Tag Archives: Joe DiPietro

UT breakfast much more than social

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Mayor Madeline Rogero and council member Nick Pavlis deserve credit for adding to our greenway system with the recent announcement that almost a mile will be added in South Knoxville from the Mary Vestal Park over to the Ogle-Martin Mill Pike corner.

Now that greenways in the city are under new management, progress is occurring at a faster pace than in the prior five years. Better late than never for Team Rogero. Let’s hope this pace is maintained and even accelerated. This column will keep checking on the actual progress.

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More on Dave Hart’s departure

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

There has been widespread speculation as to what caused Dave Hart to retire now as UT athletic director effective June 30, 2017.

With numerous off-the-record inquiries, this writer has determined it was a result of an honest disagreement between Hart and UT President Joe DiPietro over the best response to the Title IX lawsuits over gender discrimination in the Athletic Department.

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Vodka as foreign policy

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Bob Gilbertson, owner of Bob’s Package Store on Winston Road in West Hills, has removed Russian vodka from his store in protest of the Russian occupation of Crimea. Gilbertson was interviewed on Fox News from the University of Tennessee’s Communications Building last week.

Gilbertson said he was tired of Russia being a bully in its region and undermining freedom. Wonder if any other package stores will join Gilbertson in his support of freedom?

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