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• Former Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe announced Monday that Dr. Richard Bowling has been named Treasurer for his upcoming campaign for Knox County Property Assessor. Lowe said, “When you think of Richard you think of the words class and integrity, he has been involved with the Republican Party at the local, state and national level for many years.” Bowling said, “I have known Mike and his family for most of my life and he has been the finest trustee in Knox County history, I am so glad he made the decision to stay in public office. I look forward to working with him during this upcoming campaign.” Mike Lowe will make a formal announcement later this week.

• Knox County Public Library and the Friends of the Library present a lecture and book signing by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. They will be discussing their newest non-fiction book “Beyond the Body Farm” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the East Tennessee History Center. Tickets for the event are $25 and include a copy of “Beyond the Body Farm.” Tickets will be sold at all library locations or by calling 865-215-8767. Proceeds go to benefit programs at the library.

• Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor and former director of President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton’s economic transition team, will speak at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, in Alumni Memorial Auditorium at The University of Tennessee. Reich’s visit is funded by the First Tennessee Foundation. The foundation pledged $500,000, to be paid through 2015, to fund annual symposiums featuring high-profile speakers who can address different aspects of


• Sitting Knox County Commissioner Phil Ballard, District 8, has indicated he has interest in seeking the Knox County property assessor seat in the upcoming


• Tom Salter, director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful, may again throw his hat into the ring seeking the Knox County Commission 5C seat vacated by term-limited John Greiss and filled by appointee former Knox County Commissioner Frank Leuthold Jan. 31.


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