Rex wonders if it would be possible to go six months without hearing a complaint about country star John Rich. We have all these country music people in town who live and breathe peaceably among us, yet this bro can’t seem to go two weeks without doing something to tick people off.
Here’s the latest: Rex’s spies have learned that Metro Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde has been called in to stand up for other members of the Love Circle area just off West End who are getting pretty tired of all the political fundraisers and parties the dude throws. She had to meet with Rich’s manager; apparently he doesn’t have time to meet with the Joneses not named George.
Rich has been bringing Batman-style search lights to his house, which Rex thinks looks like a giant sewing machine, and flipping them on when he’s throwing down. He’s also had buses blocking streets for extended periods, and somebody is directing valets to park cars on a grassy public area, tearing it up again (it was destroyed once by his construction crews).
For whom, might you ask, has Rich been throwing all these parties? None other than gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp. Rich has been campaigning with him more than he hangs out with the guy who basically helped him buy the house — Big Kenny, the other half of Big and Rich.
Since the Wamp/Rich bromance obviously didn’t start in college for these two, Rex wonders where they hooked up for the first time. Was it on the campaign trail for former presidential pretender Fred Thompson? Was it at the Republican National Convention?
Who knows, and who really cares? Just hold it down over there, gents.
‘I’m shocked — shocked — to find gambling going on here!’
Just like in Casablanca when Capt. Renault discovered that there was gambling going on at Rick’s Café Americain, the Williamson County Election Commission apparently has decided they are shocked — shocked! — that early voting at satellite locations would be something people cared about.
Rex has learned that with no notice or fanfare, commission members voted to eliminate the multiple early voting sites they had offered for the past several years — without even telling the parties whose primaries they are tasked to run.
After years of promoting and expanding early voting sites, the commission decided to eliminate all but one location. That means people from Spring Hill, Nolensville and Brentwood who want to vote early in the May primary elections for county offices will have to trek miles (in many cases more than 40 miles round-trip) to the county office building a mile west of downtown Franklin.
The county’s website maps show the large majority of citizens in Williamson work in Brentwood — which offered the county three locations for early voting and was rebuffed — and Cool Springs.
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It’s pretty obvious that Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver is every television station’s favorite whipping post.
First there was the bathrobe incident, when he told a reporter by phone he was at work, only to open the door of his house to a cameraman calling his bluff.
Then there was the feud over who lost what juvenile court files between himself and Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green. Vic lost that one; it doesn’t really pay to get into a fight with a judge.
Most recently there was the blow-up over whether he was using Metro funds or campaign cash to buy ballpoint pens with his name on them. Vic said he used campaign money; WSMV-Channel 4 reporters implied otherwise.
Last week, Rex’s sister publication, Nashville Post magazine, had a big relaunch party. Vic showed up and, without flinching, smiled at some reporters and laid some pens down on the bar.
Oh, the chutzpah!
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