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PostEclipse Fever in Tennessee (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 08/22/17 1:38 pm)
This eclipse business was quite amazing. Little towns like Cookeville, Tennesee had their populations doubled overnight. And so did the big towns, i.e. Nashville added around 1 million people. With such an influx of eclipse fans, the cities have to provide law enforcement to large organized events as well as spontaneous popular reactions like clogging Interstate and secondary roads. There were widespread rumors that some bed and breakfast places were charging up to $1200 for the night and all motels/hotels were booked solid.
We have some neighbors whose homes were flooded with friends and relatives from out of town. Most businesses closed their doors down for the hour or so surrounding the total eclipse. Some tried to keep their employees at work during lunch break by providing a nice lunch.
It was such a big social event involving millions of people that I am pleasantly surprised how smoothly things came and went without anyone getting hurt. My son in local law enforcement reported nothing but good clean fun from the state network.
JE comments: Excellent news! This country was overdue for some clean and non-controversial fun. Gary Moore (next) also reports from the Blackout Belt.