Bright & Early: Read A Book Edition

Good morning, Nashville. We’re a bit short on time this morning, so here’s your roundup of the day’s news:

  • It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Nashvillians are observing in a variety of ways, including the annual 11am King Day March. [WSMV]
  • The food truck craze in Nashville is still going strong. More than a dozen mobile food vendors camped out in Germantown on Saturday for the first Wanderland FEASTival, and as we learned the hard way, they were so popular that the entire festival packed up several hours early as trucks ran out of food. If you missed out like we did, keep an eye out for “Food Truck February” weekends next month. [WKRN]
  • Two men with parachutes jumped off the downtown Sheraton Hotel onto Legislative Plaza in the wee hours of Sunday morning, landing safely but getting snatched up by Metro police. [WSMV]
  • Cracker Barrel founder Danny Evins passed away this weekend. [WSMV]
  • Downtown retail recruiters hope to attract 40 new businesses to downtown Nashville in 2012, a tall order for a part of town that added just two retailers in the past year. [Tennessean]
  • News 2 producer Monica Volante was scheduled to be on the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy this weekend, but postponed her trip after being hired by News 2 late last year. [WKRN]
  • Two new breweries are working to open locations in Nashville. Cheers! [Nashville Post]
  • Construction on Jefferson Street’s “Gateway to Heritage” project has begun. The project includes a plaza at the I-40 overpass with historical displays featuring the African-American history of the area. [The City Paper]
  • Four deaths occurred in Nashville this weekend. [Tennessean]
  • Brace yourself for a rainy couple of days. [Nashville WX]

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