Our October mailer is printed and in the mail. It’s headed for 17 postal carrier routes in 37922 – the Northshore/Choto area. Knox TN Today mailers showcase our best writing and contain advertising from our corporate partners. The front page is unique – targeted to the community we mail.
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Tom King is taking a few weeks off to recuperate from shoulder surgery. Seems Tom never learned to type with one hand. He will resume writing Our Town Heroes when he heals.
LION Publishers – Sounds scary, huh? Larry Van Guilder and I are headed to Nashville this week to attend the national conference, previously held in Chicago. LION stands for local independent online news. It will be fun to network with people from across the country who are doing what we do.
Conference workshops are set in three tracks – news, marketing and production. Larry will lay claim to news, leaving me to juggle the rest. Google has a big presence on the agenda. Facebook not so much. I’ll hit the high spots for you in next Monday’s column.
Knoxville Mayor – Early voting is underway with the election Tuesday, Nov. 5. Eddie Mannis and Indya Kincannon had two Sunday sessions on Inside Tennessee with John Becker and John North. The questions were better than the answers.
Mannis has never run for office. He has built a business – Prestige Cleaners. And he’s used his skillset to organize and fund HonorAir Knoxville, taking veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the monuments. He’s also chaired the board at Zoo Knoxville and the Metro Airport Authority.
Kincannon is an experienced, savvy politician. I’ve watched a lot of campaigns over the years, but have never seen a candidate as thoroughly organized as Kincannon. She was elected three times to the school board, serving 10 years, three as chair.
Knoxville is wrapping up 16 years with Bill Haslam and Madeline Rogero at the helm. It’s seemed like a continuous flow. Kincannon is most likely to continue the programs underway. There’s a reason Rogero’s husband donated $1,000 to her campaign and most Rogero appointees are hustling votes for Kincannon.
Mannis has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Knoxville Fire Fighters Association. He’s received contributions from many in the business community.
Kincannon was endorsed by Marshall Stair, who ran a close third in the primary.
Check their websites and pick your favorite. It’s important.
Sandra Clark is editor/CEO of Knox TN Today. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org