Good morning, Nashville. Just a few days after News Channel 5 blasted Metro for some outrageous spending on convention center PR, Mayor Dean put his foot down. An investigative report revealed that Metro had shelled out about six times the amount that was in the original contract with local PR firm McNeely Pigott & Fox, and now the mayor has called for a temporary suspension of all dealings with the firm until they get things straightened out. Check out Mayor Dean’s full letter to MDHA here.
- Guns in parks? Tonight, the Metro Council’s safety committee will vote on whether or not the guns-in-parks ban from the 1960s will remain in effect and override the new state law. Several counties and cities across Middle Tennessee have chosen to opt out of the new law, but Metro may not have to if the old ordinance is found to be valid.
- Titans remember. All of the Titans players will be wearing a small #9 decal on their helmets this season in honor of Steve McNair. Their first televised preseason game is this Sunday.
- Bits & pieces. People are upset about all of the trash and graffiti showing up in Love Circle these days. We choose to complain about John Rich’s ugly house … Nashville is getting its first charter high school … More budget cuts in the cards for the State of Tennessee … The next few days are going to be hot hot hot.