Tag Archives: Richard Briggs

UT set to escalate administrative salaries

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Beverly Davenport, likely to be approved as UT Knoxville chancellor by the UT Board of Trustees in a week, certainly knows how to cut herself a great salary deal at $585,000 a year plus $20,000 in annual housing allowance plus $20,000 in expenses plus $87,775 in annual bonus (likely to be approved, too) for a total package of $712,775 a year if it all comes together.

Some suggest she is taking a pay cut as it is less than the $615,000 she is making as interim president of the University of Cincinnati, but that is a different position from the Knoxville job, and while UT did not reveal what she made as provost, a quick check on Google shows that her salary was $200,000 less than her salary as interim president at UC. In other words, she really got a huge pay raise by coming to UTK.

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Reasons for Martin Daniel’s win

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

State Rep. Martin Daniel surprised most observers with his strong win for renomination in the GOP primary last week. He more than doubled his victory margin from two years ago. Despite missteps over the past four months which generated countless stories, he prevailed. Why?

First, his major opponent, former state Rep. Steve Hall, whom he had ousted in 2014, was back again, and few people wanted him back. Hall had little electoral appeal.

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No more hurt feelings for Briggs

Wendy Smith
Government/Politics columnist

After serving six years on Knox County Commission and one year as a state senator, Richard Briggs isn’t bothered by those who disagree with him.

Instead, he’s adopted the attitude of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who, after meeting with Briggs at Wright’s Cafeteria, would occasionally say, “You’re wrong, but we’re still friends.”

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