The Murfreesboro, Tenn., City Council adopted a good hygiene policy in August that requires all city employees to smell nice when they are at work. According to The Associated Press (AP), the policy was adopted because of one employee, who, despite repeated counseling about offensive body odor, had a problem with hygiene. The policy leaves the definition of body odor vague, but it could apply as easily to someone who wears too much cologne as to someone who bathes infrequently. “We’ll know it when we smell it,” City Councilman Toby Gilley told the AP.
Move your dead ash
If Royal Oak, Mich., city officials did not notice the dead ash tree outside Keith Howarth’s downtown clothing store before Sept. 24, they sure did that day. Howarth draped 50 brassieres on the tree’s branches to prompt city officials to replace it. He told the Detroit Free Press that the tree was healthy until city workers replaced adjoining sidewalk pavement. However, the city said the tree more likely fell victim to the emerald ash borer, an insect that damages ash trees, and it would inspect the tree if Howarth would kindly remove his bras.