ear (2007-13)

Plaintiff Handy

Pull Up a Chair

Dominance Ending?

Revolving Door

Signs of the Apocalypse?

Musick of the Spheres?

Around the Square

Bug in Our Ear

Plaintiff Handy

A class action lawsuit requires one injured plaintiff, and then class action status can be sought. Finding such a client is often problematic. But Andrews didn't have to look far. He lists as his client Lizajean Holt . Holt is a friend of Andrews and served as his campaign manager in the chancellor's race and the whole Orange Ballot effort. The suit says Holt purchased the contaminated food at Kroger and fed it to her pet. Her pet "became lethargic and began drinking large amounts of water and plaintiff discontinued feeding the defendant's products to her cat prior to the recall notice. Plaintiff and thousands of other consumers will now face veterinary bills to have their pets evaluated for kidney damage."

Menu Foods produces about one billion containers of pet food each year.

At some point the federal court lawsuits will be combined into one case and assigned to a judge.

Pull Up a Chair

Thus far the candidates include interim chair Betty Reddick , who has served since Jim Gray resigned in protest last year, and Don Daugherty .

The key to the election may be the credentials committee that decides who gets to be a delegate and thus can vote. The executive committee voted earlier to require delegates to provide a voter registration card in order to participate.

Given the turmoil in local government over term limits, some Democrats see next year's election as a golden opportunity to pick up seats in the predominately Republican courthouse.  

Dominance Ending?

Baxter resigned his position, creating a vacancy. The terms of the new board members were staggered for continuity and Williams' appointment is up in May.

Baxter's position may go to a new member from Georgia: That state's congressional delegation has been complaining about a lack of representation. The agency serves a portion of North Georgia. Williams could be re-appointed, though control of the U.S. Senate has now shifted to the Democrats--along with the committee that approves TVA board appointments.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear he isn't happy with the direction of TVA at the moment.

Stay tuned.

Revolving Door

McCullough, the former mayor of Tupelo, Miss., was not re-appointed when his term expired and the position was left vacant until the part-time TVA board was authorized and appointed.

McCullough has also been named chair of the board of directors for NuVision Engineering. Both NuVision and Kinectrics are owned by Vision Capital.

McCullough has been serving on the advisory council for the Electric Power Research Institute and has been energy adviser to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barber .

Signs of the Apocalypse?

By Knoxville standards, maybe it still is the cutting edge to go no-smo, even though some restaurants, like Tomato Head, banned smoking in the '90s. By our count, more than half of all downtown restaurants are now strictly nonsmoking. Several opened that way and have never allowed it.

Still, it's a big deal when an old institution changes. And it's especially surprising when restaurants with significant bar trade forbid lighting up.

Like Regas, the Bistro used to be a chain-smoking, cigar-chomping, deal-making place, but the management threw out the ashtrays last April 1. "It's improved our business," says Bistro proprietor Martha Boggs . She says receipts are up approximately seven percent since her last smoking year. She admits she can't attribute all of that to the cleaner air; she had motives other than profits. "It's just a much healthier, more pleasant atmosphere for my employees," she says.   

Musick of the Spheres?

Around the Square

Other new arrivals caught us by surprise. Like the array of children's playhouses that appeared earlier this week, scattered randomly throughout the square. A experimental solution to homelessness? Not so. The miniature houses were designed and hand-built by local high school students and boy scouts (a couple of grown-up companies participated as well), to be auctioned off during the Kidney Foundation's Playhouse Village Gala next Thursday, April 5. The event, themed "Dining by Design," will feature cuisine from a cross-section of the city's finest dining establishments, entertainment from the MacDaddies , and a silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person, available from the Kidney Foundation (688-5481), with proceeds going to benefit the foundation.

On other fronts, Koi Fusion's "Coming Soon" sign is about to no longer be necessary. The restaurant's grand opening is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, by way of an open house party for folks to swing by and see the new place at 19 Market Square. Koi doesn't have its liquor license quite yet, but it will be offering complimentary beer and wine and probably some appetizers. On Saturday, there'll also be live music from Jaystorm , from 9 p.m. until midnight. Doors open at 5 p.m. both nights.