Tag Archives: Doug Harris

Currie selected on split vote

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Newly designated University of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie was not the unanimous choice of the six-member search committee, this writer has learned from sources who declined to be named. Peyton Manning and trustee Charlie Anderson voted for former coach Phil Fulmer, while Currie was the choice of the remaining four members. None are talking on the record.

The hire was a strong surprise. Manning did attend the Currie news conference Thursday in a show of unity.

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Reasons for Martin Daniel’s win

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

State Rep. Martin Daniel surprised most observers with his strong win for renomination in the GOP primary last week. He more than doubled his victory margin from two years ago. Despite missteps over the past four months which generated countless stories, he prevailed. Why?

First, his major opponent, former state Rep. Steve Hall, whom he had ousted in 2014, was back again, and few people wanted him back. Hall had little electoral appeal.

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Lunching in the sunshine

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

News gets hard to come by during the holidays, which made this announcement from Knox County Schools’ prolific public information office enticing:

“PUBLIC NOTICE: (14-173) Please note that two or more Board of Education members may meet on Monday, Dec. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 2000 Cumberland Avenue. Education issues will be discussed and minutes will be taken. All board members are welcome to attend and will pay for their own meals.”

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Harris TV remarks tick off teachers

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

It took Lauren Hopson almost no time to respond to Doug Harris’ remarks on WBIR TV’s “Inside Tennessee” Sunday.

Harris and board chair Mike McMillan were on the morning show with John Becker. By 1 p.m., Hopson had posted an eight-point summary of his remarks on the SPEAK (Students, Parents, Educators Across Knox County) Facebook page. Within a half hour, her post had drawn 25 responses. By 4 p.m., there were 54 – none of them happy with Harris.

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