BWXT Y-12 Safety Expo

Sweet Dreams or Nightmares?

Hope VI: a project that’s been

Sweet Dreams or Nightmares?

SEVEN DAYS

Wednesday, June 22 • The BWXT Y-12 Safety Expo is held at the Oak Ridge Mall, attracting upwards of 7,000 to take in its 180 exhibits. We’re just confused about this sudden concern about safety. Last week it came out that the Y-12 nuclear plant carelessly employed several illegal aliens last year, giving them access to classified materials.

Thursday, June 23 • The Park Service issues its first health advisory of the summer, based on ozone and particulate levels in the Smokies. Park officials say it was the fourth unhealthy ozone day of the year, but the others were recorded too late in the day to allow for a warning to be issued. Thursday is the fourth day of summer, 2005. Coincidence?

Friday, June 24 • The News Sentinel reports that state Rep. Stacey Campfield evicted a sex offender who rented a room at his Knoxville home after Campfield learned the tenant is a convicted criminal. It’s also revealed that his address is zoned R1 (single family residential), meaning that boarding and rooming houses are not allowed. Those scofflaw legislators!

Saturday, June 25 • An Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy is involved in a second big accident within eight hours Sunday morning. The last time any Metro Pulse employees had two accidents in such a short time span, we were 5 years old and our moms had to clean up after us.

Sunday, June 26 • Honda Hoot media spokesman Jim Early says that this year’s number of participants was up from last year. The statistic was determined by local sales of pork rinds and beef jerky.

Monday, June 27 • It turns out that a group protesting Gov. Bredesen’s TennCare cutbacks spent the weekend camped out inside the state capitol. Odds are they were the same folks that spent weeks in line for Star Wars: Episode III, waiting to watch a battle of good versus evil with the outcome already decided.

Tuesday, June 28 • The News Sentinel reports that the Supreme Court termed a lower court’s ruling “improper” when it recalled a Tennessee death-row inmate’s execution order because of late-breaking evidence that he was schizophrenic. The justices can apparently identify with the disorder.

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