State Holds Its Cards Close On Nashville’s Bus Proposal

Opponents of the Amp include Lee Beaman, whose car dealership the bus system's route would run right past. They take issue with how construction of the dedicated bus lane would affect their neighborhood, as well as left turns on West End Avenue. Backers say new transportation infrastructure has to start now to make ready for growth in the area over the next few decades. (Credit Metro Transit Authority)
Opponents of the Amp include Lee Beaman, whose car dealership the bus system’s route would run right past. They take issue with how construction of the dedicated bus lane would affect their neighborhood, as well as left turns on West End Avenue. Backers say new transportation infrastructure has to start now to make ready for growth in the area over the next few decades. (Credit Metro Transit Authority)

Neither Governor Bill Haslam nor his top transportation official has shown much enthusiasm for Nashville’s new bus proposal, known as the Amp.  But at a state budget hearing today, neither would fully rule out helping pay for the project, either. (more…)

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New Stadium Proposal Clears Hurdle With State Executives

Sharon Hurt spoke for Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP) saying for years North Nashville has needed just the kind of economic influx the proposed ballpark would provide. (Credit WPLN/ Daniel Potter)
Sharon Hurt spoke for Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP) saying for years North Nashville has needed just the kind of economic influx the proposed ballpark would provide. (Credit WPLN/ Daniel Potter)

The plan for a new ballpark near downtown Nashville got the blessing today of a panel of top Tennessee officials.  As part of the fast-moving deal, the state is trading some land with the city, which is also giving it millions of dollars to build two new parking garages. (more…)

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Is A Holiday Week Ideal For Public Comment On A New Nashville Ballpark? Metro Councilman Says No

The complex deal includes not just Metro and the minor-league Nashville Sounds, but also the state, which is trading land for the deal, and a private real-estate investment. (Image via Mayor Karl Dean's office)
The complex arrangement involves not just Metro and the minor-league Nashville Sounds, but also the state, which is trading land for the deal, and a private real-estate investment. (Image via Mayor Karl Dean’s office)

Members of the Metro Council are frustrated there aren’t more chances to weigh in on a proposed ballpark near the state capitol.  Executives on Tennessee’s Building Commission gave notice last week they’ll take comments from the public later this morning. (more…)

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Tenn State Rep ‘Wouldn’t Say A Word’ In Proposed Session With Congress

Tenn State Rep ‘Wouldn’t Say A Word’ In Proposed Session With Congress
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook

State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook

Tennessee lawmakers are still trying to schedule a time for the state’s entire Congressional delegation to drop by for a chat about states’ rights and federal powers. One of the Republicans pushing for what’s being called a “bi-lateral session” is also running for congress, though he says he’d be happy to sit out. (more…)

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