The Week That Was 

Backing off

Backing off

Gov. Don Sundquist is making it clear through media interviews that he doesn’t intend to propose another tax reform plan during the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Instead, the governor says he will count on the Legislature, which has roundly rejected various incarnations of income tax plans he has presented, to fund his next proposed budget and otherwise find its way out of the state’s revenue problems.

Cop killer talks

The 18-year-old who admits to shooting and killing Hohenwald Police officer Alan Ragsdale during a botched burglary of a car dealership has said in interviews with newspapers and television stations that he wants the death penalty for his crime. The suspect, Ricky Grayson of Hermitage, is charged with first-degree murder for what he characterizes as a “mistake.” He told the Columbia Daily Herald, “I am probably going to get the death penalty anyway, which is better than being in hell, and this is hell.”

Firing Wheeler

The controversial leader of Nashville’s Fraternal Order of Police, Jimmy Wheeler, was ousted by the FOP membership this week. Members instead voted to name Metro Police Sgt. Calvin Hullett as the organization’s president. Wheeler, who has a documented history of physical abuse, will remain on the FOP’s board of directors as past president.

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