Municipal Affairs

Nashville's mayor puts on a Grand Ole Soap Opry

Long before they elected him mayor in 1987, Nashville voters knew that William H. Boner was no Goody Two-Shoes. As a Democratic Congressman he had been cited by the House ethics committee for milking campaign funds for personal gain. Before that, in 1985, federal prosecutors scrutinized some of the services he performed for a defense contractor who paid Boner's lawyer- wife Betty fees totaling $44,000 in 22 months. Still, when newly elected Mayor Boner exulted three years ago that he felt "like a child in a candy store," Nashvillians did not know just what he meant.

As it turned out, Boner's...

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