Bright & Early: Bend Them Bells Edition

Good morning, Nashville. There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the proposed plans for the Bells Bend project, which would create a “second downtown” west of the real downtown. This morning, the Tennessean finds developers Frank and Jack May waxing poetic about how they “just want to keep Nashville as great a city as it is” by commercializing the rural outskirts of the city. The project has already caused quite a stir among Bells Bend residents and environmental groups alike, with billboards going up all over town urging Nashvillians get involved in the fight against the developers.

  • Anthrax scare. Reminiscent of the anthrax attacks of 2001, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department had a scare of its own yesterday when a woman opened an envelope and white powder fell out. Hazmat teams, the fire department, and the FBI responded to the incident, which they determined was probably a hoax. The powder has been shipped off to a lab to figure out what it was.
  • Baby survives fall. A 1-year old fell off a balcony of the family’s home last night and survived. No one seems to have details about how it happened or how the baby is doing, but we feel like it’s safe to say that this one can join the ranks of the babies of steel.
  • Bits & pieces. Elvis and Priscilla have been immortalized in plastic as the terrifying new additions to Mattel’s line of Barbies … WSMV publishes a helpful article on how you can avoid Anna Nicole Smith’s financial pitfalls … Mayor Dean proposes a network of extracurricular programs for Metro Schools to keep kids off the street … Breaking!: There’s a long wait at the DMV.

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