Good morning, Nashville, and happy Friday. The flooded Tennessee Tower is causing some serious problems for thousands of folks waiting for unemployment checks. A sprinkler system inside the building burst earlier this week, flooding an electrical vault and causing a pretty big power outage. Tennessee Department of Labor officials say that about 40,000 checks are stuck inside the mailing machine and won’t go out until Monday. Because the Tennessee Tower houses some other state government offices, too, state officials are also having a tough time figuring out final revenue projections that usually come out around this time and are used to create next year’s spending plan.
- Happy holidays to us. Garth Brooks played his first two Bridgestone shows last night, and he only has seven more to go between now and Christmas. The series of flood benefits is supposed to raise millions of dollars for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s flood relief fund and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thanks, Papa Garth!
- Movin’ on up. We’re getting a new police chief soon! As you may recall, former Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas ditched us for New Orleans shortly after the May flood (okay, so the job had been in the works for a while) and was succeeded by Interim Police Chief Steve Anderson. Now they’re hoping to select someone permanent from within the police force and Anderson is in the running.
- Bits & pieces. Those crazy kids at App State have taken to stealing very important leprechaun statues … A bank robber struck a Murfreesboro Road Suntrust wearing a cowboy hat … Asurion will be adding 500 new jobs in the Nashville area over the next five years … Vanderbilt still hasn’t found a new coach … The TVA was able to plug their gypsum leak yesterday in Kingston.
Photo by Andy Gasparini.