The Cumberland River overflowed its banks because of record-breaking rainfall onMay 1 and 2, flooding several blocks of downtown Nashville and other riverfrontareas in the region. The river crested around 6:00 p.m. on May 3 at 51.86 feet, morethan 11 feet above flood stage, reaching its highest level since the dam system wasbuilt in the early 1960s. May 3, 2010. Courtesy of The Tennessean. Photo: Larry McCormack

Friday News Roundup, January 17

New Issue, Old Floods, and the Future of Transit in the News!

For Your Consideration — The New East Nashvillian!
The January-February edition of The East Nashvillian is now available! This issue features Nashville R&B Music Masterminds Louis York; American roots music maestros The Wood Brothers; activist Jim Gregory’s plan for a “shadier” Nashville, and our exclusive profiles of the 2019 East Nashvillians of the Year — along with much more!

Grab your copy from the usual locations around town or check out the online version right now! 

Go for a Stoplight at Gallatin and Stratford
A new stoplight may be on the way for the intersection of Gallatin Pike and Stratford Avenue, at least if Metro District 7 Councilperson Emily Benedict has her way.

Benedict has been pushing for the stoplight in the aftermath of two serious accidents at the intersection in the past six months. On July 10, 2019, 53-year-old Paul Chovan was struck and killed by car a traveling north on Gallatin Pike, and on Dec. 13 another pedestrian was hit and seriously injured while crossing Gallatin at the same intersection.

With Stratford being a major thoroughfare into Inglewood neighborhoods and the combination various business at the intersection, including the Inglewood post office on nearby Gillock Street, it’s a magnet for potential accidents. With Benedict’s support , Metro Public Works is recommending the Traffic and Parking Commission approve a new stop light for the intersection. The proposal will be discussed and voted on at the Traffic and Parking Commission’s upcoming meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. For more info, visit the Commission’s website.

Lost in the Flood, Found at the Frist
A new exhibit at the First Art Museum chronicles the devastating flood that struck Nashville on May 1 & 2, 2010. The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later tells the story through a combination of visual images and oral history recordings from ten different Nashville neighborhoods to present a broad picture of both the destruction and the relief efforts.

One portion illustrates the long-term impact of the flood by pairing photographs from 2010 with ones from 2020, marking the beginning of a rapid construction boom that has transformed the city’s skyline. The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later runs through May 17, 2020 at the Frist Art Museum.

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Public Transit, Listen Up
The first of 11 Metro transportation plan “public listening sessions” was held in the Antioch/Hickory Hollow community on Thursday of last week. Sponsored by the Mayor’s office, the sessions are being held in January and February for residents throughout Davidson County to voice their ideas, priorities, and concerns regarding transit and transportation in Nashville.

Ten more sessions are planned in various neighborhoods, including one at the Downtown Public Library, 615 Church St., on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., and one for East Nashville/Inglewood/Madison at Studio 615, 272 Broadmoor Drive, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at 6 p.m. For more information, and a complete list of all sessions visit the nashvile.gov website.

Weekly Show Round-Up
Some old favorites on tap this week to keep you entertained!

Friday evening on your way home from work, or right after an early supper, stop by Grimey’s (1060 E. Trinity Lane) where Marcus King will celebrating the release of his new album, El Dorado, with a live set at 6 p.m. Produced by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and cut Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio, the album is already generating a buzz from critics.  For more info, check out Grimey’s online.

Friday night proper, head over to The Basement East, 917 Woodland St., where long-time East Nashvillian Bobby Bare Jr. will be rockin’ the house with some assist from opening act The Blackfoot Gypsies (Who we didn’t want to plug again this week, because we don’t want to look like we’re playing favorites, but hey, we didn’t book the show!) The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit The Basement East website for more info.

Saturday afternoon, dig out your old Dead Kennedys shirt and head on down to Little Harpeth Brewing (30 Oldham St.) for Punk Rock Pizza Party #6. In addition to local and regional young punks, Look What I Did, Tank Rats, Test Passenger, Lipstick Stains, and No, This is Patrick, the Nashville ’80s punk veteran collective Eat My Fuks will be spitting out a set of punk classics. Show starts at 3 p.m. For more info check out Facebook.

Thursday night enjoy tunes from one of Nashville’s most beloved Aussie transplants, Anne McCue, as her and her band the Cubist bring the noise to The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave.). Local fav Seth Timbs is opening. It all goes down Thursday, Jan 23 at 6 p.m. Check out the Facebook event page for more info.

Quick Bits

  • The commercial building that is currently home to Results Physiotherapy and Status Dough Bakery at 921 Gallatin Ave. and the adjacent, empty lot at 919B Gallatin Ave. recently sold for $2.1 million, according to a story in Nashville Post. The two parcels were purchased by the California-based Condit Properties. Condit also owns the buildings containing multiple businesses at 919A Gallatin Ave. (which happens to include the office for The East Nashvillian) and the building at 519 Gallatin Ave., home to Barista Parlor, Local Honey, and Blink Charging Station.
  • If you’ve taken a walk on the Shelby Bottoms Greenway lately you may have noticed a strange color to the water of lately. It not the result of nightmarish pollution though, it’s simply the floating Carolina Mosquito Fern.  For more on this unusual and colorful plant look here.