Good morning, Nashville. An closer look at the financing plan for the proposed Music City Center has revealed that the current proposal would divert close to $14 million in subsidies way from other tourist attractions including the Adventure Science Center, the Preds, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Farmer’s Market. Mayor Dean made the promise a long time ago that property taxes would not be used for the venture, but the funding source would instead rely on hotel/motel taxes and other taxes that target out-of-towners. Unfortunately $14 million of these tax dollars are already being used elsewhere.
- Getting healthy. Tennessee has jumped several slots on the United Health Foundation’s ranking of the healthiest states to live in, moving from 48th to 44th place. So although we’re still pretty close to the bottom of the list (thank goodness for Misssissippi), we’re not as unhealthy as we used to be.
- More shadiness from Sommet. In the flurry of finger-pointing over the last few weeks regarding the Preds’ ruptured relations with the Sommet Group, the Sommet CEO accused Preds owner David Freeman of having a $3.3 million federal tax lien. Turns out the Sommet group has a $330,000 lien themselves along with an expired business license that should’ve prevented their temporary staffing arm from doing business since the end of July. [via]
- Oh, East Tennessee. An East Tennessee man called the cops on some cows for licking his house. According to the Tennessean, “[t]he deputy’s report doesn’t indicate why the cows found Davis’ home tasty.”
- Bits & pieces. The weather forecast this week isn’t looking so hot … A problematic water main caused four Nashville prison sites to go without water for a few hours on Saturday … Metro Animal Control is seeing an increased number of calls reporting animal owners for neglect for leaving their canines out in the cold.
Photo by James T. Atkinson.