Fouling the nest 

Editor's Note

Editor's Note

I have spent half my life trying to get away from journalism, but I am still mired in it. —Hunter S. Thompson, journalist, 1988

An item in last week’s City Crier column has brought a number of phone calls from concerned readers. I can’t blame them.

Reporting on a wedding between the son of Lolly and Douglas Henry and the daughter of Robert and Patsy Weigel, the Scene was, as far as I can determine, off base factually on a number of things. That said, even if the story had been true, I’m not sure the paper was accomplishing anything other than throwing a pie in the faces of the people who were mentioned. It was comparable to high school journalism, if that.

My apologies to all. Call me if you want to talk more: 244-7989, ext. 400.

Meanwhile, on a prouder note: The National Society of Newspaper Columnists presented its 2000 Column Writing Awards Friday night at its 24th annual conference. There were more than 450 entries in this year’s contest. In the general interest category, for papers with less than 100,000 circulation, the second-place winner was our own Walter Jowers, author of the popular Helter Shelter column. Our best to Walter.

—Bruce Dobie

I am appalled that the Scene has stooped so low as to critique a private wedding ceremony and reception (City Crier, June 22). The Weigels are personal friends of mine and I consider myself very fortunate indeed to have been included in such a special and private affair. The wedding was the picture of perfect taste, tradition, and propriety. And it is sad that the author does not have the guts to put his or her name on the piece.

You can say whatever you wish about anything or any place open to the public, whether for profit or not, but you have no right to publish trash and gossip about private events. By the way, a number of your biggest advertisers benefited greatly from the generosity bestowed by the Weigels upon their daughter and new son-in-law, and I hope that they all will let you know how they feel about irresponsible, trash tabloid journalism. I expect better from you.

Let’s not forget that one of the Scene’s owners grew up in Belle Meade. It’s never a good idea to foul your own nest!

Anne T. Clayton

Cook4money@aol.com. (Nashville)

Mayberry responds

This letter is in response to last week’s article in the Scene (“Gore’s Slum House”). First things first:

1. I started complaining over a year ago.

2. The number of people in my home is seven—two adults, five children.

3. When Mr. Elrod was helping with the flooring, he had complained of pain in his arms and legs because he wasn’t used to that kind of work.

4. The eight people leaving here were in fact my mother and her four grandchildren. She went to the drugstore for me, to get some medicine.

5. As for me not talking to anybody that day you were here, I was sick. I had been up all night.

6. As for too many people using the bathroom, we have two commodes and I pay the water bill.

7. When the plumbing wasn’t being repaired they stated there was a toothbrush stopping it up. Then they changed their minds and said toys were in it. The fact was the plumbing was old and worn out. Whose fault is that? If they would have fixed it to start with, it wouldn’t have gotten this bad.

8. When we kept calling, complaining, we got an eviction notice. Then we were told the Secret Service was moving in.

9. As for the cars parked in the yard, some of them were workers’ cars, and some were mine.

10. About the dogs, they knew when we moved in we had dogs. We moved them so the workers could get around.

11. As for Carthage residents saying we weren’t model tenants, how would they know? They have never been in my house or even tried to be friendly. So the fact is I don’t give a damn what they think. We don’t bother anybody and we don’t hardly go anywhere. People should sweep out their own back porches before they start on mine.

Tracy Mayberry (Carthage)

Where's Phil coming from?

Is Phil Ashford really not even a Tennessee resident but a resident of one of those eastern high-tax states? Guess he just wants the rest of us to share his pain. Thanks, but no thanks.

Jon Johnson

Jon.Johnson@telocity.com (Nashville)

Corrections

In the Listen Up! musician’s directory two weeks ago, Les Kerr and the Bayou Band’s e-mail address was incorrect. The correct address is leskerr1@aol.com.

In last week’s issue, the Scene ran a picture of Jimmy Bowen in the music listings to announce an upcoming date by the group Jimmy Bowen and Santa Fe at Gibson Bluegrass Showcase at Opry Mills. Only, we ran a picture of the wrong Jimmy Bowen—the one who formerly headed Capitol Records.

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