Good morning, Nashville. The Musicians Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Country Music Hall of Fame) could finally open its doors again–inside the Municipal Auditorium. The attraction shut down last year after a particularly nasty battle with the MDHA in which the city bought up and demolished that entire section of town to make way for the new Music City convention center. Owner Joe Chambers hung on for as long as he could, insisting that he wasn’t being offered fair compensation, but finally gave in and put his historic collection into storage. Several months later, the floodwaters crept into the storage facility and damaged much of the memorabilia including Johnny Cash’s and Jimi Hendrix’s guitars. However, about 96% of the flood-damaged collection was able to be salvaged and may find a new home in the bottom floor of the Municipal Auditorium if a deal is finalized.
- Please oh please. The Senate is about to vote on a bill that would allow breweries (ahem, Yazoo) sell their high-alcohol beer (ahem, Sue) in the brewery and would also allow distilleries (ahem, Jack Daniels) to sell their liquor in normal, non-commemorative bottles. Our fingers are crossed.
- Meanwhile in the ‘boro. Murfreesboro residents are upset about yet another development right next door to the very controversial mosque site: A proposed site for alcohol and drug offenders. Resident Andrew Kearney articulated the neighbors’ concern, telling WSMV, “We got Muslims building a mosque down the street. We have drug and alcohol people now trying to build. We had a murder down the street on Tuesday. My neighbors have been robbed.”
- Bits & pieces. Sen. Ketron has decided to put off his Arizona-style immigration law until next year … A lady in East Nashville keeps getting Metro Water bills for upwards of $1000, suspiciously following the installation of a new water meter. Metro Water insists it’s not their fault … Metro finally readopted their juvenile curfew after several months of not realizing that it had even lapsed … Two-thirds of the teachers at Cane Ridge and Hillsboro high schools don’t feel safe in their school environments … Bonnaroo general admission tickets are SOLD OUT (and also they’re installing RFID chips in all their wristbands this year so “your friends” can track your movement if you so choose.)
Photo by Jessica Johnson.