Good morning, Nashville. Here’s your roundup of today’s headlines:
- Gone rogue. A tornado siren in Inglewood is driving everyone crazy, playing a “Close Encounters” / merry-go-round sound at random times, day and night. Officials suspect a hacker or prankster after sending crews to replace parts on the siren three times in the past week.
- Is Arriola out?Metro Council will vote tonight on a resolution to ask Davidson County Clerk John Arriola to step down, in light of state reports confirming that he pocketed more than $100,000 in cash “gratuities” for weddings performed on the taxpayer dime.
- The roof is always greener. Crews have begun installing a four-acre green roof on the Music City Center, and it’s a pretty fascinating process. Squirting soil through fat hoses, you say?
- Bits & pieces. Randy Travis would like everyone to know that he is very sorry for partying too hard after the Super Bowl … Warm winter weather has saved Metro Schools about $50,000 in overtime and electricity bills … 2011 set a new high record for tornadoes in Tennessee at 113 … Gas is expensive, $0.43 more expensive than at this time last year, even … Tornadoes and gas prices are setting records, but here’s something more cheery – the Nashville Zoo also set an attendance record in January with more than 14,000 guests … Occupy Nashville members are protesting new legislation that would evict them from their encampment at Legislative Plaza … The old Melrose Lanes property has a new owner.
Photo by Paul Nicholson.