Good morning, Nashville. Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past couple of years, most of us have a pretty good idea of how difficult the job market has been. The summer job market has also been hit pretty hard by the recession, since a lot of professional adults have had to clamor for retail and food service work to make ends meet after layoffs and downsizing. This, in turn, has left teens without a whole lot of options. A new study estimates that summer jobs are down almost 30% from what they were at this time last year, which tells us we’re not out of the woods yet. So before you read your kids the riot act for being lazy this summer, consider the valuable life lesson they’re learning about what a tanking economy looks like.
- Dam it. The latest flood damage tallies are rolling in from area dams, which took a $50-60 million hit back in May. The Army Corps of Engineers says that the Cheatham Dam near Ashland City is in the worst shape while Old Hickory, Center Hill and Dale Hollow seem to be doing alright. A $200 million appropriation for repairs is making its way through Congress as we speak.
- They’re certainly no Banksy. Three Franklin vandals were busted on top of the District Attorney General’s office with everything they needed to give the office a graffiti makeover. They’d already spray-painted a parking garage, but a Puckett’s Grocery employee spotted them, followed them to the DA’s office, and called the cops.
- Bits & pieces. Mayor Dean will be giving a 1pm press conference from the Grand Ole Opry House about restoration efforts … If there’s a recession going on out there, no one has told 12th South about it … Nashville foreclosures rose in May … It’s so hot outside that we might actually be looking forward to the rain tomorrow.
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