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Blount Mansion plans celebration

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Blount Mansion celebrates Constitution Day at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Speakers include state Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville and City Council member Marshall Stair. The public is invited.

The U.S. Constitution was signed 229 years ago on Sept 17, 1787. William Blount signed for North Carolina, which then included parts of Tennessee. Blount served as governor of the Southwest Territory from 1790 to 1796, appointed by President Washington.

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Gender-based lawsuits not limited to UT

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

It seems that the University of Tennessee Athletic Department is not alone when it comes to treating some women less fairly than men. Over $5.5 million has been paid out by UT to make the lawsuits over Title IX gender violations go away.

A few blocks away in the City County Building, it seems that the Metropolitan Planning Commission has been doing similar things to some women on its staff. In fact, Dee Anne Reynolds, who was the chief financial officer before former director Mark Donaldson fired her, filed a lawsuit over an employment retaliation issue from which she is now collecting $800,000.

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