Off Limits 

It's Called Reporting. After taking the state TennCare Bureau to court last month for failing to release public records, The Tennessean didn't even bother to look through the almost 150 boxes of papers the state released last week. Sure, the 400,000 or so sheets of paper weren't organized particularly helpfully, but that didn't stop Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Ashley Heher and an intern from spending three days digging through mountains of data and correspondence. Compare that to Robert Sherborne, a Tennessean editor who showed up with the paper's lawyer, spent 30 minutes perusing and left, apparently concluding that the state had performed a malicious document dump. For her efforts, Heher dug up emails revealing finance Commissioner Dave Goetz's disdain for health care advocates at the Tennessee Justice Center who oppose the administration's proposed cuts to enrollment. On Monday—the same day The Tennessean ran a second-day AP version of the story—Goetz and the governor both apologized, saying the email was written out of frustration. What's The Tennessean's excuse?

Almost as Cool as a Carrot Top Sighting. From Scene staffer Claire Suddath (whose full report can be found on the Scene's blog at Paris Hilton was sighted at the Eighth Avenue Burger King last week, eating a Whopper while wearing a designer dress and strappy high heels. Her skin had a lovely orange hue, and her hair, a crisp white blonde, gave hints of greasy darkness near her scalp. Oh yeah, and Nicole Richie was there too. Scene staffers were in the car on the way to lunch when the two beauties were spotted going into the Burger King. Their Greyhound (yes, Greyhound) bus maneuvered awkwardly in the parking lot while they ordered and ate their meal. In the name of journalistic integrity, we turned the car around and went to investigate. A cell phone camera attempted to capture the moment on film, but it didn't turn out well. Tragic, we know.

Gotta Love Old Nashville. We're all for good government and merit-based promotions and all that jazz, but there's something we miss about the Old Nashville. So we feel right at home at the new Lewis Country Store 'N More at the corner of Old Hickory Boulevard and Ashland City Highway, where a painting of the late Sheriff Fate Thomas hangs prominently amid the folksy displays. The place is sort of like a homegrown version of Cracker Barrel, but better—complete with fried chicken, an ice cream bar, a knife shop and a bunch of kitchy, country jams and jellies and such. A recent visit there meant seeing the charming Jimmy Lewis, proprietor of the place and a longtime Nashville character with a colorful past. He's an animal lover, and he got to talking about how he's been worried about the treatment of his neighbor's horses. And then there was Ray Bell, who popped in for some go food so he could get back to his conference call. We're pretty sure this is the only place out Joelton way that sells Café Du Monde beignet mix.


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