Good morning, Nashville. Last Friday, McGavock High School math teacher Donald Wood had a meltdown during class in which he threw some tables, screamed a lot and admitted to starting a fire in the school bathroom one time. Wood was subdued and carted off in an ambulance, but not before one enterprising student caught the whole incident on cell phone video and put it on Youtube. As of this morning, the video has almost 136,000 views and school officials are trying to find a way to “remove it from the Internet,” except that’s just not how the internet works, you see. They’re also looking into disciplining the student since he wasn’t supposed to have his cell phone out in class. You can watch it here.
- Where there’s smoke. We never thought we’d be saying this after May’s deluge, but Tennessee is experiencing a drought. As such, you should be very careful if you’re planning to burn anything outside because we’ve had a bit of a fire problem lately (like this one in West Nashville that burned for three days) with everything being dry and hot. This is actually the biggest drought we’ve had since the 2007/2008 water shortage which led Georgia to try to hack off part of our state and steal our water.
- Help fire victims. Speaking of fires, lots of you have been asking about how to assist victims of the apartment fires in the past few weeks. Read about all the ways you can help them out.
- Win and win. It was a great weekend for sports in Nashville with the Preds raking in four goals to topple the Anaheim Ducks (and win everyone free Frosties!) in their home opener, and the Titans taking down the Cowboys.
- Bits & pieces. About 82% of the folks who are eligible for flood buyouts so far have been taking them … Nashville celebrated World Zombie Day on Saturday with a charitable twist … City Paper brings us the latest on Tent City … Brace yourselves for gas prices on the rise … Cooler weather and some much-needed rain could be in the cards for us this week.
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