Former GOP state chair Ryan Haynes will become head of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers and will not be a candidate for local office in Knox County anytime soon or ever if this becomes his career path. As such he will replace the fabled Col. Tom Hensley of Jackson, known for years among legislators as “the Golden Goose.” Hensley also worked closely with the Miss Tennessee pageant in Jackson.
Hensley had been a fixture in the Legislature for over 50 years. Whether this turns out to be a 30-year job for Haynes or not remains to be seen, but compensation (while not public) is very comfortable and is in the six-digit range. Haynes served as state representative from Farragut for five years and will maintain a residence in both Knoxville and Nashville. He has a law degree.
The Jan. 6 meeting Mayor Rogero had with Knox lawmakers in her office over breakfast was finally opened to the public after Rogero’s spokesperson, Jesse Mayshark, said the day before the meeting that it was closed. The decision to open was made literally the day before the meeting.
His comments triggered unrest among the Knox lawmakers who had not asked for a closed meeting and advised Rogero that they preferred the meeting be open. The reasons given by Mayshark for closing the meeting seemed strange as relating “to this bill, that bill.”
The new greenway in South Knoxville along the Tennessee River, which was completed seven months ago but not announced, will be formally opened on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. Public is invited and parking will be at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus at 1709 Alcoa Highway.
Mayor Rogero, in her email inviting people, describes the occasion as “momentous” which is true, given the slow pace at which her administration has constructed greenways across the city over the past four years. The First Creek greenway along Broadway is still a work in progress.
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.