Good morning, Nashville. We hope you enjoyed your long weekend as much as we did, and if you’re not one of the 45,500 people who gathered around the giant U2 space ship on Saturday, you can read all about it over at the Tennessean. Or maybe you were one of the 125,000 people who headed downtown for the fireworks last night and pumped $5.6 million into our city’s economy. In that case, we salute you! And if you were none of the above, well, we hope you found fun in some other places.
- Gallatin fireworks canceled. Unfortunately the folks out in Gallatin didn’t get to enjoy a fireworks show this year, as the pyrotechnic company in charge of the show took the city’s money and then promptly disappeared, forcing city officials to cancel it last-minute. Since part of the money was donated by nonprofit Faces of Hope, the organization is teaming up with Gallatin and local law enforcement to get to the bottom of it.
- Tag, you’re it. Over the past few months, Nashville has developed a bit of a graffiti problem and Metro is trying to figure out the best way to deal with it. A string of vandalism acts targeting everything from the State Capitol to the pedestrian bridge to local businesses has city officials rethinking their approach.
- Bits & pieces. Some scientists believe that high blood pressure could be a cause of “cognitive decline” in the South, brought on by all the unhealthy things we eat … TennCare’s new $10.5 million program to help people quit smoking went into effect on Friday … Planned Parenthood is still getting by without state funding … Metro’s hotels are recovering from the recession a little more slowly than surrounding counties.
Photo by Kerry Woo.