Have Tennessean reporter Brad Schrade and Metro Council member Adam Dread made up? Schrade and Dread have waged a tussle in the pages of the city's morning daily for quite a while. Schrade wrote that Dread had put campaign signs in public rights-of-way even while the council member was sponsoring a bill to prohibit such signs. Schrade also wrote scathing pieces about Dread's campaign Web site containing inaccurate but relatively unimportant information. Dread was always happy to publicly attack Schrade whenever he could. But the two are rumored to have patched up their differences recently. No visual of group hug available.♦ What happened first was that the Scene's Roger Abramson took a swipe three weeks ago at the city of Memphis. ("Memphis...has a reputation among many Tennesseans as a sprawling, urban, dysfunctional mess that, by historical accident, the rest of the state is stuck having to deal with.") Rising in defense of his cityand as if to display Memphis' notoriously thin skinCommercial Appeal columnist Jon W. Sparks asked readers to send in their reactions to Abramson's remarks. Some 50 of them poured into Sparks' office, most of which were published on the paper's Web site last week. Some readers defended Memphis. A considerable number assassinated it, as did reader Hadley Hury, who could easily find a writing job if he ever were to want one. Hury wrote about the city's "cheap religious demagoguery," uninhabitable schools, oppressive blight and more. He continued, "Perhaps if the publication that passes for our one daily newspaper would take off its shallowly boosterish blinders and use some of its ever-increasing white space to concern itself with bringing substantive quality-of-life issuesand some hard questionsto light, rather than encouraging its readers to spar Jerry Springer-style with its vibrant, energetic and attractive sister city to the northeast, we'd earn the right to be proud. Or even defensive. Until such time, many of us know that Memphis is not much more than a rude river town." Hear hear. n Meanwhile, as the Scene's deadline approached, a tempest was brewing in the Metro Council over the reappointments of Ann Nielson and James Lawson to the Metro Planning Commission. The mayor nominates members of boards and commissions for the council to confirm, and usually they do. But several months back, council tanked a Purcell nominee who had supported a controversial non-discrimination measure for gays and lesbians. It was the first time since 1994 that a mayoral nominee for a board or commission had been voted down. Up for consideration Tuesday night were Lawson and Nielson, and some council members were voicing their concerns that the commission ignores suburban issues too much. At press time, it was uncertain whether the tempest would grow into a full-out war or simply subside.