Good morning, Nashville. Just when we think things are starting to get dull around here, we find out that in between slicing and dicing the state budget, Governor Phil has been doodling around. Literally. We’d heard about his recent interview with Esquire magazine about what he’d learned in his life (you know, don’t schedule things before noon, Memphis dry ribs are the best food ever, etc.) but we didn’t realize that he’d actually drawn a picture of himself for the article. He says he’s artsy and we sort of believe him, but our minds are running wild with the possibilities of what this could look like. So if anyone has the magazine scan, please please PLEASE share. We promise we’ll post it.
- Shake shake shake. The ground shook again beneath Tennessee yesterday evening. Just a few minutes after 7pm EST, a 2.9-magnitude earthquake happened about 16 miles northeast of Knoxville. Though it was small, people did apparently feel it. It’s also one of several small quakes to rock the state in the past few months.
- Uh, did you get that memo? The State Finance Commissioner sent out a memo yesterday telling each state department to find a way to cut almost 15% out of its budget. The cuts hope to offset the state’s projected $1 billion shortfall over the next two years. The only exception seems to be the Department of Corrections, which was only asked to eliminate 6%.
- Bits & pieces. A female student at Stratford High School tells the police she was raped during school hours … Burglaries are up in East Nashville, so be sure you lock up … The Nashville Scene questions the tactics of the English Only opposition … Austin Peay is putting together a whole new degree program in preparation for training folks to work at the new Hemlock Semiconductor plant in Clarksville.
Photo by Paul Nicholson.