Good morning, Nashville. Governor Phil announced a new plan yesterday for curbing the obesity problem in Tennessee. Currently our state ranks second in the nation for obesity (thank goodness for Mississippi?) with 69% of adults and 39% of kids considered obese or overweight. The plan, called “Eat Well, Play More,” involves things like offering incentives for drawing grocery stores into low-income neighborhoods to increase access to healthy food, banning those pesky sodas and sugary beverages from being sold in schools, building more sidewalks and opening up wider access to more community facilities. Unfortunately that’s about as much detail as anyone’s given us so far despite the 67-page strategy document which doesn’t seem to talk much about the “how.”
- Plan B. The Tennessee Department of Corrections is facing a nationwide shortage of the three drugs involved in lethal injection. With three inmates currently on death row, they’re trying to figure out a plan B which could involve delaying the executions or changing up the drug cocktail. Only one of the three drugs is not currently being manufactured.
- Going digital. Vanderbilt’s popular on-campus radio station, WRVU, is considering a shift to online-only format because they’ve seen such a decline in listeners and student involvement over the past few years.
- Bits & pieces. After steadily increasing over the past ten years, Metro Schools’ enrollment has spiked to nearly 76,000 in 2010–the highest since 1976 … Fisk students celebrated the judge’s decision not to allow the state to take their art collection by holding a vigil of thanksgiving yesterday afternoon … So far, Metro has given out $2.9 million in grants to 102 flood victims to help them rebuild their homes and cover what FEMA assistance won’t … Police busted a grow house in East Nashville last night and turned up an unusual suspect: A fifth-grade teacher from Metro Schools.
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