Haslam’s tin ear

Sandra ClarkFeature, Gossip and Lies

After leaders of the state’s three largest school districts expressed no confidence in all or part of the TN Ready state testing program, Gov. Bill Haslam called a press conference this morning to announce a listening tour “to improve state assessment delivery.”

Hear this: The problem is the test itself and the philosophy driving it – not the delivery method. That’s a simple fix – find someone in state government to write a vendor contract with a no-pay for non-performance clause.

The Jacobs enigma

Tim Burchett would string together a bunch of jokes to avoid talking details of Knox County government. Last night at the Halls Republican Club, Glenn Jacobs talked about collectivism, millennials and political theory to avoid talking details of Knox County government.

Meanwhile, audience members asked specific questions about construction/replacement of Adrian Burnett Elementary School, support for the Beaver Creek water trail, and promised safety lighting at the intersection of Maynardville Pike and Norris Freeway.

It is asking too much to expect a county mayor to talk details?

Dave Wright never knew

Who knew there would be so much interest in Dave Wright’s old seat on Knox County Commission? Wright is expected to resign in November, when he’s the solid favorite to win election to the state’s 19th District House seat.

Here are a few names to consider for the county post: Former MPC chair Rebecca Longmire, former MPC members Laura Cole and Herb Anders, former county employee Richie Beeler, former commissioner Jack Huddleston, then-former state Rep. Harry Brooks, and former commissioner and property assessor Phil Ballard. It will take six votes to win.

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