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Police answer a disturbance call in Bartlett, where they find a homeowner with a broken nose. The husband, it turns out, had called his wife "psychotic," and she slugged him. Let that be a lesson to husbands everywhere. When your wife asks a question such as, "Does this dress make me look psychotic?" do NOT say yes.

City officials in Lakeland, trying to determine their community's exact population, are forced to mail out a second census form because so few of the first forms are completed and returned. Well, that should tell them something, shouldn't it?

This sounds like

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one of those "couldn't possibly be true" stories, but unfortunately it is not. After a Whitehaven storeowner is murdered during a holdup, police quickly pin the crime on one man -- a convicted sex offender who, as part of his sentencing, was wearing an ankle-tracking bracelet that allegedly placed him at the scene during the crime.

Edmund Ford pays off his $13,320 utility bill so Memphis Light, Gas and Water won't cut off service to his mortuary firm. The city councilman then tells a reporter, "Go do something else now." No, we think we'll keep an eye on you -- and all the other "special friends" of MLGW -- for quite some time.

The state senate unanimously approves a measure that would prevent law enforcement officers from confiscating Tennesseans' firearms during an emergency or natural disaster. Uh, was this ever a possibility? It seems to us that cops would have their hands full with other things.

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