The Week That Was 

Al, the slumlord

Al, the slumlord

A tenant on Al Gore’s farm in Carthage called him a ”slumlord.“ Gore’s campaign defended the vice president, and Republicans gleefully promoted the story to the media. Gore’s staff disputed the accusation that the vice president’s representatives were evicting Tracy Mayberry’s family from the run-down house. They insisted they only wanted to relocate the family temporarily while a septic tank was fixed. Mayberry said she had been complaining about clogged pipes, peeling paint, and spiders in her home.

Come to Jesus

Billy Graham spoke to 227,000 people during a four-night crusade at Adelphia Coliseum. Preaching about the end of the world during his final sermon, Graham warned, ”God means business.“ The 81-year-old evangelist is in ill health, and Nashville might have been one of his last major appearances.

Irby vs. Peaches

A judge ordered ex-Nashville Banner publisher Irby Simpkins to ”preserve his financial condition“ until his divorce from ex-deputy to the governor Peaches Simpkins is final. Peaches accused Irby of trying to cheat her out of her share of their marital assets. Judge Walter Kurtz said there was no proof of that allegation, but barred Irby from making gifts of more than $1,000 and forbade him from transferring certain assets.

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