Re: the last comment, the crux of that is actually in a footnote in the AG opinion. Norris Todd makes pretty clear that there can be no "action" toward a muni district until merger is complete. The question is, what is "action" toward that? In a footnote, the opinion says there is no clear TN authority, but it cites some analogous cases from other states. One can agree or disagree with this, of course. But right now, the AG has spoken, and the Election Commission has quite understandably acted accordingly.
Thanks for the great update about the Zippin Pippin. I am glad to hear it is doing well somewhere, if it can't be here.
Very clear statement of what's going on. Things are moving so fast I guess we need constant online articles to help explain things.
The 50 "finalists" (really more like 64) are public knowledge. You can get the list by calling the County Commission office at 545-4301.
Tribute limericks? The Commish is flattered
That literati act as tho his verse mattered
I hope you don't mind
If I respond in kind
So my poetic streak is not shattered
Not sure JB was saying differing opinions were unwelcome. I think he was honestly perplexed at exactly what the complaint was (as was I, after reading the original post twice). And, admit it, you do have to understand the complaint before you can respond to it (welcome or unwelcome as it may be).
Chris: True enough that Libertyland was on life support toward the end. We can agree to disagree about whether the most important cause was inevitable market forces versus MidSouth Fair management. Green Bay has made it work for the last 100 years with a smaller city, and they're expanding.
I can tell you that the $5 million lease offer from T-Rex referred to by Denise Parkinson actually took the form of a Letter Of Intent between T-Rex and Herenton/Lipscomb, one which went to the City Council for approval in the winter of 2006. We were that close: we had a signed Letter Of Intent to rebuild Libertyland.
Then, Herenton announced in his New Year's Day address that he wanted a new stadium, and suddenly RL was saying "Sorry, new direction." Steve met personally with Herenton on this shortly thereafter and was told that everything was being swept aside to make room for the new stadium and attendant parking & etc., except the CMOM and Fairview, and there was simply no longer any room for Libertyland.
Maybe you say, well, at most that would have just delayed the inevitable a few years. I like to think otherwise. But we'll never know.
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