Knoxville resident Susan Richardson Williams, a Jeb Bush candidate for delegate on March 1, was appointed as an alternate for Donald Trump by the GOP state committee at its April 2 meeting. Williams has served on the UT Board of Trustees, TVA Board of Directors and as commissioner of personnel under Gov. Lamar Alexander. She will serve along with former state Sen. Stacey Campfield as an alternate for Trump.
Other Knoxville residents going to the GOP national convention as delegates and alternates include former Sheriff Tim Hutchinson for Trump, Sam Maynard for Trump, Ken Gross for Trump, Karen Brown alternate for Cruz, this writer for Rubio, Michael Hensley for Rubio, Party chair Ryan Haynes for Rubio, Ted Hatfield alternate for Trump, Mike Arms alternate for Rubio and Gov. Bill Haslam for Rubio. Former Knoxville resident and UT student body president Steve Gill is a Cruz delegate.
With impending retirements of two key aides, speculation on campus is that UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek may himself retire this year and announce it concurrent with the summer UT Board of Trustees meeting in June.
Provost Susan Martin is stepping down, and Margie Nichols, who handles communications for Cheek, has announced her retirement.
There was a special face in the crowd when Tank Strickland won the national Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition Award for community advocacy this fall.
It was Beverly Mulholland, and she was probably beaming because she is the one who saved his life in 2009 by donating the kidney he so desperately needed to survive. He had been on a transplant list since his kidneys failed 15 months earlier, and the grueling routine of getting up at 5 a.m. to go to dialysis, then reporting to his job as the city’s director of community relations, plus keeping up with his duties as chair of a faction-riddled County Commission was wearing him down.
Council member Duane Grieve says he will seek the post of vice mayor this Saturday at the called meeting to decide this issue. Current Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis plans to seek a third term. The nine council members will decide between the two, who both are serving their final two years on council. Could range from a 6-3 vote for Pavlis to a 5-4 vote for Grieve unless one of them withdraws. Most council members are not talking.
Rogero might face a tie vote, which she can break if one of the nine abstains and it is split four to four between Pavlis and Grieve. Pavlis backed Grieve for interim mayor after Bill Haslam resigned in January 2011.