Good morning, Nashville. The Metro Council passed a bill last night allowing us to buy carbon offset credits in exchange for free parking downtown. Councilman Charlie Tygard thought the free-parking-for-hybrids law was a little too elitist, so he proposed this one to give the rest of us an option. Mid-sized sedan owners can expect to shell out anywhere from $40-72 per year, whereas someone who drives a 2002 Dodge F-150 might expect to pay $72. But considering how much it costs to park down there these days, it certainly seems like a viable option. The money will go into a fund that funds tree-planting, wetlands mitigation and other stuff that helps the environment here in Nashville. Calculate your estimated offset at Carbonfund.org.
- Just kidding! After inviting the whole internet to the unofficial Titans practice at Father Ryan High School, Cortland Finnegan had to take to Twitter again to take it back, as he didn’t get permission from the school. He apologized a lot and said he’d be doing a 10-hour autograph session after Jeff Fisher’s charity softball game later this month.
- So CMApocalypse kicks off today! There’s a parade downtown at 11, a block party at the riverfront at 1, and then the CMT Awards at 7:30 which sounds like it may feature some pretty entertaining celebrity appearances. As always, we’ve got you covered with a list of all the road closures for any of you who aren’t planning to stay holed up in your houses.
- Bits & pieces. Nashville Public Radio has purchased Vanderbilt’s struggling station WRVU … For a guy whose house just burned to the ground, Trace Adkins seems to be taking things in stride … The Murfreesboro mosque case continues … Things continue to go rapidly downhill for Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence, who was busted by WSMV for never showing up to work.
Photo by Rick Harris.
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