State Rep. Roger Kane says he won’t seek re-election to a fourth term in 2018. He enjoys the work but said he’s tired of the commute to Nashville and spending time away from his family.
Kane, 53, was elected from the state’s new 89th district in 2012. A former schoolteacher, he has made education his primary focus in Nashville. He chairs the House subcommittee on education instruction and programs.
State Rep. Roger Kane, longtime champion of the Lady Vols, says that “restoring the name of the Lady Vols to women’s sports at UT would be a wonderful way to honor the memory of Pat Summitt,” who passed away last week.
Kane, along with many others, believes that Athletic Director Dave Hart would never have touched the Lady Vols name had Pat Summitt been able to articulate her views against it prior to the onset of her illness.
The new greenway in South Knoxville along the Tennessee River, which was completed seven months ago but not announced, will be formally opened on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. Public is invited and parking will be at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus at 1709 Alcoa Highway.
Mayor Rogero, in her email inviting people, describes the occasion as “momentous” which is true, given the slow pace at which her administration has constructed greenways across the city over the past four years. The First Creek greenway along Broadway is still a work in progress.
For those who thought the Lady Vols controversy over the name change has vanished, check again. It may be back in January in Nashville when the Legislature reconvenes. Knoxville Republican state Rep. Roger Kane is drafting legislation to restore the Lady Vols name to women’s sports at UT.
He is also looking at legislation to require the UT Board of Trustees to hold a public hearing on any issue where 25,000 citizens sign a petition asking for one. The UT Board of Trustees failed to allow legislators or the public to speak at its meeting despite 25,000 citizens asking the name be restored.
The controversy over removing the name Lady Vols from most teams (except women’s basketball) continues. It is not going away anytime soon given the letter state Rep. Roger Kane wrote (co-signed by 44 other lawmakers) and sent to the UT Board of Trustees.
Kane secured the signatures of 45 of the 132 members of the General Assembly without trying. He simply passed the letter around and got a strong reaction. Kane is a solid, conservative lawmaker from northwest Knox County. He defeated longtime political powerhouse Sheriff Tim Hutchinson to win the GOP primary and became known as a political giant-killer. Prior to this, he was virtually unknown.
On WBIR-TV’s Inside Tennessee on March 1, three state legislators discussed this year’s hottest issues – primarily health care and education – with a panel of local experts.
When Republican Rep. Roger Kane, the junior member of the legislative panel, was asked about bills he’s carrying this session, he said he’s got one to make sure indigent defendants looking for state-supported lawyers are really indigent, plus a consumer-protection bill that will ensure that product warranties are on the up-and-up.