Coverage Leaves Local Stories Hanging 

Council plays tit for tat

Council plays tit for tat

Everybody was talking about the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake halftime stunt at the Super Bowl last week. In fact, it seemed that in the wake of the controversy, many news stories began to feel oddly familiar. Here are some examples from Midstate newspapers:

The façade of courtesy that Metro Council members usually show for former members was rudely ripped away about halfway through last week’s meeting, leaving all the naked emotions left by last year’s vote on the failed gay rights measure hanging out.

Former council member Eileen Beehan, who was a sponsor of the measure to assure nondiscrimination against gay and lesbian city workers, was up for a spot on the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission. Almost all such votes are formalities, but in an effort to snub the gay-friendly former member and send a more conservative message, three council members voted no and 16 abstained, leaving Beehan hanging.

“It was a real collegiality malfunction,” one council member said.

Air-conditioning loss causes “obscene” exposure

The Carrier Corp. has announced it will close its air-conditioner plant in Warren County, weakening the area’s economic fabric and leaving workers and their families exposed to unexpected winds of change.

“Somebody needs to really zoom in and take a close look at this,” one county official said. “Shipping our jobs to Mexico is just obscene.”

Bredesen makes two points on license proposal

Seeking to hastily cover an exposed area in state law, Gov. Phil Bredesen has proposed that undocumented state residents would be eligible for a second-level “driver’s certificate,” as opposed to a regular driver’s license. The crucial separation between the two would be that the certificate would allow the holder to drive, but it could not, for example, serve as an ID in a check-cashing store.

“This is a way to lift up and point all of our residents toward road safety, while keeping in place traditional coverage and support of our identification system,” Bredesen said. “I have taken this into my bosom, and I support every jot and tittle of it,” the governor added.

(The Fabricator is satire. Don’t believe everything you read.)

“This is a way to lift up and point all of our residents toward road safety, while keeping in place traditional coverage and support of our identification system,” Bredesen said. “I have taken this into my bosom, and I support every jot and tittle of it,” the governor added.

(The Fabricator is satire. Don’t believe everything you read.)

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