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Knoxvillians hear fun history and check in with former mayor during visit to Governor’s Residence

One of the hardest things to get used to after being elected Tennessee governor, according to Gov. Bill Haslam, is not being able to ride in a car alone with his wife, Crissy. “Just think about it,” Haslam commented over … Continue reading

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Jim Haslam on business, politics, and keys to success

When Jim Haslam was just getting started in the gas station business more than 50 years ago, his average station sold about $12,000 worth of gasoline, cigarettes, motor oil, soft drinks and food per month. Today, the average Pilot Flying … Continue reading

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Inauguration night: 3 great parties, the prettiest dress ever and champagne in a paper cup

Although media reports generally have characterized the Bill Haslam inaugural festivities as low-key and frugal (click here and here for those stories), the night definitely provided ample opportunity for fun. Haslam had toured the state during the prior week meeting … Continue reading

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The Blue Streak goes to the inaugural — and parties in Nashville with half of Knoxville! Yay!

I had only been to one inauguration before this weekend: Bill Clinton’s. It wasn’t that much fun. We tromped around in the cold rain only to end up packed into a warehouse-like space where the closest we got to food … Continue reading

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Haslam slam-dunk has hometown crowd thinking big

I wondered if I were the only one thinking it. Then I heard the woman beside me almost whisper it under her breath as she watched Bill Haslam on the TV monitor delivering his acceptance speech Tuesday night. “Do we … Continue reading

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First Friday downtown made tourists of us all!

On a cold night in January of 2005, festivities for the grand re-opening of the historic Tennessee Theatre were about to start. The “grand entertainment palace,” as it was nicknamed,  had just undergone a $25.5 million renovation and I found myself standing beside … Continue reading

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Yes, yes, yes!

I don’t know why I was worried, but I was. I guess it’s because I’ve seen the electorate do so many wrong-headed things (as they did in at least one case in Knox County last night — but that’s not my story … Continue reading

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Follies show delivers laughs, jabs at newsmakers

There was so much material this year that the annual Front Page Follies show was bound to be funny! Held Saturday at the Knoxville Convention Center, it did not disappoint. The Follies show is the annual performance by area journalists and … Continue reading

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Haslam speaks in Farragut; what doesn’t come up?

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam spoke to the Farragut Chamber at breakfast this morning and, in my opinion, the most interesting thing was what was NOT said. In a room of 100 people who were given a very generous amount of … Continue reading

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The 90-year legacy of Regas touches on many fronts

As Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam stumps across the state on his campaign to be the next Tennessee governor, he says there are two things people say to him all the time: How good is the football team going to be? … Continue reading

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