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Seeing double

Seeing double

State election officials are stumped about whose name to print on Tennessee ballots as the Reform Party candidate for president. The party’s well-publicized split has produced two nominees—Pat Buchanan for one warring faction and John Hagelin for the other. And now that the state Legislature has passed a bill allowing the Reform, Libertarian, and Green party labels on the ballot—rather than listing those candidates as “independent”—something’s got to give. State officials say they’re on the case. Maybe they’ll do what Iowa did and draw a name from a glass bowl.

"Low Tax" gets life

Nearly two years after beloved state Sen. Tommy Burks was unmercifully shot to death sitting in his Dodge pickup truck in his hometown of Monterey, a jury found his then-political opponent, Byron Looper, guilty of murder. Jurors in Crossville spent two and a half hours behind closed doors before returning the verdict, then decided on a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Going sober

Two controversial East Nashville beer markets that have been the subject of ongoing complaints from neighbors have been stripped of their beer licenses for 30 days and put on probation. Nearby residents are tired of the unbridled and public displays of the markets’ patrons peeing, boozing, and even having sex outside of the establishments, and they took the stores to the local arbiter of beer licenses, the Metro Beer Board. Little Rick’s Market and East End Market lost their cases, at least temporarily.

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