Let them eat cake? Tennessee makes some weird news in ’07
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee sponsored a speech March 1 in Nashville by Ron Saxen, author of “The Good Eater,” about his struggle with an eating disorder.
After the speech, there was a book signing — and a dessert reception.
It was just one of the lighter, weirder stories in Tennessee in 2007.
Some of the others:
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development used a captivating photo in a print ad early in the year to promote mountain biking in the state.
Just one problem. The picture was taken in Alaska.
The post office building in Bell Buckle dropped the “s” this year in the lettering on the side of the structure.
It read: U.S. PO T Office.
As the Legislature wound down June 11, lawmakers spent five minutes debating whether to take a five-minute recess.
A new hot dog stand opened in Nashville in June.
The owners named it “I Dream of Weenie.”
This wasn’t a gospel group performing at Nashville’s Springwater nightclub Dec. 8: The Old Rugged Crossdressers.
Former Vice President Al Gore attended the Academy Awards presentations in February where his “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar for best documentary. He was asked who should portray him if a movie of his life were ever made.
She bangs! “William Hung,” he replied.
In March, Billy Croft was arrested on charges of robbing those at a church meeting in Athens. During the holdup, the Rev. Mike Womack of First Baptist Church asked him if he would like to talk about his problems, and the bandit asked the pastor if he would be in the church at 2 p.m. the next day.
The pastor was there — and so were police, who staked out the building at the designated time and arrested him.
In March, police in Chattanooga charged Alexander David Cross with statutory rape. Cross was jailed, and when taking a shower, a startling discovery was made.
Cross actually was a woman.
Last spring Delisa Schubert of Oak Ridge got teed off after drunken golfers kept urinating near her house by the 18th hole of the Tennessee Centennial Golf Course.
So, she resorted to videotaping the men.
Video of some men relieving themselves behind trees at the city-owned course was played on local and national television news.
The Clarksville bookkeeping service was called NUNYA BUSINESS.
Nevertheless, the company WAS in fact the business of federal investigators. In July NUNYA BUSINESS operator Mary K. Barber pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud and tax evasion charges for embezzling thousands of dollars from clients. She was sentenced in October to 30 months in prison.
When Anna Briley of Nashville kicked her boyfriend out of their home, Carl Leon Houston took it out on her pet pig.
He beat poor Bacon Bit with his fists and a garden hose. Houston pleaded guilty in October to animal cruelty and was sentenced to probation. Bacon Bit survived.
Linda Gamblin, a Covington police detective, often counsels people on how to avoid identity fraud.
In August, someone obtained her debit card number and purchased more than $1,300 of merchandise in four states.
When 17-year-old Taylor Swift won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award in November, she quipped: “This is definitely the highlight of my senior year.”
Headline in Nashville in November:
“Gatorade inventor dies of kidney failure.”
The new chief of police at the University of Tennessee-Martin found out quickly that his folks are on the job.
Scott Robbins reported for his first day of work Jan. 1. When he went to his car at the end of the day, a traffic citation was on the windshield. Robbins hadn’t yet registered his personal car with the university and it had no parking sticker.
Tennessee Titans’ cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones promised Feb. 1 to keep a low profile and “chill out at a jazz bar somewhere with some older folks.” He commented moments after a judge dismissed a simple assault charge filed by a woman who claimed he spat on her at a nightclub.
Nineteen days later, witnesses said Jones was present at a triple shooting. In Las Vegas. At about 5 a.m. Outside a strip club.
Who was that UT student who painted himself orange and cheered in the student section for the Lady Vols’ game Jan. 22 against Duke?
It wasn’t a student. It was men’s coach Bruce Pearl.
Not to be outdone, Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt donned a Tennessee cheerleader’s uniform a month later and led cheers when the Vol men played Florida.
In May, porn performer Justis Richert of Knoxville, whose professional name is Barbie Cummings, claimed that state trooper James “Randy” Moss did more than official business in his patrol car.
She wrote in a blog that they had a sexual encounter in the car, which he photographed and videographed. Moss later resigned from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Published in The Messenger 12.27.07