Good morning, Nashville. As of last night, the Tennessee State Fair as we know it is no more. Mayor Dean penned a letter conveying the decision and handed it off to a board member to read to a crowd of 200 angry folks who booed the decision. Metro will be seizing control of the fairgrounds on June 30th of next year, which marks the end of the fiscal year. Mayor Dean has determined that “a truly great State Fair, simply cannot be developed at the current Fairgrounds location. Moreover, it is clear that the current course of the State Fair is not sustainable and continuing to run the Fairgrounds until its reserve fund is completely exhausted is not the responsible thing to do.” So, there you have it.
- New law school in town. Belmont University prez Bob Fisher announced yesterday that they’re unveiling a Belmont College of Law in 2011 and a brand new $25 million building to house it. Tuition is expected to hover around $25,000-$35,000 in the first year.
- Good news for heating bills. Officials are projecting that our gas heating bills could be going down by as much as 20% this winter because of the mild temperatures predicted and the decreasing cost of natural gas.
- Bits & pieces. Wounded Metro police sergeant Mark Chesnut was honored at last night’s Metro Council meeting … Police Cmdr. Damian Huggins is once again calling for the closure of Nashville’s Tent City homeless encampment … Metro Schools are handing out free H1N1 vaccines for students … A West Nashville home was damaged by an exploding tennis ball.
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