Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Morning Roundup: FEMA's Waders vs. Ramsey's Boots

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 8:43 AM

While 18,000 disaster-stricken Tennesseans and counting register with FEMA for federal aid, gubernatorial wannabe Ron Ramsey calls for booting Washington out of the state. Hat tip: Post Politics. ... After visiting Nashville, Obama's HUD secretary declares a 90-day moratorium on home foreclosures in flood-ravaged areas. ... Not to be outdone, the state Supreme Court grants a 30-day extension to anyone who was supposed to file last week in Nashville. ... I Love This Dirty Town Dept.: Hurray for Nashville's unshaven, foul-smelling, filthy residents, whose water conservation efforts appear to have stoppered the drain on the city's reserves. ... Carrington Fox tells how to help an Amish farming family who lost everything in the flood. ... For Mother's Day, a son carries his mom to safety from her flooded-in Pennington Bend home. ... Unceremoniously displaced by the Music City Center, the Musicians Hall of Fame faces dire flooding losses, including Jimi Hendrix's guitar and a bass used on Hank Williams' recording sessions. ...

As Chief Ronal Serpas moves on to the land of gumbo, News Channel 5 ushers him out by questioning whether he's fudged some of his crime stats. ... More turnover among Metro officials: Kelvin Jones, head of the city's Human Relations Commission, has turned in a letter of resignation effective next month. ... A waitress at a Hickory Hollow restaurant accuses a 13-year Metro Police veteran of sexual battery after he allegedly puts his hands down her pants. ... Drinks on Rep. Tony Shipley, who steered his DUI ignition-interlock bill through the House. ... After dithering real vote reform to death, legislators pass their own brand of reform — ensuring that only citizens will vote in elections. Whew! ... A former surgeon takes the helm of Saint Thomas Health Services. ... After allegedly swiping cases of beer from a convenience store, the accused thief goes back to swap them because they aren't cold enough. ...


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