Bright & Early: Flulapalooza Edition

Good morning, Nashville. A quick tour of the headlines this morning:

  • Belmont University’s brand new School of Law scored a big hire in former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales will come in as the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law on January 2. [Tennessean]
  • Peanut lovers, we have some bad news for you: Texas peanut crops are down 48% this year due to drought, which means we might start seeing higher prices and peanut shortages here in Tennessee. [Nashville WX]
  • But pumpkin lovers, we have some good news for you: You live in the best state for pumpkins, at least according to Tennessee state officials. [WKRN]
  • Metro Councilman Bruce Stanley would like to take the ever-controversial fairgrounds and develop a NASCAR and country music themed amusement park. Just what we’ve always wanted! Stanley will introduce the ordinance at tonight’s council meeting. [WKRN]
  • You may have noticed that Hank Williams Jr.’s classic Monday Night Football song was missing last night. This is because in a Monday-morning interview with Fox & Friends, Bocephus dropped an analogy that included a reference to Hitler while discussing President Obama, causing ESPN to pull his song from last night’s broadcast. [WKRN]
  • Germantown residents are not pleased about the proposal to move their fire station 1.2 miles further away. [WTVF]
  • Ten Metro schools are piloting a program for healthier school lunches by introducing a salad bar, fresh fruits and vegetables and more homemade vs. prepackaged meals for students. [WTVF]
  • Flulapalooza, anyone? Vanderbilt will be going for the Guinness World Record for flu vaccinations on October 12, aiming to vaccinate 8,000 students, faculty and staff within an 8 hour period. Godspeed, Vanderbilt. [Tennessean]

Photo by Paul Nicholson.

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