GOOD NEWS: Nashville Population Boom, New Virgin Hotel, & Cherry Blossom Festival!

This Week in Tennessee News

New Data: Nashville Region Still Growing by 100 People a Day
The Tennessean :: March 28, 2017
Nashville is still booming, and the pace hasn’t slowed. New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the Nashville metro statistical area added 36,337 people during the one-year stretch that ended July 1, 2016, meaning the region grew by an average of 100 people a day over those 12 months.
Suburbs have absorbed the majority of the growth since 2015, with Rutherford County’s population jumping by 9,828 people from 2015 to 2016, followed by Williamson, which grew by 7,433. Davidson County grew…

New Images Released for Nashville Virgin Hotel
The Nashville Post :: March 24, 2017
Virgin Hotels has released two updated images related to the 14-story hotel it plans for a high-profile Music Row site.
In addition, Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates is now involved in the design of the building, according to a spokeswoman handling media relations for Virgin Hotels.
Sir Richard Bransonโ€™s Virgin Group, the parent company of Virgin Hotels, paid $11M for the site in December 2015. The company website lists a 2019 opening for…

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival Returns to Public Square Park
The Nashville Scene, Bites Blog :: March 28, 2017
Make plans and pray to the weather gods for good fortune for April 8, when this year’s 9th annual Cherry Blossom Festival takes place. The festival celebrates Japanese culture with activities, music and entertainment including the Cherry Blossom Walk, taiko drums, a tea ceremony, sumo suit wrestling, pup parades, Japanese candy artist The Candy Man, and my favorite, the cosplay contest.
While you’re enjoying all the sights and sounds of the festival, you can also enjoy Japanese-inspired (or Japan-adjacent) cuisine from a number of local restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Among those scheduled…


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