Good morning, Nashville. This morning, Mayor Dean will be delivering his annual State of the Metro address at 10am in Riverfront Park. He’s expected to deliver all sorts of bad news about the proposed budget for next year, which will be presented to Metro after the address. As we’re all amply aware, it’s been a tough financial year for the city (and the rest of the universe) and we may end up losing some pretty big taxpaper services as a result. There’s been some talk of closing eight recycling centers, halting brush pickup, cutting library branches down to 20 hours per week, and closing our beloved super-secret Green Hills county clerk office that’s never crowded. You can watch the whole thing live on WSMV.com.
- All about the money. The bill that would create a constitutional ban on income and payroll taxes might have reached an impasse due to the cost of printing notification of the amendment. Since money is tight this year, a House subcommittee voted to put it off until they know if there’s any money left in the budget for it.
- Stay in school. Brad Paisley paid Belmont students a visit yesterday as part of the “Insiders View” seminar series. A Belmont alum, Paisley imparted all sorts of wisdom to the audience while those of us watching his Twitter feed got to hear about how he got a D in guitar.
- Bits & pieces. Former UT coach Phillip Fulmer will be speaking to students at commencement and we are just appalled that no one invited Lane Kiffin … The weekend forecast is looking ripe for more severe weather … More talk about those horrifying Asian carp and how they’re going to wreak havoc on our state’s fishing industry.
Photo by urbanwoodchuck.