Good morning, Nashville. It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and whether you’re at work or not, it’s a day worth observing, reflecting and celebrating. As such, several commemorative events will be getting underway this morning focused around North Nashville and the Tennessee State University campus. A parade kicks off the festivities at 11am down Jefferson Street, followed by a convocation at TSU’s Gentry Center around noon. Meanwhile Governor Haslam is in Memphis today lending a hand to their civil rights celebrations.
- Speaking of Governor Haslam, his inauguration went off without a hitch on Saturday and the Haslams welcomed about 1,000 people into the governor’s mansion–which is inhabited for the first time in eight years–for an open house on Sunday. He also signed an executive order eliminating a rule that requires the governor and his top aides to disclose their income.
- If you and everyone you know has been getting sick this season, it’s not a coincidence. Health officials say that Tennessee is experiencing a widespread flu outbreak, along with 11 other states.
- Bits & pieces. Sen. Stacey Campfield has refiled his controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill … Shelbyville is in bad enough shape financially that they could lose their curbside trash service … Meteorologists are keeping an eye on another potential snow system rolling through Middle Tennessee at the end of the week … That new method of scoring standardized tests will probably lower graduation rates in Tennessee.
Photo by Ricky Tibbs.