Bright & Early: Final Four Edition

Good morning, Nashville. When we threw in our bid to host one of the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four many moons ago, we had no idea we actually had a shot at it. This morning, the NCAA announced that Nashville is one of the eight finalists for hosting the tournament from 2012 through 2016 and we’re way excited about the possibility of bringing some women’s basketball to town. If we’re chosen, the event would be held in the Sommet Center, which can hold up to 20,000 people. The host cities will be announced in mid-November.

  • Golden boy. The deputy director of the US Mint is in town today rolling out the new Jackson $1 coin at the Hermitage. Though it’s mostly just a collectible–one in a growing series of $1 coins featuring former presidents–a few of them may trickle down through local businesses for actual use
  • Drawing the line. Women wanting to get their tubes tied won’t be able to do it at the Baptist Women’s Treatment Center for much longer. Both the Baptist Hospital and the Middle Tennessee Medical Center were bought out by Catholic health ministry St. Thomas six years ago and stopped performing the procedure, but the Women’s Treatment Center won’t be phasing it out until the end of the year.
  • Bits & pieces. 500 Whirlpool employees were laid off yesterday and left their shoes in the parking lot for the company to remember them by … Congrats to Alan Jackson who celebrated the sale of more than 50 million albums in his 20 years of making music … Just in case you somehow missed it yesterday, someone says they found Bigfoot in Georgia, probably to distract us while they drain every body of water we have … Cumberland County school kids are still on vacation and probably will be for quite some time.

Photo by bro_and_sis.

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