Bright & Early: Tear Down That Wall Edition

Good morning, Nashville. We’re short on time this morning, so you know the drill.

  • The numbers are in and the 65,000 CMApocalypse attendees dropped a record-breaking $30 million while they stampeded through town this month. For those keeping track, that’s $6 million more than last year. [Tennessean]
  • The owners of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge are trying to put a stop to the wall that neighboring bar Second Fiddle is currently, for some reason, constructing in the alleyway between Tootsie’s and the Ryman. For decades, stars have used that alley to walk the “37 steps” from the Ryman to the back door of Tootsie’s to have a drink, so that alley is sort of an important one. [WKRN]
  • Hip hip hooray! The Metro Council unanimously approved Mayor Dean’s $1.59 billion budget for the 2012 fiscal year. [City Paper]
  • Our Preds didn’t take home any trophies at the NHL Awards in Vegas, but a huge congrats to the four finalists: defenseman Shea Weber, goalie Pekka Rinne, and Coach Barry Trotz and General Manager David Poile. [Tennessean]
  • Campaign season is officially underway with the release of Mayor Dean’s first reelection TV ad. [Pith In The Wind]
  • Miss USA judge Penn Jillette (you know, from Penn & Teller) took to Twitter to say that he’s glad Miss Tennessee lost the competition because she stated that she thought burning copies of the Quran and other religious items “crossed a line and shouldn’t be allowed.” [Tennessean]
  • The folks at Park Manor Retirement Center are getting creative with their food after starting a volunteer-driven organic garden on the property to help keep fresh produce in the kitchen for the residents. [WKRN]

Photo by Jeffrey Davis.

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