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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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Former Klansman Sentenced in Nashville for Cross Burning

Timothy Flanagan, 33, was sentenced to nine months and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine in federal court in Nashville, Tennessee, for his role in the April 30, 2012, cross burning in front of an interracial family’s home in Minor Hill, Tennessee, the Department of Justice announced. Flanagan previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with others to threaten, intimidate and interfere with an African-American man’s enjoyment of his housing rights, and one count of interfering with those housing rights.

Flanagan—a former member of the Church of the National Knights, a Ku Klux Klan affiliate—admitted during the plea hearing that on the night of April 30, 2012, he and two other individuals devised a plan to burn a cross in the yard of an African American man in Minor Hill, Tennessee. Flanagan’s co-conspirator, Timothy Stafford, constructed a wooden cross in a workshop behind his house. Using Flanagan’s credit card, Stafford and co-conspirator Ivan “Rusty” London then purchased diesel-fuel with which to soak the cross. Flanagan and the other co-conspirators then drove the cross to the victim’s residence and, upon arriving at the residence, Flanagan and London exited the truck. The cross was placed in the driveway leading up to the house and was ignited. The co-conspirators burned the cross with the purpose of intimidating the African-American male who resided at that residence.

Timothy Stafford, 41, of Minor Hill, Tennessee, and Ivan “Rusty” London IV, 21, of Lexington, Kentucky, previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy, and will be sentenced on March 3, and March 26, respectively.

“Hate-motivated crimes will not be tolerated in our country,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department will vigorously prosecute individuals that violate the rights of others because of race.”

“There can be no tolerance for such acts of intimidation when innocent persons are targeted simply because of their race,” said U.S. Attorney David Rivera of the Middle District of Tennessee. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will work tirelessly to protect the civil rights of all persons and bring to justice, anyone who would attempt to impede the constitutionally protected right to liberty of any person.”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Extra Duty Officers from @MNPDNashville have Increased DUI Arrests by 40%

Officers paid through a Governor’s Highway Safety Office grant charged 16 persons with DUI last week in the police department’s continuing DUI initiative using extra duty officers. These officers target impaired drivers in areas with a propensity for fatal crashes, crime and DUI arrests.
Additionally, the DUI Unit charged 21 persons last week with driving under the influence.   
Enhanced visibility on Nashville’s roadways and zero tolerance for impaired drivers are the cornerstones of the police department’s DUI initiative. So far this year, extra duty officers working under the grant have arrested 77 suspected drunk drivers, a 40% increase over this time last year.  The DUI Unit has arrested 125 suspected drunk drivers.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Must Read Book by @AmandaPalmer "The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help"

Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world's most successful music Kickstarter.

Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn't alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.

Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

“Beyond Traffic,” a 30-Year Outlook on the Future of Our Nation’s Infrastructure

On Monday, February 2 at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will join Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to unveil “Beyond Traffic,” a new analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation that anticipates the trends and choices facing our transportation system over the next three decades.

Thirty years from now, America will be home to 70 million more people, many in cities in the South and West, transforming the way we move people and goods. Twenty-nine billion more tons of freight will need to cross the country as we simultaneously imagine and adapt to the promise of new technologies and innovation.

America is changing, and our transportation system must get ahead of that change or be overwhelmed by it. "Beyond Traffic" is offered to the public as a draft to ignite a national conversation about our shared future. A final report will be released later in 2015. The public may watch the unveiling of “Beyond Traffic” live online here.

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