Good morning, Nashville. We hope you survived Snowpocalypse 2009, though we didn’t experience a whole lot of wintery weather worth writing home about here in Middle Tennessee. Our neighbors to the east, however, were a different story. Up in the northeastern corner of the state, Scott County emergency personnel are still working to repair some of the worst winter storm damage they’ve ever seen. With trees and power lines down along with numerous road closures, they say it could be a week or more before they can get the county back up and running. The storm also kept a lot of Tennessee travelers from making their holiday escapes with dozens of grounded flights and interstate closures. Another big snow storm is forecasted for the coming week but should stay in the midwest. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
- Case closed. Six months after former Titan Steve McNair was found murdered alongside girlfriend Sahel Kazemi, Metro Police have closed the investigation for good, still ruling it a murder-suicide. The man who sold Kazemi the gun was sentenced to 30 months in prison, but hopes to appeal the decision.
- Borrowed time. We’ve mentioned before that the Tennessee unemployment fund seems to be running out of cash, and now it looks almost certain that the state will have to borrow about $20 million from the federal government to keep it afloat.
- Bits & pieces. The folks at the Tennessean received a surprise in the mail in the form of a return-to-sender love letter from one of their former reporters that was only about 56 years too late … Starting next year, you’ll be able to pick up your beer at Walgreens. There won’t be any forties, but that’s what gas stations are for, right? … How ’bout them Titans? … The possibility of a new Sounds stadium is back on the table.
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