Good morning, Nashville. We’d like to extend a great big Nashvillest congratulations to all of you out in Murfreesboro, because the census numbers are in and you guys have officially hit 100,000 residents, making you the sixth city in Tennessee to hit the 100K mark. Only about 500,000 more to go before you catch up with us! We believe in you.
- Making history. Yes, we get it: Gas is expensive, and filling up our gas tanks causes us physical pain these days. It seems like the headlines are getting repetitive, but here’s a new one: Americans’ driving has dropped by 4.3% (11 billion miles) since last March, which is the biggest drop in the history of cars. Nashvillest tip: www.gasbuddy.com.
- Barroom hero. Most of us here have had some less-than-kind things to say about Nashville law enforcement, but this story is worth retelling: A Davidson Co. deputy is still in intensive care at Vanderbilt after being stabbed multiple times in a bar on Saturday night. The off-duty deputy came to the defense of an African-American man who was being taunted with racial slurs by another customer, who stabbed the officer several times before being tackled by others in the bar. Nashvillest has a special place in our heart for you, Deputy Harding. Get well soon.
- Bits & pieces. Keep an eye out for more severe weather today; it could get nasty out there … At least 11 people were pulled over for boating under the influence this weekend … Director Sydney Pollack is dead at 73 … Universal Music Group’s old building on Music Row is up for sale.
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