Overlooked in the news of the next round of charter school proposals is the fact that, if the Martha O'Bryan Center (named after one 19th century Nashville do-gooder) gets a hold of Napier School (named after another 19th century Nashville do-gooder), they're going to change the name. It won't be Napier School anymore. It'll be the Southside Community School.
I don't have a dog in the charter school fight. I don't particularly care if the school gets taken over or not. I leave that for others to fight about.
I'm here to say that it would be a terrible and gross injustice to change the name of Napier school.
Nashville has had a long and rather unpleasant relationship to the Napier family. When J.C. Napier was a child, it was illegal for black children to go to school in Nashville. Black parents found ways — J.C.'s certainly did — because they knew that a good education was going to transform their kids' lives. Every school they started white Nashville found a way to shut down.
The last school J.C. Napier attended in Nashville was burned when white Nashvillians rioted against it. Napier and his family had to flee to Ohio.
When J.C. returned, he did a lot of things for Nashville. You can read his entry in the Tennessee Encyclopedia. What they leave out is all the ways that, every time J. C. Napier tried to do some good in this city, Nashville tried its hardest to ruin it. I'm going to stick to schools, but read up on the streetcar boycotts or how Vanderbilt did him and see how Nashville was constantly undermining him.
We just have to do the right thing. When you make a record investment in education, I'm not certain how anybody can say we're not committed to doing what we can.
Even if the rumors turn out to be true, Ramsey had no business repeating it to the press. What if I came forward with the names of every sitting legislator I know—who for a fact has had an affair in Nashville? I could also release a list of people of whom ‘I’m fairly certain’ have had an affair. I could also list those ‘I’ve heard may have had an affair.’As for the House attempt to expel Durham, since he won’t quit like Stanley did, Stanley says it’s “ridiculous and treads on thin ice.” Why? Because in Stanley's opinion, lawmakers are such a bunch of horny wild asses that they might all face expulsion.
If that were the case, we’d be down to a mere handful of sitting legislators and Capitol Hill politicos.
The first question is, what grounds does the legislature have to expel Durham? Having an extra-martial affair while in office? As I’ve already mentioned, this charge would then include several members, who also would have to resign.We should point out here this has been a consistent theme of Stanley’s since he was run out of Nashville as a loathsome scoundrel. To make himself feel better, we guess, he casts the entire political world as disgustingly immoral.
Sending inappropriate text messages? It’s possible even more members could be expelled.
Being stupid? Even more members gone.
Allegations made in media reports about my business relationship with the Chase family with regard to criminal charges filed and then dropped against David Chase are completely false.In an interview with News Channel 5 Thursday night, David Chase said he had talked to Fletcher — it's not clear when — and that Fletcher told him that "make it go away" was supposed to refer to the negative press attention surrounding the Chases.
I have never proposed any payments of any kind to anyone regarding the criminal case.
I never had any contact at all with District Attorney Glenn Funk, anyone in the Office of the District Attorney, or anyone representing Mr. Funk or his office in my representation of Mr. David Chase, his family or the D.F. Chase Company.
I will explore all my options to see to it that these false and scurrilous allegations are corrected on the public record.
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