Rex: Who's a backscratcher now?

Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 11:45pm


Rex recalls a few years back when Metro Councilman Michael Craddock became a supporter of developer Robert N. Moore’s controversial construction of an Inglewood Home Depot.

Craddock backed the development because it meant job creation, while other boosters were simply happy they’d soon be able to buy nails by the gross. But what made the project contentious was Moore razing the historic Evergreen house to make way for the big box.

Built in 1795, Evergreen had been the home of one of Nashville’s first preachers, the Rev. Thomas Craighead. In 1980, Mary Reeves, widow of Country Music Hall of Famer “Gentleman” Jim Reeves, bought the property and turned the home into a museum. After it closed in 1996, the property sat vacant until Moore came along.

So why the history lesson now? Well, Craddock took a lot of heat for supporting Moore and singing “He’ll Have to Go” about the house, and preservationists fumed about the loss of the old “Four Walls.” They cried foul and started banging “Distant Drums,” suspecting that Craddock and Moore were in cahoots.

Whatever the case was then — and Rex doesn’t know for sure — what is undisputed now is that Councilman Craddock’s wife Kimberly recently started working as an administrative assistant for Moore. Craddock’s explanation is that his wife was laid off from her job and, because he’s a Realtor in a depressed housing market, the Craddock family needed a dual income. According to Craddock, his wife interviewed for the job like a regular applicant.

This perceived mutual back scratching may well surface again. Remember, Craddock is challenging incumbent Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence next year. If Craddock mounts enough of a threat, expect to see some campaign mail from the Torrence camp crying that Craddock is guilty of a little “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”

Titan blues

So Rex was on hand to see the Titans go down to Peyton Manning and the Colts last week, and while most have moved on and are talking about yesterday’s game against the New England Patriots, Rex has a few more thoughts about the “Code Blue” game.

Supposedly, when the Titans marketing team calls a “Code Blue” it is so we’ll all wear the team's light blue, known as Columbia blue, and look really good on national television. Rex has always been suspicious that the real reason for the “promotion” was to help the T-shirt vendors make their quota. Because it’s not a color readily available at Dillard’s, the team has a corner on the market and pockets a lot of cash.

But Rex has a new conspiracy theory. The last thing the team needs are television cameras focusing on a home game where it seems like a majority of the fans are wearing the other team’s jersey or colors. It’s like going to see Vanderbilt play and being surrounded by a sea of orange.

Rex thinks “Code Blue” was called to hide all of those Peyton Manning worshippers who came from Brentwood and not Indiana. If that was the reason, then Rex is in full support of the color-blending scheme.

But for those of you whose jerseys the marketing team was (perhaps) trying to hide, Peyton is gone. He doesn’t live in the state and never had anything to do with the Titans other than flashing his Super Bowl ring when signing that replica UT jersey that you’re going to sell on eBay.

If you want to support a former Vol, then remember that the last quarterback that brought a national championship to the state was Tee Martin and that he is now the quarterbacks coach at the University of New Mexico.

Go Lobos!

Somebody tell Pam Murray that Detroit didn’t make the list either

CNNMoney unveiled a list last week called the “Best 50 places to launch a business.” Guess what? We aren’t on it.

Oklahoma City was No. 1 because, “It boasts the second lowest foreclosure rate among large U.S. metro areas, along with the second lowest median rent. Through the Great Recession this former Dust Bowl capital has been spared many hardships, with a diverse local economy spread across medical research, energy, education and government.”

The closest place to Nashville on the list was Clarksville at No. 4 for “mid-sized” cities, ahead of Peoria, Ill.

Now Rex knows these lists are subjective but still can’t help but be a little jealous of places like Raleigh, N.C. (No. 3 overall) that are mainstays of these economic engine rosters. Nashville seems to go up and down on these things like a 4-year-old at a bounce party.

Still, congratulations are in order for Clarksville, but beware: If you start catching up with us in other areas, we’re going to put Tony Giarratana, Emily Evans and Phil Ryan on the last train to you. They will have your development projects slowed down so fast you are going to change your name to Memphis just to get a better biz rep.

Don’t worry about us, though. When HCA goes public again soon, we will be back on top.

Can we get Williams and Mumpower to finish off the foursome?

Wander out to Hillwood Country Club today and you’ll see Democratic state Rep. Gary Odom and Republican Rep. Beth Harwell plotting their takeover of the state House.

Just kidding. But today is the inaugural Nashville Masters Golf Tournament to benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Rex doesn’t really know why this qualifies as a “Masters,” but he’s glad to see that, at least on the greens, tournament co-chairs Odom and Harwell are engaging in some bipartisanship.

A little advice for Harwell, though: Steer clear of Odom if it starts to rain. His dye job is so intense you’ll never be able to wash it out if it bleeds on you.

6 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 10/19/09 at 5:51

Backscratching and rain doused dye jobs are city
& statewide. As a matter of fact it may even be
classified a statewide Pandemic by the CDC!

By: JohnR on 10/19/09 at 7:36

Interesting. I got curious after reading about Craddock’s wife and the Torrence connection. Went to Tennessean website clicked on data central link upper right side (http://data.tennessean.com/DB/dbc/metrosalaries08.php) checked Metro Employees and low and behold look what I found. It appears that everyone in Torrence’s family works for the government. A son and daughter in law work for Charlie Cardwell and another son works for Richard Rooker.

You know what the old saying is. You should not throw stones if you live in a glass house.

By: Time for Truth on 10/19/09 at 7:46

Politics as usual with Craddock and Torrence . My mother always said two 'wrongs' don't make a 'right'.

How could we possibly miss the top 50? After all, we're building a bilion dollar convention center which will provide plenty of low-paying and temporary jobs and give us a mountain of debt to pay off...oh...

By: jrcramdon on 10/19/09 at 7:56

Craddock will get my vote for Criminal Court Clerk. I like what he stands for. He is against the Convention Center and I think he has more common sense than most in the courthouse. And one other thing, he doesn't play golf. FORE

By: producer2 on 10/19/09 at 2:19

TFT,
The list is for launching a businesses not growing one you already have. Give it a rest junior...

By: pswindle on 10/19/09 at 3:01

Craddock is for Craddock plain and simple.