ear (2006-21)

How Clean?

Pay Your Own Lawyer

Sultans of Gay St.

Premature Emissions Test

CHR Role Expanding

‘State’ Dinner

Locals Get Beans

Bug in Our Ear

How Clean?

Pay Your Own Lawyer

It is Ragsdale’s position that an office holder suing to save his/her job is a private matter to be paid for by that official and not the responsibility of the taxpayers.

In a memo to Law Director Mike Moyers , the mayor wrote: “Please ensure that no legal expenses incurred by any Knox County elected official to challenge the right to be on the Knox County ballot in the primary or general election be underwritten in part or in kind by the Knox County taxpayer. Also, please ensure that no legal expenses incurred by any Knox County elected official to challenge the legality of the Knox County Charter be underwritten by the Knox County taxpayer.

“I will not approve any outside counsel expenses incurred by any elected official in challenge of term limits or the Knox County Charter.”

Sultans of Gay St.

There’s probably never been an establishment on Gay Street that features belly dancers and hookahs on a regular basis, which is a shame because Gypsy Hands, Alexia and other belly dance troupes consistently wow downtown audiences. And, Abhami assures us, there will be a “huge selection of wine.”

Premature Emissions Test

Air quality numbers for Knox County have improved for the past year, though it may be the result of favorable weather conditions. Speed limits have been reduced on the interstates. The county is meeting the goal for ozone standards and is expected to reach an acceptable standard for particulates within four years, according to computer modeling.

Local officials hope Gov. Phil Bredesen will see that requiring all cars and trucks in Knox County to be tested and certified for emissions will be a costly and extremely unpopular program, especially in an election year. Bredesen told local officials earlier that it is a local problem that needs a local solution.

CHR Role Expanding

The organization expects to soon have members from two other communities and will be filing suits against two other cities. Anti-annexation citizens have found the organization on its website (citizensforhomerule.com) and called for help.

Emison credits Knoxville’s 1,000 annexations during Ashe’s last two years in office with the explosion in membership. There are 200 people in Knox County in litigation with the city over annexations. Two suits against Farragut have been settled, the city preferring to let it go rather than spend time in court.

‘State’ Dinner

A Washington columnist noted that Sen. Lamar Alexander attended. Alexander spent six months in Australia after he left the governor’s office and wrote a book about the experience. The other attendee was West Tennessee Democratic Congressman John Tanner , a personal friend of the Australian ambassador.

Completing the Tennessee-themed event was the entertainment: Union County native Kenny Chesney performed.

Locals Get Beans

Meanwhile, Bush Brothers, headquartered in Knoxville, has announced a $174 million expansion of its facilities in Chestnut Hill. The Bush Bros. are unlikely to get any consideration from the Jefferson County Commission, despite being the county’s largest employer and longest existing industry.

With a previous multi-million dollar expansion, Bush just asked that the new hefty tax payments be spread out over a period of years and was turned down.


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