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Bright & Early: Carry On Edition: 
Good morning, Nashville. A Murfreesboro judge has dismissed most of the complaints in the long-running Murfreesboro mosque case, in which plaintiffs tried to prove that the construction of the mosque is a violation of residents’ constitutional rights. Plaintiffs argued that members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro would be “compelled by their religion to subdue non-Muslims” and therefore posed a threat to the neighborhood. Chancellor Robert Corlew ruled this week that these accusations were unfounded, though he did agree to hear more on the claim that Rutherford County officials violated an open meetings law when they were discussing the approval of the mosque construction.
Probably not worth it. It sounds like Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence may be paying dearly for slacking at work over the past 20 years–or rather, not showing up to work two days out of five each week. Torrence went before the Metro Council last night and learned that he may have to give up as much as 40% of his past earnings or take a pay cut moving forward. Councilman Charlie Tygard is also filing a memorializing resolution calling for his removal from office.
Titans have a lot of free time these days. We’re really happy for the Titans and all of their newfound free time for travel, new business ventures and family time and all, but we (and apparently they) would like to see the 2011 football season happen.
Bits & pieces. Nashville and Memphis are both falling victim to some hefty homeland security funding cuts … A bridge over the Harpeth in Bellevue has been renamed to honor three flood victims … We might see a few scattered thunderstorms today, and we’ll definitely see a warm-up … Tennessee’s unemployment rate rose to 9.6% in April … Those terrifying Asian carp that jump 10 feet in the air and break bones have been spotted in the Cumberland … We forgot to tell you yesterday that Jeff Fisher climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which was probably still easier than his last job.
Photo by Jacob Briggs.
Bright & Early: Carry On Edition:

Good morning, Nashville. A Murfreesboro judge has dismissed most of the complaints in the long-running Murfreesboro mosque case, in which plaintiffs tried to prove that the construction of the mosque is a violation of residents’ constitutional rights. Plaintiffs argued that members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro would be “compelled by their religion to subdue non-Muslims” and therefore posed a threat to the neighborhood. Chancellor Robert Corlew ruled this week that these accusations were unfounded, though he did agree to hear more on the claim that Rutherford County officials violated an open meetings law when they were discussing the approval of the mosque construction.

Photo by Jacob Briggs.

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Photos: Musica Takes Up Beekeeping [TGIF]: 
At this rate, it seems like Musica is sort of enjoying her new status as a nevernude (those Preds shirts have been up for 36 days and counting). What’s an extra beekeeping mask or two? While this seems to be a sneaky viral marketing stunt by Jack Daniels to promote their new Tennessee Honey Whiskey, we prefer the explanation that’s been drifting around the web today – that Musica just needed protection from the cicadas. Here’s the photoset.
Photos: Musica Takes Up Beekeeping [TGIF]:

At this rate, it seems like Musica is sort of enjoying her new status as a nevernude (those Preds shirts have been up for 36 days and counting). What’s an extra beekeeping mask or two? While this seems to be a sneaky viral marketing stunt by Jack Daniels to promote their new Tennessee Honey Whiskey, we prefer the explanation that’s been drifting around the web today – that Musica just needed protection from the cicadas. Here’s the photoset.

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Bright & Early: Rawr Edition: 
FEMA claims it assisted more than 400 Tennesseans who were later determined to be ineligible, and now it wants it’s money back–to the tune of $1.6 million. [Tennessean]
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency will be releasing 36 sturgeons into the Cumberland River from the Shelby Park boat ramp this morning to join the apparent 16,000 they’ve already released in the past few years in order to replenish the population. (We promise this headline was more interesting when we thought it said “surgeons.”) [WSMV]
More than 250 Metro teachers received job termination letters this week, though the district says it’s because their positions were non-renewable and not because of layoffs. [City Paper]
The “rogue” community garden by 440 that TDOT decided to bulldoze is back up and running, better than ever. [WTVF]
State lawmakers have decided not to pursue forcing Amazon to charge sales tax at their proposed Tennessee facilities just yet. [WTVF]
Good news: A building permit has been issued for the Dave & Busters at Opry Mills, meaning that we’re that much closer to having our mall back. [WTVF]
A new report by the TBI says that 85 counties in Tennessee have reported at least one sex trafficking case involving a minor in the past two years. [Tennessean]
Sen. Ketron has been distributing a new DVD accusing Nashville Muslims of supporting terrorism. [Tennessean]
Hundreds of high school students turned out again yesterday to protest the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which was eventually deferred. [WPLN]
Photo by Eva Maria.
Bright & Early: Rawr Edition:
  • FEMA claims it assisted more than 400 Tennesseans who were later determined to be ineligible, and now it wants it’s money back–to the tune of $1.6 million. [Tennessean]
  • The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency will be releasing 36 sturgeons into the Cumberland River from the Shelby Park boat ramp this morning to join the apparent 16,000 they’ve already released in the past few years in order to replenish the population. (We promise this headline was more interesting when we thought it said “surgeons.”) [WSMV]
  • More than 250 Metro teachers received job termination letters this week, though the district says it’s because their positions were non-renewable and not because of layoffs. [City Paper]
  • The “rogue” community garden by 440 that TDOT decided to bulldoze is back up and running, better than ever. [WTVF]
  • State lawmakers have decided not to pursue forcing Amazon to charge sales tax at their proposed Tennessee facilities just yet. [WTVF]
  • Good news: A building permit has been issued for the Dave & Busters at Opry Mills, meaning that we’re that much closer to having our mall back. [WTVF]
  • A new report by the TBI says that 85 counties in Tennessee have reported at least one sex trafficking case involving a minor in the past two years. [Tennessean]
  • Sen. Ketron has been distributing a new DVD accusing Nashville Muslims of supporting terrorism. [Tennessean]
  • Hundreds of high school students turned out again yesterday to protest the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which was eventually deferred. [WPLN]

Photo by Eva Maria.

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Bright & Early: Long Way Home Edition: 
Good morning, Nashville. The Musicians Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Country Music Hall of Fame) could finally open its doors again–inside the Municipal Auditorium. The attraction shut down last year after a particularly nasty battle with the MDHA in which the city bought up and demolished that entire section of town to make way for the new Music City convention center. Owner Joe Chambers hung on for as long as he could, insisting that he wasn’t being offered fair compensation, but finally gave in and put his historic collection into storage. Several months later, the floodwaters crept into the storage facility and damaged much of the memorabilia including Johnny Cash’s and Jimi Hendrix’s guitars. However, about 96% of the flood-damaged collection was able to be salvaged and may find a new home in the bottom floor of the Municipal Auditorium if a deal is finalized.
Please oh please. The Senate is about to vote on a bill that would allow breweries (ahem, Yazoo) sell their high-alcohol beer (ahem, Sue) in the brewery and would also allow distilleries (ahem, Jack Daniels) to sell their liquor in normal, non-commemorative bottles. Our fingers are crossed.
Meanwhile in the ‘boro. Murfreesboro residents are upset about yet another development right next door to the very controversial mosque site: A proposed site for alcohol and drug offenders. Resident Andrew Kearney articulated the neighbors’ concern, telling WSMV, “We got Muslims building a mosque down the street. We have drug and alcohol people now trying to build. We had a murder down the street on Tuesday. My neighbors have been robbed.”
Bits & pieces. Sen. Ketron has decided to put off his Arizona-style immigration law until next year … A lady in East Nashville keeps getting Metro Water bills for upwards of $1000, suspiciously following the installation of a new water meter. Metro Water insists it’s not their fault … Metro finally readopted their juvenile curfew after several months of not realizing that it had even lapsed … Two-thirds of the teachers at Cane Ridge and Hillsboro high schools don’t feel safe in their school environments … Bonnaroo general admission tickets are SOLD OUT (and also they’re installing RFID chips in all their wristbands this year so “your friends” can track your movement if you so choose.)
Photo by Jessica Johnson.
Bright & Early: Long Way Home Edition:

Good morning, Nashville. The Musicians Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Country Music Hall of Fame) could finally open its doors again–inside the Municipal Auditorium. The attraction shut down last year after a particularly nasty battle with the MDHA in which the city bought up and demolished that entire section of town to make way for the new Music City convention center. Owner Joe Chambers hung on for as long as he could, insisting that he wasn’t being offered fair compensation, but finally gave in and put his historic collection into storage. Several months later, the floodwaters crept into the storage facility and damaged much of the memorabilia including Johnny Cash’s and Jimi Hendrix’s guitars. However, about 96% of the flood-damaged collection was able to be salvaged and may find a new home in the bottom floor of the Municipal Auditorium if a deal is finalized.

Photo by Jessica Johnson.

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Celebrate Art Museum Day With Free Frist Admission This Wednesday [Freebies]: 
This Wednesday, May 18 is Art Museum Day and our local resident art museum will be celebrating in the way we like best – free admission all day. The Frist Center will join over 100 art museums nationwide participating in Art Museum Day, giving us a final (free) opportunity to check out some of their exhibits before they close. If you’ve been dragging your feet, don’t wait any longer - Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue Skinned Savior, Simen Johan: Until The Kingdom Comes and Hindu Home Shrines all close on May 29.
Art Museum Day at the Frist Center, Wednesday, May 18, 10am-5:30pm, free admission. 
Photo by Wonderdawg777.
Celebrate Art Museum Day With Free Frist Admission This Wednesday [Freebies]:

This Wednesday, May 18 is Art Museum Day and our local resident art museum will be celebrating in the way we like best – free admission all day. The Frist Center will join over 100 art museums nationwide participating in Art Museum Day, giving us a final (free) opportunity to check out some of their exhibits before they close. If you’ve been dragging your feet, don’t wait any longer - Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue Skinned Savior, Simen Johan: Until The Kingdom Comes and Hindu Home Shrines all close on May 29.

Art Museum Day at the Frist Center, Wednesday, May 18, 10am-5:30pm, free admission.

Photo by Wonderdawg777.

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The Belcourt Knocks Summer Out Of The Park: Free Outdoor Cinema, Eight First Run Films & More: 
We have an announcement to make: Nashvillest is now going to be spending our entire summer indoors. The Belcourt been announcing their summer lineup piece-by-piece, Bonnaroo style, via Twitter today and it just keeps getting better and better. As you might know, we’re big fans of the freebies here at Nashvillest, so a Second Saturday Outdoor Cinema lineup that includes The Blues Brothers, Destry Rides Again, Wargames and Psycho is music to our ears. But they didn’t stop there, and now it looks like we’ll be shelling out a giant chunk of our hard-earned cash on dozens of must-see films this summer.
We’ll reminisce about Conan’s Nashville appearance that we couldn’t get into (but we’re not bitter…) at Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, screening June 24-30. We’ll catch crowd-pleasers from the Nashville Film Festival that we couldn’t fit into our crazy schedules last month (Buck, opens June 24; Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, limited June 17-19 run). We’ll spend our Tuesdays reviewing the filmography of acclaimed director Terrance Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World), culminating in a full run of his latest effort, the highly anticipated The Trees Of Life. And if we haven’t completely morphed into a theatre seat by that point, we’ll spend the rest of our summer watching Road Movies of the 70′s and 80′s (look out, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure).
That just scratches the surface of what the Belcourt’s got up their sleeves for summer. They’ll also be showing the films of Elizabeth Taylor on weekends in June/July, and a bunch more June First Run Films – I Am, Queen of the Sun, Incendies, and Memphis Heat.
But back to the freebies. The Belcourt’s annual Second Saturday Outdoor Cinema film series is like a grittier (literally – it’s in the parking lot) version of the Scene’s Movies in the Park, and we’d probably pay to go even if it wasn’t free (nobody tell the Belcourt). We know you guys love freebies just as much as we do, so we’ve got that full schedule below the cut. For all the rest, follow one of the many links to Belcourt.org in this post.
Photo by jhwill.
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The Belcourt Knocks Summer Out Of The Park: Free Outdoor Cinema, Eight First Run Films & More:

We have an announcement to make: Nashvillest is now going to be spending our entire summer indoors. The Belcourt been announcing their summer lineup piece-by-piece, Bonnaroo style, via Twitter today and it just keeps getting better and better. As you might know, we’re big fans of the freebies here at Nashvillest, so a Second Saturday Outdoor Cinema lineup that includes The Blues Brothers, Destry Rides Again, Wargames and Psycho is music to our ears. But they didn’t stop there, and now it looks like we’ll be shelling out a giant chunk of our hard-earned cash on dozens of must-see films this summer.

We’ll reminisce about Conan’s Nashville appearance that we couldn’t get into (but we’re not bitter…) at Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, screening June 24-30. We’ll catch crowd-pleasers from the Nashville Film Festival that we couldn’t fit into our crazy schedules last month (Buck, opens June 24; Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, limited June 17-19 run). We’ll spend our Tuesdays reviewing the filmography of acclaimed director Terrance Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World), culminating in a full run of his latest effort, the highly anticipated The Trees Of Life. And if we haven’t completely morphed into a theatre seat by that point, we’ll spend the rest of our summer watching Road Movies of the 70′s and 80′s (look out, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure).

That just scratches the surface of what the Belcourt’s got up their sleeves for summer. They’ll also be showing the films of Elizabeth Taylor on weekends in June/July, and a bunch more June First Run FilmsI Am, Queen of the Sun, Incendies, and Memphis Heat.

But back to the freebies. The Belcourt’s annual Second Saturday Outdoor Cinema film series is like a grittier (literally – it’s in the parking lot) version of the Scene’s Movies in the Park, and we’d probably pay to go even if it wasn’t free (nobody tell the Belcourt). We know you guys love freebies just as much as we do, so we’ve got that full schedule below the cut. For all the rest, follow one of the many links to Belcourt.org in this post.

Photo by jhwill.

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Bright & Early: A Bug’s Life Edition: 
For the 13th straight month, Tennessee’s sales tax revenues have shown some pretty significant growth. We’re also about $126 million ahead of sales tax revenue projections for this fiscal year, which ends in June. [WTVF]
Way to go, Nashville: We’ve been named the fourth most gas-guzzling city according to Forbes. [WSMV]
Coincidentally, a Brookings Institution study showed that we have some of the saddest public transportation in the country and that less than a third of our jobs in Nashville are accessible by public transit. [Tennessean]
Though the job market is steadily improving, Nashville teens are still having  a tough time finding summer jobs this year. [WKRN]
Gas prices could get even more absurd if oil refineries along the Mississippi River are affected by the flooding. [WSMV]
The controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill is getting bogged down in Senate committees, but that hasn’t stopped local high school students from protesting it every chance they get. [Tennessean]
In an effort to bring fresh, healthy options to folks with lower incomes, the East Nashville Farmers’ Market has announced that they’re now accepting food stamps. [WTVF]
Photo by Chris Wage.
Bright & Early: A Bug’s Life Edition:
  • For the 13th straight month, Tennessee’s sales tax revenues have shown some pretty significant growth. We’re also about $126 million ahead of sales tax revenue projections for this fiscal year, which ends in June. [WTVF]
  • Way to go, Nashville: We’ve been named the fourth most gas-guzzling city according to Forbes. [WSMV]
  • Coincidentally, a Brookings Institution study showed that we have some of the saddest public transportation in the country and that less than a third of our jobs in Nashville are accessible by public transit. [Tennessean]
  • Though the job market is steadily improving, Nashville teens are still having  a tough time finding summer jobs this year. [WKRN]
  • Gas prices could get even more absurd if oil refineries along the Mississippi River are affected by the flooding. [WSMV]
  • The controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill is getting bogged down in Senate committees, but that hasn’t stopped local high school students from protesting it every chance they get. [Tennessean]
  • In an effort to bring fresh, healthy options to folks with lower incomes, the East Nashville Farmers’ Market has announced that they’re now accepting food stamps. [WTVF]

Photo by Chris Wage.

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Nashville’s Farmer’s Markets: Local Food Movement Continues To Grow: 
In the past four years, the local food movement has really taken root in Nashville (yes, pun intended, and no, we’re not talking about when they built Whole Foods). Neighborhood farmers markets have been popping up on all sides of town, and this year is no different. The Woodbine Farmers Market, East Nashville Farmers Market and West Nashville Farmers Market all return to their respective communities this month, and 12 South joins them on May 24 with a new farmers market of its very own. It can get confusing trying to keep track of when each market is open, so we’ve put together a little guide to Nashville’s 2011 farmers markets for you. 
East Nashville Farmers Market210 South 10th Street, Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30pm, May 11 – October 26.
The East Nashville Farmers Market opens today at the corner of 10th and Russell, and if their grand opening celebration is any indication of what’s in store for the rest of the year, we’re in for a treat. The grand opening today will have special guests, live music and even a petting zoo. Councilman Mike Jamison and chefs Tandy Wilson, Jeremy Barlow, Laura Wilson and Jen Franzen will be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony to kick things off, and more than 30 local vendors will be set up to sell you local produce, dairy, meats, prepared foods and other handmade goods each week. Even East Nashville’s own food truck pioneer, Mas Tacos, will be making a now-rare daytime appearance at the market each week. One of the biggest changes this year is that vendors will be set up to accept SNAP/food stamps, making healthy local food more accessible to the community. Keep up with the East Nashville Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter.
Woodbine Farmers MarketColeman Park Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane, Saturdays from 9am-12pm, May 14 – November. 
The Woodbine Farmers Market is coming up on its own grand opening, this Saturday from 9am-12pm. The time and date have changed from last year, so take note! Over 20 local vendors will sell everything from the staples – produce, meat, dairy – to the specialties – pasta, coffee, and fancy baked goods. One of Nashville’s newest food trucks, Riff’s Fine Street Food, will also be a regular fixture at the market this year. Speaking of Riff’s, Chef Carlos Davis will be holding a Teaching Kitchen at the market’s grand opening with two cooking demonstrations held at 9:45am and 10:45am. Other grand opening festivities include live music from Robby Hecht and a bilingual (Spanish and English) storytime for the kiddos at 11am. And if you can’t make it out this week, be sure to save the date for May 21st’s special Green Market Festival and other special events the last Saturday of every month. Keep up with the Woodbine Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter. 
West Nashville Farmers MarketRichland Park, 4601 Charlotte Pike, Saturdays from 9am-12pm, April – November.
The West Nashville Farmers Market has already been open for several weeks. With nearly 30 vendors and a handful of Nashville favorites – Bongo Java, The Green Wagon, Bang Candy Company and more – this market is settling in for another strong year. It’s a Celebration of Strawberries this Saturday at the market – buy local, organic strawberries from vendors and participate in the annual strawberry contest. Okay, so we’re not really sure what a strawberry contest is, but we’re sure they’ll tell you. Keep up with the West Nashville Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter.
12 South Farmers MarketSevier Park, 3000 Granny White Pike, Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30pm, May 24 – October.
The newest farmers market on the block, the 12 South Farmers Market will provide locally grown and produced food and goods to the 12 South community. They throw open the doors in just two weeks on May 24, and already have over 20 vendors lined up to participate. In true 12 South form, opening day will double as a Mustache May contest, so bring your best ‘staches and come ready to be judged. Other special events will take place the third week of every month, so mark your calendars! Keep up with the 12 South Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter. 
Nashville Farmers Market900 Rosa Parks Blvd, open all week year-round from 8am-5pm (merchant hours vary).
With all of the excitement of the new neighborhood farmers markets, don’t forget the year-round Nashville Farmers Market this summer. After sustaining some pretty significant flood damage last year, the market is all dried out, renovated, and everyone is back open for business and we couldn’t be happier about that. We love to spend a Saturday morning meandering around and exploring the different vendors, international markets and ethnic foods. On the weekends you’ll find row after row of vendors with produce, meats, cheese, jams, honey, spices, herbs and more in the outdoor market. When you finish your shopping, head inside for a bite to eat from one of the amazing local restaurants – If you want Jamaican, Mediterranean, Cajun, Indian or good old fashioned BBQ, it’s all there. Top it off with a New Orleans-style snowball from Fleur de lis Flavors or an authentic Belgian waffle from new vendor Taste of Belgium and call it a day well spent. Keep up with the Nashville Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter. 
Photo by Ēva Maria.
Nashville’s Farmer’s Markets: Local Food Movement Continues To Grow:

In the past four years, the local food movement has really taken root in Nashville (yes, pun intended, and no, we’re not talking about when they built Whole Foods). Neighborhood farmers markets have been popping up on all sides of town, and this year is no different. The Woodbine Farmers Market, East Nashville Farmers Market and West Nashville Farmers Market all return to their respective communities this month, and 12 South joins them on May 24 with a new farmers market of its very own. It can get confusing trying to keep track of when each market is open, so we’ve put together a little guide to Nashville’s 2011 farmers markets for you.

East Nashville Farmers Market
210 South 10th Street, Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30pm, May 11 – October 26.

The East Nashville Farmers Market opens today at the corner of 10th and Russell, and if their grand opening celebration is any indication of what’s in store for the rest of the year, we’re in for a treat. The grand opening today will have special guests, live music and even a petting zoo. Councilman Mike Jamison and chefs Tandy Wilson, Jeremy Barlow, Laura Wilson and Jen Franzen will be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony to kick things off, and more than 30 local vendors will be set up to sell you local produce, dairy, meats, prepared foods and other handmade goods each week. Even East Nashville’s own food truck pioneer, Mas Tacos, will be making a now-rare daytime appearance at the market each week. One of the biggest changes this year is that vendors will be set up to accept SNAP/food stamps, making healthy local food more accessible to the community. Keep up with the East Nashville Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter.

Woodbine Farmers Market
Coleman Park Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane, Saturdays from 9am-12pm, May 14 – November.

The Woodbine Farmers Market is coming up on its own grand opening, this Saturday from 9am-12pm. The time and date have changed from last year, so take note! Over 20 local vendors will sell everything from the staples – produce, meat, dairy – to the specialties – pasta, coffee, and fancy baked goods. One of Nashville’s newest food trucks, Riff’s Fine Street Food, will also be a regular fixture at the market this year. Speaking of Riff’s, Chef Carlos Davis will be holding a Teaching Kitchen at the market’s grand opening with two cooking demonstrations held at 9:45am and 10:45am. Other grand opening festivities include live music from Robby Hecht and a bilingual (Spanish and English) storytime for the kiddos at 11am. And if you can’t make it out this week, be sure to save the date for May 21st’s special Green Market Festival and other special events the last Saturday of every monthKeep up with the Woodbine Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter.

West Nashville Farmers Market
Richland Park, 4601 Charlotte Pike, Saturdays from 9am-12pm, April – November.

The West Nashville Farmers Market has already been open for several weeks. With nearly 30 vendors and a handful of Nashville favorites – Bongo Java, The Green Wagon, Bang Candy Company and more – this market is settling in for another strong year. It’s a Celebration of Strawberries this Saturday at the market – buy local, organic strawberries from vendors and participate in the annual strawberry contest. Okay, so we’re not really sure what a strawberry contest is, but we’re sure they’ll tell you. Keep up with the West Nashville Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter.

12 South Farmers Market
Sevier Park, 3000 Granny White Pike, Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30pm, May 24 – October.

The newest farmers market on the block, the 12 South Farmers Market will provide locally grown and produced food and goods to the 12 South community. They throw open the doors in just two weeks on May 24, and already have over 20 vendors lined up to participate. In true 12 South form, opening day will double as a Mustache May contest, so bring your best ‘staches and come ready to be judged. Other special events will take place the third week of every month, so mark your calendars! Keep up with the 12 South Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter.

Nashville Farmers Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd, open all week year-round from 8am-5pm (merchant hours vary).

With all of the excitement of the new neighborhood farmers markets, don’t forget the year-round Nashville Farmers Market this summer. After sustaining some pretty significant flood damage last year, the market is all dried out, renovated, and everyone is back open for business and we couldn’t be happier about that. We love to spend a Saturday morning meandering around and exploring the different vendors, international markets and ethnic foods. On the weekends you’ll find row after row of vendors with produce, meats, cheese, jams, honey, spices, herbs and more in the outdoor market. When you finish your shopping, head inside for a bite to eat from one of the amazing local restaurants – If you want Jamaican, Mediterranean, Cajun, Indian or good old fashioned BBQ, it’s all there. Top it off with a New Orleans-style snowball from Fleur de lis Flavors or an authentic Belgian waffle from new vendor Taste of Belgium and call it a day well spent. Keep up with the Nashville Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo by Ēva Maria.

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Bright & Early: Preds Nation Edition: 
Good morning, Nashville. We’re a little brokenhearted this morning over the Preds’ loss to Vancouver in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals last night, ending their glorious playoff run for 2011. The Preds fell 2-1 to the Canucks at Bridgestone last night after one of the hardest-fought series we’ve ever seen, and though we’re all pretty bummed this morning, Nashville hockey fans couldn’t be more proud.  With the best record in the NHL, the Canucks will move forward to play either the San Jose Sharks or the Detroit Redwings in pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
Upping the ante. As the fight against sales tax continues, Amazon.com is proposing three additional distribution centers in Tennessee on top of the two it already planned to build if they’re able to avoid charging sales tax. Altogether, the three other centers could bring nearly  4,000 full- and part-time jobs to the state.
Dangerous debris in Harpeth. The Harpeth River Watershed Association is hoping to skim the Harpeth River for dangerous metal debris that they say is hiding beneath the surface left over from the May floods. Over the course of the summer, they’ll use canoes and inner tubes to locate and extract the dangerous objects.
Bits & pieces. Married couples are now the minority in Nashville … Thousands of honey bees swarmed O’Charley’s in West Nashville before being gathered up by a beekeeper and relocated … Rutherford County Schools officials are now including a DUI Wall of Shame in one of their newsletters to highlight teachers who are repeat offenders.
Photo by Paul Nicholson.
Bright & Early: Preds Nation Edition:

Good morning, Nashville. We’re a little brokenhearted this morning over the Preds’ loss to Vancouver in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals last night, ending their glorious playoff run for 2011. The Preds fell 2-1 to the Canucks at Bridgestone last night after one of the hardest-fought series we’ve ever seen, and though we’re all pretty bummed this morning, Nashville hockey fans couldn’t be more proud.  With the best record in the NHL, the Canucks will move forward to play either the San Jose Sharks or the Detroit Redwings in pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

Photo by Paul Nicholson.

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