Haslam creates blind trust; Pilot holdings not included

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:44pm
Staff reports

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday he has placed some of his private business investments in a blind trust.

The major exceptions are his undisclosed share of the family-owned Pilot Corp. chain of truck stops and a real estate holding outside Tennessee.

“Tennesseans are very familiar with my relationship with Pilot and know that I’m committed to holding my administration to the highest ethical standards,” the governor said in a statement.

Haslam formed the trust before taking office on Jan. 15. He said he will not take a salary from the state while serving as governor. The Nashville law firm Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis will manage the
blind trust.

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7 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 1/19/11 at 4:28

This new Governor is already acting like an arrogant slime ball. If he does not place all of his holdings in a blind trust and if he refuses to disclose all of his financial holdings and dealings, then you should start impeachment proceedings right away. Snooze and you will surely lose...Haslam is out to make a buck off of his political position; that much is obvious. Nip it in the bud!

By: Alphadog7 on 1/19/11 at 8:26

Spoken with true prejudice, Loner. I am glad someone with proven success at balancing a budget is in charge of our state. Maybe we can avoid being like California, Illinois or Michigan, who were run by politicians, and not businessmen.

By: cookeville on 1/19/11 at 8:27

If you think you have to work for peanuts now, wait four years. And if you've never been into a Pilot mini mart, know that their prices are on average, 15% higher than any other of that kind. By the end of his term, the gap between the haves and the have nots will widen immensely. jmo

By: Alphadog7 on 1/19/11 at 8:32

Cookeville, nothing is stopping you from opening your own Pilot franchise, maybe you should get in on it instead of inciting on class warfare.

By: Alphadog7 on 1/19/11 at 9:30


You should never measure your success by compared to others or you will never measure up. The most important question is; at the end of his term will the have-nots be better off than they were at the beginning of his term?

That will be the test. The size of the gap is irrelevant.

By: pswindle on 1/19/11 at 12:52

He is no better than anyone else. From the President on down, you have to disclose. He will disclose or he should resign. What is he hiding.? His main business is Pilot. Come on Governor, tell it like ti is and that would be the truth. Do you think that your business holdings will not come to light? Everything and veryone is an open sbook. Surely, you know that.

By: oldhickorytony on 1/20/11 at 2:53

"That will be the test. The size of the gap is irrelevant."

What in the heck have you been smoking Alpha Poodle?