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Elections rage, but most people just yawn

Elections rage, but most people just yawn

Candidates for the 40 positions in Metro Council were hitting a fevered campaign pitch across the city in advance of next week’s elections, but most voters weren’t getting very stirred up. Turnout is expected to be extremely low. For more information about what council district you’re in, or what’s at stake, call the Metro Election Commission at 862-8800.

The lottery: easier said than done

Implementing a lottery is proving difficult. The governor can’t seem to keep his hands off the thing, even though it’s the lottery board that’s supposed to be calling the shots. But the board has no experience running a lottery. This week, Georgia lottery officials proposed a collaboration with Tennessee. The idea is that Georgia already knows what it’s doing, and overhead costs would be lower if the two states worked together. Scene prediction: State Sen. Steve Cohen will ask to run the thing.

The boys are back in town

The Tennessee Titans have commenced training camp. Jervon Kearse’s foot appears healed, although reports suggest he’s still taking it easy. Steve McNair has been granted a dispensation—based on age—that allows him to throw less in practice. Albert Haynesworth, the defensive tackle who is either an underperforming, out-of-shape slob or a future Hall of Famer, depending on your persuasion, started a massive fight on the Titans practice field earlier in the week. Boys will be boys.

Taking the test

The city’s business, political and education leaders are on the edges of their seats as they await release of test scores that will show whether Davidson County students made progress last year. Schools director Pedro Garcia was given credit for a slight uptick last year in student scores. But this year is different. Under new federal laws, which are part of the No Child Left Behind Act, some students who were previously not part of the test scoring, such as students who barely speak English, now must be counted. So the scores might be dragged back down.


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