Jan 24 2007
12:31 pm

There won't be any names on any ballots because there won't be an election and it appears there will be no public debate, so voters of Knox County will have no vote and no voice in who County Commission appoints as replacements for the Knox County government vacancies created by the term limits decision.

People are being urged to contact their County Commissioners, who will vote on the replacements in a special Jan. 31st meeting, to let them know who they support (or oppose).

The problem is, with no ballot it's hard to know who is being considered other than those who have publicly declared their intent to seek appointment.

Here is my best effort* at compiling a list of those who have declared or have otherwise been the subject of speculation. The term limited officeholder is listed next to each office in parenthesis. Please note any corrections, updates, or additions in comments.

UPDATE: The Knoxville News Sentinel has just launched a new web page with candidate letters of intent, resumes, etc.

UPDATE: Props to KNS for putting up the aforementioned website. This is a great public service in the absence of same by Knox County.

NOTE: The KNS says at the website that candidates have until Jan. 29th to submit a letter of intent to County Commission. Somehow I missed that. Does anyone know if they will only consider candidates who submit a letter?

County Commission 1st District (Diane Jordan):

Lewis Logan
Janara Frazier
Evelyn C. Gill
Nick Della Volpe
Josh Jordan
Helen Lewis

2nd District (Billy Tindell):

Cortney Piper
Jonathan Wimmer
Amy Broyles
Chuck Williams

4th District (John Schmid, Phil Guthe):

Mike Alford
Lee Trammel
Ed Shouse
Elaine Davis
Lisa Bogaty
William H. Daniels
Scott Davis
John Patrick Deatherage
Archie Ellis
Joan Wagner
Craig Fischer
Richard Cate

5th District (John Griess):

Tom Salter
Kyle Philips
Marylin Cobble
Robin Butler
Brian Hornback

6th District (Mark Cawood):

Sharon Cawood
Charles S. Giles
Jimmie Shelton
Randy Williams

8th District (John Mills):

Gary Koontz
James C. Eubanks
Jack Huddleston

9th District (Larry Clark):

Gary Underwood
Randy Hinton
Rob Huddleston

Register of Deeds (Steve Hall):

Sherry Witt
Scott Emge

Trustee (Mike Lowe):

Fred Sisk
Craig Leuthold

County Clerk (Mike Padgett):

Billy Tindell
George Stooksbury
Carolyn Carter Jensen

Sheriff (Tim Hutchison):

J.J. Jones
Tom Spangler
Bobby Waggoner
Lee Trammel
Todd Cook
Scott Moore
Randy Tyree
Larry Hunter
Isa Infante

Others (unspecified seats):

Harry Sherrod

(*Sources: Knoxville News Sentinel, Halls Shopper, Michael Silence, KnoxViews.)

Jan 24 2007
11:48 am

Jack McElroy is having quite the discussion on his blog “The Upfront Page” at the Knoxville News Sentinel. A charge was made by local GOP Chairman Brian Hornback that Mr. McElroy has a conflict of interest because he serves on "all kinds of boards of non-profits". If you have ever read Mr. Hornback’s writing you know it quickly devolves into partisan politics.

Mr. Hornback writes, “From what I understand Jack "Conflicted" McElroy appeared on Inside Tennessee and said that the replacement of term-limited incumbents isn't about party building. So, if you are Jack "Conflicted" McElroy it is about party building. Party building the Democrat Party and tearing down the Republican Party. The question for Editor McElroy is: How is that position on the Democrat Board going for you?”

To Mr. McElroy’s credit he addresses the larger issue of whether the Editor of the News Sentinel should sit on various boards and asks his readers for their viewpoints. What happens is an eighteen post free for all with several commenters including the pseudonymous writer “50 Cents Wasted” and even the appearance of Mike Cohen to make the required charged of, “Also, Mr. Cents, folks would pay more attention to you if you signed your name. It's awfully easy to trash folks when you can shield your own identity.” Even Cynthia Moxley drops in to clarify, “FYI. I'm not the only Moxley in town. All you have to do is turn on the radio to know that. And that is not me who posted to this site on Jan. 20.”

This is not only an interesting read but asks some important questions about the role of Editor and Publisher of a daily newspaper in a mid-market town like Knoxville. Conflict of Interest is a Knoxville tradition. Some might say a Religion. It is a positive step to see the Editor of the News Sentinel consider whether it is time to make some changes.

Give it a read.

Jan 24 2007
10:56 am

Scott Emge attended the meeting Sandra Clark told us about on Monday. Scott has this report of his conversation with Commissioners Moore and Smith. Scott says Amy Broyles and Elaine Davis were also there.

And don't forget the candidate's forum organized by Commissioner Mark Harmon, scheduled for this coming Monday. Details here.

Just a thought, but it seems that anyone wanting to be appointed as a replacement ought to show up at every opportunity to meet with the public in an open forum, and anyone who shows up should get preference over KnoxGOB back-room nominees.


The final two parts of Monday's County Commission meeting were on the The Mark Harmon "plebiscite" Resolution for a non-binding referendum. It was defeated 2-17. Things got a little testy.

Part V

Part VI

Jan 23 2007
10:49 pm

"Madam Speaker"

If yes, will it be Mike Padgett?
7% (9 votes)
If yes, will it be Mike Lowe?
10% (14 votes)
If yes, will it be Steve Hall?
35% (48 votes)
If yes, will it be Tim Hutchison?
18% (24 votes)
If yes, will it be one of the outgoing commissioners?
14% (19 votes)
No, they will all go quitely
16% (22 votes)
Total votes: 136
Jan 23 2007
10:19 pm

Bruce Pearl absolutely rocks!!!!!!!!!

Jan 23 2007
09:13 pm
By: Rich Hailey  shortURL

OK, here are the details for the next BlogFest
Where: Calhoun's on Kingston Pike at I-140
When: Saturday, February 10 starting at 5:00PM
Who: Everybody
Why: Because.

See you there!

Jan 23 2007
06:03 pm

Here's the full list of nominees. As usual, I have not seen any of the movies nominated for best film. In fact, I've only seen three of the movies nominated from any category*, and two of those were on pay-per-view. Guess I need to get out more.

(*In the major categories for best film, best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress, and best director, I have only seen one two. And you would probably never guess one of them.)

Jan 23 2007
05:47 pm

Rich white Republicans want to secede from Fulton County.

Jan 23 2007
05:40 pm

Mayor Bill Haslam talking with Gene Patterson about his first term on "Tennessee This Week". Some interesting comments about the Knoxville Convention Center, World's Fair Park, and the proposed Knoxville Bus Transit Center.

Mayor Haslam talks about re-election for City Mayor and the potential thoughts about running for Governor. Interesting metaphors about ice skating and football.

Jan 23 2007
04:19 pm

Knox County Commission Meeting from Monday January 22nd. The first four parts are the Resolution by John Griess for a Special Election to select replacements for the eight term limited Knox County Commissioners.

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Jan 23 2007
04:16 pm

From the South Knox Seymour Times:

"Ninth District County Commissioners Paul Pinkston and Larry Clark have formed a special committee to seek individuals interested in replacing Clark for his seat on the Commission.

The seven-member body will examine the qualifications and interest of those who wish to replace Clark, who will be forced to resign his seat under a term-limits referendum passed by voters in 1994."

More on the story here: (link...)

Jan 23 2007
02:33 pm

I have arranged a candidate forum for those who seek appointments to vacant positions in Knox County, especially the commission seat in District Two. Commissioner Billy Tindell is cooperating in this and plans to attend. The event is set for Monday, January 29th, starting at 6pm in the Fulton High School Auditorium. Public, candidates, commissioners, and all interested parties are invited.

The schedule will work as follows:
6 pm Brief Welcome and Introduction
6:05 to approximately 6:50pm, Brief statements by those seeking appointment to the District Two Commission seat (3-4 minutes each) followed by questions from the audience.

6:50 to approx. 7:30, Brief statements by those seeking appointment to any of the countywide offices (sheriff, register of deeds, trustee, county clerk) followed by questions from the audience.

7:30 to close, Brief statements by those seeking other commission seats followed by questions from the audience.

I hope to wrap up by about 8pm; it could go longer or shorter based on the number of candidates who show up, and the number of questions.

--Mark Harmon

Jan 23 2007
11:13 am

WEll, sure, that one for Best Documentary Film...But Best Song Written for a Movie?

By Melissa Etheridge, no less. I'm sure that will get some FundXtians rattling this morning.

An Inconvenient Truth

I'll have to plug in the DVD for another listen.


Jan 23 2007
10:27 am

I am guessing that Cohen did not get the memo about the Stacey Campfield fracas.

Black Caucus: Whites Not Allowed

Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome.

"I think they're real happy I'm not going to join," said Cohen, who succeeded Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., in a majority-black Memphis district. "It's their caucus and they do things their way. You don't force your way in. You need to be invited."

Cohen said he became convinced that joining the caucus would be "a social faux pas" after seeing news reports that former Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr., D-Mo., a co-founder of the caucus, had circulated a memo telling members it was "critical" that the group remain "exclusively African- American."

Other members, including the new chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., and Clay's son, Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., agreed.

"Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. ... It's time to move on," the younger Clay said. "It's an unwritten rule. It's understood. It's clear."

The bylaws of the caucus do not make race a prerequisite for membership, a House aide said, but no non-black member has ever joined.

Jan 23 2007
08:48 am

They warned you in November.

They are warning you again.

THE DAM MIGHT BREAK! Are you listening? I think they are out of disaster assistance funds.

Jan 23 2007
12:41 am
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Scott Moore and R. Larry Smith are holding a "commissioners' night out" Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Halls Senior Center on Crippen Road. Going north on Hwy. 33, turn right at Wendy's.

This is a great chance to talk one-on-one with these two commissioners. -- s.

Jan 22 2007
11:17 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

I think R. Neal was onto something here. Tuesday night, for the Democratic response to the State of the Union speech, Senator Webb should do the following:

(1) Step up to the podium.
(2) Say: "Everything that guy just said is bullshit... Thank you."
(3) Turn and walk out the door.

It would be an instant classic in American speech-making history.


Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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