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Victor Ashe takes lumps over broadcasting board

Victor Ashe, former U.S. ambassador to Poland and Knoxville mayor, has been making headlines in the national press lately.

And it isn’t all positive for the fiesty politician who roomed with former President George Bush when they were at Yale.

Ashe is making news for making waves as a member of the board that oversees the Voice of America and other government-run broadcasters.

Check out these reports.

New York Daily News: Board running Voice of America, Radio Free Europe condemned in hard-hitting probe

 Washington Post: Report blasts foreign broadcasting board for as ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘ineffectual’

Deserving honor for Ben Atchley

View image A surprise reception was held recently at the Dowell Springs offices of the insurance firm Atchley, Cunningham & Shoemaker to honor Ben Atchley, the firm’s retired partner and a former state senator.

In addition to Mike Cunningham and Ed Shoemaker, several high-profile local politicos attended the event to honor a man widely appreciated for his integrity and honesty during his many years as a legislator.

A portrait and plaque that will hang in the firm’s office were unveiled.

Among those who attended were Congressman Jimnmy Duncan; state Sen. Tim Burchett, who last week won the Republican primary for Knox County mayor; Victor Ashe, former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and former Knoxville mayor; and former TVA chairman Bill Sansom, chairman of H.T. Hackney Co.

Also attending were Ben’s wife, Sue, his son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Cathy, and his daughter Cindy.

The reception was held “to acknowledge (Atchley’s) distinguished business career and acknowledge that a post office branch, a street, and a Tennessee Veteran’s Home are named after him,” the insurance firm said in a statement.

Naming roads and buildings after elected officials is a long-standing tradition around here. Sometimes these honors are given a little too freely, it seems to me. But that’s not the case with Atchley. No one I can think of is more deserving.