Catch Susan Williams Every Sunday AM on WBIR-TV

Catch Susan Williams Every Sunday AM on WBIR-TV

WBIR’s “Inside Tennessee” features political insiders and guests to discuss current topics impacting Knoxville, Tennessee and beyond! Catch the action every Sunday at 9:30am. For past shows, just click here. Oh, and you may see our very own Susan Williams who is a featured political...

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‘The Time Has Come For Me To Pass The Torch’

‘The Time Has Come For Me To Pass The Torch’

Via our friends across the aisle at Out of the Blue… The legacy of Jimmy Naifeh was noted all across the state yesterday as he stood on the House floor and announced that he was retiring after session. Tennessee writers and politicians acknowledged the distinct mark he has created serving in the House for nearly 40 years. “After talking with my family and friends, I believe the time has come for me to pass the torch to the next generation of leaders,” Naifeh said in prepared remarks in front of members of both the House and Senate, which recessed to witness the iconic Speaker Emeritus’ retirement speech. “I certainly played hardball – just once or twice – but I always maintained relationships on both sides of the aisle,” he said. “This is a very unique fraternity. … We celebrate together, and we mourn together, and we work together for the people of Tennessee.” —The Tennessean …Read the full post...

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Knoxville Rally: Mitt Romney for President

Knoxville Rally: Mitt Romney for President

Susan and I were fortunate enough to attend tonight’s rally at West Hills elementary (and stood on stage!). It was a packed house and the distinguished guests included Governor Bill Haslam, TN ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty, Rep Jimmy Duncan, Rep Phil Roe, Rep Scott DesJarlais, State Rep Ryan Haynes and Joe Bailey. Mrs. Romney was particularly lovely and teased her husband about running for president and family life. Governor Romney’s stump speech was focused, strong and covered everything from energy to veterans (for sound bites click here.) For more pictures, click...

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Knoxville News Sentinel: Leo Sain: K-25 cleanup progressing with federal commitment

As president and project manager of URS/CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), I would like to give a six-month update on the progress that we have made since becoming the U.S. Department of Energy’s environmental management contractor for the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation. Cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park is the largest active cleanup project for the DOE. Our largest project is demolition of the K-25 Building, a massive gaseous diffusion building that was closed down in 1964. Demolition of the building’s east wing is steadily progressing. Seven of 18 units have been demolished ahead of schedule. More than 20,000 cubic yards of waste resulting from demolition activities have been disposed of at the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility, a reservation waste disposal complex that UCOR is managing for DOE. In our first six months at ETTP, we have identified cost savings of approximately $36 million that have been reinvested into our work. For example, these costs savings were used to fund work at two projects not originally in our scope: removal of Tank W-1A at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and cleanup of the K-1070-B landfill at ETTP. Tank W-1A, a 4,000-gallon underground tank used to collect waste, was the primary source of groundwater contamination at ORNL. It has been removed from the ground and cut into smaller pieces for shipment to Nevada for disposal. Contaminated soil is being excavated and shipped out. This work will make ORNL safer and the environment cleaner. Cleanup of K-1070-B, a 60-year-old landfill near the K-25 Building, similarly removes a source of potential groundwater and surface water contamination. All the waste has been removed and shipped via 263 truckloads for disposal. All but three truckloads were disposed of at EMWMF. While we have experienced a record level of productivity, we also achieved a record level of safety. We worked injury-free for the first 1.5 million hours on the project, ending 2011 with zero accidents, and we continue having an excellent safety record. Read the full op-ed...

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Knoxville News Sentinel: A Tennessee winner? Rick Santorum’s making a run

…Romney supporter Susan Richardson Williams of Knoxville said Tennessee conservatives are fairly divided over “the more known conservatives” in the race — Santorum, Gingrich and Paul. Romney will take the moderate vote, she said, but whether that is enough for him to win the state remains in question. For Williams, Romney’s business background, his record as a Republican governor in a Democratic state, and his stewardship of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City have given him the skill set needed to be an effective president. “Whether or not that translates into being a politician and winning the nomination remains to be seen,” she said. “But if I had to pick resumes of the person who is the most qualified as president of the United States, certainly contrasting that with Barack Obama, Mitt Romney wins hands down. Had we known that the economy was going to tank like it did in 2008, Mitt Romney should have been the nominee then.” Read the full story...

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