May 14 was a lucky day for convicted murderer Finis Lewis — released from the Metro Jail due to a clerical error — but a scary day for the rest of the city. ... A trial date has been set for Juana Villegas, the illegal immigrant who gave birth shackled to her bed while in custody of the Davidson County's Sheriff's Office. ... A motel clerk is pistol-whipped in Berry Hill.
In flood news: Franklin, Tenn., ups the estimate of the number of flood-damaged homes the city may buy through a federal emergency grant program. ... Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill chimes in on the flood, and suggests the band will discuss the situation at Bonnaroo. ... There are a zillion Dairy Queens, but only one Dairy King, and sadly, its post-flood future — as well as the future of its renowned deep-fried chocolate pies — is in jeopardy. ... At least someone is benefiting from the disaster.
A Nashville woman who owns beachfront property in the Florida Panhandle sues BP and other companies involved in the oil rig castastrophe. ... Smyrna Nissan plant gets a shout-out from the prez. ... We can't promise the hoopla of the 2008 presidential debate, but the gubers will be facing off at Belmont on July 12 and Oct. 11.
And finally, Gail Kerr compares state lawmakers to CMA Music Festival fans, and you'll never guess who comes out on top.