Stunning Developments. It's only a matter of time before a Nashvillian dies after being shot with a Taser by a Metro cop. It happened last week in Chicago: one man died and a 14-year-old boy went into cardiac arrest in two separate incidents involving the trigger-happy Chicago PD. The department wisely announced that it would review its use of the lethal guns and table plans to purchase more of them. Meanwhile, Taser International's stock plummeted after experts widely questioned the 50,000-volt product's safety. No word yet from Nashville police brass on plans to review the department's use of Tasers.
Who Says Protest Is Futile? After weeks of student outcry over the decision not to renew the contract of Fine Arts Chair Terry Glispin, Watkins College of Art & Design announced last week that it would expand the size of the Fine Arts department and renew the contracts of all current faculty members. This allows the college to hire Terry Thacker, a well-respected arts educator, to replace Glispin as chair, but in a reversal, the school will keep Glispin as a sculpture instructor. Earlier, the administration had insisted that the school could not afford an extra fine arts faculty slot and that he would have to leave the college altogethera decision that came on the heels of a controversial student art exhibition that Glispin oversaw. His impending dismissal prompted passionate protest from students (and some faculty members) and numerous meetings with Watkins President Jim Brooks, who seemed sympathetic but at first insisted his hands were tied. Last week, he found a compromise that leaves the students and facultyas well as much of the local art communitycautiously optimistic for Watkins' future.
How does that Elton John song go? The website of former Nashville Rhythm owner and current wannabee rock star Sally Anthony is back online at SallyAnthony.com. There you can purchase Anthony's new CD Vent or download the title track for free. (Do it for the hours of unintentional comedy, if nothing else.) You can also check out an old picture of Anthony, where she is sporting a shiner and Band-Aid near her left eye. Interestingly, Anthony's site includes a section called "Sally in the Press," that doesn't actually include some of the more recent unpleasantness.
Desperate Housewife Anthony Ford now Turner. Once again, the national press flocked to cover yet another Tennessee imbroglio, after authorities charged Centertown Teacher Pamela Turner with 28 counts of sexual misconduct accusing her of having sex with a 13-year-old boy who will never have a story to tell quite as unbelievable as this one.