Good morning, Nashville. When one of the mansions on Belmont Boulevard went up in flames over the weekend, news spread quickly that it was the home of Cowboy Jack Clement, a legendary music producer for icons like Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, George Jones and U2. Though everyone in the house including Clement (and his three cats!) thankfully made it out unharmed, the fire destroyed some pretty significant memorabilia including unreleased Cash and Armstrong recordings. As for Cowboy Jack, he was left sitting in his back yard in an Elvis-print bathrobe and a pair of slippers while his $621,000 home of 40 years burned to the ground.
- Buzz off! Those crazy people at Vanderbilt have allegedly developed the world’s most powerful insect repellent that uses a new compound to cause sensory overload for the insect which drives them away. The new compound works on all insects and is already thought to be way more powerful and effective than DEET.
- School daze. City officials are more closely examining a new academic calendar that would start the school year in July and throw in six additional instructional days. The biggest hurdle at the moment seems to be that these changes would require another $20 million when the school system is already sort of strapped for cash. Either way, school officials have been taking to Facebook and using online live chats to gather input from parents and community members.
- Bits & pieces. Some folks are wondering who will provide the cancer screenings, health exams and family planning services for low-income women following the de-funding of Planned Parenthood in Tennessee … Local independent bookstores are still struggling despite the closure of their larger competitors … Vice President Joe Biden canceled his Nashville appearance today … Meanwhile in the ‘Noog, someone was buried with the wrong dentures … Hooray, gas prices are going down! … Travelocity ranked Nashville as the fourth best city for Fourth of July festivities.
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