Bright & Early: Rawr Edition

Good morning, Nashville. We’re in a bit of a rush this morning, so here’s your abbreviated Bright & Early:

  • FEMA claims it assisted more than 400 Tennesseans who were later determined to be ineligible, and now it wants it’s money back–to the tune of $1.6 million. [Tennessean]
  • The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency will be releasing 36 sturgeons into the Cumberland River from the Shelby Park boat ramp this morning to join the apparent 16,000 they’ve already released in the past few years in order to replenish the population. (We promise this headline was more interesting when we thought it said “surgeons.”) [WSMV]
  • More than 250 Metro teachers received job termination letters this week, though the district says it’s because their positions were non-renewable and not because of layoffs. [City Paper]
  • The “rogue” community garden by 440 that TDOT decided to bulldoze is back up and running, better than ever. [WTVF]
  • State lawmakers have decided not to pursue forcing Amazon to charge sales tax at their proposed Tennessee facilities just yet. [WTVF]
  • Good news: A building permit has been issued for the Dave & Busters at Opry Mills, meaning that we’re that much closer to having our mall back. [WTVF]
  • A new report by the TBI says that 85 counties in Tennessee have reported at least one sex trafficking case involving a minor in the past two years. [Tennessean]
  • Sen. Ketron has been distributing a new DVD accusing Nashville Muslims of supporting terrorism. [Tennessean]
  • Hundreds of high school students turned out again yesterday to protest the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which was eventually deferred. [WPLN]

Photo by Eva Maria.