The Week That Was 

High anxiety

High anxiety

Metro department heads wrung their hands over Mayor Bill Purcell’s request that they cut their budgets by up to 10 percent. The mayor said he was merely anticipating tight finances. In a memo, Finance Director David Manning told the department heads, ”In some cases, it would be reasonable for you to propose eliminating a program or function in its entirety.“

Final pleas

Robert Glen Coe rattled his chains and screamed and cursed in the courtroom, but a judge ruled he’s sane enough to be executed on March 23 for murdering 8-year-old Cary Ann Medlin in 1979. The Tennessee Probation and Parole Board, meanwhile, granted another condemned prisoner, Philip Ray Workman, a hearing later this month on his request for clemency from Gov. Don Sundquist. Workman is to die on April 6 for the murder of a Memphis policeman in 1981.

Playing politics?

Some state senators accused the governor of proposing budget cuts to punish income-tax opponents. They say he targeted eight state parks for shutdown because they’re in the districts of lawmakers who are against the tax. ”It just looks like politics to me to try to pressure us to do what they like, which is pass an income tax,“ Sen. Jo Ann Graves of Gallatin said.

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