NASHVILLE (AP) - With Tennessee's new lottery set to begin in just three months, Rebecca Paul has a lot to do and little time to do it.
Paul and her senior staff must hire contractors, test software, rent offices, hire hundreds of people, train retailers and build a computer network. And those are just the highlights.
To get everything done by Feb. 10, Paul works from 9 a.m. to midnight nearly every day - a schedule that hasn't left time for cultivating political ties and relationships with state leaders.
Gov. Phil Bredesen, who appoints the board that hired her, attempted to set up a meeting between the two several weeks ago, but Paul couldn't attend because of a previous commitment.
Paul says she would be happy to meet with the governor anytime he wants but has no plans to initiate a meeting herself.
Paul and Bredesen's relationship - or lack of one - was highlighted last month when the governor complained that Paul, who previously served as chief of the Georgia lottery, was hiring too many former staffers at high salaries. Three executive vice presidents were hired for $180,000 each, plus unspecified bonuses.
Bredesen has also expressed confidence in Paul's ability and expects the lottery to begin on time.