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Killer’s execution likely next week

Killer’s execution likely next week

Paul Dennis Reid, convicted in the killings of seven fast-food workers in 1997, is scheduled for execution next week. Though Gov. Phil Bredesen says he will seriously scrutinize death penalty cases and thoroughly consider clemency requests, Bredesen nevertheless supports capital punishment, and Reid’s guilt is widely assumed. In the meantime, the death row inmate has said he doesn’t wish to appeal the case any further and is ready to die April 29.

Man rescues dog, reporters rescue man

Jarrod Martin couldn’t stop himself last week. As his apartment building burned, he rushed past firemen to break a glass door and rescue his dog on the other side. But the act could have started a “backdraft” and endangered the firefighters, so he was arrested. National reporters have loved the story for its inherent contradiction—hero arrested for loyalty to man’s best friend. The Today show was one of Martin’s many appearances this week. But amid all the smoke, the fact emerged that Martin has a lengthy arrest record. Whoops.

Now hiring a person to hire a police chief

Metro officials this week were preparing to search for a national firm experienced in the ways of hiring police chiefs. Hiring a search firm plugged into the nation’s law enforcement scene is common among cities trying to recruit police chiefs. The search for a new chief is expected to take about six months. Deborah Faulkner, herself a candidate for the job, is now our acting chief.

Lottery bumping right along

Differences rage, but a bill creating a lottery apparatus for the state cleared the state Senate this week. The lottery would provide tuition money for qualified Tennessee students who want to attend a college in the state. Among the interesting provisions in the Senate bill: an extra $1,000 for kids from poor families.

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