Let’s just brainstorm.
1. What if Hall charge a speaking fee to the white supremacist groups he meets with? And that fee could go back to the city, since he wouldn’t be in high demand for speaking engagements if he didn’t have the job he did.
2. Legalize pot and tax the hell out of it. Give tobacco farmers something to do! Cigarette smoking may be down, but pot smoking does not seem to be. If people are spending their money on it, and if we are a sales tax-based state, why are we sitting on our hands and missing out on that revenue.
3. Revive the lap dance. Certainly there was a tax paid on that, right? Well, bring it back. Sorry, morality police, but we’re in dire straits here and you’re just going to have to suck it up.
4. Open the old prison for tours. It’s an attractive building. It’s got a lot of interesting history. And we’ll start a rumor that it’s haunted and you can give ghost tours. It’s still owned by the state, I understand, so that’s money all to them, and it gives retired prison guards something to do (or shoot, maybe some retired prisoners who are good storytellers?) as tour guides.
5. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Free parking for locals in pay lots.
6. Charge state legislators a dollar a bill they put forth. That’d be $400 just this year alone!
7. State-run passenger rail between Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.
8. More distilleries in the state. Not to compete with Jack and George, but to compliment them and get some whiskey tourism.
9. A local public works project to put sidewalks everywhere.