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Just Leave Your Name

Terms are Negotiable

Getting The Road on This Show?

Over the Hill Gang?

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Bug in Our Ear

Just Leave Your Name

The club is named for Buffler, a longtime Democratic Party activist, organizer and former county chair. Friends say she was asked to leave by club president Betty Reddick . Only two or three members had arrived for the lunch meeting when the incident occurred, and rather than cause a scene, Buffler left.

Reddick had been interim Knox County Democratic Party chair and ran for a two-year term at the county convention last Saturday. She was defeated by Don Daugherty by a 123-86 vote. Buffler supported Daugherty.

Friends say in addition to the irony of Buffler not being welcome at the Buffler Club, Buffler's children contributed $700 to the club last year when it needed money for a special project.

Terms are Negotiable

Lambert says the recent theft of three cars from his lot was a financial blow, and he has considered getting out of the car business, but does not plan to go to work for county government. He said if he decides to sell out it would take six months to dispose of his inventory and he would then seek work in "the private sector."

Lambert said theft insurance for a car dealership is prohibitively expensive and he fears some "young thugs think it's cool" to mess with a commissioner. Lambert was in the news earlier this year when he forestalled a robbery by pulling his own gun during a hold-up at the car lot. The suspect was later charged with murder in another robbery.

Lambert said he might reconsider working for the county if Chief of Staff Mike Arms were to leave and County Mayor Mike Ragsdale needed him to fill in.

Getting The Road on This Show?

Bin Laden actually has a whole lot more TV experience than famously reclusive author McCarthy, who at 73 has never granted a broadcast interview to anyone before, and has tolerated only a couple of print interviews, and then only with weighty organs like the New York Times . Along the way, he's developed a mystique somewhere between that of Bob Dylan, J.D. Salinger, and Captain Jack Sparrow.

Prominent McCarthy scholar and University of Miami Professor Rick Wallach was in town over the weekend meeting with some UT academics planning the Cormac McCarthy Conference. From a laptop at the Bistro, he monitored the unprecedented traffic on the Cormac McCarthy Society's webpage, which he governs. The response from McCarthy's cultlike global fan base ranged from the stunned to the bewildered. Wallach himself admitted he was speechless.

The Road includes some early scenes of an unnamed city very similar to Knoxville, where the protagonist shows his son where he grew up. Unfortunately, the city does not come across at its best; all its citizens are corpses.

Over the Hill Gang?

Mayor's office spokesman Dwight Van de Vate saw the suspect on an elevator in the City County building and realized he was wearing a jail jumpsuit turned inside out. Van de Vate called the sheriff's department on his cell phone, then ran into a water quality meeting and grabbed County Commissioner Lee Trammel . Trammel is an assistant chief deputy, and Van de Vate used to be a chief deputy. The two men of a certain age and girth were joined by County Commissioner Chuck Bolus , who was recently hospitalized with chest pain.

The three set off in pursuit of the suspect, driving around downtown in a truck. Tramel told Van de Vate the young man was in little danger of being run down by the three--"we couldn't have caught him if we had run it as a relay race."

The suspect was later caught at a cousin's house and returned to jail.   

Play Ball

The Smokies begin their season on the road at Jacksonville on Thursday, April 5. The home opener's set for Wednesday, April 11 against Huntsville. This year promises more theme nights than you can shake a maple wood bat at, including '80s Night, Jimmy Buffet Night, and Turn Back the Clock Night. Tickets can be purchased in advance (cheaper than at game time) on www.smokiesbaseball.com .