🌱 Mayor passes NASCAR deal + Covenant shooting officers are rewarded

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Hi Nashville! Like many of you, the Patch staff takes time out for Memorial Day, so you won’t see this newsletter in your inbox for a few days. We’ll be back soon, but in the meantime, here’s what’s happening in and around town this weekend.


But first, your weekend weather:

  • SATURDAY: Clouds and sun breaks. High: 80 Low: 57.
  • Sunday: Sun and clouds. High: 68 Low: 55.
  • Monday: Partly sunny and pleasant. High: 77 Low: 60.

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Here are today’s top three stories in Nashville:

  1. Nashville Mayor John Cooper hopes to strike a new deal with Speedway Motorsports that would bring NASCAR to The Fairgrounds before his term ends. This proposal narrowly passed the Fair Commission in March due to stiff opposition, but for the deal to officially pass this term, the mayor will need three required readings during the next four meetings of the Metro Council. which will take place in the middle of the summer. According to the mayor’s office and Speedway Motorsports, this deal was described as a significant investment for the city of Nashville. (Nashville Post)
  2. Five Metro Nashville police officers have been honored for their efforts during the response to the tragic shooting at the Covenant School. Each of the officers received the National Award of Valor from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) for acts of courage and bravery beyond what would normally be expected of them. Officers receiving this high recognition include Officer Rex Engelbert, Detective Michael Collazo, Sergeant Jeff Mathis, Detective Zachary Please and Detective Ryan Cagle. (WZTV)
  3. The Nashville Fire Department’s investigation into a resident hospitalized following a fire at a home near Antioch is officially underway. According to reports, firefighters were able to contain the house fire, but one resident suffered severe burns that required immediate medical attention. Currently, the American Red Cross is helping to assist residents who have been displaced, and investigators are investigating a potential cause of the fire. (WSMV)

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This weekend in Nashville:

Saturday May 27

  • Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Luau at The Dutch (12:00 p.m.)

Sunday May 28

  • Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party at W Nashville (11:00 a.m.)
  • The Real Housewives’ Trivia Party at MLRose Craft Beer & Burgers (6:00 p.m.)
  • Kids eat free every weekend in May at Hooters (11:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Looking for a way to stay active this Memorial Day weekend? The Nashville City’s Cemetery Association and the Metro Historical Commission hold their 23rd Annual Memorial Day Dash from the Adventure Science Center to Fort Negley Historic Park on Monday, May 29. The event will provide beautiful views of the Nashville cityscape and all proceeds will benefit the preservation, restoration and protection of the historic City of Nashville Cemetery. (City of Nashville Cemetery)
  • On Saturday, May 27, the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Park is setting up telescopes and inviting the community to join in for a night filled with beautiful views of the night sky. This free experience will take place near the Cornelia Fort Trailhead and members of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society have to thank for creating this immersive event. There is no registration required to attend. (Bas Shelby)
  • Nashville is set for a cloudy and potentially rainy Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday and Sunday should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and temperatures in the 70s. However, there should be a little more sunshine by Monday and slightly warmer weather with a high in the s 70 superior. (WSMV)

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Alright, you’re all caught up for today! See you next week for your next update.

Nicole Fallon Peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and editor with a degree in media, culture and communication from New York University. She has been a freelance journalist, editor, managing editor and editorial director for various B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and manages content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.

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