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A couple of weeks back on the pay-party circuit, it came time to roast Dave Cooley, the mighty powerful deputy to Gov. Phil Bredesen. Proceeds from the event went to Community Impact, an East Nashville-centric agency. In the course of the event, party organizers staged an auction during which someone would have the right to offer a spontaneous, on-the-spot roast of Cooley. Butch Eley, a former political operative who now runs a road maintenance company, won the bidding at $4,000. He then announced he was ceding his time to local contractor Ray Bell, a well-known enemy of Cooley’s. Years ago, Cooley and Bell actually had a physical altercation inside Jimmy Kelly’s. But this year, after Bell roasted Cooley, the two fell out laughing. Then they hugged. Awwww. ♦ Don’t be looking for Fox’s local 9 p.m. broadcast much longer. While it might have seemed smart to stage the broadcast earlier than the city’s other three local TV news programs, Fox is now considering fighting them on their own ground. Our suggestion: Move the news show to 11 p.m., where all the young people are. ♦ As for MTSU president Sidney McPhee, we still can’t get that image of him dancing in his office with his assistant out of our heads. Middle of the day. Lights down low. And they never touched. ♦ Meanwhile, Warner Brothers may be cutting costs, but we would advise them to hire someone to handle their press relations. First label head Jim Ed Norman is fired. Then he’s not. Or is he rehired? Serious goof.

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