Good morning, Nashville. Some West Nashvillians are concerned about Metro’s pending decision to move the West Precinct from the Hillwood neighborhood on Charlotte Pike to a new location near Sylvan Park. The Metro Council announced a plan to buy up an old Ford dealership at 5520 Charlotte Pike and renovate the space to make more room for the precinct in addition to adding a new DNA crime lab after various other deals fell through that were closer to the current location. The West Precinct is quickly running out of space, and officials are in a hurry to add more.
- Kingston cleanup. TVA officials expect cleanup in Kingston to be finished by Spring of next year–or phase one of the cleanup, that is. The first phase mostly encompasses the dredging of the Emory River, which is considered to be the most time-sensitive piece. As for the rest of it, they’re not sure how many years it could take and the price tag is expected to be upwards of $1 billion.
- Tightening the leash. After an accounting error that resulted in the loss of nearly $2,000 in federal funds for Metro Schools, Director Jesse Register has hired an outside firm to track and manage finances for the time being. Though the help comes to the tune of $1 million, Dr. Register insists that they need it.
- Bits & pieces. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is setting out to reduce Tennessee’s traffic fatalities by 10% by 2012 … In the face of the recession, the Downtown Partnership says that our downtown is doing just fine(ish) … An advocacy group is suing the Secretary of State for not implementing Tennessee’s new law about voter-verified paper ballots … Metro Police arrested a woman who was allegedly planning a jailbreak involving a helicopter for a well-known gang leader and drug lord.
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