Tuesday, January 30, 2018

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Councilwoman Karen Johnson District 29


Metro Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson represents the 29th District in the Metro Council. Her first council race in 2011 she won with 52% of the vote in a field of 5 candidates. Her reelection race in 2015 she won with 82% of the vote. Serving in her second term, she was elected in 2015 President Pro Tempore of the Metro Council. She has served on most Council committees and has served as Chair and Vice Chair.
Driven from an early age to serve her neighbors and her community, Councilwoman Johnson’s record of community service is unsurpassed. Prior to her election to the Council, she served her area as a member of the Metro School Board where she won with 51% of the vote in a field of 3 candidates which included an incumbent, and was an Mayoral appointee on the Metro Boards of Zoning Appeals and Metro Parks and Recreation.
Councilwoman Johnson’s path of public service reflects her passions: as a champion for neighborhoods and an advocate for a better quality of life for all Nashvillians. Her reputation is built on old-fashioned hard work – being at every event that matters, greeting any Nashvillian she happens to meet, and fighting the local battles that many in her position pass by.
Karen Johnson has never met a stranger, and her smile and her big hug are legendary.
For a glimpse at what Councilwoman Johnson is made of, consider this: When her children were school-aged, she served as
President, Secretary and Treasurer of their Parent-Teacher Organizations at Lakeview Elementary School, Cameron Middle, Kennedy Middle, Antioch High School and McGavock High School. During part of this period, she was a single mother.
Councilwoman Johnson’s hard work has paid off. Among many of her accomplishments, to name a few, she was instrumental in making the new Smith Springs Regional Community Center that will serve Seniors, Children and Families a reality. She helped make Cane Ridge High School and Smith Springs Elementary School possible. On her watch, the Una Sports Park facilities were upgraded and restrooms added for the many children and families who frequent the park. She also championed successfully the first Civil Rights Art project for Nashville and the Woman Suffrage Monument.
Beyond government, Councilwoman Johnson is a leading member of the civic community in Nashville and beyond. She is an alumna of Leadership Nashville Class and was elected to the Tennessee Municipal League Board of Directors. Mayor Megan Barry appointed her to Metro’s Diversity Advisory Committee, and she was on the 2017 Council on Youth, Education, and Families Institute.
Councilwoman Johnson is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Alpha Psi, Alpha Delta Omega. She also is a past Chair of the Sister for Sister Conference – 100 Black Women-Metro Nashville. She is a member of the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee. Women in Numbers, Women for Tennessee’s Future and is past President of the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus and member of Les Gemmes Nashville chapter. At the national level, Councilwoman Johnson has been an effective representative of Nashville in the National League of Cities (NLC), an advocacy organization for 19,000 cities, towns and villages that represent more than 218 million Americans. She is an elected NLC National Board member and was selected as a National Fellow with the NLC’s Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, where she also has served at the regional level. She has held a long list of positions with NLC, including Chair of the Transportation Infrastructure and Services Committee, Vice Chair of the Large Cities Council, and member of the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee.
Closer to home, Councilwoman Johnson was the founder of Southeast Nashville’s single largest event, the Southeast Nashville Egg Hunt and Festival which is celebrating its 15th year.
Councilwoman Johnson has been honored by the Nashville Business Journal, as one of the city’s Women of Influence; by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce as a Nashville Emerging Leader; and in 2003 by The Tennessean as one of Nashville’s Top 40 under 40. She also has been honored as the recipient of the public service award from the Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Karen is married to David Johnson, who served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. She has three children, Chris, Jon and Dave, a granddaughter and enjoys traveling, golf, and tennis.
Born to a family of educators, she is the daughter of the late Dr. Leotis Peterman and the late Lucy Peterman Lane.
She was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Tennessee State University and Master’s Degree in Business from Trevecca Nazarene University. She received the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management Merit Scholarship.
Professionally, Karen is Director of Human Resources for Mercy Health Services and has worked previously in Human Resource Management for the State of Tennessee, HCA, and Shoney’s Inc.
She currently is a candidate for Metro Nashville Davidson County Register of Deeds in the May 1, 2018 election.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Southeast Nashville Egg Hunt & Festival Planning Meeting set for Saturday January 27, 2018

Please join us for our 2nd planning meeting https://www.facebook.com/events/403589760071880/?ti=icl

Saturday January 27 at 10 AM - 12 PM
S.E. Library, 5260 HH Pkwy, Rm #1

We will also meet at 10:00 a.m. on the following Saturday mornings: Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 3, March 10, March 17 and the event will be held on March 24. All planning meetings will be held either at the S.E. Library or S.E. Community Center.

Pictures from our Very Successful Holiday Party!!!!

Pics from our very successful Holiday Party. The entertainment provided by the Nashville State Jazz Ensemble was absolutely the best. The food by Angie Watson Peachers Catering and desserts by HomeStyle Bakery and Hts Homecooking was simply delicious and awesome! We are especially grateful to The YMCA Camp Widjiwaganproviding the plates, silverware, and so much more. They always make the event special. Phyllis Stinson and Sue Paugh were phenomenal with the decorations. They were breathtakingly beautiful! All of the volunteers that helped Thank you! A special thank you to the following sponsors:
Mayor Megan Barry, State Street Group, Scott Tift for Chancery Court Judge, District Attorney General Glenn Funk, Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier, Criminal Court Judge Angie Blackshear Dalton, General Sessions Judge Sam Coleman, General Sessions Judge Lynda Jones, Martesha Jones for Public Defender, Sherry Jones for Juvenile Court Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk Ricky Rooker, Brenda Gilmore for State Senate, Lonnell Matthews for Juvenile Court Clerk, Councilman-At-Large Bob Mendes, Councilman-At-Large John Cooper, Councilman At Large Jim Shulman, Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher, Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell, Councilwoman Antoinette Lee, Councilman Jason Potts, Councilman Fabian Bedne, Councilwoman Karen Johnson for Register of Deeds, Duke and Misty Antioch Shell.
Congratulations again to the grand prize winner of the Omni Hotel Package
Tempra Mosley!
WHAT A SUCCESSFUL HOLIDAY PARTY! Thank you everyone for helping to make our community one of the most desirable in our city!#SENashvilleRocks




Click Here to view more pictures from our successful Holiday Party in Southeast Nashville!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Reminder Community Meeting tonight for proposed development along Anderson Road and more



Office hours will not take place this Saturday due to
Hands On Nashville Project to help our Metro Schools
Please consider volunteering to help our schools




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Please make plans to attend this upcoming community meeting regarding a proposed development off Anderson Road


Our Annual Community Wide Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017.  We need your help.  Please contact our beautification commissioner Karen VanCleave at bubbavan@comcast.net if there are specific areas that need to be added and if you can volunteer to help.






Our area since it is directly adjacent to Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher's District has been invited to participate in her free shredding event since we provide free shredding with our cleanup only in the Spring.  If you have items to be shredded, please put this on your calendar to participate.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Video of my youngest son's Wedding Day - Jonathan and Kayla Oye

District 29 family, I wanted to take some time to share with many of you a beautiful video of the wedding since so many of you have asked.  Many have seen the pictures on my facebook page, but for those who are not on that page, I am sharing this with great joy and excitement.  I am truly a blessed and happy mother.  My children have matured and flourished.  The community embraced them as I have served over the years and I and our entire family are forever grateful.  Thank you and Enjoy!



Friday, July 21, 2017

Community Meeting on Proposed Zone Change at 3612 Butler Rd

Share with those you know in our district that may have an interest and/or may be affected by this proposed zone change. Thank you.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Inspiring Smith Springs Public Art Through Community Engagement

PUBLIC ART FOR OUR NEW SMITH SPRINGS REGIONAL RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER
We held our first community engagement event for the Smith Springs Public Art project at the Smith Springs Recreation Area on Saturday, June 3 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Herb the selected artist chosen by an art committee/panel of community leaders lead an art making activity and spoke with community members enjoying our lake. They shared their experiences living in Smith Springs. — with Herb Williams
If you were unable to attend, you can still fill out the questionnaire that Artist Herb Williams and Metro Nashville Arts Department staff member Don Hardin Jr. created for people to give feedback. Click on this link to complete and submit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10rcormbeX65Nf5QJSgyAzQzfc4MmG-z5WsEOUKw30Ls/viewform?edit_requested=true All future Community Engagement dates will be posted at Karen Y. Johnson Metro Council District 29 and Metro Arts (Metro Nashville Arts Commission)












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