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No Rain Checks

Joys of Town Living

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

UT Campaign Opens

Metro Mayor

Third-Time Charm?

Bug in Our Ear

No Rain Checks

Then the temperature dropped and the rain blew in, a rain out of a movie about the miseries of war. Early Saturday evening, the tents of the square were a dismal sight, maybe like Gen. Longstreet's camp after the failed siege. Even restaurant business seemed slower than on a typical non-festival Saturday. On Sunday, vendors reportedly had to be coaxed to stay open.

"The brightest spot was the Big Art-Big Impact project," says the city's permanently cheerful Special Events Director Mickey Mallonee , referring to the dozen large, playful steel and bronze sculptures placed in and around Krutch Park. Even they look much better in the sunshine, without the wind blowing. Thankfully, the project will remain in place until the end of July.

Joys of Town Living

The city impound lot got six customers from Gay Street taken to its location off Prosser Road, north of the Knoxville Zoo. Downtown residents would be advised to Mapquest the location, print it and put it on the refrigerator. There will be other parades and downtown events.

The impound lot reports 35 cars were towed for the recent Knoxville Marathon.

It costs $70 cash or credit card (no checks) and proof of ownership to get your car back.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner

The legendary Boston race, as you may have heard, was nearly called off this year, in light of reportedly the worst weather in its century-plus history. Monday's Nor'easter brought gusty wind and rain, which wasn't improved by temperatures in the 40s. Sutton, who engineers industrial heating systems for a living, reports he started running "under the cover of darkness and sheeting rain and intense headwinds." But he forged on, and "ran in ankle-deep floods below Hopkinton..... At one early point about Framingham, I was soaked by a garbage truck, which splashed overflowing sewage all over me." He was, at that point, grateful for the d riving rain because it rinsed off the Boston sewage.

Several Knoxvillians, including Ewing Gallery of Art curator Cindy Spangler , ran as bona fide contestants, and generally did well. Sutton's stunt was apparently accepted by the qualifying runners in good humor; he got to talk with four-time Boston champ Bill Rodgers and wheelchair winner Ernst VanDyke , whom Sutton describes as a personal hero.

After finishing, Sutton rewarded himself with a Boston cream-filled pastry, and a soak in a friend's hot tub.

UT Campaign Opens

Bosch is a criminal defense attorney and a major downtown property owner. He was on the UT swim team and got his undergraduate degree in 1985, graduated from UT's Law School in 1988 and serves on the UT Athletics Board. He also serves as adjunct professor at the law school.

He's a WBIR-TV Sunday morning show pundit and appears on Court TV, often in connection with high profile cases.

Current trustees whose terms expire this year are Jim Haslam , Susan Richardson Williams and Bill Stokely . Bredesen's office is receiving direct and indirect hints of prominent locals who might be willing to serve.

Metro Mayor

Everybody has a theory, but we have been assured he does not plan to come back and be the mayor of the new Knoxville Metro government. We also considered the rampant rumor that he would be replacing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales , but that idea didn't get any traction.

Ashe is being silent about his future plans, but we would observe that by leaving his position this summer, President Bush , should he so choose, would have ample time to name Ashe to another diplomatic posting.

Third-Time Charm?

Judge D'Army Bailey , Memphis, was on one of the previous panels and he has been re-nominated. Judge William Koch Jr. , Nashville, was on another panel and he has been re-nominated. Judge C. Creed McGinley of Savannah is a new nomination. Bailey is an African American and Bredesen rejected an earlier panel because it did not have an African American nominee.

Bredesen has previously named Justice Cornelia Clark and Justice Gary Wade and has one vacancy left after three justices retired within the past 18 months.