Good morning, Nashville. A recent study by a food security-focused nonprofit revealed that Tennessee is one of 11 states where over 20% of kids under 18 are at risk for hunger, which comes out to about 300,000. Around 77,500 of those kids are under the age of 5. According to the president of Second Harvest Food Bank, we have the recession and unemployment rates to thank for that. Moral of the story: think about donating some canned food today because 300,000 kids in this state shouldn’t be hungry.
- John Bryant FTW. Tornado victim John Bryant, who lost his wife and daughter in the Murfreesboro tornado a few weeks back, is up and about and advocating for affordable storm shelters in all homes across Tennessee.
- Emergency services in limbo. Speaking of emergencies in Rutherford County, the latest idea for budget cuts in Rutherford County is scaling back emergency services including reductions in firefighters, police officers, and ambulance crews.
- Bits & pieces. A big congratulations to Addison Diehl, a teacher at the famously troubled Stratford High School, for winning a student-nominated award for positively influencing lives … Also, a big congrats to our friends at the Tennessean for winning a bunch of awards … The WZTV Headline Pirate strikes again, this time declaring “rlsrf” … We didn’t think we’d ever see a day when Jack White would sit on our mayor’s advisory panel.
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