Category Archives: Politics

An upbeat Janet Testerman kicks off state House race

It was a perfect evening for a campaign kickoff and general get-together at Lakeshore Park Monday evening. The temperature was in the high 70s with a comfortable breeze. Restaurateur Randy Burleson delivered fantastic food to Marble Hall. The Pour Guys … Continue reading

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Bill Haslam on elections: This is not a game.

Former two-term Knoxville mayor and two-term Tennessee governor Bill Haslam had strong words for attendees this week at a membership lunch for the Knoxville Area Urban League. Stop playing games with politics and start electing people who are more concerned … Continue reading

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Great party and pithy insights from Lamar Alexander

It looked like a capacity crowd last week at a $500-per-seat dinner honoring former U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander as “East Tennessean of the Year” during a fundraiser for the East Tennessee Historical Society. Familiar faces from all phases of Alexander’s … Continue reading

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Gwen McKenzie kicks off re-election bid with food, fun!

A good-natured and diverse crowd gathered in the sweltering  heat last Thursday to eat, dance, pray and pick up signs at the kickoff of Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie’s re-election campaign for her 6th District City Council seat. According to food … Continue reading

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‘Job Well Done’ party honors Mayor Rogero

There sure have been a lot of fun holiday parties this year. But one of the best ones had nothing to do with the holidays at all. It was the “Job Well Done” party that Nikitia and LeRoy Thompson threw … Continue reading

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Testerman for Council: Make the best better!

It seemed like a good excuse for a party. Our friend Janet Testerman is running for an at-large seat on Knoxville City Council and needed a fun fundraiser. We have our new condo downtown that we haven’t yet occupied. (I … Continue reading

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Burchett fundraiser fulfills on fun – and finances

Whereas many political fundraisers provide the attendees with a few cheese cubes and crummy donated wine in a drab banquet hall, the one three local couples had for Tim Burchett last week was over-the-top fun! I guess it should have … Continue reading

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Gwen attracts diverse support (and fun!) at Holly’s

Last week was a good one for City Council candidate Gwen McKenzie. She had a very successful — and fun! — fundraiser on Tuesday, attracting almost 100 supporters to Holly’s Gourmet’s Market in Bearden and raising more than $4,800. She … Continue reading

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Victuals, veterans and a pinch of politics

The garden party this week at Eddie Mannis’ beautifully restored historic home on Kingston Pike was memorable for several reasons: Mannis confirmed that he is running for Knoxville mayor; All the delicious food was prepared, not by a caterer, but … Continue reading

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Pryse party proves it: People want a professional

It has been amazing to me to see a very quiet low-key attorney who never has run for political office garner as much support and enthusiasm in such a short amount of time as Nathan Rowell has. Rowell is running … Continue reading

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