Bright & Early: Everything Old Edition

Good morning, Nashville. It’s been a while since the Guns In Bars discussion came up in the news, but now a server at Jackson’s in Hillsboro Village has filed a complaint with TOSHA (Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration), claiming that allowing guns in the restaurant creates an unsafe work environment. Unlike some of the other restaurants in the Village, Jackson’s owners did not post any signs banning weapons and therefore folks with permits are free to tote guns inside under the new state law. It may be a few months before officials will hear the complaint, but the server’s lawyer says they’re prepared to take it to the federal level if they need to.

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  • Matt W

    I don’t care that Al Gore left on some landscaping lights, watched a show on the teevees, or didn’t unplug his hip-grinding Elvis wall clock. In fact I think it’s kind of pathetic that Mr. Johnson spent his Saturday evening staking out the former veep’s home. Bet he burned a lot of fossil fuels funding Ahmerikan Freedom Hatas driving out there and idling roadside. It’s also pathetic that anyone (besides FoxNews) is paying attention to ad hominem stories like these as having any relevance whatsoever.

    P.S. I’m happy to take this up on a facebook wall.

  • Matt W

    I thought it was Al’s B-day, not Mr. Johnson’s. Now when you have a story alerting me to the toxic lead levels that Gore’s Nobel Prize are depositing into my water supply every time he takes a shower then let me know.

  • Yeah, add me to the list of people who could really care less what Gore does and thinks this Drew character is a pathetic low life who needs a hobby.

  • Sarah

    Al lives in Belle Meade, not Bellevue

  • Stephanie

    I know this is going to make me an earth-hata but I think this Earth Hour thing was just ridiculous. How many people’s behavior was changed by turning off their lights for one hour? If Al didn’t want to turn off his lights during that particular hour, that’s his right. Maybe he turned them all off today for TWO hours. Does that make him less earth-friendly? Because he didn’t participate in a silly “You Must Do This During This One Hour Or You Are a Kitten Killer” environmental thing…

    • Nah, it doesn’t make you an earth-hater. 🙂 I think the point of Earth Hour is less about changing behavior and more about bringing awareness to something. Getting that many folks to cooperate and turn off the lights at the same time was a pretty big feat. Does it make a difference if Al didn’t turn his floodlights off? Probably not. But as a leader of the movement, I guess some folks felt he could’ve made more of an effort.

  • Lindsay

    I have met Drew Johnson, and frankly, I don’t like him. I would say he probably picks and chooses people who will actually receive a good first impression, and I guess I was one of the unlucky ones.

    That being said, and as much as I hate to admit it, he has a point. If you’re going to preach to the WORLD about saving energy and how important the Earth is, then you better be able to put your money where your mouth is. If you’re going to talk the talk, then walk the walk. Otherwise your words are just that–words.

    The man shouldn’t even have floodlights for trees in the first place. Aren’t they sucking up energy even when it’s not Earth Hour? Seriously, why do you need to light up your trees? I’m pretty sure there’s no Belle Meade ordinance that requires your trees to be illuminated. And doesn’t it kind of cancel out the environmental impact of the trees themselves with the waste of energy from the lights?

    I’m just sayin’.

  • I think this weekend I’m going to drive to GA, get 20 cases of wine and drive back into TN while flipping off the Welcome to TN sign.