Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones will be a credible candidate for county mayor, if he runs, and will keep Commissioner Bob Thomas and perhaps Glenn Jacobs, if he enters the race, busy. However, Jones will need to overcome the impression that he is only a sheriff.
Three previous sheriffs tried to transition to executive or legislative office in Knox County and failed. They were Archie Weaver for city mayor in 1965, Bernard Waggoner for state senator in 1974 and Tim Hutchison for county mayor in 2010. Democrats do not yet have a credible candidate, and the GOP primary in May 2018 will decide who the next county mayor will be.
There has been widespread speculation as to what caused Dave Hart to retire now as UT athletic director effective June 30, 2017.
With numerous off-the-record inquiries, this writer has determined it was a result of an honest disagreement between Hart and UT President Joe DiPietro over the best response to the Title IX lawsuits over gender discrimination in the Athletic Department.
The East Tennessee Development District, along with the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency, celebrates 50 years at an awards banquet at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris on July 14. This agency has assisted many disadvantaged persons in the mid-east Tennessee area.
■ Former U.S. Sen. Bill Brock, who lives in Annapolis, Md., is a former Republican National Committee chair, but he will not attend the Republican National Convention for the first time in over three decades.