Good morning, Nashville. Thanks to the folks in the US House, our state is the proud recipient of $200 million more in federal flood relief aid. Though the midstate has made huge strides toward recovery in the past few months, many homes and businesses are still facing more damages than they can afford. Many folks have also been frustrated by the lack of help from FEMA and the Small Business Administration, or by the amount of time it’s taking to get to them. The SBA has actually denied 62% of all flood claims by small businesses, meaning that almost two out of three businesses applying for help aren’t receiving it.
- Trapped. News Channel 4′s I-team seems to be on a roll these days and are now investigating claims that MTA bus drivers and other employees were trapped inside the main MTA building and threatened with “retribution” by supervisors. Consequently, many of them lost cars in the flood waters and had to be rescued from the building by emergency crews.
- Following the leader. A group of Tennessee lawmakers are vowing to introduce an Arizona-like immigration measure next year, despite the constitutionality of the measure still being up in the air. The law would require non-citizens to cart around their immigration papers at all times so that police can stop and check anyone’s papers who looks illegal.
- Bits & pieces. Tennessee’s gubernatorial candidates are all vying pretty hard for the Christian vote … The Titans are having to shake things up since Lane Kiffin allegedly poached their running backs coach … Speaking of the Titans, the NFL won’t be punishing Vince Young for his scuffle at the strip club last month … Metro will likely be revealing their plans for the Bellevue Mall in the coming weeks, and we’re seriously doubting they will involve an Ikea … Still more storm chances today.
Photo by Jett Lowe.