Good morning, Nashville. Our weather alerts have already started flashing orange and red in anticipation of the wintry weather we might get at the end of this week. Though this storm system looks like it will bring us less snow than last time, we’re could be looking at some travel problems on Thursday night and Friday morning. Which probably means the kids will be out of school again! They’re never going to learn anything, at this rate. We did learn a very interesting new term this morning: Arctic oscillation. We don’t really understand what it means, but apparently it’s the name for the thing we should blame for all this snowy weather.
- Fire crews called to Opryland. The Opryland Hotel nearly gave us a heart attack last night when fire crews responded to some smoke in the boiler room. Turns out it was just an oil line that blew, there was no fire and no one was hurt. Gotta love that Opryland, always keeping us on our toes!
- Going paperless. At some point soon, folks receiving unemployment benefits will be able to get the electronically by way of direct deposit or a debit card. The new system should save our state about $3.2 million in postage costs annually.
- Bits & pieces. In addition to that widespread flu outbreak, we’ve also got a widespread stomach virus outbreak. You’ll find us holed up in our house wearing surgical masks for the next few weeks … The Nashville Zoo set an all-time attendance record of 640,000 total visitors during 2010 … Former Belmont coach Lisa Howe will be making an appearance at tonight’s Metro Council meeting while they debate a new non-discrimination ordinance … Food prices are on track to reach their highest point since the recession.
Photo by Joey Hinton.