Good morning, Nashville. City officials are busy trying to find ways to coerce our city to recycle more. Currently 67% of Nashvillians participate in the curbside recycling program, which isn’t too shabby, but the Dean administration wants to find out why the other third isn’t recycling. Typically, the rate of participation in a recycling program is greater among folks renting property because they’re often younger than homeowners and younger people recycle. In Nashville, however, younger neighborhoods like East Nashville and Sylvan Heights have some of the lowest participation. Green Hills and Belle Meade have actually taken the lead.
- Violence in schools. Gangs are still a big problem in Metro Nashville Public Schools, and even in Williamson County. Though Metro has been trying to improve the situation through teacher training workshops to promote early intervention, the funding for this kind of thing will be cut in half during the next school year.
- Hooray for spring! It’s still pretty frigid outside, but we’re happy to hear that our hummingbirds are beginning the long trek back to Tennessee from the Caribbean, which means that warm weather is just around the corner.
- Bits & pieces. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is facing some criticism after sending out a mailer using public money that appears to be linked to his gubernatorial campaign … Several folks in Nashville had a stressful weekend waiting to hear from friends and relatives in Chile after the quake … Vandy’s presence at 100 Oaks has been great for sales at surrounding businesses … Open enrollment for MNPS opens up today online … CoverKids enrollment also opens up today after a several-month hiatus due to budgetary constraints.
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