Bright & Early: Drizzly Edition

Good morning, Nashville. We’re short on time today, so here’s a quick tour of the morning’s headlines:

  • Nashville’s oldest restaurant – Varallo’s Chili Parlor & Restaurant – turned a ripe old 104 yesterday. [WKRN]
  • Advance bookings for the new Music City Center have surpassed 500,000 hotel nights, with 55 conventions booked in the coming years. The new convention center is scheduled to be completed in 2013. [WTVF]
  • Do some pantry cleaning, folks. Second Harvest says donations are down 30% and they are far behind where they hoped to be in providing 9 million meals by the end of the year. Visit for info about how and what to donate. [WKRN]
  • Longtime director of the Nashville Symphony, Dr. George Mabry, has announced his retirement at the end of the year. The symphony will conduct (heh heh) a nationwide search for his successor. [WTVF]
  • Three cheers for the Preds, who toppled the Capitals last night 3-1. An impressive 39 saves from Pekka Rinne aided the effort. [WKRN]
  • Cheekwood is looking to bring in some massive money with a strategic plan to increase their endowment fund by $27 million. Also under consideration – Putting some property up for sale and adjusting admission rates. [Tennessean]
  • Capitol Hill is bracing for significant state budget cuts, awaiting the vote from a federal supercommittee on November 23. [WTVF]
  • More than 60 Nashville taxi drivers want to start Volunteer Taxi, a new cab company that would keep operating costs low for drivers. Naturally, existing cab companies were none too pleased about the proposal. A decision has been deferred until December. [Tennessean]
  • Tough loss yesterday afternoon for the Belmont men’s basketball team, who lost to Memphis 97-81 after a hard fight. [City Paper]
  • Several City Council members have requested an audit of NES spending, after a NewsChannel 5 investigation found a lot of fancy wining and dining going on, all while increasing costs to ratepayers. [WTVF]

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