Tag Archives: Rick Staples

Currie selected on split vote

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Newly designated University of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie was not the unanimous choice of the six-member search committee, this writer has learned from sources who declined to be named. Peyton Manning and trustee Charlie Anderson voted for former coach Phil Fulmer, while Currie was the choice of the remaining four members. None are talking on the record.

The hire was a strong surprise. Manning did attend the Currie news conference Thursday in a show of unity.

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For Democrats, what happens tomorrow?

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

Deadline closed in on this column before Democrat Gloria Johnson’s election challenge played out, but her legal action plus Monday’s scheduled counting of nearly 600 provisional ballots from all over the county were unlikely to produce enough votes in her District 13 House race for her to overcome her Republican opponent, Eddie Smith’s, 153-vote lead.

Johnson’s smart. She knew she was unlikely to win this battle.

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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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Staples to Dems: ‘They’re coming after us’

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

A couple of points about Rick Staples getting the nod to replace ousted incumbent Joe Armstrong on the ballot in the 15th state House race:

The entire Knox County Democratic Party can’t fit into a phone booth (even if they could find a phone booth nowadays). Fifty people crammed into a very small room to witness the vote for Armstrong’s replacement. A couple dozen more were denied entry by the cop at the door.

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