Good morning, Nashville. Most of us have heard the story about group of inmate volunteers who saved the Omohundro water treatment facility from flooding with their mad sandbagging skills. News Channel 5 takes a closer look at what happened that day and finds that some inmates worked as many as 36 hours straight shoveling 500 tons of sand into 34,000 sandbags that ultimately saved our water supply. Consequently, our whole city dodged a huge water crisis and the inmates are glad to have helped. Mayor Dean will be meeting with the 400 volunteers on Friday to thank them in person.
- Volunteer state. Hands On Nashville is getting some much-deserved praise for the way they quickly mobilized to meet the volunteer needs of the city. Having received some pretty significant national media attention, other cities across the country are looking to them and to Metro as models for emergency management.
- Getting creative. FEMA has taken to hanging out at home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot to try to find folks who need help and may not have already filed claims.
- Revisiting. Almost a year after Steve McNair’s murder, one of his sons roadtripped up to Nashville this week to take his own look at the murder scene. Though the evidence has been removed, he felt it was important to see where and how his father died.
- Bits & pieces. This should probably go without saying, but don’t tap the fire hydrants and run through them like sprinklers. We’re still conserving! … Also don’t give your flood-damaged stuff to Goodwill because they can’t use it … Coach Fisher and Chris Johnson are in a bit of a spat … More advice on salvaging photos damaged in the flood … Consider Metro Schools’ custodial services officially outsourced … Whenever the future arrives, we will have a light rail … Tennessee Highway Patrol will be keeping an extra-close eye on drivers this Memorial Day weekend.
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