Good morning, Nashville. It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Perry County–the folks about 90 miles southwest of us whose unemployment rate hit 27% in January of this year. Thanks to a stimulus program that creates positions within existing businesses and pays their wages and benefits directly, they seem to be on the road to recovery. Though the unemployment rate is still at 22%, locals are noticing that the atmosphere is more hopeful than it’s been in a while. Some still fear that the fix is only temporary and wonder what will happen once the federal assistance runs out.
- Confused? Councilman Mike Jameson is tired of hearing the Metro government referred to simply as “Metro,” so he’ll soon be filing a resolution that aims to change it back to “Nashville” to clear up the confusion. Or something. And because he promised his mother that he would do it.
- Singing the blues. A mysterious “indicator light” caused enough of a stir on a JetBlue flight from Austin to New York that it was diverted to Nashville. All of its 73 passengers and 4 crewmembers were safe and are now happily stuck in BNA. We hope they’re able to find Bongo Java quickly.
- Bits & pieces. Metro Animal Control is getting all high-tech these days … Councilwoman Megan Barry says that her non-discrimination bill has inspired more folks to come forward with discrimination complaints … The Rochelle Center, which helps disabled folks train for jobs, is now suing the State of Tennessee … Things aren’t getting any cheaper at the grocery store, but they might not be getting much more expensive either.
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