Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (02-20-19)

 

Flash Flood Watch for parts of Middle Tennessee

Weather Alert as we prepare for heavy rain and flooding risks across Middle Tennessee. Metro Water dispatched crews Tuesday. They focused on what they call the rain route. They keep a list of streets and bridges that are prone to flooding. Late last week they did a tour of those areas and noted which had heavy debris and clogging.

“If you had some flooding two weeks ago, it’ll probably start a little bit quicker this time. With the saturated soil, trees falling is another concern,” said Greg Woerdeman, TDOT. While those crews work to keep us safe and the roads clear, city leaders are asking everyone to be safe and prepare their safety plan. They urged drivers “don’t be a hero” by trying to pass through flooded roads. “If you see signs up for high water, don’t try it.”

Bernie Sanders Announces He’s Running for President Again in 2020

  • Bernie Sanders officially announced on Tuesday that he’s once again running for president in 2020.
  • It will be the 77-year-old’s second consecutive bid for the Democratic nomination after losing to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
  • “I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign,” Sanders wrote in an email to supporters.
  • When asked Tuesday about his ability to represent the current Democratic Party, Sanders said, “We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age.”

NMAAM RECEIVES $1 MILLION DONATION

The National Museum of African American Music will open its doors in the heart of downtown Nashville later this year.  Tuesday, a joint gift of $1 Million was donated towards the museum’s construction from the Regions Foundation and the Mike Curb Foundation. It’s a major step forward for the new first-of-its-kind museum, which will feature ambitious and evolving displays in tribute to America’s most dynamic and transformative African-American artists and movements. Through galleries, exhibitions, and artifacts, the museum will educate, preserve, and celebrate the rich influence African American’s have made on America’s music.

Nashville Mayor David Briley was among the community leaders there Tuesday for the check presentation.

“I’m a white man who grew up in this city and just only recently did I learn that the name ‘Music City’ did not come from Music Row but came from Fisk University. It came from a visit of the Jubilee singers to England many many years ago, that’s where the moniker came from.”

In honor of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the impact they’ve made on Music City, museum visitors will see the “Fisk Jubilee Singers” name at the Broadway entrance. The donations made Tuesday put the museum in closer reach of its nearly $50-million fundraising goal, with only about 15-percent more to go.


Police: Three people in custody after AK-47 shot outside bar

Authorities say police were patrolling Church Street when they saw a fight outside a hookah bar called 1805 UltraLounge. Police watched security break up the fight and three people walked away, authorities say. Police say someone got into a car then began shooting an AK-47 into the air.

According to police, MNPD followed the unmarked vehicle while calling for back up. Once there were enough back up officers police made a traffic stop. Three people inside the car gave themselves up, authorities say.


TEEN SUES NEWSPAPER FOR BEING WRONGFULLY TARGETED AND BULLIED

16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann, the  student engaging in a stand-off with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial last month is suing The Washington Post for $250 million in damages, alleging the newspaper “wrongfully targeted and bullied” the teen as part of “a modern-day form of McCarthyism.” “because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap” at an anti-abortion rally, and that the paper focused its news coverage on him because of Sandmann’s apparent support of Donald Trump. Sandmann’s attorney, Lin Wood, released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday:The Washington Post, which was purchased by Jeff Bezos in 2013 for the exact sum Sandmann is suing them for, issued a statement:

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