Getting In Front
Kyle has decided that taking some risks could help in his county mayor's race.
June 28, 2001 at 4:00AM
NASHVILLE -- As the legislature grunts and groans its way toward what may or may not be a finish in this last week before the formal end of the state's fiscal year, one figure from Shelby County has acquired new stature for his efforts, both on stage and behind the scenes, in trying to establish enough revenue to meet Tennessee's budgetary needs. That is Jim Kyle, the Democratic state senator from the Frayser-Raleigh area who, until recently, had seemed to have come out the public-relations loser in several of his legislative initiatives -- notably in an early call for a countywide referendum on funding a new NBA arena and, most of all, in his sponsorship of a bill inhibiting discount gasoline sales.