Councilman Jim Forkum has directed his final meeting as the chairman of the all-important budget and finance committee. Thus endeth his reign as Metro's budget czar.
That means Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors will have the difficult task of picking which pro-administration Council member takes his place. Councilman Erik Cole held the honor before Forkum.
The chairman has the power of agreeing to special meetings and also conducting the meetings themselves. Considering the convention center project, plus a potential tax increase on the committee's agenda in the next year, Neighbors' appointment is particularly important. While some members would relish the opportunity to serve as chair, others will be hiding under theirs and shirk the heat that comes with the job.
A few best guesses by Rex? Councilmen Greg Adkins and Ronnie Steine seem to be good targets.
Council members such as Emily Evans, Jason Holleman, and Mike Jameson probably have a better shot at getting a job at McNeely Pigott & Fox than appointed to this post.
We are manly, just not girly-manly
So get this. Rex got word this past week that Nashville was ranked No. 1 by men's shower/hair/body spray company AXE as America's “worst city for a man to show off his sensitive side.”
Apparently AXE paid Sperling's Best Places to come up with this "study." Rex thinks AXE got robbed.
Here's the deal, a few months ago Sperling put out a list at the request of Mars Snackfood US to identify the "manliest" city in America. Nashville won that battle but now it looks like they flipped that survey, repackaged it and gave it a new name.
At the bottom of the manly list were cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Guess who topped the "sensitive" list? Yup, those guys.
Rex could really care less what Sperling, AXE, or any of those other cities think. Nashville women seem to love manly men. Take your wine spritzers and hair gel NYC, we've got a shotgun and a four-wheel drive (country boys can survive).
Fred loses his friends
Fred Thompson probably still has a lot of friends, they just aren't official anymore.
Rex learned that earlier this month “Friends of Fred Thompson,” the last vestige of Thompson's failed presidential "effort," filed notice with the Tennessee Secretary of State that they were no more.
Legally, they dissolved what was a political fund-raising organization. In reality, most of Fred's political friendships dissolved when the 2008 South Carolina Republican Primary results crashed his presidential aspirations.
Chin up Fred, the Red State Update guys still love you.
The Thin Blue Line
Lately Rex has been reading through the police blotter to see if he will stumble on some legal documents that will start the next big scandal a la former State Sen. Paul Stanley.
Rex hasn't found anything like that, but he did find some strange stuff. For example;
How about the not-so-smart guy who stole a car from a rental company? He legally rented it, but then disconnected his cell phone and moved with no forwarding address. The rental company called the police who then started looking for their suspect. It wasn't that hard to find him though — the vehicle he had stolen had an OnStar navigation system.
Another Nashville resident recently went to do a little Krogering. Instead of coupons, she tried the old "five-finger discount" routine and got nabbed by Johnny Law. She was caught stealing three packages of muffins valued at $1.99 each. When asked why she had shoplifted, she told police they were for her grandson. Rex wonders if she will be declared a Publix nuisance.
Rex Noseworthy appears Mondays in The City Paper.