Bright & Early: Wanna Get Away Edition

Good morning, Nashville. We hear it’s been a rough road for our favorite former Director of Schools Pedro Garcia ever since the city ran him out earlier this year, but we didn’t know it was this bad: He’s having such a hard time selling is $1.2M Brentwood mansion that he’s now throwing a pair of round-trip Southwest tickets and some box seats at the Hollywood Bowl into the deal. We’re not sure how far this would go in bribing someone who’s already dropping over a million bucks on a house, but we wish him the best of luck with that.

  • The scene is not safe. Just in case you thought we’d seen the last of the killer tomatoes, another salmonella case was confirmed yesterday in Shelby County. This is the fourth known case in Tennessee after two were found in Williamson County last week and another in Rutherford.
  • Who will revive the electric car? Sen. Lamar Alexander was in town yesterday for a forum with state lawmakers and auto manufacturers to talk about the future of hybrid electric plug-in cars. We were a little upset that we weren’t invited, but then we remembered that we could still drop him an email about how much better our lives would be if we save ourselves a few hundred dollars by just plugging in our car.
  • Bits & pieces. Tullahoma has to cancel the July 4th fireworks show they’ve been having since 1969. There’s always room for you all in Nashville! … Spring Hill is one step closer to bringing back the property tax … Five years after a shark bite, a Brentwood teen still loves to swim … Vandy researcher receives $2.4M grant to research HIV … There’s a dilapidated nuclear plant on the Tennessee-Alabama border and TVA’s not fixing it.

Photo by dwneese.