Good morning, Nashville. In case you didn’t catch Governor Phil’s budget talk last night (it’s okay, we didn’t either), he announced a few pretty-big-but-predictable changes that will be happening over the next few years and will hopefully make the state a little less broke than we are right now. Overall, he wants to scale back the Tennessee state government in both size and scope, proposing about a budget cut of about 12% over the next three years. Just about everything but education will cut back or stay the same while the stimulus money will fund some increases in TennCare, food stamps, and TANF.
- Terrorist llama goes rogue in Maury Co. In a story that’s too absurd to sum up in a few sentences, a mean-spirited llama is on the loose in Maury County, reportedly spitting at folks and stomping on puppies. Locals say he’s been running around for a whole year despite multiple phone calls to animal control.
- Blog drama gets serious. Our favorite blogging state representative Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) is finally dropping his claim to legislative immunity in the lawsuit in which he’s being sued by a former House candidate for making bogus claims on his blog that the candidate had been arrested several times on drug charges.
- Bits & pieces. Congrats to the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team for making it to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 after defeating Kansas State … The Oak Ridge Lab is receiving $71M in stimulus funds to conduct their super-secret “experiments” … chtflsdmprd … The Nashville Symphony is making an appearance on PBS stations all over the country.
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