Haulin’ Ice: City, county offices closed, Rogero’s DC trip, and Burchett’s bunk ride

(Scroll down for info on Mayor Madeline Rogero’s trip to D.C.)

Knoxville is closed today.

Don’t drive anywhere. Don’t walk, if you can help it.

It’s worse than we thought, and Ice Storm Khan, a.k.a. The Wrath of Khan (which made some staffers giggle over here at KNS), is settling in over the area. Ugh.

In all seriousness, though, it’s bad. Don’t go out in this mess. Leave it to professionals.

Wait. Even they are getting screwed up, too. From Donila’s blog:

From KNS: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was riding in a Knox County salt truck that slid off Haw Road near Tarwater Road in South Knox County on Friday, Jan, 25, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Tim Burchett/Special to the News Sentinel)

From KNS: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was riding in a Knox County salt truck that slid off Haw Road near Tarwater Road in South Knox County on Friday, Jan, 25, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Tim Burchett/Special to the News Sentinel)

It’s just nasty out there.

In other news, Madeline Rogero was in D.C. for business, at the attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and then to take in Barack Obama’s inauguration (on her own time and money, she made a point to say). Here’s some of the highlights from the trip she told me about earlier this week:

There was a lot of talk about weapons policy (we have a story coming on that Sunday; check this blog for more on guns from all the interviewees in the piece):

One of the debates around that includes mental health reporting, she said, and, “privacy matters the privacy of an individual versus keeping a community safe.”

She dropped by the National Nuclear Safety Administration and met with the head there, she said, “since we have their facilities in Oak Ridge.”

“They found out that I was coming to town and asked if I would meet with them,” she said. “Since they announced the new contractors for Y-12, and we talked about the UPF that is to be  built there.”

Rogero spent time at the U.S. Department of Commerce to talk about “their program called Select USA, which has to do with attracting foreign investment here.”

From that homepage, if you click on Tennessee, the link takes you here.

The mayor also did some mayorly hobnobbing, and gave some of her experiences to the Spokane, Wash. mayor who is about to embark on a pension reform program.

And, as a natural student, she has notes, notes and more notes.

“There was just about every cabinet secretary, who came to speak about the priorities,” she said of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “I’ve got many pages of notes that I need to sit down and just have follow-ups on … there were a lot of great ideas, and I will be sharing those.”

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A reporter in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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