An evening at Bells Bend

Last night, I headed northwest to check out Bells Bend Park, a Metro park in a secluded area along the Cumberland. It took me about half an hour to get there from midtown after work. I still managed to get in a quick hike along the park’s flat terrain.

The park, established in 2007, has a few miles of wide, grassy trails. I chose the 2.3 mile Loop Trail; it turned out to be just the right length to finish by sunset.


The park also has an education and information building (open limited hours) and a camping area for youth groups and Metro-sponsored events. There’s also plenty of wildlife (I missed the picture of the white-tailed deer bounding off the trail, I’m afraid).

All in all, it was a nice park, even if it’s a bit out of the way.

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Fake clown reports get Belmont students all riled up

Last night, reports of a clown on Belmont’s campus were flying around like crazy.  And as it turns out, they were probably faked.

Reports started circulating on social media last night, and then somebody went and Photoshopped a photo to insinuate as much:

The Tennessean reports that Belmont’s police department canvassed the area of campus where the clowns were said to be seen, but found nothing.  And then there were students walking around with golf clubs and bats, who also found nothing.  Belmont said that it’s now looking into what happened, and the university may also hand out some disciplinary action.

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nMotion is now the official transit plan

nMotion, the far-reaching plan to expand transit throughout both Davidson County and its neighbors, has been adopted by the boards of both the MTA (local) and RTA (regional) boards.  The members of these boards both voted unanimously to go with the plan after a month of public input that saw almost a thousand comments come in.

“The adoption of this plan is the first step in building a meaningful and equitable public transit network that addresses the anticipated growth in Nashville and Middle Tennessee over the next 25 years,” said MTA Board Chair Gail Williams. “The plan identifies specific strategic actions Nashville and the region needs to take to begin working on the growing traffic and congestion. It is a historic day for public transit and the citizens in our community. Additionally my thanks to the many members of the community that engaged in this process to improve transit for all.”

In the near term, the MTA and RTA will begin simplifying their services through such steps as improved fare payment systems and a unified brand.

Earlier: MTA and RTA aim to increase ridership 430% with ambitious nMotion planNew Ideas for Transit: Right Now

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Predictable: AT&T Sues Nashville

AT&T made good on its promise to sue Nashville, and with haste, too.  The suit is a response to Metro’s new ordinance known as One Touch Make Ready (OTMR); it is disputing the government’s authority to regulate attachments to utility poles.  AT&T claims that only the Federal Communications Commission can do that.

Earlier: One Touch Make Ready approved by council, probably faces lawsuit

The OTMR ordinance was passed by the Metro Council on Tuesday.  Twelve councilmembers voted to defer the bill because they were fearful of the threatened lawsuit, but the bill proceeded anyways.  On Wednesday, the Mayor, who had previously been neutral on the bill, signed it into law.

The lawsuit does not seek a preliminary injunction, in which the judge would put the ordinance on hold pending the outcome of the lawsuit.


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