Good morning, Nashville. If you’ve been hanging around Nashville long enough, you may remember that time that Georgia sought to annex part of our state in order to gain access to the Tennessee River because they were running out of water. This near-invasion spawned some good stories like the Chattanooga mayor shipping a truckload of bottled water to the Georgia state capitol building, but it was ultimately unsuccessful. And anyway, they’re back at it. Due to more anticipated water shortages, Georgia says they’d like to access the river without hacking off part of our state this time and could pump as much as 400 million gallons out of it per day without disturbing anyone. After all, they point out, no one actually owns a river.
- TEA party. Thousands of teachers and supporters turned out on Saturday to march with the Tennessee Education Association in protest of a controversial bill that would strip teachers’ unions of their collective bargaining rights.
- The hills are always greener. Mayor Dean and Metro Councilman Sean McGuire are expected to announce a new initiative this afternoon to make Green Hills the greenest neighborhood in Nashville by urging residents to shell out $150 for a home energy audit the the potential for a refund if they complete recommended changes. The initiative will be called Greener Hills.
- Bits & pieces. More soaking rain in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, but probably no storms … A light pole fell over onto the interstate yesterday afternoon near downtown and caused several wrecks, though no one was hurt … A local baseball league is still struggling to overcome the effects of the flood despite donations from the Nashville Sounds and even the MLB.
Photo by Kerry Woo.