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Sarah Moore Greene, Civil Rights Icon, Dies at 102

Sarah Moore Greene, one of Knoxville’s most influential civil rights icons and community leaders, died this morning, reports the News Sentinel.
Ms.Greene — who celebrated her 102nd birthday in February — had been recovering from an illness and had been in and out of the Holston Health & Rehabilitation Center for physical therapy after a bout of pneumonia.
John Sibley, 64, Ms. Greene’s godson, said Ms. Greene was taken Monday to the Physicians Regional Medical Center on Broadway because of dehydration.
“She was resting in her room and just slipped away,” he said.
…Greene was the first black member of the Knoxville Board of Education and a Tennessee delegate to the Republican National Convention. She is also a former state and local president of the NAACP and over the years fought for desegregation and civil rights in schools and the wider community.
Every year around her birthday, the students at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy honored her.
The school was named after Greene in 1974 and became a magnet school with a focus on technology in 1996.

Still More GOP Gloating

News release from Tennessee Republican Party:
NASHVILLE, TN- Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement on Democrat State Senator Andy Berke’s decision not to run for re-election. Berke becomes the seventh Democrat legislator who has announced he will not be seeking re-election this year.
“Tennessee Democrats must be real fans of the rock band Queen, because their new theme song seems to have become ‘Another One Bites the Dust,’ said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“Senator Berke must have realized that his liberal ideology will be rejected in his new district, but he will be quick to discover that his ideology will be rejected by Chattanooga voters if he decides to run for Mayor,” concluded Devaney.
Recent Democrat retirements include four state senators (Joe Haynes, Roy Herron, Eric Stewart and Andy Berke) and three state representatives (Bill Harmon, Janis Sontany and Harry Tindell).

State GOP Names New Executive Director

From state GOP headquarters:
NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney announced today that Political Director Adam Nickas will serve as the new Executive Director for the Tennessee Republican Party.
“Republicans made historic gains in Tennessee last year and Adam’s strategic work as political director was a large part of the success we had at the State Party. Adam’s prior experience at the Party will bring continuity to his new role, which is a big plus going into this next crucial election year of 2012,” said Chris Devaney.
Nickas was named Political Director at the Tennessee Republican Party in May 2010. As Political Director, Nickas managed the statewide field staff, helped coordinate the direct mail program, and managed the campaign plans and strategy for several state house races. As Executive Director, Nickas will manage the political operations of the Tennessee Republican Party and will continue to oversee communications.
“Working at the Tennessee Republican Party has been one of the most fulfilling jobs,” said Nickas. “I appreciate Chairman Devaney’s confidence in me to assume this critical role as Executive Director. While last year’s election cycle was one of the most historic in our state’s history, this next election is even more important,” said Nickas.
Prior to being Political Director at the Tennessee Republican Party, Nickas served as Political Director for Bill Gibbons’ campaign for Governor in Tennessee. Nickas previously worked on the campaigns of Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign in Iowa, Haley Barbour’s re-election campaign in Mississippi, a Congressional race and state legislative races in Mississippi and Tennessee. Nickas, 25, attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he studied Journalism and Electronic Media and graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Nickas is a native of Germantown, Tennessee.