Good morning, Nashville. We’re running short on time this morning, so here’s your abbreviated Bright & Early:
- Metro Councilman Michael Craddock has withdrawn his bid in the mayoral election, leaving Mayor Dean pretty much on his own. Councilman Craddock has only been able to raise $14,000 compared to Dean’s $500,000. [WPLN]
- The fate of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds will be in the hands of voters in the August election after the Davidson County Election Commission decided yesterday to put the referendum on the ballot. [Tennessean]
- Tennessee men are rapidly catching up with women in the life expectancy category according to the 2010 US Census data. [Tennessean]
- A man robbed the Bank of America on Music Row yesterday, dropping a fake bomb on the counter and then fleeing on foot once he got the cash. Metro and the FBI are working to identify and catch him. [City Paper]
- The FBI ranked Nashville as the 21st most dangerous place to live due to the fact that we have double the national average of forcible rapes. Memphis came in at #5. [WSMV]
- Also, Tennessee drivers ranked 29th out of 50 in driver IQ according to some insurance survey. [WTVF]
- TDOT will be shutting down all its construction projects at noon today through 6am Tuesday to make holiday travel a little less crazy. [WZTV]
- The name of our fancy new riverfront play park will be “Cumberland Park,” which is sort of boring, but makes sense as it is on the Cumberland River. [WPLN]
- Sen. Jim Kyle filed a bill this week aiming to repeal the state’s repeal of Nashville’s new anti-discrimination policy. [WPLN]
Photo by Tom Frundle.
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