State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey greets one of her supporters, Tom Hale, at a fundraiser last night.
Stunning river views — and the views of a large number of local politicians — were the highlights of a very successful fundraiser for state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey last night. Held at the beautiful Harrison Keepe home of Steve and Becky South, the event attracted more than 125 folks — and Massey is unopposed in her primary election tomorrow.
Fortunately, the sun was obstructed by clouds for most of the evening and a gentle breeze made the temperatures bearable. Catering was by Chef Rex Bradford Jones. And you always know it’s a good party when you see Jerry Kruse and his bartending staff from The Pour Guys.
The best surprise of the night was the mellow music of Michael Shehan, who targeted his tunes to the baby boomers who constituted most of the crowd.
Massey, a Republican, won a special election in 2011 to fill a vacated state Senate seat and was reelected to a full term in 2012. She also has been the executive director of the Sertoma Center in Knoxville for over 20 years. The Sertoma Center serves adults with intellectual disabilities. Massey is running on a platform of recruiting jobs and growing the economy; improving education; cutting waste and spending; and regulatory and tax relief.
Beautiful view of Fort Loudoun Lake. That’s Sevier Heights Baptist Church across the water and Alcoa Highway.
From left, state Rep. Roger Kane, state Sen. Randy McNally, Massey and state Rep. Jason Zachary.
Hostess Becky South, at right, with Melinda Ethier, left, and Kay Leibowitz.
Alan Carmichael, left, with host Steve South.
Joe Duncan, left, with Bob Griffitts, representing Massey’s brother, Congressman Jimmy Duncan, who was out of the country.
Former Knoxville mayor and ambassador to Poland, Victor Ashe, right, with state Sen. Bo Watson, the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Tennessee Senate.
Love his bow tie with the little Tennessees on it!
Chef Jones with some sweet treats.
My favorite food offering: tomato goat cheese tarts.
Homemade potato yeast rolls with top round were popular, as well.
Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, left, with Rich Ray.
Judy and Don Akers.
Anne Sprouse and Jim Ethier.
Mackey Brownlee, left, with Bette and Richard Bryan.
Steve South introducing Becky Massey for brief remarks.
Becky thanked her supporters.
Victor Ashe with Dr. Jan Henley.
Wes and Liz Stowers.
Todd and Stacy Moody.
Drs. Sam, left, and Barry Winston.
Mary and Michael Crawford.
Lisa Moffitt, left, and Georgia Bacon.
Becky Massey with Jimmy Alexander, left, and Dale Amburn.
Jerry Kruse. (Best guy to see at a party!)
Carol and John Sheridan with Kathy May, right.
Lobbyist Chuck Laine, left, with state Sen. Randy McNally.
The flowers matched the Massey campaign theme colors.
Harold and Angie Cannon with Kelly Headden, right.
Brenda Wood with Alan Carmichael, center, and state Rep. Roger Kane. (Don’t ask me what’s going on with Alan’s face!)
Billy Stokes with Becky Massey.
From left, Tom Boyd, Debby Brownlee, Sandi Burdick and former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale.
Becky Massey’s sister, Beverly Gleason.
From left, Alan Carmichael, Morton Massey (the senator’s husband) and Charley Sexton of Moxley Carmichael.
Victor Ashe, left, with Gary Weedman.
Here’s a little snippet of Michael Shehan performing: