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A Host of Hosts for Haslam’s Knoxville Re-election Fundraiser

Almost 200 people are listed as hosts for Gov. Bill Haslam’s re-election fundraiser in Knoxville on Jan. 7, the day before the 108th General Assembly session begins, reports Georgiana Vines.
The $1,000-per-person event for Knoxville’s former mayor will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Scripps Networks Interactive, 9721 Sherrill Blvd. Among the hosts is Ken Lowe, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Scripps Networks. The company is separate from The E.W. Scripps Co., which owns the News Sentinel.
…The host committee… includes numerous Knoxville business and professional people and a handful of political figures. Family members, including the governor’s father and stepmother, Jim and Natalie Haslam, also are on the list.
Mike Edwards, president/CEO of the Knoxville Chamber, is listed as a host, although his wife, Susan, is not. She is a vice president with KUB and generally remains out of the political picture. Rhonda Rice, the chamber’s executive vice president, and her husband, Bill, also are hosts.
Fred Marcum, an aide to former U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., and Wayne Ritchie, a former state representative from Knoxville, are among the hosts.
The invitation notes an individual maximum for the governor’s race is $7,200 or $14,400 a couple.
Haslam also plans a fundraiser in Nashville before Jan. 8, when the Legislature opens. By state law, neither the governor nor lawmakers can have fundraisers during the session.