Good morning, Nashville. Metro is hatching a new plan to make money by selling naming rights to academic programs, beginning with the Tennessee Credit Union academy of business and finance at Antioch High School. Now, our minds can take this new thing in a number of different directions, but in all fairness, they might be able to make a pretty decent chunk of change off of it. The Tennessee Credit Union has agreed to shell out $150,000 in “cash, building improvements and in-kind services” in order to have their name tacked onto the academy. Additionally, TCU will be opening a fully-functioning credit union branch inside of the school and training students to operate it as part of an neat-sounding career training program.
- Welcome to the 21st century, LP Field. Oh thank goodness! We know that standing in an absurdly long ATM line at LP Field is like a rite of passage in Nashville and everything, but they’re finally installing credit card machines at the concession stands, this week. Be still, our beating hearts.
- Head Start expansions. Tennessee is expanding its Head Start program to include services for the mother before birth, along with services for the child from birth to age 3. The program previously served kids ages 4-5, but program administrators are hoping that the new offerings will help chip away at the state’s sky-high infant mortality rates.
- Bits & pieces. Mt. Juliet school buses have a thing for running red lights … According to the census data, the number Tennesseans who speak a foreign language at home grew 33% from 2003-2008 … Chris Johnson was a no-show for the team’s first practice, and apparently it’s because he wants a new contract … State legislators are calling for a study on medical marijuana use.
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