Good morning, Nashville. Bad news continues to come out regarding the new convention center, with a total of four contracts spilling tens of thousands of dollars (or hundreds of thousands, in some cases) over the initial budget. In addition to the PR contract with McNeely Piggot & Fox and the consulting costs for the convention center hotel, the City Paper has identified two more contracts for financial consulting and building management consulting that have carried an unexpectedly hefty price tag. Altogether, these contracts add up to $1.93 million when they were originally capped at $587,000.
- Metro police busted a giant marijuana grow operation in West Nashville thanks to the suspect’s astronomical electricity bills. A tipster first tipped off the police, and when investigators found that the bills were three times higher than surrounding homes in order to power the magical pot-growing lights, they were able to make the bust.
- Councilwoman Pam Murray, who some East Nashvillians are trying to remove from office, thinks that all of the efforts are unfair. Constituents complain that she spends too much time in Detroit (where she works), but she says she works from home in Nashville and visits Detroit 1-3 times per month.
- Bits & pieces. So far, Metro schools seem to be swine flu-free … Some guy threw a gas tank through the gas doors at the federal courthouse downtown … Tennessee has its eyes on a Harley Davidson plant for Murfreesboro … LP Field made it safely through the latest round of eliminations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
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