UPDATE – Paid in full: Hunnicutt

UPDATE II: Papers were served 4/22, with this note “recall per attorney – paid in full.”

UPDATE - The papers have been served and returned. How things proceed from here is up for question, considering that Hunnicutt is current with the hospital. Will update with current info. Here’s the rest original blog post:

This KNS story says that Knox County Criminal Court Clerk candidate Jason Hunnicutt is current on all bills with East Tennessee Childrens Hospital:

Knox County Criminal Court Clerk candidate Jason Hunnicutt does not owe money to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, according to hospital officials.

“His bill is paid,” hospital spokeswoman Erica Estep told the News Sentinel Tuesday.

The statement from the hospital came after a collection agency had filed April 2 in the civil division of Knox County General Sessions Court to sue Hunnicutt, an assistant Knox County district attorney general, for $486.64 in back payments and $136 in court fees.

Our previous story.

A couple other blog posts out there on the Interwebs mentioned that a court date has been set for Hunnicutt. That was before (this is us showing our work here) any confirmation of a lawsuit had been verified with the hospital, and before any papers had been served to Hunnicutt, and before the record of those papers being served had made it back to be filed in the courthouse, which still hasn’t happened, and likely won’t, since he’s paid the bill. I’m going to drop usage of the editorial “we” here and reckon that there probably won’t be a court date on this matter, neither before nor after the May primary.

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Broyles behind event on women’s history in TN

There’s a cool thing happening next week for history buffs at the Bearden library. A release:

Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage:

Celebrating the Rich History of Tennessee Women

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Bearden Branch, Knox County Library, Community Room

100 Golfclub Road, Knoxville, TN 37919


Many women have contributed significantly to the rich heritage of Tennessee during its more than 200 years of state history. However, only a small number of these women are included in our written history. Through their new book, Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, the Tennessee Women Project recognizes Tennessee women from frontier days though the twentieth century, who faced hardship and challenges with courage and vision; they are a source of inspiration to women and girls of this twenty-first century.

Edited by Charlotte Crawford and Ruth Johnson Smiley of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Tennessee, the book Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage is a compilation of profiles of twenty-two historic Tennessee women written and researched by twenty contemporary Tennessee women.

A one-act play of a woman suffrage rally in 1913 resounds with the voices of women in winning the right to vote and highlights the important place of Tennessee women in that battle. Historical accounts from across the state reflect the achievements of these remarkable women. Brenda Vineyard Runyon opened the nation’s first woman’s bank in Clarksville. Elizabeth Rona of Oak Ridge was a pioneer in nuclear chemistry and physics. Julia Britton Hooks, a talented African American musician, founded a music school and elementary school for African American children in Memphis. These accounts of historic Tennessee women, written by contemporary Tennessee women, vividly reflect events in Tennessee history.

Women’s organizations from across the state submitted nominations of historic women who made an impact on life in Tennessee. Over one hundred nominations were proposed. An Advisory Council of representatives from sponsoring organizations, such as the Tennessee Economic Council on Women and the YWCA, along with other key individuals, assisted in selecting the twenty-two women included. Each woman was carefully chosen based on her influence on life in Tennessee, the era in which she lived, and her geographic location, ethnicity, and vocation. These women represent the wide influence of many Tennessee women.

Twenty women from Tennessee, all with writing experience and from a variety of professional backgrounds, volunteered to research, document, and create original profiles of the twenty-two historic Tennessee women included in the book. Each contributor drew from her own unique knowledge and experience to connect with her subject and make history come alive. Several of the contributing writers are Knoxvillians, including Kathy Owens Duggan and Margie Humphrey LeCoultre, EdD, both of the Knox County School System; Sherri Gardner Howell and Pam Strickland, columnists for the Knoxville News Sentinel; and  Margaret B. Emmett, a retired scientist from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Hannah Seay,a high school student athlete and a member of the class of 2014 at the Webb School of Knoxville, authored the profile of Elma Neal Roane, who championed women’s athletics.

Another local woman, Anne Loy, Past President of the AAUW of Tennessee, served on the Advisory Council for the book, as did Knoxvillian Sara Baker, a writer, editor, and consultant specializing in gender justice. Additional Knox County women who supported the publication of the book include Katherine Gooch, Emma J. Huddleston, Norma Kelley, and  Judy Poulson. Patricia Pierce of Harriman was also a supporter.

Volunteers did all aspects of the work on the book, from researching and writing the articles, to editing the manuscript, to marshaling the book through the publication process, to designing the website. Proceeds from the sale of this book go toward supplying each public high school in Tennessee with a copy of the book. Once that is accomplished, the AAUW of Tennessee scholarship fund will provide scholarships for Tennessee college women to attend the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

Commissioner Broyles has used a portion of her Commission discretionary funds to purchase copies for each public middle and high school library in Knox County, in addition to 20 copies for the Knox County Library System. The books will be presented during Tuesday’s event.

Cherel Henderson, Director of the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, considers this book, “an important contribution to an oft-neglected subject. Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage is a well-researched guide to the accomplishments of a diverse group of Tennessee women across two centuries. It will inspire women of all ages and backgrounds.”

Tuesday’s event will feature editors Charlotte Crawford, who lives in Farragut, and Ruth Johnson Smiley, PhD, who resides in Oak Ridge, who will discuss the origins of the book and the collaboration with other women’s organizations that made it possible. There will be copies available for purchase to the public ($16.99), and some of the contributing authors will be on hand to sign purchased copies. “Celebrity Readers,” women leaders from across Knox County, will be reading aloud excerpts from the book. Refreshments will also be provided.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for women and girls in Knox County to come out and learn more about some of the outstanding women who came before them, and to listen and discuss with one another, the editors and writers, and current women leaders, about women’s history in Tennessee,” says Commissioner Broyles. “I am delighted to be able to provide so many copies for our Knox County School Libraries and our Knox County Public Libraries. These women’s stories are an important part of our state’s history, and the entire book is an enthralling and gratifying read.”

For more information on  Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, please visit http://www.tnwomenproject.com/.

“Men are also welcome at this event!” adds Commissioner Broyles, “I hope to have a good turnout of all genders and ages Tuesday evening.”

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Yeah, the recession was bad, but not as bad in Knox

This .gif supports a thought I’ve heard a couple of times.

Back in 2008 when the bottom fell out and kicked off some bad economic times, it hit Knox County too, but not as badly as other places (from the WaPo’s Reid Wilson) – strictly speaking in terms of unemployment. Worth checking out. You can see that Knox, as the areas around it grow black and fade back to the green, doesn’t really make that turn toward the ultra high joblessness as other areas, even bordering counties.

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CNN: Dean Rice on the bomb and Ukraine (along with two other people)

Just came across this.

We know Dean Rice as the chief of staff to Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, but he’s also (on CNN) adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee and former congressional policy/legislative aide on energy and national defense.

The opinion piece says, in short, that nuclear armament is a concern with the unrest surrounding Ukraine right now:

Russia’s disregard of international law, its apparent successful theft of Crimea and Ukraine’s desperate attempt at self-preservation may result in the end of one of the last century’s most important diplomatic milestones, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and with it, the efforts of a generation to walk back the spread of nuclear weapons.

Rice is a noted foreign policy wonk, and he knows his stuff. It’s worth a read beyond what’s excerpted.

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Vote early, vote often – early voting starts today

Apparently, some people get up early to blog about early voting (6:20 a.m.? c’mon!).

But others have a story on the newswebs.  And KNS also has a voter guide outlining each race in the primary. No matter how you hear about it, today’s the start of early voting. Now you know, so you have no excuse. Even if you’re not registered, there’s time. So go. Now. Vote. Like, later today when you have to run an errand, hop by one of the county’s 10 locations and cast a ballot in the primary election.

There’s a slew of Republican primary races, and the seats for sheriff and all Knox County Commission races will be decided in this primary. That last group of people set the tax rate, by the way.

Democrat Amy Broyles – not up for election – said (and has said before) that she’ll vote in the Repulbican primary. A statement from her:

I just hope we have excellent turnout! I believe local elections are possibly the most important, because local government touches almost everyone’s life every day in a number of ways, of which most people aren’t even aware.

I’m disappointed we have so few candidates, Democratic and Republican, on the ballot – no one should ever run unopposed. Ideally, there would be multiple candidates in every race, in every party. Democracy, and our government, work best when the most people possible participate.

Spaking with Cliff Rodgers yesterday, the county’s elections administrator said he expects a turnout of about 40,000 voters, with half of those voting early. And if you’re over 60, you can request an absentee ballot to be mailed to your house. Voting in your underoos!? You can in 2014. More info: www.knoxcounty.org/election

And, to bring it all around here, and since Donila has a little diddy on his blog, here’s a tune for you, faithful readers (OK Computer might be a desert island album – it’s on the bubble).


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Don Wiser’s open letter to Knox Co Mayor Tim Burchett

Received this in the inbox today, from Don Wiser – former KPD investigator and potential candidate to run against Sheriff J.J. Jones in this election (he didn’t file there, but did in the Register of Deeds race).

You may remember Wiser from his early 1990s retirement and the internal investigation when he left KPD. Or the 2012 raid on his driving school, during which he was charged with falsifying records, in which evidence was later tossed.

The letter, printed in full:

Honorable Mayor Burchett 14 April,2014

I have documentation from the Election Commission that Ms. Witt and Mr Jones have been elected to their office in two consistent elections. Now they have taken out petitions for a third term, solicited signatures of Knox County voters ,and had their name in nomination in violation of the Charter of Knox County and the will of the citizens. Term limits have been under attack by the Tim Hutchinson/Scott Moore group since its enactment with this gang armed with an A.G. opinion term limits didn’t apply to them. Then came BLACK WEDNESDAY!

Jones has had a hard time with the truth as we’ve discussed at best’ or might be his disdain for the will of Knox Countians: he has decided his first term did not count[ Jones needs to read the Campbell Co. bondman's Courts statement of law about A.G. or Law Director opinions] The only ones to benefit from this cavalier decision is Jones himself, and his close friend, the current Register of Deeds. Jones as you should recall tasted one of K.C.S.O.s’ Finest [also a State Representative] with sneaking into a Bill an amendment removing the Sheriff and close associate Resister of Deeds from term limits. If you remember, we talked, and you took the right action: you kill the bill in the Senate which made us proud[also income tax] that you believe in the will of the people as C.B. taught you.

Tim, you ran on a platform of being a Stewart of the taxpayers money, transparency and increase accountability. Now is the time for you to purge the deadwood in your office and clean up your own backyard. Thank you for the school in Carter and any help to stop busing of school kids but while you have been kissing babies and cutting ribbons the foxes have been robbing the chicken coop. We the people have a right to know the involvement of office holders under your purview;

1.Involvement with Buumgartner by A.G. and Sheriff:

a. Join with News-Sentinel and the parents to investigate and have the T.B.I. Report made public.

b. Answer, Who, What, When, and How. To paraphrase Fred Thompson during Watergate, What did [they] know and when did they know it. The source of Richards drugs needs to be known [history has shown a police agency is a great source. No Chain of Command in the drug section answering directly to Jones]..

2.The Police pension that Jones along with a Register of Deeds aid conspired to award this benefit to many undeserving ex-sheriff,lawyers,at least five ex commissionaires many voting for Jones and Witt on BLACK WEDENDAY, and who knows who else. Remember Herb told you so.

3.You have knowledge about the abuse of vehicles in the Sheriffs Department even talking about the black Mustang that uses 7$ a gallon gas[after denying now test driving].

4.Why is Knox. Co. allowing a Office Holder that didn’t pay his child support, pays no property tax, after a golf trip over seas [ who paid for this] along with A.G.,Mental Health official, and a D.U.I. Lawyer who’s kin works the same try to sell a concept for a non-feasible program at $17,000,000 and a building. Who is it for the intoxicated, the drug addicted, or mental ill and who will decide. Maybe this person can receive bonus as large as the tourist bureau or maybe a job after retirement.

5.The Police is to protect our children but this sheriff must have a problem . We know he was a dead beat Dad according to past reports of the Knoxville News-Sentinel now one of his Officers is charged with sex crimes involving a 13 year old which brings to mind a K.C.S.O. Officer assigned to be one of the very few to patrol in our neighbors that was fired for sex and authority crimes with a child while working an undercover assignment in our schools by the previous sheriff but rehired by Jones. This individuals daddy working there is alleged to be doing chores for Jones[ laundry, grocery shopping but not the quart of vodka]. The fired Officer was placed on diversion by the same A.G. that took the trip overseas with Jones.

Tim I know my great friend C.B. Placed in your heart to do right so make him proud. Donald M. Wiser

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Net state sales tax revenue down, could impact Knox

It’s overall numbers, and it’s from a news release, but as the finishing touches go on the Knox County budget, expect that this will be reflected in Mayor Tim Burchett’s budget announcement 15 days away.

Also, the county did calculate its sales tax earnings below the state estimate. Read below, yet again, another month of short revenues (h/t Humphrey):

Tennessee revenue collections reflected mixed results in March. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin today reported that overall March revenues were $955.8 million. The general fund was under collected by over $4 million for March and by $263.9 million year-to-date.

“March collections continued to reflect weaker than anticipated revenues from the corporate sector, while sales tax collections were stronger,” Martin said. “We believe the recent increase in retail spending is a reflection of renewed consumer confidence and indicates that the economy is slowly recovering. This growth is important in meeting current revenue projections on which the approved budget amendment was based.

“About a fourth of our corporate income taxes often – but not always – occur in the month of April. We will work with the legislature and others to manage the state’s spending and resources regardless of the economic climate, as the state has always done.”

On an accrual basis, March is the eighth month in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Total tax collections in March were 2.10% above the previous year.

The general fund was under collected by $4.1 million and the four other funds were over collected by $6.9 million.

Sales tax collections were $9.4 million more than the estimate for March. The March growth rate was positive 5.51%. For eight months revenues are under collected by $23.4 million. The year-to-date growth rate for eight months was positive 3.58%.

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