Good morning, Nashville. Mayor Dean spent Labor Day up in New York trying to woo a group of World Cup officials into selecting Nashville as a finalist for hosting the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. This idea has been floating around for a while, and Nashville is one of the 18 US cities in the running. Mayor Dean believes LP Field is “uniquely qualified to be converted into a soccer stadium” for the event even though we’ve got some stiff competition in the way of Washington DC, New York, San Diego, Chicago and the like. We can’t say we have extremely high hopes, but hey! The estimated $400 million in revenue it would bring in does sound pretty good. FIFA officials will be touring possible host cities over the next few weeks.
- Just keep him and his Ferrari off I-65, please. The internet rumor mill is a-churning this morning with rumors of Albert Haynesworth returning to the Titans sometime in the very near future. The Titans have refused to comment, though.
- Batman building contractor passes away. Ray Bell, the contractor responsible for lots of recognizable structures in our city, passed away over the weekend at age 69. Bell’s firm built the Batman Building, the Gateway Bridge TPAC and most currently the Music City Center.
- Bits & pieces. Those of you commuting in from the ‘boro might have noticed that 6-car pile-up that snarled traffic pretty badly this morning. Fortunately, no one had any life-threatening injuries … Businesses on Music Valley Drive out by Opry Mills had a little “Rally for the Valley” over the weekend in hopes of reviving businesses along that strip … Tennessee and 16 other states successfully pressured Craigslist into shutting down the adult services section … Green Hills residents are just so upset at the overflowing state of their recycling drop-off center, even calling it a travesty … Belmont just keeps growing and growing, and growing some more …
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