Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Morning Roundup: Taxi Driver Edition

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Tennessee has now frozen enrollment for two public health insurance programs: CoverKids and CoverTN. That means kids who can't afford private insurance but don't qualify for Medicaid are out, and so are adults who are poor or self-employed.... Convicted murderer Cecil Johnson was executed at 1:34 a.m. for a robbery-homicide committed in 1980.... Do you take taxis? If so, perhaps you've encountered rude drivers. The Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tennessee Foreign Language Institute and Metro Licensing and Transportation Commission want to help. They're sponsoring a three-day etiquette course for the largely foreign-born workers who the city claims aren't "properly welcoming visitors." Most hilarious quote: "They have learned that people in America have small, superficial relationships with strangers," said Meagan Young, the language institute's project manager for the program. Not just strangers, Meagan!...
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Darryl Waltrip gunned it into a meeting with the Metro Fair Board Tuesday with NASCAR buddy Sterling Marlin riding shotgun, leaving a trail of smoking-hot pavement, burning moonshine and bikini-clad women in their wake. Just across the line in Williamson County, where Waltrip lives, state troopers threw their hats to the ground, punched their speedometers and kicked at the dust. The big-shot racing duo then asked the board to consider leasing the racetrack for a handful of big-drawing yearly events rather than weekly races.... Grinch Alert: Someone's stealing Christmas trees from Boy Scout Troop 17!... Little Richard's out of the hospital.... Just what we need: another lazy river. Thanks Nashville Shores.

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