P.S. - One of Nashville's greatest Charleston imports is Ms. Martha Rivers Ingram, a grandaughter of South Carolina's late U.S. Rep. Mendel Rivers. She is chair of Ingram Industries based here, and one of the nation's leading supporters of the arts (particularly Nashville's) and education (particularly, Vanderbilt University, where she is a former chair of the board of trustees).
As a Charleston native and longtime Nashville resident ('79-'81, '91-present), I loved this article. I revel in friends' comments here about how they love Charleston and (other than missing the ocean), I love my adopted hometown. Its progress in the past 10-15 years is phenomenal. The proliferation of fine restaurants is source of unending amazement for long-time residents, who remember when meat-n-three's were as often the topic of foodie conversation as Jimmy Kelly's steakhouse or the long-expired Arthur's. I had no regrets about leaving Nashville in '81 to spend a decade in D.C., but now I can't imagine not spending the balance of my life here, among such good friends and natural beauty. That said, I was surprised that no one has yet mentioned NOSHVILLE, the town's only true deli. As for Nashville not rising early, you must be thinking of some other Nashville. That's true, of course, in the entertainment sector, with its evening gigs, but most others in this Central Time Zone city are up-and-at-'em, often before daybreak, and breakfast start-times are layered from 0-dark-30. Cheers, Milt
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