We inaugurated a new President! There is so much to talk about! Let us all drink from this fire hose together, shall we?
- The Tennessee National Guard flew in more than 300 soldiers and airmen to lend a helping hand with security.
- We have quite a lot of famous people here in Nashville, so we lent a few of them to the inaugural ceremonies.
- Some middle Tennesseans were very excited about the inauguration; others were not.
- Williamson County Schools had a bit of a kerfuffle with parents about kids viewing the inauguration in the classroom.
- There were a few small protests around town on Friday, both of the silent and the loud varieties.
- And then on Saturday, 15,000 people turned out for the Women’s March on Nashville. Or maybe it was 10,000? We’re told that crowds are very hard to estimate, especially when they are large.
And now let’s talk about everything else:
- Is your kid’s school getting an A or an F in the eyes of the state? You’ll find out soon!
- It is now $300 cheaper to get a lifetime handgun carry permit. Wait long enough and you might not even need a permit at all.
- Speaking of guns, a man was shot near Red Door East on Friday night, reportedly walking into the bar and saying, “I’ve been shot, give me a beer.” Lots of points for a sense of humor there, and here’s the GoFundMe page put together by his friends if you’re feeling generous.
- Speaking still of guns, don’t leave ’em in your car and then leave your car unlocked.
- Former Mayor Karl Dean wrote a book about Nashville and might run for governor.
- Meanwhile, Mayor Megan Barry had a fun cameo on CMT’s new season of Nashville, although for the sake of full disclosure, we at Nashvillest haven’t really touched this new season. Sounds like someone out there is still watching though!
- The Nashville Scene did a killer cover story on the federal lawsuit concerning the Tennessee Valley Authority’s big ol’ environmental mess at their Gallatin plant. It’s no Kingston Ash Spill, but it’s certainly not great.
- Not specific to Nashville, but there is ANOTHER enormous Tekata airbag recall so check your car.
- People are moving here and it’s making our traffic worse, etc. etc.
- People are moving here and it’s making it expensive to live in our neighborhoods, etc. etc.
- If Nashville ever wants a Super Bowl, we’re gonna have to make some pretty hefty stadium updates.
Photo by Lance Conzett.