Good morning, Nashville. The death toll for this week’s storms has grown to at least 290 across six states, including 206 in Alabama alone, and many people are still missing. The National Weather Service is still trying to determine how to classify the Tuscaloosa tornado, but they say it was at least an EF4, if not an EF5. Residents are pouring across the Tennessee border into Maury County to find gas and other supplies. Here in Tennessee, there have been 33 fatalities counted so far, mainly in the southeast part of the state, and the National Weather Service also confirmed that tornadoes touched down in nearby Rutherford and Lawrence counties. The Nashville chapter of the Red Cross is starting to deploy volunteers all across the state and into other parts of the south for disaster relief work. If you’re looking for ways to help, check out yesterday’s roundup.
- Canuck it up. The Preds lost Game 1 of the semifinals to the Canucks yesterday, though goalie Pekka Rinne did a heck of a job in front of the net, giving up just one goal. Apparently Mayor Dean and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson have placed a bet on the series: If they win, we’ll send them a country ham and some Nashville music; if we win, they’ll send us a salmon and some Vancouver music. And since the only noteworthy musical thing the Canadians have given us recently is Justin Bieber, we would like to do whatever we can to keep that from happening. Go Preds!
- Smile, you’re on candid camera. WSMV’s investigative team planted a hidden camera outside of Davidson County Criminal Court clerk David Torrence’s house and found that he only works a few days a week, is meticulous about his lawn and uses his county car for liquor store runs while pulling in a $125,000 salary every year.
- Bits & pieces. The Titans wasted no time drafting a new quarterback, Jake Locker … A female student was found dead in an MTSU dorm yesterday … Middle Tennessee mothers are taking to Facebook to find breast milk … A pedestrian was killed last night while crossing the street in front of the Nashville Farmer’s Market as a large crowd looked on.
Photo by Jacob Thornton.