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Womack endorses “avid hunter”

Womack endorses “avid hunter”

Former state Sen. Andy Womack, who took himself out of the gubernatorial race in February, saying he was having trouble both raising money and attracting media attention, has now endorsed his former Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race. “Phil has the business experience and practical understanding of government that will get our state out of the mess it’s in and get it moving forward again,” Womack said in a statement from the Bredesen for Governor campaign, which recently began describing the former Nashville mayor as “an avid hunter and fisherman.” He is those things, though the campaign only recently began characterizing him as such.

One lucky dude

Of the thousands of cases attorneys ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider every year, the high court generally hears only 70 to 90. But the lawyers for Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman have convinced the nation’s top jurists to hear his. At issue in the case is whether federal courts should have granted the convicted murderer’s defense team hearings to air alleged prosecutorial misconduct. The Supreme Court, which halted Abdur’Rahman’s scheduled execution two weeks ago, is expected to hear the appeal sometime this fall.

Earth biscuits rejoice

Say good-bye to those drop-off centers and the soda stains on your car seat. City waste officials are delivering recycling carts to Nashvillians living in the city’s Urban Services District as part of the Purcell administration’s inaugural recycling program. To start, the city will accept only paper, including cardboard, and cans and will pick up recyclables once a month. The 96-gallon rolling carts will be delivered to more than 100,000 single-family homes.

Ag report

For those of you who’ve already planted your vegetable garden, don’t sweat the cooler weather, as it looks like we’ll be staving off freezing temperatures. (A little newspaper atop your veggie plants couldn’t hurt, though.) But for those with potted basil, a little extra precaution is in order. The heat-loving herb—perfect with tomatoes and mozzarella—doesn’t like anything below 50 degrees, so bring it in at night if you can or, if it’s in the ground, cover it.

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