Good morning, Nashville. The controversial non-discrimination measure passed Metro Council last night with a majority vote of 24 in favor, 15 against and one absent. The bill protects Nashville city workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Meanwhile, staffers on Capitol Hill sat through five hours of mandatory diversity training yesterday to learn how not to send offensive emails.
- Crisis averted. In happy contrast to last year’s astronomical gas prices and even that pesky little gas shortage, the low(er-) gas prices that we are currently enjoying are probably here to stay for a while.
- Weather the storm. Tennessee received its second installment of federal weatherization recovery funds, to the tune of $99 million. The money is to be used to improve the energy efficiency of up to 10,000 Tennessee low-income homes. Folks can apply for a piece of the pie here.
- Snip, snip. Mayor Dean wants to trim the new convention center budget by as much as $50 million, a 5% cut from the anticipated expenses, after pressure from the city council to reign in costs.
- Bits & pieces. A Dickson daycare owner is providing a little relief to unemployed parents in need of childcare while they job-hunt … Clarksville’s security cameras purchased a year ago are still sitting in boxes awaiting installation … Kenny Chesney is taking a break from performing for a while, but put your mind at ease, he’s not quitting.
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