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Joshua Morrison/News The sons of Mike Mazza Sr., Mike Jr., left, and Tony, right, along with Travis who was unavailable for a photo, took possession of the former Allison’s Finer Diner Tuesday. The siblings have plans in place to bring back the nostalgia and celebration associated with fine dining at Mazza’s Restaurant for over 70 years.

Brothers revive Mazza legacy

Sometimes, it just takes one question to change the course of a person’s life. For Mike Mazza, the question from a well-respected restaurateur — “Why are you a salesman?” — was one he could not answer. It was, however, the push he needed to offer to buy Allison’s Finer Diner and bring Mazza’s Restaurant back to Mount Vernon.

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What personnel records should be kept?

Mount Vernon Police Chief Roger Monroe wants to clean out the personnel files his office keeps on officers by eliminating “inactive” discipline. He changed the department’s records retention schedule to do so, but does that change create a contradiction within record keeping rules?

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Let light shine on public records

Sunday’s time change provides the possibility of additional sunlight at the end of the day. The change also triggers the start of National Sunshine Week — an opportunity to remind the public and government agencies of the importance of public records and their availability by simple request from the public.

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Siemens closing

A spokesperson for the company confirmed to the News this morning that the Mount Vernon facility will be closed within a year.

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Politics hinders election process

Politics is the science of influencing governmental policy. On the surface, it seems rather boilerplate and mundane — something that locally, is held in the confines of a city hall. But the sad truth is that “politics” goes well beyond “policy.” This is something I witnessed during Thursday’s Knox County Republican Party endorsement meeting.

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