ear (2006-22)

Once a Narc...

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Goodbye, Dr. Malik

Bug in Our Ear

Once a Narc...

In stark contrast was a familiar-looking fellow in a coat and tie and a conservative haircut, seated politely in the front row.

After the Band of Humans’ rendition of Dylan’s rousing anthem, “Everybody Must Get Stoned,” MC Jack Rentfro announced, “Everybody cool it on the getting stoned stuff. Randy Tyree’s here and he might still be taking down names for Operation Aquarius.”

The man in the front row didn’t react in any obvious way. Tyree, before he was mayor, was in charge of the KPD’s 1971 massive undercover drug sting, which netted about 200 arrests. In the big room were some who remember it uncomfortably well. Now an attorney and Democratic candidate for sheriff, Tyree chatted amiably with several attendees, but no arrests were made.

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Meanwhile, McCarthy’s rare play, The Sunset Limited , about a suicidal professor in a New York subway opened at the Chicago playhouse known as Steppenwolf Garage. In a review published Monday in the Chicago Tribune , the play, which is almost entirely a dialogue between two men, one named White, the other Black (White calls life “a forced labor camp, in which people are led, by lottery, one at a time, for execution”), was called “brilliant” by staff critic Chris Jones—who nonetheless added, “Now if only McCarthy would write an actual play.”

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WUOT stalwart News Director Matt Shafer Powell ’s award-winning series of interviews with Tennessee survivors of America’s war dead, “Lost to War,” was excerpted on All Things Considered in its Memorial Day segment, and S. David Freeman , the former TVA chairman, was interviewed at length Tuesday on his aim to clean up air pollution at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest port and L.A. County’s biggest polluting source.

Bookish Festival

Not the Fab Fave?

Dewey Roberts and Detta Sallie , Democratic executive committee members from the 1st District, called the meeting, and the name of the person nominated will be sent to the county executive committee as the recommended candidate to replace Jordan. Roberts says the committee has agreed to abide by the results of the community meeting. The nominee will depend on the votes of those that show up for the meeting. What is not clear is where this leaves Helen Lewis , the top Democratic write-in candidate against Jordan in the primary, or whether the chosen candidate will have the backing of the East Knoxville office holders like Jordan, County Commissioner Tank Strickland , Vice Mayor Mark Brown , state Rep. Joe Armstrong and school board member Sam Anderson .

This group, sometimes called the Fab Five, consists of some of the most powerful Democrats in local office and they have a lot of influence in the district. But their support of Republican Mayor Bill Haslam has not endeared them to the Knox County Democratic Executive Committee.

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