Good morning, Nashville. We’re running short on time this morning, so here’s your abbreviated Bright & Early:
- Lipscomb University is expanding, opening their first satellite campus in Cool Springs this year. [WSMV]
- The 2012 legislative session begins today, and Occupy Nashville plans to crawl out of their tents and protest by piling money and checks on the steps of the State Capitol. [WTVF]
- Amazon’s Chattanooga distribution center begins expansion construction this week. The expansion will eventually create hundreds of jobs in the area. [WSMV]
- Contrary to what you may think when you’re sitting on I-24 at 5:30pm every day, Nashville has the fifth best commute in Middle Tennessee, according to a study done by Nashville Business Journal affiliate On Numbers. [Nashville Business Journal]
- In other ranking news, the Bridgestone Arena was ranked sixth in the nation for concert attendance by Pollstar for the second year in a row. It’s also ranked the 8th busiest arena in North America and 20th busiest in the world. [The City Paper]
- East Nashville smartypants Stephanie Johnson walked off of The Price Is Right with $104,000 in cash, prizes and charity donations, making her the third highest winner in the show’s history. [WTVF]
- Metro Nashville has decided not to purchase the Nashboro Village golf course and convert it to a public park due to pressure from residents who live along the golf course. Now other residents in the area are worried that they’ll never get a public park, community center and other amenities. [Tennessean]
- Hillsboro Village residents are not too pleased that Central Parking’s 100 new employees are clogging up their street parking and driveways. [WTVF]
- The Music City Center is up to 600,000 room nights booked. [Post Business]
- A manager at the Sonic in Lebanon survived an armed robbery by throwing a bag of grease at the robber, who then grabbed the bag and made a getaway. [WTVF]
Photo by Vic James Photography.
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