The Week That Was 

Thing of art

Thing of art

Apparently, Nashville can support more than just pro sports. After years of anticipation and no small degree of trepidation, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts officially opened its doors last Sunday to an impressive crowd of 5,000 people. Located at the old Broadway Post Office, the $50 million museum currently features “European Masterworks” and works from local collectors. The Nashville Symphony and the Fisk Jubilee Singers entertained the gathering masses.

Two down

Democratic congressman Bob Clement’s thinly veiled gubernatorial ambitions received another boost last week when potential rival and congressional colleague John Tanner announced as expected that he wouldn’t be a candidate for governor next year. That’s obstacle number two out of the way. Until he announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t make the race, Republican Sen. Fred Thompson was a threat to every gubernatorial wannabe in the state—no matter the political party. The way it looks now, Clement will face a primary challenge from former Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen, who’s making noise about running. Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Van Hilleary is the favorite on the GOP side.

Sow the seeds

Whatever happened to spring? Only two weeks removed from 20-degree weather, temperatures soared into the mid-80s last weekend, prompting Nashvillians to shed their fleece for tank tops. Summer-like conditions are expected to last throughout the week.

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