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Republican Flinn Declares as Candidate in 9th Congressional District

Dr. George S. Flinn Jr., a radiologist and radio station magnate who has sought or held public office in Shelby County since 2002, said Wednesday he will seek as a Republican the 9th Congressional seat held by Democrat Steve Cohen.
From the Commercial Appeal:
“It’s a winnable district,” Flinn said. “The redistricting really changed the makeup of the district. I’m looking forward to winning.”
Flinn, who spent $3.5 million of his own money losing the GOP primary in the 8th Congressional District to Stephen Fincher in 2010, said Cohen “has not done a very good job in Congress.”
“We’re not as well off as when he started. Gas prices are up. Unemployment’s up. It’s time for me to get in there and make some difference because I’m worried about what I’m going to leave to my children and grandchildren.”
Cohen dismissed Flinn’s candidacy, saying, “I take care of my constituents. My relationship with my district is based on how I treat my district and it doesn’t make any difference who should run — Democrat, Republican or independent.
“My analysis of it is, on the worst day possible, I’ll get 71 percent of the vote,” Cohen said of the November general election.

Nashville Judge’s Country Club Membership Deemed Ethics Problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of federal judges said Thursday that a bankruptcy judge’s membership in a Nashville, Tenn., country club that has no women or blacks as full-fledged members violates the judiciary’s code of ethics.
But the panel said it will not take any disciplinary action against Judge George Paine II because he is planning to retire next month. Paine is the chief bankruptcy judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, which includes Nashville and nearly three dozen counties.
He has belonged to the Belle Meade Country Club since 1978. The club has never had a woman or a black with membership privileges that include voting and holding office.

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Congressman Cooper Hires New Press Secretary

News release from Rep. Jim Cooper’s office:
NASHVILLE–U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) has named Stephen George as his new press secretary. George, who most recently was the editor of the Nashville City Paper, will take over the press operation starting in September.
“Stephen brings a much needed outside perspective to Washington. His experience will be invaluable to our operation,” said Congressman Jim Cooper. “We are delighted to welcome him to our team.”
George has almost a decade of experience as a reporter and extensive knowledge of the Nashville political scene. Though based in Washington, he will split time between the two offices.
“I’ve always found the legislative process fascinating, and I am thrilled to work for someone who considers it as thoroughly and respectfully as Jim Cooper,” said George. “His principles are sound and evident in what he says and does. I look forward to working with him and his talented staff.”

Rhea County Mayor Charged in Prostitution Sting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rhea County’s chief executive has been arrested in a Knoxville prostitution sting and will be booked on the misdemeanor charge May 20.
A Knoxville police spokesman said Rhea County Executive George Thacker of Spring City was arrested Friday.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the 48-year-old Thacker is accused of offering a female undercover officer $50 in exchange for a sexual favor near downtown Knoxville.
Thacker did not return telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment Tuesday. Calls to the county executive’s office in Dayton were asked to leave a voice mail message. His attorney, Jeff Hagood, was out of town and could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Rhea County Commissioner Bill Hollin said Tuesday that he has not discussed the charge with Thacker or other commissioners.