Monday, June 7, 2010

Did You See What Was Going On in Nashville???

Hey all,

Well it's Monday, and I'm back with my daily blog. Sometimes it will be about my time overseas, but I'll also be talking about whatever rocks my boat for the day. I've got tons to tell you about Asia, but we all know that like cheesy home videos, travel blogs can get old too. So I hope by changing things up, I'll keep you all interested in what's going on with me and my world.

First off, let me remind you about the contest that is going on this week. Check Friday's Blog for deets! Now let's move on to what actually caught my attention today.

Has anyone seen what is going on in Nashville? This last month? Have you seen any news coverage on it?

Nashville was flooded out when the Cumberland River rose thirteen feet above FLOOD stage.

A friend of mine sent me a video and I was astonished at what I saw. Places where I'd walked played, sang and worked were underwater. I immediately got on the phone and touched base with my friends living there. I got through to some, but quite a few still have their phones out. Which worried me even more. What the hell is going on up there?

And why the hell didn't the newsies give them more than sixteen minutes on National News? I know that other things are happening too, but still... This is our own of the most popular destinations in the USA and we barely heard anything.

Look at the pic of the Grand Old Opry here. It's bloody underwater!!! Do you know how much money goes through here on a yearly basis? Just why wasn't it important enough for the newsies to talk about.

Maybe I'm prejudiced because I love Nashville and everything about it. Obviously I've been there. Anyone who's read my Second Chances trilogy should be able to tell that. I've vacationed there, worked there and played as well. Jonathon and I have looked at moving to that area and still might in the future. I guess it just bothers me that people died and there was over a billion dollars in damage and Lee Harvey Oswald's cab getting sold to a Illinois museum gets more press than a devastating natural disaster.

Okay, I'm not just bothered...I'm pissed. A little over a month later and what has been done?

Where are the calls for aid? Why hasn't the Red Cross beat the drum like they've done in other disasters? Have they, but the news stations aren't reporting it? Check out some of the links online. This isn't just a puddle on the street we are talking about. Hello? Thirteen feet ABOVE flood stage!!!

At least the country music people did something. A benefit to help out and it went quite well. Plus a lot of the artists donated money to help out, but it bugs me that more hasn't been reported. Bugs me alot.

Anyway, I'll step off my soap box now. If you want to make a donation to help, check out these two links. They should be able to point you in the right direction. or

I'll be back next with a story about a bat cave. And I don't mean the one with the guys in the tights! Jumping monkeys and temples, Batman!

Hugs to all,
CJ England
Follow Your Dreams


Ray said...

Excellent blog. The national news seems to be overwhelmed by the BP spill, but I have seen coverage of the flooding in Tennessee several times whenever there has been an update. The news channels have been showing flooding with the weather reports.
Not anything in the last several days, but there was even mention of what the CW stars have been doing.


Unknown said...

You already know my opinion of the coverage. I only found out through the country music emails I get.
The media should be ashamed!

Phylis said...

I knew there was a flood but there didn't seem to be much in the news about it. *shaking head* I will never understand the workings of the media!