Two weeks ago the University of Tennessee made the front page of the Dec. 6 Sunday issue of the New York Times, dateline Knoxville, with a story about UT student Michael Miceli and his 35-mile commute to UTK for classes.
Miceli, 23, is a linguistics major. He is upset because UT has imposed a $300 per semester dining fee on him and 12,000 other undergraduates including commuters who do not purchase other meal plans. He has no need for the meals. He does not use them. However, his photo is on page 18 of that issue of the New York Times.
Jason Zachary scored an impressive win last week taking the GOP primary for state representative over veteran school board member Karen Carson. He won in all but two precincts in the West Knox County district.
Carson was backed by Gov. Bill Haslam and state Sen. Richard Briggs. Insure Tennessee was made the primary issue of the campaign, and it lost. The sole public official openly backing Zachary was state Rep. Roger Kane, who offered sage advice.
Today (Aug. 12) voters in far West Knox County will decide between Karen Carson and Jason Zachary in the Republican primary.
The winner will be state representative for a one-year term to replace Ryan Haynes.
Polls stay open until 8 p.m. Results should be known by 9.
House Speaker Beth Harwell has urged that part or all of the $400 million in additional state tax collections should go for new roads and existing road repairs. This is new money coming into the state treasury that was not anticipated when the state budget was enacted a few months ago.
What is significant here is that Harwell is voicing a game plan for the Legislature to tackle the road issue in a way that would enable it to avoid a gas tax increase vote in the 2016 session starting in five months. This would be new money one time for roads and would allow the lawmakers to skip a gas tax vote in an election year.
Jason Zachary, who ran less than a year ago for Congress, plans on running for the vacant Ryan Haynes seat in the August special election. Zachary carried the Farragut precincts in last year’s congressional primary.
Zachary, 37, is moving this month with his wife, Holly, and son, Tyson, 10, to Gates Mill Drive in the Sweetbriar subdivision of Farragut. Tyler is home-schooled.
U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan and wife Lynn are selling their home on Butternut Circle in Sugarwood subdivision in Farragut. They plan to move into a smaller, one-level home in Knox County once their current home sells. They also own a lake house in Grainger County, which is part of the second congressional district.
■ Jason Zachary is definitely running for state representative to replace Ryan Haynes. He has purchased a home in the district. He won the Farragut portion of the district in his race for Congress in August 2014. Others are expected to run, too, but this time Zachary will be taken seriously by all. Others may include Lou Moran and Karen Carson. Former Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford has his house for sale and will not run. His wife, Linda, is recovering from knee surgery.