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A diverse and sizable crowd of Middle Tennesseans packed downtown Sunday night to celebrate Independence Day Nashville-style. This, of course, means smuggling booze into public parks, pissing where you're not supposed to and yelling, "Look at this! Look at this!" to everyone within earshot each time a shell is fired into the air. Highlights of the conflagration included some solid musical acts, including the noteworthy Nashville Symphony, along with a dancing Mayor Bill Purcell caught on camera and upside-down smiley-face fireworks.

Fallon gone

No longer an "alleged" cop-killer, Fallon Tallent was found guilty last week of first-degree murder in the July 2003 killing of two Wilson County lawmen. Tallent, who testified in her own defense, agreed with the DA that she had made the decision "not to stop for anyone or anything," a phrase legal observers said helped garner her the first-degree murder sentence. It's never popular to take the life of a police officer; knocking two of them 200 feet earns you a pair of life sentences. Whether they'll be served concurrently or consecutively remains to be decided.

Pedro speaks—again

Will he ever learn? Metro schools director Pedro Garcia found the time between cell phone calls last week to talk to the Houston Chronicle about that city's school superintendent vacancy. To be fair, Garcia told the paper he wasn't interested in the job because the assistant superintendent has it locked up. "Nobody in their right mind would apply," he reportedly said. But then again, Garcia once told everyone in Nashville he wasn't interested in the Miami superintendent position, only to apply, interview and be passed over, setting a few small PR fires in the process. We've got to hand it to him: The guy's a good self-promoter and has secured his place atop the heap of prominent schools directors. But his transparent wanderlust of late makes him even harder to work with than usual, and astute readers might notice that he's (supposedly) not applying for the Houston job only because someone else already has it. Looks like a story for Larry Brinton.


Longtime Nashville DJ Coyote McCloud was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence a couple of Fridays ago in Mt. Juliet. The Oldies 96.3 morning man apparently had too much of the "good times" to go along with his "great oldies" and now joins the ranks of famous drunken musicians George Jones, Wynonna and Marty "Caught on Video" Stuart. Meanwhile, Titans quarterback Steve McNair appeared in court Tuesday to continue his own fight against DUI and weapons charges. A well-paid defense may win more than football games


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