve

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Steve vs. Steve

City Councilman Steve Hall is running for county mayor, and the register of deeds, a 24-year courthouse veteran who often has the highest vote total in county elections, resents the councilman benefiting from having the same name as him. He also suspects that supporters of Councilman Hall encouraged another candidate to enter the register of deeds race, thus forcing him to erect Steve Hall yard signs that will, by extension, benefit the mayoral candidate.

Register of Deeds Hall put out a press release last fall that he was not a candidate for City Council, which then led to a mistaken announcement on a local television station that City Councilman Hall had withdrawn from the race.

When Register of Deeds Hall has his press conference to announce he isn’t running for mayor, we suspect local reporters will be careful to make a distinction. If you found the forgoing analysis of the Hall vs. Hall ballot confusion confusing, well, that’s the point.

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In the wake of that ruling, the statute of limitations has run out on the case and an indictment in the middle of a county primary election has been avoided.

The “computergate” case led to Ragsdale aide Tyler Harber resigning his post. His computer was found hidden on top of a heating duct during the investigation. Tindell, who is running for sessions judge, did not want to re-open the issue or pursue prosecution.

A messy court case in the middle of the mayoral campaign might have helped challenger City Councilman Steve Hall and would not have been a good thing for the Ragsdale reelection campaign.

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Abrams asked Bosch about statements by Mary Winkler’s attorney raising hypothetical issues like “there may have been a dangerous situation” in the home. Bosch said it may be an effort by the attorney, during the first 72 hours of the case, to introduce mitigating circumstances to a small jury pool in Selmer, Tenn., the town where Mathew Winkler, a Church of Christ preacher, was shot.

Bosch is a regular panel member on WBIR’s Inside Tennessee talk show on Sunday morning.

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Imagine their surprise when COO Tom Kilgore brought in a young woman as a contract consultant to evaluate each of them and examine their work process and to conduct a “functional review of communications.” This comes in the wake of Vice President Ellen Robinson ’s leaving the agency to pursue other opportunities. Her interim replacement is Peyton Hairston, a TVA regular who has been vice president for labor relations.

Maureen Clayton’s selection for the departmental evaluation job, granted without open bidding, may have something to do with her having worked for Kilgore at Oglethorpe Power for 10 years before Kilgore came to TVA, and it is causing a great deal of resentment around the Tower.

In a memo to the staff, Clayton outlined her mission: “What I’d like to talk with you about in our meeting is work processes, metrics, access to information, strategy development, etc. Please think about the three things your organization (directly reporting to you) does well and three areas where you face obstacles. I’d also like to have copies of the job descriptions for you and your direct reports and your functional goals for the fiscal year.”

Since leaving Oglethorpe, Clayton has headed Insight Communications, in Atlanta, consulting on business communications issues.


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