Good morning, Nashville. Only two weeks after the flood, FEMA has doled out nearly $100 million in aid–about 90% of which has gone to home repairs and assistance for folks who were displaced. They’ve also approved more than $600,000 in small business loans. Meanwhile, some of the first accusations of price gouging are starting to emerge despite the Better Business Bureau’s insistence that no actual price gouging is taking place. We want to remind you guys that if you think you’re being ripped off or taken advantage of due to the flood, you can report it to the Tennessee Consumer Hotline at (800) 342-8385.
- It’s that time again. It’s election day in Davidson County, which was actually supposed to be two weeks ago were it not for that nasty flood. Up for grabs are Davidson County Sheriff, Circuit Court Judge, Public Defender, a couple of clerk positions, and a few others. Head over to the Davidson County Election Commission site to find out where to vote and see the list of candidates.
- Too early in the day to discuss beer? Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin is proposing an ordinance that would lift the restriction on neighborhood bars selling beer within 100 feet of residences. That law is the same one that kept Taco Mamacita from selling real Durty Sanchezes with real PBR and instead opting for high-octane beer because selling liquor near houses is perfectly legal. And anyway, bless you, Councilman Hollin.
- Bits & pieces. Some heartless scalpers are trying to cash in on the Nashville Is Rising benefit scheduled for the end of June … The folks at Metro Codes have their hands full trying to issue permits for rebuilding … Andrew Johnson’s historic home in Greenville, Tennessee was damaged by the flood and storms … And HOW THE HECK are we supposed to get two more inches of rain this weekend!? … Westboro Baptist will be making their way to Nashville this weekend and some scenesters will be there to greet them.
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