Thursday, September 27, 2007

DC, we are all thinking about you

Our thoughts and prayers are going out tonight to our friend and loyal SPJ member Duren Cheek, whom we are told is gravely ill. Duren served for many years with UPI, later working as a member of the Capitol Hill bureau of The Tennessean, where this reporter first met him as an intern. Duren has played a huge role in the Middle Tennessee Pro Chapter, such as being an integral part of the annual Gridiron show, and the annual benefit golf tournament he put on for the chapter was renamed as the Duren Cheek Invitational a few years ago. Duren, we are thinking about you.

Testimony ends in Knox County sunshine law trial

Case goes to jury on Monday, the News-Sentinel reports.

Federal shield law on tap for Senate Judiciary today

It's coming up on the Hill at 10 a.m. their time, which would be 9 a.m. here in Nashville. E&P has excerpts from some editorials from papers across the nation about the law. The bill is numbered as S. 2035.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

'Gentleman's agreement': Shut out the public

More from the Knox County sunshine lawsuit trial:

"For the public to think their voice is going to be heard in that
appointment process — it wasn’t going to happen,” (County Commissioner Phil)
Guthe testified. “... As unsavory as that is, that’s just the way it was.”

That 'public scrutiny' sure can get in the way

I'm paraphrasing and expanding a bit on what he said, but his thought was that lobbying and debating is an integral part of the process, but a part that works best when the commissioners feel they could speak completely candidly, without excessive public scrutiny.

-- Eaststate blogger Rich Hailey (Shots Across the Bow), on his conversation
with Knox County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert regarding the News-Sentinel's Sunshine lawsuit trial.

Tennessean columnist Chavez won't return despite beating cancer

Tennessean columnist Tim Chavez has beaten the cancer that kept his column sidelined for a while -- but the newspaper has done away with his job and instead will use the services of conservative talk show host Phil Valentine, Liz Garrigan says in The Nashville Scene. Also: WKRN-Channel 2 is tilting back toward a more traditional newscrew setup and away from its "video journalist" experiment, and has curtailed some of its blogging.

Addendum, Thursday AM: Blogger Sean Braisted responds on both topics; Mike Byrd at The Enclave sounds off on limitations to Channel 2's political blog.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The crack dealer, the editor, the mayor and the Bi-Lo

Russia has the Kremlin. Britain has Westminister. Knox County, apparently, has the parking lot of the Bi-Lo on John Sevier Highway. Yes, it's more weirdness from the Knox County/News-Sentinel Sunshine law trial, brought to you via the plaintiffs.

Monday, September 24, 2007

'That was not how it was represented to me'

It's betrayal on the witness stand in the Knox County Sunshine lawsuit trial, the News-Sentinel reports. Meanwhile, KNS blogger Michael Silence notes that there are 19 commissioners, "five or six" of whom are supposedly trying to do the right thing, one witness told jurors. Still more details on the Shots Across the Bow blog.

An extra comma splice today, please

Poynter's Chip Scanlan reminds us that today is National Punctuation Day.

'How do we know they’re right?'

The open meetings lawsuit continues in Knoxville, the News-Sentinel reports.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Jury picked in Knoxville sunshine law suit

County commissioners can't get a "fair shake," their lawyer says. (Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Former 'Nashville is Talking' guru relocating to San Fran

Brittney Gilbert, who used to run the "NiT" blog for WKRN-Channel 2, is going to work for KPIX in San Francisco. Read her blog entry on her new post here. The News-Sentinel's Michael Silence follows up with a few comments.