Anna Shepherd, in an email to her fellow school boarders and select media, is blasting the decision not to delay the latest interim supe vote while she recovered from surgery.
Eighty-eight of Tennessee's 95 counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples, and the seven that are not are being held up by software problems (Smith County has just stopped issuing licenses altogether). Some county clerks are no longer performing weddings, but licenses are being issued.
The Metro Public Works Department is exploring option to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow for Lower Broadway.
Jenna Smith, department spokeswoman, said efforts are being made regarding the issue but that there is no definitive plan or start date. She emphasized the effort is a pilot program.
“There have been discussions with the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission, with business owners and with folks who work in the area — basically the key stakeholders who are, or will be, involved as we move forward,” she said. “We are going to move forward but the details are still being worked out.”
Smith said one option being considered is to widen (though not with physical construction) Lower Broad sidewalks with temporary fencing to increase the width of the pedestrian path of travel.
“We are still working to figure out the best options for those folks who would normally park at those meters [on Lower Broad],” she added.
Public Works' tentative plans for the pilot echo a number of the ideas the Post floated two summers ago in our inaugural Boom magazine. At the time, we worked with planners at Gresham Smith + Partners and Earl Swensson Associates to envision some design features for the busy strip that would help accommodate large crowds and protect pedestrians from vehicular traffic.
Because there's almost certainly going to be a run-off:
Many political pundits agree that Nashville’s mayoral race is likely to end in a runoff. During that critical final decision time for voters, Vanderbilt University, the League of Women Voters and NewsChannel 5 will team up to offer an hour-long debate on Monday, Aug. 24.
The live television event moderated by NewsChannel 5’s Rhori Johnston begins at 7 p.m. in Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. It is free and open to the public.
The debate continues Vanderbilt’s tradition of encouraging civic participation and providing forums for voters to discern candidates’ views on issues that will impact the future of the city.
To reserve a seat, go to metronashvillemayoraldebate.eventbrite.com
“With a runoff election possible, this debate will allow voters to hear firsthand about the issues that matter to them, and it will give the final candidates an opportunity to articulate their positions on those issues as well as their vision for the city,” Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said. “Vanderbilt is pleased to partner with NewsChannel 5 and the League of Women Voters to provide this forum to the citizens of Nashville when this critical leadership decision will be at its endpoint.”
“NewsChannel 5 is honored that so many viewers are turning to us every day for news and information about this important mayoral election,” said NewsChannel 5 Network Vice President and General Manager Lyn Plantinga. “We look forward to working with our partners at Vanderbilt University and the League of Women Voters to provide this in-depth look at the runoff candidates and their positions. We want to help our community make a smart and informed decision at the polls.”
“Helping voters make informed decisions is central to the work of our organization. We are delighted to join in providing Nashville’s voters with the knowledge they need about the final two candidates prior to the September 10 runoff election,” said Debby Gould, president of League of Women Voters of Nashville.”
Vanderbilt has previously hosted numerous U.S. Senate and mayoral debates on its campus, as well as a long-running Meet the Candidate’s picnic, during which candidates are invited to stand on a soapbox in Vanderbilt’s “public square” to speak briefly to the audience. The picnic has become a popular and festive Vanderbilt tradition prior to major elections and will be held this year on Thursday, July 16.
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