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Senate 6 Candidate Doesn’t Live in District

From Jim Balloch at the News Sentinel:
Gloria Johnson plans to move up to the state Senate — after moving into the 6th District she wants to represent.
Johnson, current chair of the Knox County Democratic Party and a longtime schoolteacher, lives on Brice Street — which is in the 7th Senate District. The 6th Senate District seat was vacated by Republican Jamie Woodson earlier this year.
Johnson is the only Democrat in the race so far. Most of her 19 years as a teacher were spent in 6th District schools, she said.
“So the majority of my time has been spent in the 6th District,” she said. “I never spent much time at home.”
State election officials, relying in part on a pair of state attorney general’s opinions, have held that her candidacy is valid as long as she is a resident of the 6th Senate District by the date of the general election — Nov. 8.
“We checked with the State Election Commission and were told the candidate must meet two requirements,” said Knox County Elections Administrator Cliff Rodgers. “(They are) that the candidate must have been a resident of Knox County for one year before the general election for that office (and) must reside in the district by the date of the general election.”
Johnson said that before she picked up a qualifying petition, she carefully studied the legality of filing and campaigning before actually being a resident of the 6th district. She said she is already looking for a home in the 6th district to be a resident no later than the day of the election.
She said she has looked in several areas and expects that she will have to rent a home first, then sell her current home before buying a new one.
“I’m not wealthy, so how fast I can buy will depend on how fast I sell,” she said.
The primary election is Sept. 27. In the Republican primary there are three announced candidates: former Knox County Commissioner Victoria DeFreese, Sertoma Center Executive Director Becky Duncan Massey and Knoxville City Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy.
Note: See also Tennessee Ticket and the discussion over at Knoxviews. And Brian Hornback has commentary from the Republican end of the political spectrum.

Former UT President’s House Now More Affordable ($2.9M instead of $5M)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee officials hope slashing the price of an historic mansion that was once home to several UT presidents will make it more palatable for purchase.
The price of the 11,400-square-foot Georgian-style mansion was cut from $5 million to $2.9 million in March, a year after it first went on the market in a cost-cutting move.
UT is spending $25,000 per year to maintain it and paying newly-hired president Joe DiPietro a $20,000 allowance in lieu of living there.
Real estate agent Jim Ford told The Knoxville News Sentinel he hopes the mansion is “going to sell to somebody wanting to buy a piece of history.”
Any bids on the property have to be approved by the UT Board of Trustees and the State Building Commission.

Crissy Haslam Hosts Spouses of Deployed Soldiers

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted more than 100 spouses of deployed soldiers of the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard for a reception at the Tennessee Residence.
The purpose of the event was to honor the sacrifices that military families have made and to pay tribute to the spouses who play a vital role in our nation’s defense. Country Singer/Songwriter Josh Thompson provided entertainment at the event.
“Men and women in the military make incredible sacrifices, and we can never thank you enough for the sacrifices your families have also made for our country,” Mrs. Haslam said during the event. She also shared best wishes from the governor, who is currently overseas visiting soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Col. Many-Bears Grinder, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, and Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Adjunct General of the Tennessee National Guard, both attended the event to honor military families. A Military Spouses’ Day Proclamation, recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, was read aloud to acknowledge the significant contributions, support and sacrifices of spouses of the Armed Forces.
“It was an honor to welcome so many brave military spouses to the Tennessee Residence, and we are so incredibly grateful for their service and sacrifice,” Mrs. Haslam said.