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Reader Rick Bradley writes:
I was searching google news for new developments on [the May Town/Bells Bend] story since there's a public hearing on Thursday and I wanted to put together a last-minute letter to the Planning Commission. I noticed a news story there from the Tennessean saying that basically the Bell's Bend issue had been shelved. Well, great. Only it hasn't.
Sure enough, Rick's right. On Monday, the Tennessean published a Chas Sisk article entitled "Bells Bend plan set aside indefinitely
." Italicized underneath the headline it says This story was originally published on Aug. 15, 2008.
Which is helpful if you're a little confused as to why the paper would say the issue has been shelved a day before a public meeting. But not so much an explanation as to why
would reproduce an eight-month old story on an issue that's still ongoing.
So. Honest mistake? Or...something else?
A call to Chas Sisk didn't clear things up. Probably because, as the writer of the story and not the editor, it's not really his call as to what gets put on the site. He told Pith that he knew the story had been reprinted but didn't have any further explanation. We've got a call in to online editor Knight Stivender. We'll keep you posted.