Good morning, Nashville. The Saggy Pants Bill may be off the table in the House if someone can’t figure out a way to make it cost less than $500,000 to enforce. Though we’re not entirely sure how it’s that expensive to tell folks to pull up their pants unless they’re creating a special new Pants Patrol, we are relieved that News Channel 5 has gotten to the bottom of the pants-sagging trend: ACLU member Joe Sweat explains, “Young people started to do it to show sympathy, empathy for people in prison.” We had no idea.
- All for the money. State auditors are a bit worried since they’ve realized that the current computer system doesn’t allow them to track all the money that trickles down to local governments, which they think leaves the door wide open for things like fraud and embezzlement.
- No booze for Pigeon Forge. The city of PIgeon Forge, a popular tourist destination that isn’t quite what it used to be, voted down a measure that would’ve allowed local restaurants to serve liquor by the drink in hopes of boosting revenue. Several other counties in Tennessee are trying to pass similar ordinances because everyone is broke and when people are broke, they still buy booze.
- Bits & pieces. We’re happy to see that Tennessean writer Peter Cooper survived his brush with death spat with Moby Teeth and is now happily writing about yesterday’s Grammy block party … Fisk, TSU, and Meharry are all trying to pull down some stimulus money to fix up their campuses … One of our favorite Nashville landmarks, the Natchez Trace bridge, will be getting all prettied up (and by that we mean it’s getting repaired so we don’t die driving across it) … If you’ve noticed more bugs in your house in the past month or two, you’re not alone.
Photo by Kittywinks Peeks.