Good morning, Nashville. Today’s the big day for the Opryland Hotel & Convention Center’s grand reopening. After being closed for more than six full months, losing out on about $40 million in revenue–not to mention, about $5 million in tax revenue for the city–they’ll be throwing a big ol’ party for the next few days and showing off their massive $270 million face lift. They’ve replaced miles of carpet and countless furniture pieces, added five new restaurants, revamped the check-in counters and even added a Porter Waggoner suite with an entire wall panel designed by the guy who designed Waggoner’s crazy outfits. They’re hoping that the grand reopening bash will draw enough media attention to let the world know that they’re back in business. And that we, Nashville, are also back in business. Go us.
- A valid question. Some city officials are wondering why the city may end up buying the Hickory Hollow Mall space for $9 million when it’s currently going for $3.5 million. The plan is to lease for a few years before they buy, and to use the building to house the old fairgrounds expo center, a library, a community center, government archives and a public health center.
- Juveniles in the sex offender registry? Tennessee runs the risk of losing more than $1 million in federal grant funding if they don’t start adding juveniles to the sex offender registry to remain in compliance with the terms of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
- Bits & pieces. Foggy, rainy day ahead for us … If Thanksgiving takeout is your thing, here’s a list of restaurants offering that option in Nashville … So how about that game yesterday? Yeah, we’d rather not talk about it either … The Metro Council will likely authorize a $300,00o loan to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau for the funds it used to keep conventions and other folks in town despite the flood damage … Governor Phil declared this week Bullying Awareness Week.
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