Good morning, Nashville. Cool Springs experienced quite the flooding scare yesterday as a slow-moving thunderstorm dumped as much as 2.5″ of rain within an hour in some areas, causing flash floods that stranded motorists and made their way into at least a few homes. The scene was an eerily familiar one, as flooding is still sort of a sensitive issue around here. Water rescue teams helped several folks out of flooded cars, and eventually the floodwaters receded as quickly as they arrived. There’s more rain in today’s forecast through this afternoon, and some could contain more heavy rainfall and gusty winds.
- Torrence resigns. Shamed Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence is officially resigning–er, retiring–as predicted earlier this week by courthouse sources. Thanks to a generous pension package, Torrence will still be raking in $80,000 per year for not going to work, which is only slightly less than he made for not going to work while he was employed.
- Battening down the economic hatches. As the NFL season (or non-season) draws near, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is encouraging downtown businesses to find other creative ways to lure people downtown in the event that the lockout disrupts the season. It’s estimated that even missing the preseason could result in millions of dollars of lost revenue.
- Bits & pieces. Brentwood is still working on allowing Contributor vendors to sell papers on the sidewalks, which vendors say is pointless as there is not much pedestrian traffic out there … If you would like to be depressed this morning, check out the latest obesity statistics for Tennessee … The state may ask Obama to waive No Child Left Behind requirements, along with the rest of the country … Kerry Collins is retiring from the NFL, hopefully to focus on his music career … Anheuser-Busch has trademarked our 615 area code, possibly for a new 312-like beer.
Photo by Tom C. Frundle.