News Hole, June 6, 2016: Butch Jones Drives a Nicer Car than You

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News Hole [ˈnüz ˈhōl] — The vast media chasm that devours and records bits of timely information from around East Tennessee and beyond. This is a sporadic roundup of thought-worthy morsels scoured from its depths.


University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones said that he drives a $220,000 Mercedes-Benz SLS to impress potential recruits. Then later he clarified that he does not, in fact, drive an SLS, but instead wheels around in a Mercedes S-Class Coupe, a sports car that costs about $100,000 less.

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The iconic light-up “Tennessee” sign in front of the Tennessee Theatre is coming down… at least for a while, for a few repairs. They’re shipping it off to South Carolinas tonight for a $150,000 facelift.

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A local Craigslist ad is selling frozen breast milk for body building. A TV station did a story about it.

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Mayor Madeline Rogero is heading to China! This week she’ll take part in the U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing. The goal is to work towards solutions on climate change.

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The city of Knoxville has been granting so many Tax Incremental Financing agreements (or TIFs) to (mostly downtown) developers that it’s decided to start outsourcing the application process.

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President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of a Knoxville man that’s been in the clink since 1997 on cocaine charges. Emlera Quincy is now scheduled to be released Oct. 1.

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A WBIR investigation alleges that a former Army medic has been involved in scheme to do… something. According to this report by Mike Donilla, Larry Gregory Grantham has been giving unauthorized tours of the vacant Knoxville College campus to other veterans, and even making job offers, saying he plans to turn the former college into a military academy for troubled youth. But according to the college’s owners, that’s not going to happen.

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Clay Duda

Former Mercury staff reporter Clay Duda has covered gangs in New York, housing busts in Atlanta, and wildfires in Northern California. And lots of stuff about Knoxville.

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