Three nominees of President Barack Obama for the TVA board of directors were not confirmed by the U.S. Senate and will, consequently, depart the board in 10 days, reducing the nine-member board to six members.
The terms of two more expire in May 2017, for a total of five off the board.
City Council has approved after five years of waiting $1.2 million for the First Creek greenway construction. This was a greenway promised by Mayor Rogero in her first budget message in 2011 and then quickly forgotten.
The past greenway coordinator had few achievements in her five years in Knoxville. Fortunately, she has left the city and moved to a related position in Chattanooga.
In the days after the release of the “hot mic” video of Donald Trump bragging that he gropes women with impunity because he’s a star, Gov. Bill Haslam joined a couple dozen other Republican elected officials who declared their disgust and renounced their support of the GOP nominee. The reaction from the nominee’s committed supporters was predictable and harsh, causing some of the Trump critics (mostly members of Congress facing re-election contests) to renounce their renunciations.
Trump carried Tennessee handily in the GOP primary, and his supporters, who are numerous and loud, are furious at Haslam, whom they accuse of never liking Trump much anyhow (he supported Marco Rubio in the primary). Haslam hasn’t come back to Trump, but there’s not much Trump’s fans can do to the governor, who is term-limited and won’t have to face their wrath at the ballot box any time soon.
Count me among the skeptics who thought Donald Trump would blow over as a serious candidate.
But after watching the debates and the early primaries, I finally get it. Donald J. Trump – casino-building, old-lady-evicting, multimarried, bankruptcy-filing wild man with three wives and five kids – is headed for the White House.
Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary on Saturday. It was a dominating win. Most pundits agree that Marco Rubio has the best shot to defeat Trump if he consolidates so-called establishment support. My guess is that Trump’s biggest opponent isn’t Marco Rubio or Hillary Clinton.
As you probably heard, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to town last week to rally campaign supporters. Thousands of folks turned out for Trump at the Knoxville Convention Center. It was great theater.
In case you missed it, Peg Hambright owns Magpies Bakery on Central Street near the old Sears building. It’s a great business that’s thriving in a long-neglected area of Knoxville. Hambright has been trying to install dancing butter and egg cartoon characters (affectionately known as Mr. Butter and Ms. Egg) on the rooftop of Magpies.