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Norris Reelected TACIR Chair

News release from Senate Republican Caucus:
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), June 20, 2013 — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been reelected Chairman of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). The election took place during a two-day meeting of the commission in Nashville on June 19 and 20. Norris has served as Chairman since 2009 and begins his third two-year term.
“I appreciate the confidence that the members have placed in me to serve another term in this leadership role, ” said Senator Norris. “I look forward to continuing to build strong relationships between state, municipal and county governments and to work on solutions to substantive issues that we face together as Tennesseans.”
The General Assembly approved legislation this year directing TACIR to conduct a comprehensive study on annexation and make recommendations to the General Assembly on how to improve the process statewide. Their report is due in January. “This study requires in-depth research by the staff and thoughtful consideration by the members of the commission. I am pleased to continue to lead TACIR as we look into this issue as well as many others.”
TACIR began in 1978 after legislative findings indicated the need for a permanent intergovernmental body to study and take action on questions of organizational patterns, powers, functions, and relationships among federal, state and local governments. The 25-member group is made up of public officials from state, county and municipal governments as well as private citizens. Mayor Tom Roland of Cleveland, TN, was reelected to serve as Vice-Chairman.
Senator Norris has served as Tennessee’s Senate Majority Leader since 2007. He is Chair-elect of the Council of State Governments, a national organization which also fosters and encourages intergovernmental cooperation.

Corker Makes Campaign Season Trip to Middle East

In a sharp contrast to the grueling, down-to-the-wire campaign during his last run for statewide office, Sen. Bob Corker is off on a weeklong trip to the Middle East — just a month before voters decide whether to re-elect him.
“I’ve said all along that my campaign is going to be my service in the Senate,” the Republican told reporters when asked whether the trip was an indication he takes for granted a win over disavowed Democratic nominee Mark Clayton and other candidates.
In a speech before talking with reporters, Corker told the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that “I’m likely to be the lead Republican on foreign relations issues” when the Senate meets next year. He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the trip to the Middle East will be aimed at gathering insight into the slaying of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya, Corker indicated.
“Maybe when I’ve returned from the Middle East I’ll have a better sense of what’s happened,” he said. “And it may just be that Libya has turned into a failed state and maybe it’s just that that the administration doesn’t want to discuss.”
Corker said security rules prevent him from giving specifics of the trip in advance, including whether Libya would be among countries visited.
The senator said he has visited 47 countries since being elected in 2006 and expects to finish reading former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan’s memoir while on the plane trip to the Mideast.

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Harwell’s Chief of Staff, Gregory Gleaves, Joins PR Firm

News release from Hall Strategies:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gregory Gleaves, chief of staff to Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and a former executive director of the Tennessee GOP, is joining Nashville-based public affairs firm Hall Strategies.
One of the most experienced political and grassroots campaign professionals in the Southeast, Gleaves will lead the firm’s campaign practice as director of grassroots campaigns. Gleaves will remain the Speaker’s chief of staff until August 6.
“Gregory has run numerous effective Tennessee campaigns,” said Joe Hall, Hall Strategies founder. “He possesses a strategic mind and sharp instincts and knows how to win. The addition of Gregory to our team will provide a competitive edge to clients who operate in the public arena.”
Said Gleaves, “Serving as Speaker Harwell’s chief of staff has been a true privilege. I appreciate the opportunity that she offered me to be a part of an important time for the House of Representatives. I am proud of the many accomplishments of the Tennessee General Assembly over the last two years. I am excited about joining a dynamic team at Hall Strategies and for this opportunity to build the best public affairs and grassroots team in the state.”
Gleaves was named chief of staff to the Speaker in January 2011 and served as Harwell’s principal aide, senior political advisor and primary strategic liaison to other government officials. He oversaw all operations of the House of Representatives, including management of 130-plus staff, administration, policies and procedures.
As executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party in 2010, Gleaves spearheaded efforts that led to dramatic change in Tennessee politics, including changing of the Congressional delegation from Democrat control to a 7-2 margin by Republicans, a win in the Governor’s office and a 14-seat GOP pick up for a commanding majority in the House. Gleaves has served as director of field operations for the Tennessee GOP in 2004 and executed a campaign plan that led to the first Republican majority in the State Senate since Reconstruction.
Gleaves is a former Southeast political director for National Federation of Independent Business and was a project manager for The Saint Consulting Group, a leading national grassroots campaign firm specializing in land use.
Gleaves’ background makes for a perfect fit with Hall Strategies, which has become a premier public affairs firm known for high-impact grassroots campaigns to support public policy, legislative issues and initiatives. The firm and its principals have run successful grassroots campaigns in support of numerous important Tennessee projects, including:
Smoke-free workplace legislation in 2007 to ban smoking in most Tennessee workplaces, including restaurants and bars;
State and local funding for the FedExForum project in 2001 for the relocation of the NBA Grizzlies to Memphis;
State approval of the Public Charter Schools Act of 2002, and expansion of the law in 2005;
Shelby County approval for Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the largest urban park in North America, and in 2010, approval for an extensive greenway system; and
State approval in 2011 of teacher tenure reform proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Gleaves has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Master of Arts in Political Management from The George Washington University.
About Hall Strategies
Formed in 2004, Hall Strategies is a Nashville-based public affairs firm serving a roster of local, regional and national clients doing business in Tennessee, including Life Science Tennessee, Tennessee Economic Partnership, the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association, Humanities Tennessee and the annual Southern Festival of Books, Live Nation, NHL Nashville Predators and Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Hall Strategies is on the Web at www.hallstrategies.com.

Lugar’s Loss Could Be Corker’s Gain

A fellow Republican’s loss could turn into Sen. Bob Corker’s gain, reports WPLN.
After 36 years in Washington, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar was sent packing this week, which opens up the top GOP slot on the Foreign Relations Committee. Corker is next in line according to the committee’s seniority system, but his ascension is not a done deal.
Tennessee’s junior senator may face a quandary: he also has a chance of being named the top Republican on the Banking Committee, where he’s been active on financial issues. Corker refuses to speculate but says he plans to continue on both.
“Most human being have the ability to do more than one thing, so I certainly, regardless of what may or may not happen down the road, will absolutely continue to be a voice regarding our out of control spending here.”
Foreign policy analysts suggest Republican senators may pass over Corker because he’s viewed as too isolationist by some. But if he gets the gavel, Corker has a few ideas for reform in mind.

Tom Hayden Moves from Political PR to Private PR

News release from McNeely Pigott & Fox:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tom Hayden, former director of communications for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s 2011 re-election campaign and for former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, has joined McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations as a senior account executive.
Hayden most recently served as the deputy campaign manager and director of communications for Mayor Dean’s successful re-election campaign.
Hayden worked on Rep. Davis’ staff in Washington, D.C., and Tennessee for eight years as director of communications. While with Rep. Davis, he managed communications outreach, strategic planning, media relations and crisis communications, and assisted with event planning. In conjunction with his management of communications, Hayden served two years as a legislative assistant and staff liaison to the House Science Committee.
Prior to working for Rep. Davis, Hayden managed communications for the Tennessee Democratic Party and worked as a tourism marketing associate at the D.C. Chamber of Commerce.
“Tom’s knowledge of the political process, his relationships and his communication skills will be valuable assets to our firm and clients,” said MP&F Senior Partner Mark McNeely.
Hayden, a native of Parkman, Ohio, and a 1999 graduate of Hiram College, holds a B.A. degree in history and communication.
McNeely Pigott & Fox is an award-winning, full-service public relations firm based in Nashville, Tenn. It provides total communications and marketing services for a diversified client mix at the local, regional and national levels. MP&F was founded in 1987 and has grown to become one of the largest independent public relations firms in the Southeast.

A PR War — In Court

The recent parting of ways of a high-profile Knoxville public relations executive from his employer, a leading Knoxville public relations firm, apparently is not amicable, reports Bill Brewer..

Ackermann PR, which has done business in Knoxville for 29 years, is suing its former executive vice president, Mike Cohen, and is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop him from taking Ackermann clients to his new company. In addition to the restraining order, the firm said it will ask a judge to make an injunction permanent.
The firm also is seeking to recover any damages and losses arising from the dispute. Cohen recently announced the opening of Cohen Communications Group.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Ackerman PR claims Cohen informed company founder and CEO Cathy Ackermann on April 25 that he was resigning to start his own public relations firm and informed Ackermann that several of the firm’s clients had agreed to join him in his new venture, which would compete with Ackermann PR.
Cohen then supplied a memo to Ackermann identifying eight clients of the firm that he had spoken to before his resignation, informing them of his plans to leave Ackermann PR, according to the 12-page complaint filed in Knox County Chancery Court.
…The firm also is seeking to recover any damages and losses arising from the dispute. Cohen recently announced the opening of Cohen Communications Group.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Ackerman PR claims Cohen informed company founder and CEO Cathy Ackermann on April 25 that he was resigning to start his own public relations firm and informed Ackermann that several of the firm’s clients had agreed to join him in his new venture, which would compete with Ackermann PR.
Cohen then supplied a memo to Ackermann identifying eight clients of the firm that he had spoken to before his resignation, informing them of his plans to leave Ackermann PR, according to the 12-page complaint filed in Knox County Chancery Court.