City Council member and former mayor Daniel Brown turns 71 on Christmas Day. Brown, the first black mayor of Knoxville, might run for state representative against Rick Staples in 2018 in the Democratic primary. Staples was chosen as the Democratic nominee by 14 people without a primary and prevailed Nov. 8 over former state Rep. Pete Drew, who ran as an independent.
Staples needs to win a seriously competitive race to consolidate his political standing.
Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and 18 business leaders from Tennessee, including three from Knoxville, recently returned from a trip to Israel to “sell” Tennessee as a site for new business.
The biggest challenge, Boyd says, is that the only thing most Israelis know about the state is that it’s the home of Jack Daniel’s and Elvis Presley.