About the only big political battle brewing down at the Metro Court-house these days is the Nov. 21 selection of a successor to Probate Court Judge Jim Everett, who committed suicide in early October.
The replacement is to be named by Metro Council. At this stage of the game, the popular handicapping goes like this:
♦ Leading the pack is Frank Clement, the brother of Congressman Bob Clementand the Clement brother who is said to have gotten all the brains. As would be expected, Frank Clement is being mightily assisted in his effort by his older brother. He is also being helped by County Court Clerk Bill Covington, whose support is important. (Apparently, the Clements have never heard Covington do his “Little Bob” impersonation.)
Earlier, Frank Clement, who is president of the Nashville Bar Association and a widely respected civic player, had considered running for the judgeship now held by Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle. Lyle was appointed by Gov. Don Sundquist some time ago, and the prospect of a race between a Clement family member and a Sundquist judicial appointee was eyed as cause for gunfire in the streets.
♦ Coming in a close second is General Sessions Judge Leon Brown, whose popular goat-roast supper has either made him plenty of friends on Council or led a great many people to swear off goat. Brown is said to be getting help from the powerful Haynes family. Judge Barbara Haynes is his colleague on the General Sessions Court.
♦ Finally, Jeff Mobley, who will very likely be nominated by Council member Charles Fentress, is also campaigning for the position. Mobley works for Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, and he may be the most qualified candidate. He actually wrote a book on probate law and has a sales brochure to prove it.
Mobley says he has six to nine votes lined up. He says he needs at least 13 votes to guarantee him a place in a runoff with either Brown or Clement. In a runoff, he might pick up the loser’s votes. At least, this is what he is hoping will happen.
The next thing to look for? The influential Nashville Bar Association Poll rating the judges comes out Nov. 16.
Readers of the Houston Post offered these suggested names for Nashville’s pro football team:
♦The “Tennessee Dolly Partons, since the Oilers have always been a big bust.”
♦“Nashville Elvises, which would wear white pants and jerseys lined with rhinestones and gold piping and white hightops with gold laces.”
♦“Nashville Sludge, which would keep the theme of oil alive.”
♦ “Nashville Budheads, with their helmets displaying a picture of Bud Adams instead of the oil derrick.”
♦ “Bud’s Duds, [because] the Volunteer State sent Texas some of its greatest heroes throughout history and in return they get Bud’s Duds.”
♦ “Nashville Villains, which would be written Nashvillains, and Nashville Marbles, named for the rich kid who picked up his marbles and went elsewhere.”
Metro Council member-at-large Vic Varallo is eyeing a race against state Sen. Joe Haynes, according to the Tennessee Journal. Early prognostication: Not even a Varallo should take on a Haynes.
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