Remembering Lloyd Daugherty

Tomorrow, a true Southern gentleman will be laid to rest. 

Lloyd was known to say,  “My father told me that when people walk by and if they can say you’re a  Christian Southern Gentleman then you’ve run your race properly.  I hope most people can say that about  me.”

Lloyd Daugherty, an icon  among Tennessee conservatives, recently passed away at a much too young  age.  But his legacy will live on in  the heart and souls of those who stood with him (and many of those who  didn’t.) 

Lloyd, along with his  close friend and colleague, Kelvin Moxley became known throughout Tennessee,  thanks to Al Gore, as the “two men with a fax machine.”  Those two men and their fax machine  proved you could fight city hall when they took up a lifelong cause of fighting  against the implementation of an income tax in Tennessee.  Although there are many people who have  never heard of Lloyd, they should be thankful that there was someone willing to  take up the cause to keep Tennessee an affordable place to  live.

However, it’s not the  causes though that made Lloyd special.   It was the way he approached people and politics.  I was honored to be a regular co-host of Lloyd’s radio show for a couple of years.  He was the polar opposite of  commentators you see today.   I  never heard Lloyd breathe a negative word about anyone.  He may have disagreed with someone’s  point of view or a specific policy but it was never personal and never  disrespectful.  We could use a lot  more Lloyds in this world.  And that  makes his untimely passing even more saddening.  He will be missed.

Yes Lloyd.  We can honestly say you were a true Southern gentleman.

My wife, Mary Anne Carter.




Knoxville: ‘Mayberry with sushi’

Soaring ceilings, plush linens, and gracious service from tattooed attendants make the place feel like a country star’s mansion. Right outside the hotel’s door, Union Ave. offers some of the city’s most eclectic shopping. There’s a fierce local spirit here; aside from an Urban Outfitters that looks dropped from another planet, almost all the strip’s shops feature Tennessee products. — A must read from today’s New York Daily News.


OMG! You must go listen to this mother talk about her daughter

The ignorance of people never ceases to amaze me. This is an excellent example of why I’ve always been a big fan of “mommy blogs.” They deal with reality. They deal with the daily difficulties and the daily joys. And quite often they smack ignorance right in the mouth. I rarely say you must go view something, but this one you must. It’s a powerful six minutes and if you can watch it with a dry eye, check your pulse. And wait until you hear how the mother describes herself.

Here’s a teaser: “She knows it, God knows it, and that’s good enough for me.”.

Ignorance and stereotypes are busted! Brilliant!

TML Knoxville ‏@MomsinKnoxville · 47m
This #Mom Hears Many Ignorant Comments About Her #Daughter. Her Response Is Awesome.

Hard to imagine this is good news for Knoxville

CINCINNATI – The E.W. Scripps Co. will say goodbye to newspapers, including the News Sentinel, and hello to radio in a merger and spinoff transaction with the parent company of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper.

The deal calls for Milwaukee-based Journal Communications Inc. to merge its 13 television stations and 35 radio stations into Cincinnati-based Scripps. Both companies will spin off their newspaper assets into a new publicly traded company, Journal Media Group. — More.

Here’s a post at Romenesko, a site popular among journalists. Seen in comments: “‘Everyone wins” says Journal Communications CEO Steve Smith.
So when do the layoffs start?” And, “But some, including Smith, will win more than others — lots more.”

There’s also more at Poynter, another popular journalism site.

NYT: “Among the benefits of the deal is that both companies would be free to pursue growth through acquisitions, unimpeded by media cross-ownership rules. For instance, Scripps could potentially buy television stations in Florida, since it would not have any newspaper holdings that would limit what it could acquire.”

Everyone wins? Not the people of East TN or my former colleagues at the KNS.

UPDATE: Former colleague Jigsha Desai has more.

UPDATE II: Smith naturally put a positive spin on it, telling the JS that “Everybody Wins.” It’s a cinch that’s not true. So who loses and who gains and what does it all mean? — More.

UPDATE III: My sources confirm this report from a Milwaukee tipster: The story broke earlier than planned on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s website because the Wall Street Journal got wind of the deal. The news was scheduled to break Thursday morning in the Journal Sentinel. After the paper learned the WSJ had the story, JS reporter Bill Glauber was sent to the 5th and 6th floor – away from the newsroom – to do the reporting late Wednesday. — More.

UPDATE IV: These sales have, broadly speaking, been about putting the print properties on an ice floe to fend for themselves. — More.