Good morning, Nashville. Ever since the May flood, the folks at Gaylord have been working with the Army Corps of Engineers to figure out a way to better protect the Opryland Hotel and surrounding properties from future flooding. They’re now proposing to raise the levee enough to keep the water out during a 500-year flood, but neighbors are concerned that it could send the water back into their homes since it would have nowhere else to go. However, engineers argue it would only raise the river 1/64th of an inch. Several Metro Council members will be holding a public meeting to discuss the issue tonight at 6:30pm at Jackson Park Church of Christ.
- Good Samaritans. Two cyclists are being credited with saving a runner’s life at Shelby Bottoms while he was training for the marathon. He asked them to take him home because he thought he was horribly dehydrated, but it turns out that he was actually having a heart attack and was able to call 911 after he got home. If you have any idea who these two kind strangers were, he’d love to thank them.
- Gas prices skyrocketing. Some economists are predicting that gas prices could hit $5 per gallon over the summer due to all the turmoil in the Middle East. Yikes! And speaking of that, here’s a great way to brush up on your Middle East stuff.
- Bits & pieces. A Belmont freshman made a half-court shot on Saturday night that earned him $11,000 in free tuition … Hillsboro High School students held a candlelight vigil last night for three students who died last year … After successfully completing substance abuse treatment, Preds forward Jordin Tootoo has been cleared to play … In honor of Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, become a trained storm spotter! … 1,300 people received care at a volunteer-run free medical clinic over the weekend … A suspicious envelope was found outside of Rep. Jim Cooper’s office yesterday morning, but it turned out to just be a bundle of brochures.
Photo by Paul Beavers.