Bright & Early: Speed Of Sound Edition

Good morning, Nashville. Most of us have made the jaunt down to Atlanta at least once or twice to hit up IKEA or the Coke museum or maybe just because we love their traffic (ha ha). We’re learning this morning about an ongoing research study examining the possibility of a high-speed train running between Nashville and Atlanta that could cut the trip down to just two hours. It would likely be built in two pieces–Nashville to the ‘Noog and from the ‘Noog to Atlanta–and would travel at 310 mph propelled by magnets. The bad news is, we’re one of several places in the study and probably pretty far down the list, so we’re not getting our hopes up.

  • Nashville smells. Downtown dwellers had an unpleasant surprise waiting for them yesterday morning when some partially treated sewage/black sludge started leaking out of one of the treatment facilities into the streets and storm drains. Crews managed to clean it up before it hit the river, but ew.
  • Flagging down. City flags will be flying half-mast today for Metro Public Defender Ross Alderman who was killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend. Metro Council will be working to fill his position next month.
  • Bits & pieces. For some unknown reason, the kids in Cumberland County are protesting the delayed opening of their schools … Despite the thousands of voluntary buyouts for state employees, records show that Tennessee gave out 3,000 raises during the first half of the year … MTA is holding a public hearing to talk about building a new downtown bus station and changing service to some parts of town … Hume-Fogg celebrated its first day back with a bomb threat.

Photo by newscoma.

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