ear (2006-43)

Portfolio Expanded

What’s in It for Me?

Hooker to the Rescue

Fixes Fixed

Political Trivia

Costly Victory?

Welcome Aboard the Niña

Bug in Our Ear

Portfolio Expanded

The position of chief operating officer has been abolished and Dave Hill has moved to take charge full-time of the South Knoxville Waterfront Development effort—the largest initiative undertaken by the administration of Mayor Bill Haslam . The engineering department and the plans review and inspections departments have been re-assigned to Anderson, who already heads parks and recreation and the public service department (which includes maintenance, construction, solid waste, street cleaning and codes enforcement). This greatly expands Anderson’s responsibilities and the number of employees reporting to him.

The community development office has been moved to the finance department headed by newly named Deputy Mayor Larry Martin .

What’s in It for Me?

Hooker to the Rescue

Meanwhile, Congressman Harold Ford Jr., also a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, got a free ad on newsstands across the state this week. Ford graces the cover of Newsweek with a long profile inside talking about his faith, and his conservative positions on issues, citing him as the leading example of Democrats bucking the national image of Democrats as liberals.

Time magazine also had a story on the Tennessee Senate race. The face-off between Ford and Corker is a staple of cable news shows and campaign roundups in major newspapers around the nation.

Tennessee is one of six states that may decide which party controls the Senate going forward. MSNBC did a daylong political marathon Tuesday on crucial races around the country, with Norah O’Donnell live from the UT campus where Ford held a rally with students.

Fixes Fixed

Re-opened streets will make getting around downtown easier through the holidays and next year, although the Church Avenue Viaduct is coming down for replacement, providing some respite before I-40 is closed in the spring of 2008 for a 14 month period. The 103,000 vehicles that pass through downtown each day will be re-routed to I-640 north of town.

Political Trivia

We do know McMahan took Thompson to South Knoxville to visit the late Nookie Pinkston , a Knox County commissioner and used car dealer, where they purchased the Chevy pickup and hit the road. Pinkston was replaced on Commission by his brother, and business partner, Paul .

Costly Victory?

Courthouse wags suggest examining Commission agendas for coming months. Expect to see public buildings named for some commissioners, special appropriations for specific schools and support for other worthwhile projects in Commission districts.

“It could be a costly victory,” said one.

Welcome Aboard the Niña

Never mind the caveats, she’s a beautiful ship, an authentic 15th century caravel, and the Columbus Foundation has made her available on this U.S. tour for fees of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students, children 4 and under free. It should be worth every penny to walk her decks and imagine what her sailors experienced on the high seas. At 94 feet in length and 100 tons in displacement, she’ll be docked near Calhoun’s Restaurant

Her name was really the Santa Clara, but her nickname was the Niña, and she was reputedly Columbus’ favorite among the three vessels in his 1492 expedition, although the Pinta was his flagship and the nao Santa Maria was along for that trip. Built in Brazil and a star of the film 1492 , the Niña is a marvel of craftsmanship duplicated from the period. Now, her latter-day namesake is visiting Knoxville between stops at Chattanooga and Tuscaloosa, Ala.