citybeat (2005-30)

Redefining ‘Medical Necessity’

Knoxvillians with HIV/AIDS dread coming TennCare cuts

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Redefining ‘Medical Necessity’

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Wednesday, July 20 • The city of Maryville takes a big step forward in downtown redevelopment by building a pedestrian bridge next to its public library. All that remains now is finding actual pedestrians.

Thursday, July 21 • A Chattanooga city councilman claims he was defending himself when he climbed into a police car and began pounding on a drug suspect who had just spit at him. Here, here! And we’re willing to bet she’ll think twice before she ever spits on anyone again.

Friday, July 22 • Monroe County officials finally remove a framed poster of the Ten Commandments from a courthouse wall that had been hanging since 1998. Wasn’t doing much good anyway; it took them seven years just to figure out the meaning of “Thou shalt not.”

Saturday, July 23 • Promoters announce a version of Tennessee’s Bonnaroo music festival to be staged in Las Vegas beginning Oct. 28. Would’ve been announced sooner, but we understand Wayne Newton demanded extra patchouli in his backstage rider.

Sunday, July 24 • A News Sentinel article profiles a dairy farm where a herd of donkeys protect the cows. The concept of a lethargic, slow-witted population, overseen by a bunch of jackasses seems awfully familiar, but we’re not quite sure why. Maybe it’ll come to us after we’ve had our afternoon cud.

Monday, July 25 • SmartFIX40 project managers from the state department of transportation permanently shut down the heavily traveled northbound James White Parkway ramp to Magnolia Avenue. Irate motorists collectively wonder what DumbASS came up with SmartFIX in the first place.

Tuesday, July 26 • Blount County officials say a forum on racism, held this week in the wake of recent racial tensions there, was mostly a success. Heck, it might have been damn near perfect, if all those people of color hadn’t gone and showed up.

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