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Getting an earful

Getting an earful

The state fined Metro $600,000 for discharging raw sewage

into the Cumberland River. Metro Water Services director Buddy Williams expressed surprise, saying the city’s in the middle of implementing a state-approved program to stop the discharges. This wouldn’t have anything to do with ex-Mayor Phil Bredesen’s recent criticism of Gov. Don Sundquist on the tax front, would it?

State Democratic Party Chairman Doug Horne said he will run for governor if a credible challenger doesn’t. He set a deadline of May 2001 for someone else to announce as a candidate for the party’s gubernatorial nomination. On his list of “good strong” potential candidates: Congressmen John Tanner and Bob Clement, state Board of Regents Chancellor Charles Smith, Attorney General Paul Summers, Tennessee Regulatory Commissioner Sara Kyle and state Rep. Kim McMillan of Clarksville. What about Phil Bredesen? How quickly they forget.

The Florida Gators beat Tennessee in the Showdown at the Swamp, but the Volunteers got in their licks off the field. The Knox County Grand Jury indicted a Florida fan for biting off part of the ear of a Tennessee fan in a barroom brawl. The fight happened last year, but the indictment wasn’t returned until three days before the two teams played again Saturday. Robert Shaw was indicted for aggravated assault for biting Jeff McCarty’s ear the night of Sept.19, 1998, moments after the Big Orange beat Florida 20-17 in an overtime thriller in Knoxville.

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