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The green plate is a must, even for non-vegetarians. It's hearty and full of flavor as well as a real meal; not just a plate of side items.
And the side patio is a wonderful spot with a great view of downtown.
Despite the fact that I was more interested in Huff than Looney, I agree with tracyhotd that the board should start over and perhaps Huff will re-apply.
I'm not sure it's possible, but I do think it would be helpful to avoid the publicly release of applicants' names until they make the finalist list. I think that is a much greater hindrance for applicants than the board itself. Many boards across the country have similar issues (particularly where charter operators are targeting heavily); our board is not unique in that regard. So I don't think it's fruitful or even correct to assign them some blame (though Andrea was less finger-pointy than David Plazas).
Nicki--yes, the lemon cucumbers! I haven't seen any this year; I need to look some more places.
Mike--I have heard mixed reviews about Jack Brown's. Which is not great for them considering the burger competition in this city. Nashville is NOT hurting for good burgers. Almost too many options.
I sincerely hope that I am wrong about what's next for WCS. I have many friends there and about half of them are pleased with Looney. I hope he doesn't screw that up.
I would have been happy with Huff. I would have been okay with Looney. But I think we can do better with a search firm that will actually search. I hope that how the board came together during the search firm comforts any potential candidate in knowing that they can make things work and it's a good job to have.
This will probably be the only time I disagree with Pinkston, but I do not think he'll be in WillCo for a long time. I believe he *never* intended to take the job and was disingenuous in his replies to questions about it. He knows he cannot replicate the student outcomes in Davidson that WCS had. I also believe he would have had clashes with Steele and some of the other top administrators at the central office.
Looney played the game and was smart about it. He's bulletproof now in WCS. And after his youngest graduates, he will entertain other offers. I dont' think this will negatively affect his ability to move forward. He'll continue to get pressure from Curlee, et al and he'll happily resign and go on his way to another leafy suburb.
As for MNPS, we have to pay for another search?? Great. I think we need a refund from HYA for recruiting and recommending a candidate who turned down the job.
Agreed that TDOT's statement makes sense.
The care for the foliage along that stretch baffles me. On some stretches, it's thick and woodsy and others, crews are spraying to foliage (just south of the statue, on the opposite side of the interstate, along Franklin Rd.). So, certainly, someone has the control to say, "We could just let that grow." They don't have to tell anyone about it, though. Just let it happen.
We headed out to Kelly's Berry Farm in Lebanon yesterday. The blueberries there are still plentiful and also very large thanks to all the rain. There's no shade other than the farm stand, but we had a great time and it looks like there will be blueberries for at least another week or two (plenty of green ones).
So, Brannon offers no reason for the change in her vote? Makes me wonder if there were some back-room dealings between the last meeting and this one to sway her!
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