Rosine – Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe paid about $150 when he bought his 1923 eight-string Gibson F-5 mandolin at a Miami barbershop in 1943. Today, the Rosine-based Bill Monroe Foundation is expected to pay more than 1 million dollars for the instrument. Monroe died from a stroke in 1996.
Nashville – Lottery opponents have raised more money than supporters. Both the Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance and the Tennessee Student Scholarship Lottery Coalition made required financial disclosure statements yesterday. The Anti-Lottery Alliance exceeded $800,000 in contributions, compared to just $230,000 for the Pro-Lottery group. However, the reports show that the two camps have a combined total of just over $40,000 left to spend before next weeks vote.
Louisville – President Bush is expected to make another visit to Kentucky. An administration official says the President will campaign Friday for Republican US Representataive Anne Northup.
Northup is trying to fend off a hard charging Democratic opponent. Democrats say a Louisville stop by Bush would indicate that Northup's Democratic challenger, Jack Conway, is gaining on her. Northup campaign chairman, Ted Jackson says a return visit by the President should not be seen as a sign of concern about Conway's campaign.
Chattanooga – Vice President Dick Cheney is campaigning tomorrow for Tennessee Republican Gubernatorial candidate Van Hilleary. The White House made the announcement yesterday.
Two months ago, Cheney attended a private fund raiser for Hilleary and Republican Senate candidate Lamar Alexander in Nashville. Cheney's wife, Lynne, stumped for Hilleary last week in Northeast Tennessee.
Frankfort – A screening committee continues interviewing candidates today for the next leader of the State Council on Postsecondary Education. Council member Walter Baker says some of the ten people to be interviewed have been university presidents, while others have run state systems of higher education.