Good morning, Nashville. The ongoing quest to get to the bottom of the Army Corps of Engineers’ role in the flood gets more heated by the day. The Corps is being accused of playing the blame game with other agencies like the National Weather Service for their own mistakes. As it turns out, the Corps offices didn’t even have a backup plan when their power went out and took the internet down with it. Even before that happened, they received emails from other Corps divisions warning them about flood conditions, but no one ever read them. Other potentially preventative warnings about Gaylord’s leveee span back for several years. As communication records trickle out and more of the report is deciphered, US Rep. Jim Cooper and other members of Congress seem increasingly determined to find out what really happened.
- Homelessness in Metro Schools. A new report revealed that 1 in 5 Metro students say they’ve been homeless at some point in their lives. The Nashville’s Child and Youth Master Plan, compiled by a 52-member task force on behalf of the city, outlined problem of homeless youth and recommended developing some short- and long-term transitional programs in addition to current efforts.
- Adios, Sommet. The Bridgestone Arena has finally been thoroughly de-Sommet’d with the advertisement panels on the exterior of the building having been removed, finally. Though the Sommet Group lost their naming rights earlier this year, their advertising contract wasn’t up until June.
- Bits & pieces. Why yes, of course there are Basil Marceaux thongs for sale … More details are available about Centennial Park’s controversial makeover … Metro’s fancy new crime lab might not be moving next to Richland Creek after all … If you think it’s been hot this summer, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
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