Good morning, Nashville. While we were busy worrying about our own share of emergencies during the flood, the United State Coast Guard was scrambling around to prevent a “huge” oil spill at Marathon Oil on the Cumberland River, where trucks fill up and distribute gasoline to local gas stations each day. At the peak of the flood, the water reached 7 feet around the fuel tanks and officials feared the tanks would be swept away in the floodwaters along with the millions of gallons of fuel contained inside. Divers swam around checking pipes and setting up a system to pump water into some of them to make them heavier. They also set up containment barriers around each of the tanks to catch any leakage in the event that something like that happened. Either way, it sounds like we dodged a bullet.
- Kids these days (are alright). The kids at MLK Jr. magnet school decided to scale back their graduation shindig and donate the extra $8,000 to students and teachers who lost homes in the flood.
- Keep calm and shop on. The inside of the Opry Mills Mall is looking pretty eerie, but they’re making progress. Though the cleanup is going well, they still haven’t announced a grand reopening date.
- Bonnaroo schedule up. Bonnaroo released their performance schedule yesterday and as usual, there are about six different bands that we want to see playing at the same time.
- Bits & pieces. Nine of Metro’s public schools have suspended at least 50% of the African American boys … Jack White is pitching in for flood relief by auctioning off a marimba he used on tour … Extreme Home Makeover wants to help out a midstate family affected by the flood … Don’t forget to check with the IRS about special tax refunds for flood victims … The downtown Greyhound station is finally moving out of the way for the convention center construction … More storms today, then a hot and humid weekend.
Photo by niseag03.
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