Nashvillian Bill Ivey, the chairman of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts, is leaving his post. The former director of the Country Music Foundation, who was appointed to his federal position by former President Clinton, did not announce any immediate career plans. Ivey enjoyed widespread bipartisan support during his tenure and was credited with returning a bit of normalcy to what is widely seen as a tumultuous agency.
The state’s budget woes won’t be remedied anytime soon if the Legislature’s handling of TennCare is any indication. Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee killed six bills aiming to reform the state’s troubled health-care plan for the working poor and indigent. Republican state Sen. David Fowler, who sponsored the legislation, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that it’s “disingenuous” for state lawmakers to claim that they are for reforming the program and then do nothing to address it. On the fiscal front, lawmakers continued to grapple with how to plug the state’s $800 million budget shortfall. One tired idea that seems to be gathering steam is raising the state’s already high sales tax.
All those tax breaks for Dell Computer, and we still come up short. The April 30 issue of Newsweek lists the nation’s top 10 emerging high-tech havens, and Nashville turns up missing. Similarly sized cities that did make that cut include Akron, Ohio; Oakland, Calif.; and, Huntsville, Ala.
VFL, I think increasing rudeness is also related to stress, the pace of life today,…
@OMFUG: You're an IT professional? Maybe you can help me. I think my internet use…
So many songs were written in moments with and for Livia, including this one https://soundcloud.com/subroutine615/drizzle-couples-skate-first
Oh, dear sweet Livia... https://soundcloud.com/ichiromito/my-friend-rose?in=ichiromito/sets/music-for-boomboxes-2
I have said several times in the past "I wish I could do a TED…