Good morning, Nashville. The Titans shuffled onto the practice field last night, opening Sunday’s festivities up to the public and giving us a small taste of the 2011 season that almost wasn’t. Rookie QB Jake Locker had one of his first chances to show fans that he has what it takes–or at least that he’s less prone to a midseason meltdown than our last QB. And we hear he did well! Even Kenny Britt showed up to the party following an eventful offseason full of courtroom appearances, mugshots and lap dances from Britney Spears. Here at Nashvillest, we’re especially ready for football season to begin this year as football season signifies the beginning of fall, and fall means it will finally stop being so dang hot.
- Buyer’s remorse? Records show that the State of Tennessee shelled out $17 million to GM for job training as part of an economic incentive package that eventually fell apart when GM idled the Spring Hill plant and moved most of those jobs to Lansing, Michigan.
- Be the change. The Davidson County Election Commission is expecting a turnout of about 55,000 out of the county’s 285,000 active registered voters, which is a little over half the turnout for the last mayoral election four years ago. Despite the fact that there isn’t much competition for the mayor’s seat this time around, there are a few other pretty important issues and council seats at stake. So if you want to get out and take part in the democratic process this year, you can go here for the deets and cast your vote this Thursday, August 4th at your designated polling place.
- Bits & pieces. For the record, it was the fifth hottest July in Tennessee history and the hottest since 1993 … Metro is teaming up with local restaurants for a Breastfeeding Awareness Week to let nursing mothers know it’s okay to breastfeed in public … Sen. Lamar Alexander is happy about the debt ceiling agreement, but he’s still hesitant.
Photo by Kerry Woo.