Good morning, Nashville. As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures. With Metro schools now looking at being about $16 million in the hole, they’re taking a look at some creative ways to bring in the dough–the latest of which is selling advertising space on Metro school buses. It’s already legal to sell black and white bus ads in Tennessee, but they think colored ads would entice more businesses to actually buy them. A lot of folks seem to support at least looking into it, but some parents feel like it would be tacky… though not as tacky, we think, as a $16 million deficit.
- Ah-CHOO! Are you one of the lucky folks who haven’t gotten the flu yet? Watch out, because Tennessee’s state health experts say you could be in for a real doozy.
- Bad education. Layoffs are in store for the Community Education program which includes adult literacy, activities for senior citizens, and English as a Second Language. Apparently the program has been running on a $1,300-per-day deficit, but community leaders fear that downsizing this kind of program would have a pretty negative impact on the city as a whole.
- Bits & pieces. Tonight is the night that the Metro Council will talk about raising our water bills … We feel like we should acknowledge (but not congratulate) Lipscomb for winning four games in a row including the one against our alma mater last Thursday … Rough night for cops patrolling the highway last night, after one guy took a few shots a police officer on I-440 near Hillsboro and another guy was picked up for driving the wrong way on I-40 in Bellevue.
Photo by B. Marshall.
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