Good morning, Nashville. When it comes to taking Nashville to the next level, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau has some big plans. In addition to pursuing the NHL All Star game (in case you forgot, we’re already hosting the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four), they have their eyes set on hosting the Grammys. Apparently we were able to host it in 1973 before were were bumped out of the loop in favor of LA and New York. Nashville won’t actually be putting itself in the running until the completion of the new Music City Center and NCVB officials say that the convention center hotel, which is currently in limbo, would need to happen in order for us to have a chance.
- Parking debacle. While it could score us some major events, that fancy new convention center has wiped out 1,200 parking spaces during the early phases of construction, causing overflow to end up in the downtown library garage. Patrons are none too pleased (and understandably so) that reserved library spaces are often full before the library even opens.
- Above the law. The TVA is the latest entity in the crosshairs of News Channel 5’s investigative team, who have recently found that TVA officials may be wining and dining and schmoozing lawmakers on the company tab even though they’re not technically supposed to be lobbying.
- Bits & pieces. Flurries are still in the forecast for today 🙁 … The 2010 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame have been announced … Lawmakers are again considering requiring DUI offenders to have a device that makes them pass a breathalyzer test in order to start their cars … Metro’s budget cuts may mean bad news for school bus drivers.
Photo by Malcolm MacGregor.