Good morning, Nashville. It was another rough night for us in the storm department, and more than 16,900 customers are still without power this morning according to NES. Yet another storm system plowed through the state overnight carrying some nasty straight line winds, a few tornado scares and a whole lot of lightning with it. The last of the system should be pulling out of the area today, though a few isolated severe storms are possible. Then it should be back to hot, humid and sunny with a 100% chance of cicadas.
- Tasty! Speaking of cicadas, some of you people seem to be really into eating them! The Tennessean points us to one East Nashville family who loves to toss ‘em in a skillet with butter and garlic and serve them with a tequila chaser. According to these folks, they taste “kind of like peanuts or almonds” and are also really good covered in chocolate.
- New budget includes cuts for Planned Parenthood. Governor Haslam will soon be signing a new state budget that includes taking away federal funding from Planned Parenthood and redirecting it to state health organizations to be used exclusively for family planning programs. Because state-run organizations don’t typically have the supplemental cash that private groups do, organizations like Metro Health Department will be looking to localities to foot the rest of the bill.
- Bits & pieces. An Adopt A Highway sign bearing the name of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was recently vandalized … As of July 1, Tennessee will have a separate sex offender registry for violent offenders ages 14-18 … Mayor Dean will be revealing the name of that fancy riverfront play park today … In case you were wondering, Metro students (and teachers–holler!) are still in class making up all those snow days … The Preds could be making a move to the Southeast Division if the Atlanta Thrashers franchise moves to Winnipeg.
Photo by Ricky Tibbs.