Bright & Early: A Bug’s Life Edition

Good morning, Nashville. We’re running behind this morning, so you know the drill. Here’s your abbreviated Bright & Early:

  • For the 13th straight month, Tennessee’s sales tax revenues have shown some pretty significant growth. We’re also about $126 million ahead of sales tax revenue projections for this fiscal year, which ends in June. [WTVF]
  • Way to go, Nashville: We’ve been named the fourth most gas-guzzling city according to Forbes. [WSMV]
  • Coincidentally, a Brookings Institution study showed that we have some of the saddest public transportation in the country and that less than a third of our jobs in Nashville are accessible by public transit. [Tennessean]
  • Though the job market is steadily improving, Nashville teens are still having  a tough time finding summer jobs this year. [WKRN]
  • Gas prices could get even more absurd if oil refineries along the Mississippi River are affected by the flooding. [WSMV]
  • The controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill is getting bogged down in Senate committees, but that hasn’t stopped local high school students from protesting it every chance they get. [Tennessean]
  • In an effort to bring fresh, healthy options to folks with lower incomes, the East Nashville Farmers’ Market has announced that they’re now accepting food stamps. [WTVF]

Photo by Chris Wage.