Second Lady in town

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of VP Joe Biden, is in town promoting Tennessee Promise, a program that offers free community college to Tennesseans.

Predictably, her motorcade tied up traffic; referring to Dr. Biden:

The Tennessean has more.

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A Bit About That New Baseball Park

Barton Mallow, one of the construction companies on First Tennessee Park, where the Nashville Sounds play home baseball games, tells us about some of the architectural features of the stadium and its surrounding park:

With Nashville known “Music City”, the original ballpark had a guitar shaped scoreboard since 1993. An updated and easier to maintain scoreboard with latest state of the art graphics, statistics, animation and video continues that tradition.

And:

One of our major challenges at First Tennessee Park was to design and construct a Wet Well System to collect and discharge seating bowl runoff, field irrigation water, and major storm water overflow. FTP sits approximately 3 blocks from the edge of the Cumberland River and the Playing Field elevation is 10’0” below the 100 year flood plain.

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Support your local baker

Nashville has its share of farm shares, in which folks subscribe to get a box of produce from their regional farmer once a week or so.  But now local baker Lisa Donovan is introducing a bake share, full of breads, sweets, and other delicious things.  For those who want a little less, there’s the donut share.  She writes,

In the same style of a farmer’s CSA share, we are looking to provide Nashville with the opportunity to purchase a weekly BakeShare that will provide it’s customer’s [sic] with a loaf of daily bread (anything from rustic baguettes to pan de mie to traditional po-boy rolls), one sweet baked item (cakes, tart, strudel, cookies, pudding pies!), one pantry item (cocktail syrups, caramel sauce, granola, jams, preserves, vanilla extract), and one recipe card.

Per the request of several pals, our sideline BakeShare, beginning in the Spring of 2016, is a DonutShare, which will be a bi-weekly (every other week) donut party for you and how ever many friends you want to share your baker’s dozen (and holes!) with. Donut options will range from filled to brioche to croissant-style – the sky is the limit and will be based on the baker’s whims! I’ll be testing some very traditional recipes, making them new again. You will get two flavors in each pickup (half a dozen of each with an extra of which ever one I choose to make up your baker’s dozen), lest you get bored munching on one kind.

There are only 10 spots for each type of share, which run for 6 weeks.

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New recycling center in southeast Nashville

Metro Public Works, along with some local politicians, cut the ribbon this morning on the new Ezell Pike Convenience Center, a place for Nashvillians to dispose of waste (aside from normal household trash):

The center, which collects such things as recycling and hazardous waste, was supported by Councilmembers Tanaka Vercher and Karen Johnson.  It’s located behind the South Police Precinct at 5101 Harding Place.

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Presley and Wesley in Nashville

One of the most famous rockers of the 20th century did some of his first recordings in a church agency’s global office in Nashville in 1956.

The headline speaks, of course, of Elvis Presley, a man who needs no introduction, and John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement.  While Wesley never traveled to Nashville (which was founded just several years before his death in England), his legacy lives on in Nashville through the multiple agencies of the United Methodist Church headquartered here.

A feature from the United Methodist News Service about the recording sessions tells about Elvis’ record label at the time, RCA, sharing studio space with the Methodist Church’s Television, Radio, and Film Commission (a predecessor of today’s UM Communications). The building they shared at 1525 McGavock St  is now a parking lot for a car dealership.  The UM News Service writes that

Moore [Elvis’ first manager and guitarist] recalls that [Chet] Atkins and an engineer created “Heartbreak Hotel’s” forlorn-sounding echo effect by adding a delay to Presley’s vocal and re-recording the song in an office hallway with a speaker at one end and a microphone at the other. Atkins kept out any curious Methodists with a sign on the door that said, “Don’t open the door when the red light is on.”

The feature continues:

The Methodist Church never took an official position on Presley in particular or rock ‘n’ roll in general. Like United Methodists’ views on pop culture today, individual Methodists had varied reactions to Elvis fever.

Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert, who was the same age as Presley, was among his fans.

Pop on over to the UM News Service to read the whole feature about Elvis Presley’s time at the Nashville Methodist building.

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Nashville Sorta Kinda Getting Back to Normal Tomorrow

The Nashville MTA will resume all bus routes (on modified snow routes) on Monday, after running only five shortened bus routes for the past three days.  The RTA, meanwhile, was never phased by this cold wet stuff:

Metro Schools will remain closed.  Nashville Severe Weather, which has a synopsis of last week’s storm, issues a reminder to all drivers who venture out on the clear-ish roads:

Speaking of clear-ish roads, there may be some refreezing tonight, but the real melting begins tomorrow when the temperatures are supposed to get in the 40’s.

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