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Glenn Jacobs, WWE star 'Kane,' officially announces his bid for mayor

When Glenn Jacobs' treasurer filed the necessary paperwork for a potential political campaign last month, it became national news that the World Wrestling Entertainment star known as “Kane” might run for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

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On Tuesday, Jacobs made it official. Speaking to a crowd at Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House, the pro wrestler announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for mayor.

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“As Knox County mayor I promise to keep taxes low and make Knox County a place everyone can be proud of,” Jacobs promised. “I see my role as that of a facilitator among the different communities in our area. And also I think that Mayor (Tim) Burchett has done a very good job with transparency in government and I would continue along those lines.”

The 2018 election for Knox County mayor will be for an open seat to replace Burchett.

Jacobs focused on the themes of jobs, education and smaller government, repeating a version of Ronald Reagan’s conservative mantra that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Glenn Jacobs announcing his bid for mayor

The WWE star told Rare on Tuesday that his belief in free markets and individual liberty were part of what interested him in becoming involved in politics, and he saw his Republican brand as being similar to that of libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul, Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, and also his own congressman, Rep. Jimmy Duncan.

Jacobs has lived in Knox County for over two decades, roughly the same amount of time his “Kane” character has endured as one of the top stars in the pro wrestling industry.

“For the past 22 years I’ve had the pleasure of living here in East Tennessee,” Jacobs said Tuesday. “Because my career with the WWE has taken me all around the world on a weekly basis, me family and I could live pretty much anywhere in the U.S.”

“We live here because we want to,” Jacobs said to applause. “We live here because we love it here.”

Jacobs and his wife Crystal own an insurance agency in the Knoxville area.

>> RELATED: WWE superstar puts libertarian charity first in dancing appearance back home

At least two other challengers for mayor are expected to run, including County Commissioner Bob Thomas, who has already announced, and Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones.

Though Jacobs wrestled under other monikers prior for a number of years, his “Kane” character was introduced to WWE fans in 1997.

Disclosure: Glenn Jacobs is a Rare contributor.

Ken James

Weekends: 2pm - 7pm

I'm Ken, and it's a pleasure to provide your soundtrack for your weekend with the most continuous soft and easy favorites~

Thanks so much for listening!

ELLEN JAFFE

I’ve been so fortunate to be a constant radio companion to South Florida for more than 30 years (where did the time go?!)

 

I’m a proud graduate of North Miami Beach Senior High (and yes, that was my Dad who started Jaffe Stationer’s), and my roots are solidly in the community, including being a long-time supporter of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Florida and Gilda’s Club South Florida.

 

When I’m not working, I’m an avid reader, an average (but always optimistic) tennis player and a devoted cat mom to Manny, Murray and Sadie. I also make a mean kahlua cake (I’ll be happy to e-mail the recipe).

 

Thanks for listening!

 

Email Ellen at: ellen@easy93.com

DENNY MILLER

Weekends: 9am - 2pm

As a kid, I stuck a transistor radio in the fold of my cap and thus invented the Walkman. Unfortunately, I failed to patent the idea so now I have to work for a living. But, fortunately I get to do so in the field I still love…radio! Even better, I get to work with my friends, Susan Wise and Jeanne Ashley, here at South Florida's new Easy 93.1.

I'm a New England boy by birth, but have called South Florida home since 1997. I can't imagine living anywhere else. My passions include music, movies, the beach and travel, with a particular love for Latin culture, so I guess it's no surprise I love it here so much.

I look forward sharing with you the relaxing South Florida lifestyle on Easy 93.1!

Got a question, comment, request or just want to say '¡Hola!'? Email me at Denny@Easy93.com.

Delilah

Weeknights: 7pm - 12midnight

Sundays: 7pm - 12midnight

Each weeknight, Delilah provides refreshing and relaxing music, while taking your requests, dedications, and your messages of love and inspirational stories. This is a safe place to land at the end of the day, where the music does the talking for you. Whether you're seeking friendship, love, forgiveness or just a place to relax and unwind, Delilah is here to smooth off the rough edges of your day, and add a note of peace and serenity to your evenings.

To reach Delilah for a request, dedication, or to share your story...

CALL: 1-888-6-DELILAH (1-888-633-5452)

TEXT: 48484 

EMAIL: d@delilah.com

or visit Delilah's website at Delilah.com

Jeanne Ashley

Weekdays: 3pm - 7pm

Saturdays: 6am - 9am

They say that everyone from New Jersey eventually ends up in Florida. After my daughter headed off to college a few years ago, the timing seemed right for me to make my move. 

I sold my big house, donated or threw away 95% of my belongings (very cathartic, I highly recommend it!), said "Buh Bye" to the cold and snow, and found a quaint apartment in South Beach. 

I spend most of my free time at the beach, reading, struggling with The New York Times crossword puzzles, riding my bike and trying to learn Spanish. The best part of my day, however, is keeping you company in the afternoons on Easy 93.1. Thanks so much for listening!

Email me at Jeanne@Easy93.com.

Source: Brad Pitt denies striking child during mid-flight argument

Brad Pitt said he did not strike one of his children during a mid-flight argument with Angelina Jolie last week, a source told People magazine.

Pitt is accused of being “verbally abusive” and getting “physical” with one of his children on the family's private plane last Wednesday, a source previously said.  

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Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after their two-year wedding anniversary. The couple has been together for 12 years and has six children.The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Pitt, 52, after the alleged incident was anonymously reported to them. The case also has been referred to the FBI under special aircraft jurisdiction due to the incident being mid-flight.

"There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have," the source told the magazine.

The source said Pitt did not hurt his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He did not hit his child in the face in any way. ... He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiraling out of control."

Giselle Andres

 

I’m a Miami girl, and I believe there’s no place that could have prepared me better for this journey.  I’ve lived in Hialeah, Miramar, Weston, and Doral.  I speak English most of the time.  Then I forget how to say a word in English, and it comes out in Spanish.  I have good intentions, I promise.  In my Mom’s house, a telenovela was our 8pm gathering in front of the TV, and if you opened up the green cracker tin, you’d find sewing supplies.   Sometime during high school, I fell in love with music.  I didn’t have a big budget to buy records or go to concerts, so I would win tickets on the radio.   It was so exciting when the DJ would play my call!  Radio became my passion, and doors started opening.  Thank you for allowing me to start the morning with you on Easy 93.1.  There is nothing I would rather do.  As I always tell my two daughters, I believe you have a choice each and every day.  Let’s choose to feel blessed, grateful, excited, thankful, and happy.  Oh! and being the good friend I already consider you to be, reach out to me once in a while and say, “Buenos Dias”.  I would love to hear your voice too!

If you’re from my shy circle of friends, email me!   Giselle@Easy93.com

LaBelle vs. Franklin: Aretha Franklin to start food line

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Any alleged beef between singers Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle may be settled in the food aisle of your favorite grocery store.

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Franklin plans to come out with a food line that will likely include desserts.

The Queen of Soul talked about her food products with Detroit Local 4. She said she also plans to offer chili, her special gumbo and baked chicken and dressing in a loaf pan. The singer said she is in talks with a company based in Phoenix to create the products.

LaBelle released a line of desserts last fall that are now sold in Walmart stores. Her sweet potato pies flew off shelves during the holidays. She got a helping hand from unofficial pitchman James Wright Chanel, who sang his way to becoming a viral sensation and Thanksgiving dinner at LaBelle’s home.

Franklin said she hasn’t had a chance to try LaBelle’s pie, but advised, "Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side."

We’re not rushing to judgment until we taste what Franklin has to offer.

Then we’ll find out who gets the "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."

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