Bright & Early: Enforcer Edition

Good morning, Nashville. Here’s your morning news:

  • Former Preds defenseman and forward Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto hotel room yesterday, and though the cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, many media outlets are reporting that it was a suicide. Belak was with the Preds from 2008 until he retired this past February. Our hearts go out to his friends and family. [City Paper]
  • We’re not sure we understand what’s going on in this story, but involves the discovery of an underground vault in Printer’s Alley that no one is digging up or cracking open, and it involves paving over the historic cobblestone in the alley. [WKRN]
  • Leave it to Chris Johnson to stir the proverbial Twitter pot as he did yesterday with his tweet telling “fake Titans fans” to “STFU on my timeline, I don’t have a regular job, so don’t compare me to you, and I can care less if you think I am greedy.” Clearly this is going to end well. [WTVF]
  • Music City Bowl tickets go on sale today! Get ‘em while they’re hot. [City Paper]
  • Consider this your official Nashvillest lecture about not drinking and driving over the holiday weekend! It’s dumb, it’s dangerous and also the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be setting up some extra checkpoints to catch those who do. [WTVF]
  • A 30 to 40-cent drop in gas prices could be coming our way. We like the sound of that! [WKRN]
  • Thanks to Hurricane Irene, FEMA is freezing long-term disaster relief spending to take care of business in the northeast and Metro’s ongoing flood buyout program could be impacted. [Tennessean]

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