Bright & Early: Blastoff Edition

Good morning, Nashville. We’re short on time this morning, so you know the drill. Here’s your abbreviated Bright & Early.

  • We may be losing our Cool Springs and West End Borders bookstores, but workers at the LaVergne Borders distribution center got some good news on Wednesday. Formerly slated to close in July, the LaVergne distribution center will now stay open and save about 300 jobs. [WSMV]
  • The Preds squeaked by with a 5-4 win last night against the Anaheim Ducks, moving them up to 90 points and putting them that much closer to the playoffs. [Tennessean]
  • The unexplained transfer of celebrated teacher Mary Catherine Bradshaw has upset many members of the Hillsboro High community. Under Bradshaw, Hillsboro’s IB program flourished and was widely recognized as the best in the state. [City Paper]
  • The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released their annual report yesterday, finding that many Tennessee schools have been making great progress. You can read the full report here. [WSMV]
  • Residential neighbors of Belmont University are concerned that the blasting on campus may be permanently damaging the structures of their homes. Belmont says there’s nothing to worry about. [WKRN]
  • Bed bugs, brown recluse, cicadas… We guess we’ve seen worse than stink bugs? [WSMV]

Photo by amyallmand.

  • Marshall W

    On “Lake Palmer”:

    This pit has been sitting there for years now. I use to work right next to it, we called it the “Lakes of Westend.” At first they were trying to keep the water out by pumping it into the sewer system, the city stopped them from doing so.

    Last summer the mosquitoes were horrible and there was also concern about the lack of any real security around the pit (just a simple chain link fence with gates often left open). We emailed the health department about the concern for public safety and the bug problem. They responded saying they went out and saw no risk to public health…

    Maybe in a few more years they will change their minds.

  • Tara

    Oh happy day!! We just drove through K’ville last night, and I was very upset to STILL have to take the detour. (I know…petty…but still…) So yay that we won’t have to on our way back home! Yippie!

    • Yes! I drove through there last weekend and was super annoyed that I had to do the 640 detour. Never again.