Tag Archives: Bob Booker

Could city council become all white?

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

The map of Knoxville City Council’s sixth district looks like a cartoon drawing of a long-nosed, pointy-headed man stretched out on an east/west axis from Burlington to Lonsdale, nose pointed south. The district was drawn to encompass Knoxville’s African-American neighborhoods and business districts in 1969 with one clear objective in mind:

“So that a black person would stand a chance,” said Knoxville historian and longtime political activist Bob Booker, who, thanks to a similar redistricting in 1966, was serving in the state Legislature when the city redistricting took place.

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Bob Booker sings a new song

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

The new album in the jukebox at Marie’s Old Town Tavern is a little bit Tony Bennett and a whole lot Frank Sinatra, with some Eddy Arnold and Jim Reeves and Ray Charles and the Drifters around the edges.

Called “Doing It My Way,” it’s a debut effort for the artist, 81-year-old teacher, civil-rights pioneer, mayoral aide, state legislator, historian, DJ, nonprofit administrator, newspaper columnist and former City Council member Bob Booker, who jokes that he’s finally “come out of the shower” with a little urging from his friends.

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Chances good for West Hills sidewalk

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

West Hills residents should not and probably will not accept delay on getting their sidewalk built for Sheffield Drive from Wesley Road to Vanosdale. With Vice Mayor Duane Grieve as well as two potential mayoral candidates, George Wallace and Marshall Stair, supporting the effort, they can achieve results.

If necessary they can amend the city budget. It is a significant safety issue. While Mayor Madeline Rogero did not attend the walk in West Hills, she is smart enough to know this issue could have traction and may agree to adding it to her budget on her own.

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