Good morning, Nashville. The Metro Council voted last night to pass an ordinance requiring all Metro contractors to have written policies in place prohibiting discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill, which passed by a narrow margin of 21-15, doesn’t extend to religious institutions such as local churches or Christian universities. Next up, it heads to the desk of Mayor Dean who has already stated that he’ll sign it.
- Tornado outbreak confirmed. The National Weather Service confirmed three tornado touch-downs in Middle Tennessee on Monday while our neighbors in Kentucky saw eight. As of last night, 7,600 folks were still without power and NES is working as quickly as they can to restore it. If you have some storm debris you need to unload, this is what you should do with it.
- Sen. Herron crashes bike. State Senator Roy Herron took a bit of a tumble off his bike on Sunday while training for a triathlon and busted his collar bone and a few ribs in addition to suffering a partially collapsed lung. He’s fine now, and hoped to return to Nashville today.
- Bits & pieces. One state lawmaker is proposing a bill that could nearly double the cost of driver’s licenses, though they would last five years instead of eight … Former governor Ned McWherter passed away on Monday. Details for his memorial service here … The Pancake Pantry scored an 87 on a follow-up health inspection, which is a significant improvement over the score they received last week … There will be racing at the Fairgrounds this year … The South Cove of Radnor Lake is finally back open for hiking for the first time since the flood … It’s chilly out now, but the next few days should be real nice.
Photo by Amy Allmand.