Fox's fox spoofed in video

A two-minute YouTube video was posted yesterday featuring a fox that looks like, but isn't exactly the same, as David Fox's fox mascot. In what appears to be a victory lap for Barry supporters, the unemployed vulpine is turned away at various places and the video is tagged as paid for by George Fox and Citizen Super PAC (hardy har). 

As Joey Garrison reports, Garrisonly:

Presumably, none of these entities are responsible for the video.

So who is? The same fox costume used in the video features prominently on the Nashville Central Labor Council's social media presence

Sep 23, 2015 7:17 AM

Election administrator gets a pay raise but not without blowback

Tricia Herzfeld, a Democratic appointee to the Davidson County Election Commission, was the lone no vote against a cost of living pay raise for Election Administrator Kent Wall. She says she voted no because he hasn't become a certified administrator and because it wasn't all that long ago that the DCEC threatened to cut early voting to one site. 

Sep 23, 2015 7:10 AM

Legislator calls for hearings about VW's troubles

State Sen. Bo Watson, a Republican, has asked for a special hearing of the Senate. Finance, Ways and Means committee to hear testimony about Volkswagen's troubles, given that the state is incentivizing the German automaker, which admitted this week software installed in diesel cars was intended to evade emissions standards.

“While all of the relevant facts may remain unreported at this time, I am very concerned as to the financial impact these violatons could present to the State of Tennessee,” Watson wrote Senate Finance Committee Chairman Randy McNally in a letter distributed to media Tuesday.

“It therefore seems prudent and responsible that the Finance, Ways and Means Committee of the Tennessee Senate consider a public meeting to hear testimony from Volkswagen and state officials as to the impact upon Tennessee’s investment in Volkswagen,” Watson said.

McNally said later, according to a Senate Republican Caucus spokeswoman, that he “will schedule a hearing as soon as we coordinate with committee members and the other parties involved.”

Sep 23, 2015 7:07 AM

Haslam names long-time press sec as comms director

David Smith replaces Alexia Poe:

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that longtime press secretary David Smith will now serve as director of communications for his administration.

“Dave has been a valued part of our team since the 2010 campaign, and I’m excited to have him take on this expanded role,” Haslam said. “Dave is trusted, respected and well liked both by folks in state government and by the media. His experience will serve him well as he drives our message on education, job creation and efficient and effective government.”

As director of communications Smith serves as the Haslam administration’s top communications official. As an advisor and strategist to the governor, Cabinet, senior staff and state departments, Smith oversees internal and external communications and overall messaging for the administration.

“It has been an incredible honor to serve the state of Tennessee on behalf of the governor and to work alongside the team he has around him,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to this role and the challenges that come with this new opportunity.”   

A graduate of George Washington University, Smith joined the Haslam gubernatorial campaign in 2010 as press secretary after working as an information specialist with the University of Tennessee administration. He was a staff writer at the National Journal Group’s The Hotline in Washington, D.C., before becoming a reporter at the San Mateo Daily News and then The Examiner in San Francisco.

Smith, 36, and his wife, Nell, a native of Oak Ridge, have a daughter and live in Nashville.

He fills the role previously held by Alexia Poe, who left the administration in August to become a communications consultant in the private sector.

Sep 22, 2015 11:43 AM

Barry announces inauguration theme

Ten languages and one theme: "We Make Nashville."

From the transition:

This week’s inauguration ceremony at Public Square launches a new chapter in the Nashville story, and Mayor-elect Megan Barry has given it a name: We Make Nashville.

The visual for the swearing-in ceremony will include the words “We Make Nashville” in 10 languages, but the theme’s concept is much broader than language. It celebrates our variety in business enterprises and musical forms, our consolidated approach to government, and the spirit of cooperation and humanity that leads us through good times and bad.

“This is about celebrating all of Nashville,” Barry said in the unveiling of the theme. “What makes Nashville great is the diversity of our economy, our culture, our ideas, our music and our spirit.”

“With our growing and vibrant economy and neighborhoods, Nashville is a place for everyone. I invite you to join us for the events on Sept. 25, as we embark on Nashville’s next chapter.”

Sep 22, 2015 11:42 AM

Register latest to join Belmont faculty

Following former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and Mayor Karl Dean, ex-Metro schools chief Jesse Register will join Belmont's faculty as a distinguished professor of educational leadership

Sep 22, 2015 10:32 AM

Outsourcing the outsourcing?

Three part-time consultants are paid the equivalent of $612,000 to tell the state how to better outsource

State General Services Commissioner Bob Oglesby said Monday that the outside consultants bring “subject matter” knowhow to state government.

“When don’t have the expertise, we need to go out and get it,” he said. “They’re brought on board not necessarily to get it done, but to help us do the evaluation and make the business case for the state to see if it makes sense.”


Consultants Vitasek and Ledyard, who are outsourcing advocates, have written a book titled “Vested Outsourcing” and have worked as lecturers on outsourcing at the University of Tennessee’s business school.

Sep 22, 2015 7:10 AM

Authenticity of prison audit questioned as kabuki

Mike Stewart — and some guards who have been blowing whistles — are questioning the thoroughness of the audit of the state prison system, particularly since the DeBerry facility on the day the audit was conducted was fully staffed for the first time in some time


Sep 22, 2015 7:10 AM

Barry names Riebeling as COO

Metro finance chief's new portfolio will aim to ensure Metro department efficiency
Sep 21, 2015 4:54 PM

Beaman driving the Starrett campaign

Nashville auto magnate Lee Beaman is the finance chairman for Grant Starrett's primary challenge of Scott DesJarlais. 

Sep 21, 2015 11:08 AM