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UT Sex Week Proceeds According to Plan (except golden condom found early)

From a Meagan Boehnke report:
It took about five hours for a lucky winner to track down the golden condom on the University of Tennessee’s campus — far less than the intended five days. It was found behind the clock tower near the Pedestrian Mall.
But there will be plenty more events to come — drag shows, trivia, workshops and other sex-tinged presentations — through Friday as part of the school’s inaugural and controversial Sex Week.
“The students have always been really supportive, and we have not had any pushback this week,” said Brianna Rader, co-founder of the event that received national headlines with salaciously themed programming, which provoked local lawmakers.
Rader estimated the kickoff event Sunday evening drew an audience of about 170 students to the University Center Auditorium hear from Megan Andelloux, a nationally certified sexuality educator who runs the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Rhode Island.
A noon workshop on communication from one of her colleagues, Adia Manduley, drew about 30 students Monday at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, where she talked about how to be up front with your partner about what you want and what you don’t want, the importance of identifying your own boundaries before sex and the sometimes tricky issues surrounding consent.

Legislators Ready for an Ethical ‘Step Backward’?

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bill would make it easier for lobbyists to wine and dine lawmakers, a move that critics say would be a “step backward” from ethics reforms imposed on the General Assembly after the FBI’s Tennessee Waltz bribery sting of 2005.
Republican Rep. Philip Johnson of Pegram introduced the bill, which would allow employers of lobbyists to host receptions for standing committees in either chamber. Current law bans receptions, where food and alcohol often are served, unless all 132 state lawmakers are invited.
“Those (events) are extremely expensive, and actually it has limited the citizens’ access to us,” Johnson said in remarks on the House floor during annual ethics training Thursday.
Johnson’s proposal comes at a time when spending on lawmaker receptions is setting new highs. An Associated Press review of lobbyist disclosures shows that nearly $620,000 was spent on lawmaker receptions last year, a 36 percent increase from 2010.
(Note: If you want to review the list yourself, the 2011 report on “in-state events” hosted by lobbyist employers is HERE.)

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Going for Jobs with ‘Concentrated Events and Dinners’

Gov. Bill Haslam and his job creation team will begin to have “concentrated events and dinners” for people in specific business sectors, as the administration continues its efforts in job growth, the governor said Thursday.
More from Mike Morrow’s TNReport:
Haslam and Bill Hagerty, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, plan to focus on the six strategic clusters outlined in Haslam’s JOBS4TN plan.
Haslam told reporters that he and Hagerty recently met with about 12 chief executive officers from various businesses for dinner to talk about business expansion. He said this particular dinner was from a wider range of businesses than the more concentrated efforts the administration will be making.
“It made me feel great about our legislative session, because with 12 business men and women, within 10 minutes the conversation turned to two topics,” Haslam said.
Those topics were education and tort reform, he said — the two issues Haslam made as the focal point of his personal legislative agenda in his first year as governor. If there were any doubt that the administration considers tort reform as a jobs plan, it was put to rest by its placing the tort reform bill signing among news items atop the homepage of the Department of Economic and Community Development website.
…When pressed for details about the meeting with business leaders this week, Haslam told reporters Thursday they included three executives in manufacturing, two in the financial services industry and two in the logistics business among others. Haslam would not identify the business executives. A spokesman for the governor said the meeting was in Atlanta.
The Haslam jobs plan has emphasized a need to focus more on growing existing businesses within the state, as opposed to the recruitment of outside business, although the administration says it is not abandoning outside recruiting.
Haslam also noted Thursday that while lagging education is one of the reasons the state has unemployment issues, the state “hasn’t had access to a lot of capital, and I think that’s held us back in some ways as well.”