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Sunday Column: On the best and worst in TN Politics

About the same time that the most despicable figure in recent Tennessee political history was found dead in a prison cell last week, a small group of folks gathered in the state House chamber to remember a man they saw as one of the most admirable and respected figures in that history.
I never knew William L. “Dick” Barry, who during tumultuous times presided over 98 other representatives in that ornate chamber as House speaker for four years, from 1963 to 1967, then served as right-hand man to Gov. Buford Ellington and then as mentor and adviser — plus, at least once, also as a backstage organizer of an unorthodox bipartisan coalition. He died quietly, aged 88, in the town of Lexington, Tenn., where he was born and where — in accord with his instructions — no formal funeral was held.
But I trust the judgment of those who did know him, including members of the mostly gray-haired bipartisan coalition that gathered Wednesday. Based on them, and the commentary of others, he was a remarkable and insightful man of great intellect with perhaps even more remarkable modesty.

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Former House Speaker Dick Barry Dies, Age 89

William Logan “Dick” Barry, who served as speaker of the state House of Representatives in the 1960s and then executive assistant to Gov. Buford Ellington, has died in a Lexington nursing home at age 89, according to friends.
“Dick Barry’s death marks the end of an era,” said former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, who served in the state House while Barry was top aide to Ellington.
“He was a solid rock of integrity and a real historian,” said Ashe Thursday “State government was made better by his participation and leadership.”
State Rep. Steve McDaniel, R-Parkers Crossroads, said Barry died Wednesday evening at a Lexington nursing home, where he had resided in recent weeks after hospital treatment for an illness.
Barry, a lawyer who once served as publisher of the Lexington Progress newspaper, was elected to the state House in 1954 and became floor leader in 1958 and then in 1963 and with the support of Gov. Frank Clement was elected speaker. He served as speaker until 1967, when joined the Ellington administration and served until Democrat Ellington left office in January, 1971, with the inauguration of Republican Gov. Winfield Dunn.

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Board of Pharmacy Eager to Penalize for Meningitis Outbreak

A state panel is chomping at the bit to punish the compounding pharmacy responsible for an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed nine Tennesseans, reports WPLN. But the Board of Pharmacy was barred from assessing penalties at a special-called meeting Tuesday.
Barry Cadden – co-founder of the New England Compounding Center – voluntarily surrendered his state license in a negotiated agreement. The deal does permit the state to fine Cadden, but the board of pharmacy’s attorney says that will have to wait. For one, they still don’t know exactly how many tainted vials were shipped to Tennessee.
Board member Joyce McDaniel – the one non-pharmacist on the panel – wanted to go forward anyway.
“I would have thought by now we would have a number of vials because we can do $1,000 per vial and know how many of those vials actually had prescriptions with them. I mean, I’m ready to do the fines today.”
According to the state Department of Health, more than 2,500 injectable steroid doses were shipped to Tennessee, though not all were used. More compounded drugs are also now in question after investigation by federal authorities.
The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy’s attorney says there will eventually be fines and – in his words – they will be “significant.”