Good morning, Nashville. Local news outlets are all abuzz about Festival Tennessee, a proposed Spring Hill theme park announced at yesterday’s press conference by Big International Group of Entertainment, Inc. The $750 million project would span 1,500 acres and include a water park, roller coasters, movie studios, hotels, a charter school and a sports complex that developers hope will attract an NBA team. Developers also say it could create as many as 15,000-20,000 jobs and somehow hopefully solve Tennessee’s meth problem. After some digging around, however, it was revealed that Big International Group of Entertainment director Dennis Peterson has been involved with at least four companies who have had business licenses revoked in his home state of Nevada. One of those companies was even sued after bouncing a $200,000 check related to a Michael Jackson movie project that never came to fruition. News Channel 5 also caught up with Roger Kidneigh, president of the company, who filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009. Spring Hill city officials say that they’ve made no commitments yet and can back out with no consequences at this point.
- More violence around MTSU. MTSU women’s basketball player Tina Stewart, 21, was found stabbed to death at an apartment complex near campus last night and her roommate is being charged with the murder. The school administration has counselors available for any coaches, teammates or other students who need help.
- Tornaders. The National Weather Service confirmed that three different tornadoes touched down in southeast Tennessee on Monday during all those crazy storms. That said, be on the lookout for more nasty weather tomorrow and Saturday with good flooding potential.
- Bits & pieces. Local businesses are getting a little concerned that an NFL lockout could mean less business for them … Around 100 new horses are being trained in Nashville for police use and crowd control … The Bellevue Mall is still hanging out and waiting for that new Nashville library to go in.
Photo by Paul Beavers.