Good morning, Nashville. Back in February, we were really excited to hear that the Metro Council had approved the reopening of the Starwood Amphitheater, which used to be Nashville’s premier outdoor music venue back in the day. We pictured ourselves all sprawled out on the Starwood lawn enjoying the sounds of summer in the muggy Tennessee heat, and yet here we are in July with the venue showing no signs of life. Turns out the “slumping economy” is to blame for that (and many other things) and it’s looking less and less likely that developer Vastland Companies will be able to realize all–or any–of their plans for the space. The clock already is ticking away, as they have four years left to figure something out before their deal with Metro expires. We won’t get our hopes up.
- No punishment for Hollin. Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors says that Councilman Jamie Hollin won’t be punished for his rant against fellow Councilman Phil Claiborne at Tuesday night’s meeting, or the follow-up rant against Councilman James Gotto in the parking garage. Though Hollin sort of apologized on his blog, he’s standing behind his position that it was wrong for the Gotto and Claiborne to kill his resolution honoring high schoolers for their act of civic engagement.
- Torrence on his way out? According to News Channel 5′s “courthouse sources,” Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence has been asked to resign following WSMV’s investigative report a few weeks ago that busted him for never showing up for work and using his government car to make liquor store runs. If he doesn’t step down by July 15th, he’ll be forced out.
- Bits & pieces. News Channel 5′s investigative report about County Clerk John Arriola is set to air tonight, and Arriola is none too pleased … Gov. Haslam says that any sort of talk about imposing online sales tax could drive Amazon away, and that the issue needs to be addressed on a national level … It’s going to be hot and muggy and possibly stormy, just like it is every day … Here is a local DUI attorney who was just charged with a DUI. Don’t drink and drive, kids.
Photo by Brice McMaster.