Good morning, Nashville. Occupy Nashville protesters have been asked to leave Legislative Plaza after three weeks of camping and protests. They’ve been given until 8pm tonight, but at least 50 of the protesters indicated that they are prepared to go to jail before they leave willingly. State officials are meeting this morning to discuss and plan to issue a statement shortly. Thus far, Occupy Nashville has been nonviolent and protesters plan to remain that way, even if confronted with removal.
- Permitted. The new Omni Nashville Hotel has been issued a work permit, allowing construction to begin on the 21-story, 800-room hotel planned to accompany the Music City Center.
- Nuh uh. Chris Johnson says he hasn’t lost any speed and that no one should question that. Well, ok! The Titans are up against the winless Indianapolis Colts at home on Sunday. Show us what you’ve got, CJ.
- Free radicals. The anti-Shariah “Preserving Freedom” conference leaders are none too happy that the Hutton Hotel pulled the plug on their November 11 reservation this week, accusing the hotel of acting “in the demands of radical Islam” and issuing legal demands for the hotel to reverse its decision.
- Bits & pieces. Big marijuana bust last night in East Nashville … Gas pumps are germy and might give you the flu … Former Governor Phil Bredesen will campaign for President Obama’s reelection in 2012 … Food Republic has declared that Bridgestone Arena is the NHL’s Top Food & Drink Arena … The Metro urban chicken bill – shot down three years ago – is back on the table … Tennessee is pretty … The “Redneck” Party rallied in Franklin on Tuesday night.
Photo by Jon Erickson.