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Haslams relocate Knoxville residence

Gov. Bill and Crissy Haslam are moving from their longtime home in old Westmoreland on Sherwood Drive in Knoxville back to the house where the governor lived as a young teenager on Lyons Bend Road adjacent to the Tennessee River, reports Victor Ashe in his Shopper News column.

The Haslams will still be city residents as both homes are in the city. They will continue to be represented on City Council by Duane Grieve and on County Commission by Hugh Nystrom. Martin Daniel is their state representative. Grieve is a Democrat, while Nystrom and Daniel are Republicans.

Bill Haslam is moving into the house that was occupied by his father for over 40 years before he and Natalie Haslam moved to Craigland Court this past year. Prior to the Haslams moving to Lyons Bend Road in the 1970s from Scenic Drive in Sequoyah Hills, the house was owned by the governor’s maternal grandmother, Hazel Lou Van Deventer, and her husband, James Van Deventer.

Reportedly, the Haslams are adding a swimming pool and renovating the kitchen area of the Old English brick home. The Lyons Bend house is not visible from the road as the Sherwood Drive house is.

Crissy Haslam answers a campaigner’s door knocking

An item lifted from former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe’s Shopper News column:

Candidates going door-to-door never know who might answer, and for state Rep. Martin Daniel a few days ago an unexpected person answered his door ring. He was walking Forest Brook Road in West Knoxville with his 10-year-old daughter, Sophie.

First Lady Crissy Haslam answered the door as she was visiting her daughter, Leigh Avery, and her newest grandson, Hayes Avery (then a week old). Daniel’s daughter had never met Haslam and handed her a brochure for her dad. When told the woman answering the door was the First Lady of Tennessee, Sophie said, “That’s cool.”

Haslams host Easter event for 65 kids

News release from the governor’s office
NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today welcomed more than 65 children from Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee and Fannie Battle Day Home to the Tennessee Residence Great Lawn for the 6th annual Tennessee Residence Easter Egg Roll.

Keeping tradition alive, the day’s activities included a live performance from children’s musician Steve Lee, face painting, a bunny hop bounce house, and, of course, Easter egg rolling.

“Bill and I truly enjoy hosting children at the Tennessee Residence, and the Easter Egg Roll has become a special tradition,” Mrs. Haslam said. “We want this to be a memorable experience for them to celebrate the Easter holiday and take away fun memories of their state’s executive residence.”
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Crissy Haslam: Bill can be persistent

Excerpt from a Tennessean story wherein Crissy Haslam recounts her early encounters at Emory University with her husband, Bill Haslam, now the governor of Tennessee:

The first time they met was in front of the Christian fellowship table in Emory’s student center. She noticed his first-week freshman nametag: “Bill Haslam, Knoxville.”

The second time, she went to a fraternity house where she asked a friend if there might be any freshmen she could meet.

“Yeah, I picked one out for you,” the friend said. “His name is Bill Haslam.”

The third time, another friend took her to church that first Sunday, and he showed up with a surprise passenger.

“The guy in the back seat is Bill Haslam,” her friend announced.

Were there any sparks between the two that week?

“I thought he was really handsome,” the first lady said, “but I thought he had a real hillbilly voice, an East Tennessee twang.”

Still, she was intrigued. And Haslam was persistent.

He asked her out twice, and she declined, saying both times she had prior obligations.

The third time he asked her out that semester, she said yes. She agreed to go to his fraternity function at 5:30 p.m., but she rushed through it — because she had another date with a different guy at 8 that night.

“He’s always like, ‘You late-dated me our first date!’ ” Crissy Haslam said, laughing. “I say, ‘I knew if I turned you down that third time, you’d probably never call me again.’ ”

Still, the two stayed friends, in part, Crissy Haslam said, because her future husband was “a nerd” at Emory, always studying in the library, not socializing or dating as much as other students.

“He was a choir boy,” she said, “a straight arrow.”

Then, one late night junior year, Crissy Haslam got a phone call; her younger sister, Anne, had died in a car crash.

“She was a senior in high school,” the first lady said, tears in her eyes.

“Kind of a freakish thing. Why in the world? How could this happen? You don’t even think about death when you’re that age.”

Her parents had arranged a flight for their surviving daughter to come home early that very next morning. Crissy needed a ride to the airport, and she was going to have to wake up someone to do that.

She remembered that Haslam’s mom had died when he was a junior in high school; she just knew he would understand.

“I didn’t call the guy I was dating. I called my friend Bill,” she said. “He would be OK if I was sobbing the whole way to the airport.”

A month or so later, the two started to date, and they got married about two years later.

First Lady discovers water bill foulup at governor’s residence

Gov. Bill Haslam credits his wife, Crissy, for being the first to notice that water bills at their official home were way out of line, according to WSMV-TV.

The bills in question involve the Governor’s Executive Residence in Nashville, and officials simply paid them, costing taxpayers a lot of money.

The water and sewer bills at the governor’s mansion had been running about $500 a month when, all of a sudden, they were $3,000 a month, $4,000 a month and even more.

But it wasn’t the state’s finance people who caught the problem.

“My wife kept saying, ‘I’d like to see the utility bills here,'” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

It all started with the curiosity of First Lady Crissy Haslam.

The bills showed the water flow wasn’t normal. Something was wrong.

“Nobody had been paying attention to that,” Gov. Haslam said.

The Channel 4 I-Team found five bills at the residence that topped $5,000 a piece, with one month’s bill charging the state’s taxpayers $6,358… paid month after month, with no one following up to see why they were so high.

…”Turns out a water line had been cut way back during construction, and no one ever paid attention to it,” Gov. Haslam said.
That construction work was done back during the Phil Bredesen administration when an underground addition was made, and renovations were completed throughout the home.

The water had been leaking into the soil from a cracked pipe in the front yard all those years, with the state just paying the bill month after month….The bottom line: three years worth of water and sewer bills cost the taxpayers $178,843.

With Patience and two swings of a wine bottle, Crissy Christens

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam christened her first ship – actually, a ferry boat named Patience – on Friday at Serodino Shipyard in the town of Guild, reports the Chattanooga TFP. It took two swings with a group of about 100 people watching the ceremony.

On first swing, the bottle cracked a little and a small amount of wine seeped out. But not much.

….Haslam was nervous. She had never done this before. She didn’t know what to expect, but she thought it would be more dramatic than the results of her first swing. So she gripped the bottle again, swung it again, and cracked it again.

The bottle opened a little more and the wine sprayed a little more, and that was that. Nothing too dramatic. Then Haslam… toured the boat with Pete Serodino of Serodino Shipyard, and others in attendance soon followed.

“You did a beautiful job on this boat,” she told the shipyard employees. “I can’t imagine. I know nothing about building a boat. I might could have painted something. That’s about it. That’s about all I could have done.”

…Today, the ferry and its barge will start a 10-day journey from the shipyard in Guild to Cumberland City, Tenn., where it will replace a 32-year-old Cumberland River ferry and a 36-year-old barge.

TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said the department operates two ferries. This one comes out of a $3 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The other, the Benton-Houston ferry, runs across the Tennessee River between Benton and Houston counties.

Crissy Haslam Pitches ‘Passion for Children’s Issues’

Haslam campaign release:
NASHVILLE – Crissy Haslam, wife of Knoxville Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam, visited Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University today, the first in a series of individual campaign visits she will take across the state in the next weeks leading up to Election Day on Nov. 2.
Crissy Haslam made several individual state-wide campaign stops during the primary campaign as well, meeting with various education, business and non-profit leaders, and local Republican women groups. During the next weeks, she will be making campaign visits focusing on her interests and passion for children’s issues and education.

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