City taxpayers spent $67,350 recently to redo its city website. Over $46,000 went to an out-of-country company, CivicLive based in Toronto, which designed the content management system. Was no American company qualified to do this, well alone a Knoxville-based group?
The city pension board redid its website at a much reduced cost of $3,200. Its website is at www.cokpension.org.
If there are any positives he can take from a stay in Knox County’s Roger G. Wilson Detention Center, it may be his opportunity to spend quality time with an old friend and former boss, ex-trustee Mike Lowe, who is doing seven months for offenses that include paying “phantom” employees, several under the same job title as Whiteside, who worked as an outside auditor/delinquent tax collector from 2000 to 2004 before striking it rich in Oak Ridge as a contractor with the federal government.
Cynthia Moxley, lead partner in Moxley Carmichael Communications, turns 60 on March 2, but she celebrates with a big splash at Holston Hills Country Club with Con Hunley performing on Feb. 27.
Moxley moved to East Tennessee in 1978 working for the Gatlinburg Mountain Press and has stayed for the past 37 years. She was born in Rome, Ga., and moved to Columbus, Ga., in the sixth grade. She attended Catholic schools through the 12th grade.
The death of Edward W. Brooke, first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate (Massachusetts), makes astronaut John Glenn the oldest living former U.S. senator at 93. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and has an office at Ohio State University.
The next oldest living former senators are, in order of age: Ernest Hollings, 93, from South Carolina; Jocelyn Burdick of North Dakota, 92; Paul Laxalt from Nevada, 92; James Buckley from New York, 91; and Bob Dole from Kansas, 91.
Troy Whiteside, who has been a political operative for many years, usually as a Republican, was indicted for a murder that occurred almost five years ago in 2009. Since then his trial date has been deferred time after time for a variety of reasons. It has not gone to trial.
The victim was not considered one of Knoxville’s more reputable citizens, but murder is still a serious offense regardless of who the victim is.
The UT Athletic Board is meeting behind closed doors after years of being open. The News Sentinel has gone to great lengths to criticize this change.
It is apparent that the university went to great lengths to ensure nothing comes out of the meeting that suggests remotely what is happening. No minutes are taken, and no reports are written. Clearly, they have had legal advice on how to avoid disclosure.