T. C. Cannon
Cannon graduated from Shades Valley High School and has an associate degree from East Central Junior College and a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, which he completed in 1959. Cannon's career as a bar owner began in the 1950s with the Akantu Diner, the Clover Club and the Miami Club. He briefly owned the Cahaba Club on Old Montgomery Highway before opening Plaza on 11th Court South with his brother Joe.
Cannon raced stock cars at the Birmingham International Racetrack and served in three branches of the military.
He left that partnership to open TC at 2709 7th Avenue South in Lakeview in 1987, running it until January 2008 when he sold the business to Jeff Zak of Atlanta. He also owns a 1/5th share of the land on which Grayton Beach, Florida's popular Red Bar is located. When he put TC up for sale in October 2007 he told Black & White that he was abandoning plans to open a new bar at his residence, the former Battery Warehouse at 624 27th Street South. He said that he planned to move out of the city, primarily because of Birmingham's crime problem. In 2009 he resumed planning to open a new bar.
Cannon has served as president and vice-president of the Southside neighborhood association. He has run unsuccessfully several times for Mayor of Birmingham and for Birmingham City Council District 5. In 2003 he campaigned on the idea of building a domed stadium in downtown's Railroad Reservation. He finished 8th in the field of 18 with 196 of 44,806 votes cast. In the 2009 special mayoral election to fill the vacancy left by the criminal conviction of Larry Langford, Cannon finished 10th of 14 candidates with 40 of the 34,931 votes cast.
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- Osburn, Lisa (December 2, 2009) "Birmingham mayor's race: T.C. Cannon says he can set city on course in 2 years." The Birmingham News
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- Reynolds, Ed (October 24, 2015) "The Gospel According to T.C. Cannon." Weld for Birmingham