The Nashville Post is reporting, from a variety of sources, that state Senator John Wilder (D-Somerville) will not seek re-election, as he previously indicated, but plans to announce his retirement.
Wilder was defeated for re-election as state Lieutenant Governor by a narrow vote of the Senate in January 2007 and, since then, has had a hospitalization for a fall, followed by a reported case of pneumonia.
The now-you-see-them-now-you-don't list of possible Democratic opponents to U.S.
Senator Lamar Alexander expanded over the weekend, as former state party
chairman Bob Tuke of Nashville re-entered this year's race, but Republican Alexander was
riding high on a wave of endorsements from prominent Democrats, including local
mayors Willie Herenton and A C Wharton.
Way is clear for other suburbs to follow suit, ending longstanding school litigation, though Germantown's situation remains unclear. County Commission will meet Thursday to end litigation against first two suburbs.