Good morning, Nashville. Flood recovery efforts continue, even a year and a half after the May 2010 floods. The United Methodist Church’s Flood Recovery Network has begun canvassing flooded areas in Madison and Donelson to find people who still need help. The Flood Recovery Network hopes to canvass more than 2,500 homes and will offer resources, advice and counseling to homeowners still in need.
- Still occupied. “Occupy Nashville” protests are still going strong. While only a few dozen protesters are camped out indefinitely in Legislative Plaza, hundreds showed up on Saturday to march a six-block loop around downtown and hold a peaceful rally in Public Square Park.
- Jack tax. Moore County, home to the Jack Daniels Distillery, is pushing to introduce a barrel tax on Jack Daniels whiskey. The tax would help the struggling county accommodate tourists who come to visit the distillery.
- State stamps. Close to 1,000 state employees are on food stamps, with most employed full time and some making just over $14,000 (the median salary for state employees is $31,000).
- Food truck rules. Mobile food vendors are still in limbo as the city trudges slowly through regulation decisions. Some concerns are about safety, while others are about fairness and competition with brick and mortar businesses. The delay has been frustrating for food truck proprietors, but they’re holding out for a win-win situation.
- Bits & pieces. The average price of gas is up 8 cents this week in Tennessee … Hendersonville just got their first electric car charging station … Dave & Busters at Opry Mills is hiring 230 employees as it preps to reopen for this year’s holiday season … Don’t go setting fire to your lawn debris just yet. As of Saturday, you’ll need to get a permit first … The Preds lost to the Devils in a shootout Saturday night … Expect your holiday airfare to be pricier than last year (what a surprise, right?) … Metro Health’s flu shot clinic opened today at 311 23rd Avenue North, offering flu shots for $20.
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