Good morning, Nashville. With all of those fancy new high-rise condos going up around town, a few Metro Council members are concerned that affordable housing is becoming too difficult to come by. Last night, Councilman Jerry Maynard filed a bill that would offer incentives to developers who create housing that can be purchased for less than $154,000. The proposed incentives include 25% discounts on fees for sewer, gas, plumbing and electricity hook-ups in addition to 25% off building permit fees. So far, Mayor Dean is behind the bill and feels that it’s needed in order to keep folks from moving to surrounding counties with cheaper housing.
- Nearly 400 Metro students were sent home this week for not meeting the new vaccination requirements for school children. They won’t be allowed to come back until they can prove they’ve received the right shots.
- Tennessee’s official website has been racking up the awards and is one of the top 10 state government websites in the country, according to the Center for Digital Government. If you haven’t perused it yet, check it out at tn.gov.
- Bits & pieces. The Preds lost Ryan Suter to a lower-body injury last night, and they also lost the game … Sheriff Daron Hall has a new committee of folks to study the 287(g) policy … As predicted, the Metro Council approved the Music City Center hotel financing last night … Folks at the Opryland Hotel will announce their reopening plan at a press conference this afternoon.
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