Good morning, Nashville. Depending on how long you’ve lived here, you may or may not remember the glory days of the Starwood Amphitheater. Situated way out in Antioch, it certainly wasn’t perfect, but it was the primary venue for outdoor music here in Nashville until it closed down in 2007. Now Mayor Dean’s administration is kicking around the idea of building us a new amphitheater on the riverfront that would seat more people than the Ryman, but less than the Bridgestone. Since lots of shows pass us up because we don’t have a venue of that size, the hope is that something like that would bring even more live music to Music City.
- Gaylord’s still hiring. After rehiring over a thousand old employees and adding some new ones, Gaylord still needs to fill about 400 positions before they reopen in November. Check out this website for more information.
- Light it up. Starting October 1st, TennCare will be paying for services to help pregnant women quit smoking since it’s apparently a big problem. Recent studies show that almost 20% of Tennessee’s pregnant women admit to smoking during the last 3 months of their pregnancies.
- Bits & pieces. As promised, a minister in Springfield set fire to a copy of the Quran and some other book about Mohammed on Saturday … Titans won yesterday, which means they’re already doing better than last season … Steve McNair’s old restaurant, Gridiron9, reopened this weekend under new ownership … Mayor Dean has a fancy-looking plan to revitalize the Hickory Hollow Mall … The State Attorney General has proposed a plan to keep Fisk University’s Georgia O’Keefe collection in Nashville … Just a friendly reminder that they’re building a new convention center downtown.
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