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Many Tennesseans from Memphis to Nashville are suffering through rolling blackouts while Tennessee Titans stadium remains fully powered, Scoop: Nashville first reported.
And many folks across the Volunteer State are furious.
“Nissan Stadium is probably warmer than most people’s houses right now,” one KWAM NewsTalk Memphis listener said. “The ruling class know how to get what they want.”
Memphis is literally in the dark and under a boil water advisory so the National Football League can play a ball game.
The Tennessee Valley Authority implemented mandatory rolling blackouts in Memphis and Nashville even though temperatures are well-below zero.
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Tennesseans have been advised to conserve energy, turn off unnecessary lights and even forego washing laundry.
And yet the lights from Tennessee Titans stadium illuminated the skyline.
And the neon signs on Lower Broadway, Nashville’s entertainment district, were also blazing at full glory.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper, a Democrat, called on the NFL to postpone today’s game at Nissan Stadium.
“I’ve been informed that TVA’s unilateral rolling blackouts will continue. All non-essential businesses should reduce power usage. I’ve asked the Titans to postpone their 12pm game in solidarity with our neighbors. TVA needs to invest in infrastructure to withstand extreme temps,” the mayor wrote.
Instead of asking, the mayor should’ve told the NFL — no game today. And if they refused to comply, he should’ve personally pulled the plug on the stadium’s power supply.
#NOW: @JohnCooper4Nash‘s @Titans stadium remains fully lit at 5:34 AM as @NESpower begins rolling black-outs for residents across the city due to power demand / @freddieoconnell @brettawithers @Bentonmcdesq #MetroCouncil #ScoopNashville pic.twitter.com/mAtM4xWvwu— Scoop: Nashville (@scoopnash) December 24, 2022
TVA & NES have asked residents to conserve power and not use any large appliances to avoid future rolling blackouts. Meanwhile, at @JohnCooper4Nash‘s @Titans stadium… #FullPower – do as they say, not as they do #MetroCouncil pic.twitter.com/sceZZh9zUJ— Jason Steen (@jasondotnews) December 24, 2022