Good morning, Nashville. It seems that everyone has snow on the brain as more predictions about #thesituation2010 continue to surface. At the moment, HPC and the National Weather Service put us at four inches of snow on Friday during the day with the probability of some more accumulation on Saturday. The real issue of concern will be the initial layer of ice that could happen before the precipitation changes over to snow, in which case we could see some pretty hazardous driving conditions and power outages. Salt trucks have been out since yesterday doing their thing and coating the pavement (and our cars) with brine. So as much as we kid, please–pretty please?–be careful out there. And cross your fingers that the remaining water mains hold up.
- Big cuts for MNPS. Because of our city’s budget trouble, the money available to train Metro teachers on safety issues like drug abuse, gangs, and bullying will be cut in half next year. Many teachers who deal with those things on a daily basis are concerned that they won’t be equipped to handle the situations that come up.
- Health care for smokers. State Rep. Mike Turner withdrew his proposal to deny health insurance for all state workers who use tobacco products, but mostly because it could hurt the tobacco industry in Tennessee.
- Bits & pieces. Local Toyota dealerships have been flooded with calls and visits from folks who are concerned about that enormous recall … Despite all the hoopla about Metro’s LED sign ordinances, they won’t be making exceptions to the current rules any time soon … Congrats to Kevin Mawae for making the NFL all-decade team …
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