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‘De Facto’ Winner

Ich bin ein Downtowner?

Ex-Board Member Ill

Bonus Babies

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Bug in Our Ear

‘De Facto’ Winner

Moncier’s defenders point out that his suit on behalf of former Commissioner Bee DeSelm , which was dismissed for lack of standing, led to the discussion about the validity of the Knox County Charter. In local argument and in briefs, Moncier took the position that the Knox County Charter (and term limits) was valid because it created a “de facto” government that has ruled Knox County since 1990. That was the crux of the state Supreme Court decision last week, saying the charter was technically flawed but deserved to be upheld as the “de facto” government has passed laws, ordinances and entered into contracts over the years. With the Charter in effect, so are term limits.

Meanwhile the contempt of court charges levied against Moncier by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer in Greeneville still has not been set for a hearing. It remains open after an earlier scheduled hearing was postponed. County prosecutors will have to decide later this month whether any charges will go forward in connection with a run-in Moncier had with employees of a Cumberland Avenue McDonald’s.

Ich bin ein Downtowner?

The record label Glitterhouse released the album internationally, and though it has sold better in Europe and Japan than in America, it’s apparently still in print. We neglected to mention that, although the album is sung entirely in English, the website Glitterhouse.com is in German, and hard to navigate unless you speak some. However, one enterprising reader successfully ordered the CD by patching through Glitterhouse’s website with a German-translation program.

Ex-Board Member Ill

Hayes was named to the board by President Clinton in 1993, along with chairman Craven Crowell , when the board consisted of three full-time directors. Hayes supervised local utility relations and economic development. He was Commissioner for Economic and Community Development for the state of Tennessee under Gov. Ned McWherter before joining the board.  He has been one of the state’s top lobbyists and a major fund-raiser for prominent Democrats, such as former Vice President Al Gore . He served as Gore’s national finance chair in the 2000 presidential campaign.

Bonus Babies

Of the 46 executives in the report that exceed the salary schedules, here are a few from the top tier, in alphabetical order:

Masoud Bajestani , vice president nuclear generation, Browns Ferry, $709,525; Ashok Bhatnagar , senior vice president nuclear operation, $965,823; Terry Boston , executive vice president power system operations, $710,724; Joe Bynum , executive vice president fossil operations, $844,319; Tom Kilgore , president and chief executive officer, $1.5 million; Brian O’Grady , vice president Browns Ferry nuclear site, $721,781; Kathryn Jackson , executive vice president river operations, $530,812. Mike Rescoe , chief financial officer, $727,505; Karl Singer , chief nuclear officer, $1.2 million.

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Cate has spent the last two years representing homebuilders and the utility, primarily before Knox County Commission. He has also taken on special projects for Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale .