Good morning, Nashville. After firing their CEO and being sued by one of the original founders, the Hohenwald Elephant Sanctuary is hoping to get a fresh start and take on a bigger role of educating the public about elephants. Located about 80 miles southwest of here, they take in old, sick or injured elephants from circuses and zoos and give them some peace and quiet in which to roam around. The sanctuary still won’t be open to the public, but they will be opening up an educational center in the Hohenwald town square so folks can learn all about the work they do. Additionally, they’ve installed 12 elephant cams so we can at least watch them on the internet when we’re procrastinating at work. We tested it out this morning and it’s a bit foggy, but we’re pretty sure it will be awesome once the weather clears up.
- Bridging the gap. The state will be making about $300 million in TennCare cuts this year by capping doctor and hospital visits at eight annually. The cap doesn’t apply to children and pregnant women. The cuts are part of an effort to make up for the state’s $1 billion budget shortfall (yes, that’s billion with a ‘b.’)
- Fatal bus collision. A man was fatally injured after being run over by an MTA bus downtown on Saturday night. Apparently he was running after the bus and smacking the window to try to get it to stop and fell underneath. No charges have been filed against the driver.
- Bits & pieces. A former Vanderbilt professor is suing the school for alleged racial discrimination … Metro Schools officials hope to ramp up their services for non-English speakers in order to meet NCLB guidelines … Metro is facing a big public housing shortage … We certainly hope you enjoyed the amazing weather this weekend as it is probably going to storm tomorrow and snow on Wednesday.
Photo by Kerry Woo.