Good morning, Nashville. It’s no secret that Metro Schools are struggling a bit, and now they’re trying to attack the 73% graduation rate by creating a program to help incarcerated students finish their education. The “virtual high school” program will last anywhere from six weeks to a semester and will evaluate them to find out what their needs are and work with them to get what they need. The online program will also allow other students to take AP courses that may not be offered at their particular school. The total cost for the program is expected to be around $600,000.
- Duck and cover. The city will begin blasting for the Music City Center today, which should be a lot of fun for all of you folks who work down there. They’ll be stopping traffic for five minutes before and after each blast as well as sounding warning sirens.
- More taxes for tourists. The latest idea for gaining some state revenue is taxing complimentary breakfasts at hotels. The bill is currently making its way around the legislature and is mainly being fought by the Tennessee Hospitality Association, which is unfortunately a little preoccupied with trying to save face after their CEO sent out that super-racist email last week.
- Bits & pieces. The Iraqi elections happened without any trouble, and folks drove into Nashville from all over the southeast to cast their votes … Several controversial abortion-related bills are headed through the legislature this year … Metro Council is stepping in to diffuse the ongoing spat between John Rich and his Love Circle neighbors … Brad Paisley did a faceplant on the stage during the last show of his tour and had to take a trip to the hospital, but he’s fine.
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