Happy Hour: The Gift That Keeps Giving

  • Gaylord announced today that they’ll be laying off more than 1,700 workers, after sustaining nearly $225 million in flood damages. Layoffs are effective June 12th, and the projected reopening date for the hotel is sometime in November. [WTVF]
  • On a related note, Gaylord also announced today that they may just be suing the pants off of the federal government to recover some of its losses. If it’s found that the Army Corps of Engineers is at fault for not giving enough of a heads-up to the National Weather Service or anyone along the Cumberland River regarding dam releases, Gaylord could have a case. [WSMV]
  • Taylor Swift, who shelled out $500,000 for flood relief last month, is hosting a marathon 13-hour Meet & Greet at this year’s CMApocalypse. For free. Because 13 is her lucky number, and it’ll be June 13th, and somehow she loves her fans enough to spend 13 hours with them and play them an acoustic show. For free! We are so impressed. [WSMV]
  • A few dozen flood victims who had been staying in a nearby hotel after losing their homes have been asked to leave because out-of-towners had already booked the rooms for CMA Fest months in advance. [Tennessean]
  • The Tennessee Health Freedom Act, which would’ve allowed Tennessee to opt out of the federal health care overhaul, died in the House today. [WSMV]

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