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Monday, April 20, 2015

Details on Arrest in Bomb Threats Against Several @MetroSchools

An individual was arrested and charged in a federal complaint with sending threatening communications by interstate commerce, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. The charges resulted from an investigation into multiple bomb threats and threats of extreme violence at several schools in the Nashville area and in the Northeast.

According to the federal complaint, beginning on March 16, 2015, approximately 16 schools were the targets of bomb threats or threats of violence. The schools targeted in the Nashville area include, Cane Ridge High School; John Overton High School; Antioch High School; Hume-Fogg High School; Strattford High School; and McGavock High School. Also targeted by the threats were schools in Brockton, Massachusetts; Whitman, Massachusetts; Burke, Virginia and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI; the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Van Vincent.    

The defendant is a juvenile and federal law precludes the dissemination of additional information. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

United States Flag Should be Flown at Half-Staff Today to Honor President Abraham Lincoln

In accordance with a Presidential proclamation issued Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the United States flag is to be flown at half-staff today, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in honor of a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln.

Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mayor Dean's @NashVitality Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor Schedule

  • Stones River Greenway Walk on Sunday, May 3, 1:30 p.m.: 3.5 miles. Parking available at Kohl’s, 2330 Jackson Downs Boulevard. Walk will start at Kohl’s trailhead.
  • Stones River Paddle on Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m: 3.5 miles. Parking available at Kohl’s, 2330 Jackson Downs Boulevard. Take-out will beat Heartland Park.
  • England Park and Richland Creek Greenway Walk on Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m.: 3.5 miles. Start and end at West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike.
  • Mill Creek Park Walk on Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.: 3.5 miles. 6691 Sunnywood Drive.
  • Jefferson Street Walk on Thursday, May 14, 4:30 p.m.: 5 miles. Start and end at Hadley Park, 1037 28th Avenue North.
  • Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m.: 5 miles, ending at Public Square.
  • Downtown Walk on Friday, May 15, 12 p.m. Noon: 3.2 miles. Start and end at Public Square.
  • Tour de Nash Bike on Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m.: 9 miles. From Morgan Park along the Metro Center Greenway.
  • Fontanel Walk on Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m.: 3 miles. Hiking trails at 4225 Whites Creek Pike.
  • Percy Warner Park Walk on Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m.: 5 miles. Hike will start and end at Percy Warner Clubhouse.
  • Percy Warner Mountain Bike Trail on Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m.: 2 miles. Ride will start and end at Percy Warner Clubhouse.
  • Gulch/SoBro Walk on Monday, May 18, 12 p.m. Noon: 3 miles.
  • Harpeth River Greenway on Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.: Bike, 10 miles; Walk, 3 miles.
  • First Tennessee Park Walk on Wednesday, May 20, 4:30 p.m.: 3 miles.
  • 28th Avenue Connector Walk on Thursday, May 21, 7:30 a.m.: 2.25 miles,
  • Shelby Bottoms Nature Center on Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m.: Bike, 17 miles; Walk, 3 miles.
  • Downtown Bridges Walk on Friday, May 22, 12 p.m. Noon: Finale walk, 3 miles.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Powerhouse Lineup featured on the @NRAnews Leadership Forum Today from #Nashville

FRI, APRIL 10 • 12:45-5 PM CST

A powerhouse lineup featuring potential Republican presidential candidates take the stage.

This event is sold out, so tune in to for scheduled speakers:

  • Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida
  • Dr. Ben Carson, Neurosurgeon & Presidential Hopeful
  • David A. Clarke, Jr., Sheriff of Milwaukee County, WI
  • Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator, Texas
  • Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator, South Carolina
  • Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana
  • Rick Perry, Former Governor of Texas
  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator, Florida
  • Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator, PA
  • Donald Trump, Businessman
  • Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Employee Gun Owner Protection Legislation Becomes Law and Apprentice Hunting Mentorship Bill Awaits Committee Hearing

In great news for Tennessee gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed into law Senate Bill 1058, employee protection legislation, late Monday, April 6.  SB 1058 passed in the Tennessee Senate on March 23 by a 28 to 5 vote. The same day, the House version, House Bill 994, was conformed to its Senate companion. SB 1058 passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives on March 23 by a 78 to 14 vote. SB 1058 takes effect on July 1, 2015.

SB 1058 will provide a cause of action against an employer for an employee who becomes terminated or receives adverse employment action based solely on the lawful transportation or storage of a firearm or ammunition in a personally owned vehicle on an employer’s parking lot. This law will now provide a much-needed remedy to the current law as well as protection for employees who follow it. It is not an offense to lawfully store a firearm in a locked vehicle in an employer’s parking lot.

Last week Senate Bill 1237, sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-09), passed the Tennessee State Senate on a unanimous vote. Its companion bill, House Bill 1079, sponsored by state Representative Ron Travis (R-31), was recommended for passage by the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee and could be heard by the full House Finance, Ways and Means Committee as early as next week. SB 1237 and HB 1079 would strengthen Tennessee’s rich hunting heritage by expanding Tennessee’s apprentice program for those who want to try hunting.

Currently, Tennessee law exempts individuals at least 10 years of age from taking hunter education before trying hunting with the purchase of an apprentice hunting permit (as well as the required hunting licenses and permits). When going afield, the apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a licensed hunter at least 21 years of age or older who is hunter-education-certified or otherwise exempt by law. SB 1237 and HB 1079 would expand the existing program so that new hunters could purchase the apprentice hunting permit for up to three consecutive years instead of only once per lifetime. This increase in opportunity to buy the apprentice hunting permit furthers the goal of recruiting new hunters by giving them more time to experience new hunting adventures in the field.

Lengthy hunter education requirements often discourage potential hunters from going afield because they are unwilling to dedicate the necessary time to complete the course in order to pursue an activity that they are simply trying out. The apprentice license program allows them to experience hunting while under the supervision of a mentor. Eventually, the goal is for these apprentices to complete a hunter education course so they can hunt on their own, which has largely been the case in the states with similar programs. Apprentice hunting license programs throughout the country have issued more than 1 million licenses to date and these hunters have proven to be safer than all other classes of hunters in what is already one of the safest recreational activities in America.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tennessee State Fairgrounds and Expo Center is N.K.A. The Fairgrounds Nashville - Where Events Make History

Tennessee State Fairgrounds and Expo Center and the Fair Board announced that it is changing its corporate name for the purpose of branding to THE FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE. The name change for the Metro Nashville entertainment venue will help create an identity for the event space apart from the key signature events that take place including the Tennessee State Fair, The Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and the Nashville Flea Market.

Celeste LaReau, Director of Marketing for The Fairgrounds Nashville and the Nashville Flea Market stated “The overlapping identities and physical addresses of the fair and fairgrounds are like trying to separate Siamese twins on the internet. Primarily, there is so much confusion in the digital realm because our name is so closely connected with the Tennessee State Fair. Since the Fair is now a separate business entity, the goal is for The Fairgrounds Nashville to create a unique brand as THE VENUE and not THE EVENT without an absolute name change.”

The Fairgrounds Nashville acquired the premium domain name to increase digital presence and SEO to event promoters searching for fairground venues to host their events. Additionally, a directory listing of fairgrounds in the United States will increase internet traffic as a portal to other fairgrounds adding value to the digital real estate.

The name, THE FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE will be easier to read, to brand and to remember as opposed the several variations presently in use. All event promoters and media were notified to use the new name and logo beginning March 30th, 2015. The tagline “Where Events Make History” will accompany the launch of the new name and logo in tandem with a social media campaign to educate and engage the public about what makes this Nashville landmark historically significant.

In operation for 109 years, The Fairgrounds Nashville is an ideal indoor/outdoor venue for meetings, conferences, trade shows, concerts and special events of all sizes. Home of the Tennessee State Fair, Nashville Speedway and Nashville Flea Market, the property maintains 8 buildings with more than 120,000 square feet of indoor space for meetings and events with abundant parking. The location is only one mile south of downtown with direct interstate access.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Choice Aire to Begin Nonstop Service to Atlantic City and Miami from @Fly_Nashville

Nashville International Airport (BNA) announces Choice Aire will begin  nonstop public charter service to Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) and Miami International Airport (MIA). The new service will begin on May 21, 2015, and offer convenient connections from Miami to Cuba, Aruba and Curacao.

The nonstop service will be operated by Swift Airlines d/b/a Choice Aire with the following schedule:

DEPARTS                         ARRIVES                         DAYS
BNA   3:30 p.m.            ACY   6:30 p.m.            M, Th, F, Sa, Su
BNA   9:20 a.m.            MIA   12:25 p.m.            M, Th, F, Sa, Su

“We are pleased to welcome Choice Aire to Nashville and to announce new nonstop service to Atlantic City and additional nonstop service to Miami,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said. “Our aggressive and successful air service program continues to increase air service and deliver nonstop flights to new destinations, meeting the needs of our business and leisure travelers. It is one of the important ways we deliver the Nashville Airports Experience.”

“We’ve been working diligently behind the scenes to launch our new service to these three fantastic cities, with several more destinations on the way,” Danny Looney, Choice Aire CEO, said. “Choice Aire offers a simpler way to fly with safety, integrity and great customer service.”

BNA is currently served by 8 airlines and offers 390 daily arriving and departing flights. Nashville International provides nonstop air service to more than 50 markets.

Choice Aire executives have more than 100 years of combined experience in the air and travel industry. With corporate offices near its Miami hub, Choice Aire serves popular destinations including Havana, the Bahamas, Atlantic City, Nashville, Baltimore and Punta Cana. Choice Aire Charters, LLC dba Choice Aire offers Scheduled Public Charter Flights operated by Swift Air, LLC filed under DOT PC-15-043” “FLA.Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST39659. Cuba Flights Operated by various Public Charter Operators already on file with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Legendary Manager Ken Kragen Will Be Keynote Speaker at Personal Managers Interchange

Author, film & television producer, music manager and motivational speaker Ken Kragen will deliver the keynote address, "Accomplishing The Impossible," at Personal Managers Interchange, April 22-23, 2015, at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Greater Palm Springs, California.

Presented by the National Conference of Personal Managers, the two-day trade conference offers business insight, education and networking for entertainment, music, sports and talent managers nationwide.

A Harvard Business School graduate, Ken Kragen has managed Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Newton John, The Bee Gees, Burt Reynolds and The Smothers Brothers. He was the creator and organizer of “We Are the World” and “Hands Across America.” He produced the “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” on CBS and Kenny Rogers’ five “Gambler” movies, plus is the author of “Life Is a Contact Sport: Ten Great Career Strategies The Work.” More than 95% of the artists he managed became stars and 90% of the projects he created and spearheaded achieved success.

For more information the conference schedule, speakers and online registration, visit

Monday, March 9, 2015

The National Firearms Law Seminar is Coming to Nashville

The 18th Annual National Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms CLE classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for attorneys and all others interested in Second Amendment law.  Topics to be discussed include current litigation across the country, self-defense laws, firearm forensics in the courtroom, updates on gun trusts, the restoration of rights, veterans' concerns, and representing FFLs during ATF audits.

The nationally-renowned faculty will include attorney and historian Stephen Halbrook, Massad Ayoob, leading firearms law practitioners, Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, counsel for BATFE, and NRA in-house counsel.  The special lunch speaker will be Professor Glenn Reynolds from the University of Tennessee and blogger at Instapundit.

Tuition for practicing attorneys is $245 if registered before March 20th.  Tuition for other attendees is $150 if registered before March 20th.  Special pricing for active-duty military and police and current law students is available.  Tuition includes the full-day course, study materials, continental breakfast, luncheon, and post-course reception.  For more information, please visit the Seminar website at or call 1-877-NRF-LAWS.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

$100 Million Downtown Nashville Flood Protection Program Fact Sheet

Mayor Karl Dean was joined by Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter to detail a downtown flood protection system that would protect the city during future flooding events.

"I look at this downtown flood protection system as an insurance policy," Mayor Dean said "We're going to pay a premium so we can reduce our risk of catastrophic flooding in the heart of our city. We're making an investment in downtown that will pay for itself with the protection it will provide, the people it will keep safe and the businesses it will keep going if our typically peaceful river rages over its banks."

Metro Water Services has been actively working with local, state and federal agencies on flood mitigation efforts to improve public safety and minimize damage to public and private property since the destructive May, 2010 flood. This system would protect downtown from a flood of even greater magnitude and depth than the one that hit the city in May 2010 and caused $2 billion in damages in Davidson County.

"Like other river cities, Nashville can be protected by a floodwall system," Potter said. "The cost of a protection system is minimal compared to the much larger expense of recovery."

Others in attendance included Larry Atema, Riverfront Park senior project and development manager; Shannon Lambert, lead engineer at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon; and Casey Cooper, project engineer at Metro Water Services.

  • A downtown flood protection system was identified as a flood damage reduction solution for downtown Nashville in the Unified Flood Preparedness Plan, which was released in January, 2013, and the SoBro Master Plan in 2012. One component of the protection system - a flood wall - was announced in August, 2013 in conjunction with the unveiling of the West Riverfront Park Master Plan.
  • Approximately $139 million has been spent on flood recovery and mitigation across Davidson County. Some $127 million of it has been spent outside of the downtown area to improve the MetroCenter Levee, buy and demolish 225 flood-prone properties and develop tools to better respond to flooding and keep the public informed, among other projects.
  • The May 2010 floods resulted in $3.6 billion in lost revenue; 13,000 jobs that were temporarily or permanently lost; and 2,700 businesses that temporarily or permanently closed. Since then, $1.2 billion in building permits have been issued.
  • The downtown flood protection plan is a Metro Water Services project that would include four main components:
    1. A 2,100 foot long flood wall that includes 900 feet of permanent wall located inside West Riverfront Park and 1,200 feet of removable flood wall along First Avenue from the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to Fort Nashborough. The flood wall will include a below grade cutoff wall to prevent water undermining the wall. The top of the floodwall will be at Elevation 422, which is two feet above the crest of the May 2010 flood. The floodwall within the park will look like a stone wall with a cap for seating.
    2. Construction of gate closure structures to close off the Wilson Springs Sewer and Wilson Springs Storm Tunnel to keep the Cumberland River from backing up into the system and flooding downtown.
    3. Construction of a flow control structure to close off the First Avenue Tunnel to keep the Cumberland River from backing up into the system and flooding downtown.
    4. Construction of a Stormwater Pumping Station at Riverfront Park. The pumping station would take rainfall that is being held back by the floodwall and the closed tunnels and force the water into the Cumberland River to prevent flooding downtown.
  • All components of the flood protection system must be built and operational in order to protect downtown from flooding. Each component is equally important.
  • The project will take another six months to finish design and about three years to construct. Total cost of the project is $100 million that would be spent over some four years and financed over 20 to 30 years using municipal revenue bonds. Funding was approved by the Metro Council in Metro Water Services' 2015 Capital Improvement Budget.
  • Timing in building the protection system coincides with construction of Riverfront Park.
  • The temporary wall can be assembled in eight hours with a 10-person crew. Other municipalities and private industry in the United States have recently begun to recognize the combined aesthetic and flood protection benefits of a removable system, and an increase in widespread application across the country is anticipated. A similar system with removable panels has been installed to protect Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel from flooding.
  • An estimated 100,000 linear miles of levee/floodwall in the United States protect numerous American cities from catastrophic flooding. While each flood protection system is specifically tailored to local needs, most of them include a floodwall and/or levee and a stormwater pumping station. Regional examples include Louisville, Memphis, Paducah and St. Louis.
  • The downtown flood protection system will not make flooding worse in East Nashville or downriver. The water will flow faster downstream rather than being diverted toward East Nashville. The velocity of the water (speed of flow downstream) will increase 4 percent, only increasing the depth 0.005 feet (1/16 of an inch) as predicted by hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling.
  • The majority of Riverfront Park and the under-construction amphitheater are above the flood protection elevation. The northernmost portion of Riverfront Park, which is below the flood protection level, will have a permanent wall.
  • Metro Government has completed several flood mitigation projects. They include the following:
    • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Home Buyout):Directly after the May 2010 flood, FEMA approved six Hazard Mitigation Grant Program applications and awarded funding for the acquisition and demolition of 267 homes. Of those 267 properties, 225 have been acquired and demolished, and 42 have withdrawn from the voluntary program. The total estimated cost of the six home buyout applications was approximately $48 million.
    • MetroCenter Levee:The MetroCenter Levee performed as designed during the May 2010 flood and protected the 1,000-acre MetroCenter commercial and industrial development from flood damage. During the May 2010 event, the Cumberland River water level rose to within a few feet of the top of the levee. The levee performed as designed, but vulnerabilities were recognized and damages that occurred during the flood caused further concern. Additionally, the MetroCenter Pumping Station was not capable of maintaining the lake level due to the extreme volume of runoff without bringing in additional portable pumps. Improvements were made to the levee system to increase its reliability for future flood events, and a new pumping station was constructed. Four new pumps, which are capable of handling a 500-year rainfall event, were installed with a standby generator. Two were installed in the new pump station and two in the old station.
    • Situational Awareness of Flooding Events (SAFE) Program: The May 2010 flood emphasized the need for a thorough assessment of the services provided during flood emergencies by federal and local agencies. Nashville SAFE is a partnership between Metro Water Services, Metro Office of Emergency Management, Metro Planning Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Weather Service, with the consulting assistance of AMEC Earth & Environmental. The SAFE program allows Metro to monitor actual and forecasted river stages and acquire information that can be used to dispatch resources and respond more efficiently to flood-related emergencies.
    • Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine (NERVE):
      NERVE is a free online tool developed by the GIS Division of the Metro Planning Department to provide information to the public during any natural or man-made disaster, such as last week's winter weather situation. NERVE was created after the May 2010 flood in response to residents who said they wanted more information about disaster response services. As an emergency arises, this site provides real-time information about road closures, evacuation areas, school closings, locations of emergency shelters, food and water distribution centers, and disaster assistance centers. NERVE can also help navigate residents to the closest shelters and other emergency resources by routing them around closed roads and evacuation areas.

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