Good morning, Nashville. Rough morning out there on the roads, eh? Standing water, stranded drivers and diesel spills caused partial shutdowns of several busy roadways and interstates early this morning, although things seem to be moving along now. The heavy rain is gone, and we’ll get to mid-50′s temperatures this afternoon, but a cold front tomorrow will bring a chance of a rain/snow mix. Ah, Nashville weather.
- Back to business. The Tennessee General Assembly is back in session, and Governor Haslam unveiled a plan for the year that includes increasing funds to the Department of Economic and Community Development for direct cash grants, decreasing sales tax on food by .2%, eliminate average class sizes in public schools and tie more teacher pay to performance.
- Win! The Preds showed up the Avalanche 4-1 last night, helped along by an impressive 32 saves from Pekka Rinne.
- Get to Fido faster. Metro is proposing an updated traffic plan for Hillsboro Village that would open the dead end at Acklen onto Magnolia. Businesses and residents along Acklen oppose the plan because it would eliminate parking, create more noise and take out 10 mature trees.
- Bits & pieces. Homeless activists are unhappy with the lack of progress the Metro Homelessness Commission has made … Knoxville is the 8th gayest city in the nation, according to The Advocate … Home prices are expected to continue to fall in Nashville over 2012 … The Tennessee State Employee Association wants 5% raises for state employees, even in the face of budget cuts and layoffs … The Elysian Fields Kroger on Nolensville Road will close soon.
Photo by Pam Morgan.
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