Good morning, Nashville, and happy July! July 1st is that magical day when all those new laws take effect that were debated and passed in this year’s legislative session. Among this year’s laws are the removal of the one-year age limit on a child being breastfed in public, a crackdown on obscene bumperstickers (to our knowledge, TruckNutz™ are still okay), a sky lantern ban, ads on TDOT emergency trucks, and the removal of words like “idiot,” “lunatic,” and “mentally retarded” from Tennessee code, and that controversial teacher tenure change.
- Free parking program starts today. Metro is also starting up the green parking program today. So if you drive one of these cars, you can fill out this application form and take it to one of the Davidson County Clerk’s offices and pick up a $10 permit for free parking at all of these meters. As for the rest of us, we can get our permits by donating to organizations that award carbon offset credits, though we’d recommend checking with the Davidson County Clerk first to ensure the organization is eligible.
- Vanderbilt bookstore coming to West End. The gaping bookstore hole that Borders left at the corner of West End and 35th will soon be occupied by Vanderbilt’s student bookstore. Vandy is partnering with Barnes & Noble to operate the bookstore which will sell books for the general public in addition to school books and merchandise.
- Bits & pieces. Metro Councilman Jamie Hollin wants to formally recognize the high school students who protested the “Don’t Say Gay” bill … Lebanon’s police chief is seeking to ban bath salts and incense … Following a News Channel 5 report, Metro Schools officials are vowing to continue testing schools for dangerous radon levels … ‘Tis the season for air quality alerts … It’s going to be a hot, hot July 4th … The Tennessean laid off more than a dozen newsroom employees yesterday including longtime sports columnist Joe Biddle and entertainment writer Heather Byrd.
Photo by Ryan Green.