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Tom Jensen: Legislative pioneer

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

In the 1970s, Tom Jensen was an important person if you had business before the Legislature and lived in Knox County as he was the Republican leader of the House for eight of the 12 years he served (1966 to 1978).

Jensen led the effort for a truly independent Legislature. He helped change the way things were done in a Legislature where the annual salary was $1,800 a year in 1967 and there were no offices for the members.

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Ijams gets ready for new zipline adventure

Betsy Pickle
Features columnist

Things at Ijams Nature Center are looking up.

Not that Knoxville’s most beautiful park has been in trouble. But soon, in addition to the outdoor activities featured on trails and water, Ijams will offer a “playground” in the trees.

Projected to open in late June or early July, a Navitat Canopy Adventures-operated zipline challenge course is being set up on a four- to five-acre area just off the greenway near the Ijams visitor center.

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