Good morning, Nashville. We were excited to hear the news last week that GM has plans to rehire hundreds of the workers they laid off last November when the Spring Hill plant idled, but they’re apparently still working on a tax incentive plan from the state to actually close the deal. Governor Phil says he wouldn’t have held the press conference if he wasn’t “95% sure” that it would all work out, but some folks are concerned that the deal could fall through and leave Spring Hill hanging, again.
- Wounded officer testifies. Sgt. Mark Chesnut, the officer who was shot point-blank at a routine traffic stop on I-40 last June, was finally able to testify in court against the men who shot him. According to the Tennessean, Sgt. Chesnut said, “I remember he shouted something about wanting me dead and something about me being white. He pulled his gun from his waistband and started shooting.”
- Toying around. Some parents are a little upset that their kindergartners are being picked up and dropped off by a Metro school bus in the parking lot of Jenna’s Toy Store–an adult toy store on Dickerson Pike. The kids, who attend Tom Joy Elementary School, supposedly live close enough to the school that they don’t really qualify for bus service, but the school says they’re providing it anyway to save them from the “dangerous walk.” Meanwhile, the owner of Jenna’s Toy Box is just upset that parents are taking up his parking spots.
- Bits & pieces. A local painter is using his spare time and paint to wear down local graffiti artists by painting over their work–over, and over, and over … Tennessee received $1.3 million from the federal government to help low-income folks cover their utilities … Comcast is starting up some fancy new service called XFINITY which a lot of you seem to be awfully excited about … Nashville’s restaurant industry seems to be bouncing back with some new faces and this could be a good sign for our economy … Mike McWherter is accusing Bill Haslam of having business ties with the Middle East.
Photo by Jon Erickson.
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