Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Priest Lake area getting new tornado sirens - WSMV Channel 4

Priest Lake area getting new tornado sirens - WSMV Channel 4

Posted: Sep 27, 2011 6:29 AM CDTUpdated: Sep 27, 2011 8:14 AM CDT
Two new tornado sirens will be installed in the Priest Lake area, according to District 29 councilwoman Karen Johnson.
In February, two churches along Smith Springs Road were damaged during a severe storm.
The warning sirens will be placed at Lake View Elementary School and the Smith Springs pumping station.
Johnson said the tornado sirens will be installed within the next six months.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Invitation to Inauguration Ceremony

Invitation to Inauguration Ceremony

New Metro Council offers greater diversity than previous body

New Metro Council offers greater diversity than previous body

By Joey Garrison

Davidson County’s new Metro Council is slightly more diverse than the last, with the 40-member legislative body featuring one more African-American, two additional females and the council’s first Hispanic officeholder.
The arrival of the council’s first Latino came in August when District 31 Councilman Fabian Bedne, of Argentinean descent, won outright in his South Nashville-area race. Five races were still pending before last week’s runoffs. Outcomes put the final stamp on the make-up of a new 2011-15 council that has 17 newcomers. 
The council that convened for the final time in August featured nine African-American members and nine women. When the new council meets for the first time in October the 40-member legislative body will have 10 African-American members and 11 women.  READ MORE

A look at the study of potential Sounds stadium sites — and the architecture firm overseeing it

A look at the study of potential Sounds stadium sites — and the architecture firm overseeing it

By Joey Garrison

By the time Bruce Miller arrived in Memphis in the late 1990s, a long-neglected stretch along downtown’s Union Avenue had already been pegged as the home for a new Triple-A minor league baseball stadium. 
All it needed was some blueprints — a plan, a vision.  
Working in tandem with a local architecture firm, Miller led Kansas-City based HOK Sport’s role in designing what would become Auto Zone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds, still the most expensive minor league stadium ever, a city-assisted investment that baseball and urban enthusiasts say provided a needed jolt to decaying downtown Memphis since its 2000 opening. Condos with spectacular field views flank the outfield walls. A hotel and restaurants occupy previously forgotten real estate. A retail center known as Peabody Place popped up just down the street. Inside the ballpark, fans swarmed to the seats, though attendance has since dropped. 
“At the time we first came to Memphis, it was pretty rough,” Miller told The City Paper, recalling the stretch of parking lots and ramshackle buildings now occupied by Auto Zone Park. “It was a rundown area of town, not perceived to be all that safe, and pretty downtrodden economically. I think the ballpark certainly changed that perception. READ MORE

Sunday, September 18, 2011

TVA Rate Impacts - October 2011

TVA implemented a new rate structure on April 1; the new structure includes seasonal rates in addition to a monthly Fuel Cost Adjustment.  The TVA board recently also approved a wholesale base rate increase of 3.08%. 
NES evaluates the impacts that the TVA rates have on NES customers’ bills each month, and we have recently completed the bill effects evaluations for the October 2011 bills.  The average residential home with 1,300 kWh usage will have a bill of $130.86, approximately a 3.3% decrease from last month.   There are two factors which contribute to lower rates in October despite TVA’s base rate increase:  1) the seasonal transitional rate and 2) a reduction in the fuel cost adjustment.  TVA’s base rate for the month of October is the “transitional rate” (as opposed to the summer rates that apply in September).  The monthly Fuel Cost Adjustment for residential customers for the month decreased from 0.850 cents per kWh to 0.503 cents per kWh. 
TVA’s rates are increasingly complicated. 
Please let me know if you have any questions and I will work to get them answered.  Thank you.

Company will drop pursuit of digital billboard in Antioch

Company will drop pursuit of digital billboard in Antioch

The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals granted Richardson Outdoor Advertising’s application for a 50-foot-tall digital board at Bell and Murfreesboro roads earlier this year. But Metro attorneys sued the zoning appeals board in an attempt to overturn the decision three weeks ago.
Lora Fox, a Metro attorney, confirmed today that Richardson’s attorney, Jim Murphy, told the city his client now plans to drop the digital billboard application and seek a permit for a tri-fold sign instead.
“I have not seen the amended application yet,” Fox wrote in an email. “But if Richardson drops its request for a digital sign and receives a permit for a tri-fold sign, it will make the lawsuit moot and Metro will dismiss the suit against the BZA.”
Murphy, a former Metro law director, said he expects Richardson to file the amended application soon.
“It was just a business decision,” he said. “They wanted to move on.”

Fire Hall 35 Grand Opening Pictures in Southeast Nashville

Thank you for everyone who helped to celebrate the grand opening of Engine 35 off Hobson Pike which is now located in our neighboring Metro Council District 33.  This makes way for the construction of the new fire hall for Metro Council District 29.  Our firefighters appreciate the community's overwhelming support.
Click here to view pictures from Metro Governments Official Photographer Gary Layda for Fire Hall 35 Opening

Pictures from Metro Council 911 Observance in Nashville

Click here to view official Metro Pictures by Metro Photographer Gary Layda from Metro Council's 911 Observance 

Click here to view More Pictures from the Metro Council Observance from former Councilman Randy Foster

Multiple trash bin costs headed higher in Davidson County



District 29 Childrens Mural Unveiling at Hamilton Creek Apartments

Click here to view pictures from the District 29 Childrens Mural Unveiling at Hamilton Creek Apartments
Over the summer, WCO held an art camp for “at risk kids “ages 5-13, where 23 children participated in the completion of a mural, “Young Voices, Big Visions,” led by the well-known Nashville artist, Jairo Prado. The project took place over a three-week period; with the focus of the mural being a reflection of the youth in their present community as well as their future self-portraits in the community. They were able to complete a new mural thanks to the efforts of Hickory Hollow's Jerry's Artarama, Woodbine Community Organization (WCO), the Frist Center, and Funds for At-Risk Youth grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC).

Metro Council District 29 E-Newsletter from Councilwoman Karen Y Johnson regarding Neighborhood Grant Program

Metro Council District 29 E-Newsletter from Councilwoman Karen Y Johnson regarding Neighborhood Grant Program

Friday, September 9, 2011

You're Invited to the 10th Annual Observance Ceremony of September 11, 2001, this Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Downtown Library from 3:15 - 4:30 pm

You're Invited to the Grand Opening of Fire Station 35 in Southeast Nashville

THHAP The Hickory Hollow Action Partnership Group Meeting Tuesday September 13 @ 8:30 am

THHAP Meeting

September 13, 2011 at Freeland Chevy at 8:30 A.M.

Please attend this meeting to find out what is new in “your”  neighborhood.
Please forward this invitation on to anyone that is interested in what is going on in the Hickory Hollow area.
THHAP is an organization that was formed to enhance the Hickory Hollow Business District through the combined efforts of business leaders and area residents. In conjunction with community organizations support from the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber South Area Advisory Council, among others. THHAP will play a major role in everything from business recruitment and crime mitigation to beautification and community spirit efforts. The goal is to renew the focus on the area that will lead the rebirth of Hickory Hollow as a new business hub in Middle Tennessee.
       www.THHAP.org Call Carol 731-300 x 0 or Judi 731-9911 if you have questions.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Councilwoman makes plea for Antioch community center, park

Councilwoman makes plea for Antioch community center, park

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 5:22pm

What teachers really want to tell parents

What teachers really want to tell parents
  • Ron Clark is an award-winning teacher who started his own academy in Atlanta
  • He wants parents to trust teachers and their advice about their students
  • Clark says some teachers hand out A grades so parents won't bother them
  • It's OK for kids to get in trouble sometimes; it teaches life lessons, Clark says
Editor's note: Ron Clark, author of "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck -- 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers," has been named "American Teacher of the Year" by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey's pick as her "Phenomenal Man." He founded The Ron Clark Academy, which educators from around the world have visited to learn.
(CNN) -- This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.
I screamed, "You can't leave us," and she quite bluntly replied, "Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can't deal with parents anymore; they are killing us."
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Metro Council District 29 E-Newsletter

Metro Council District 29 E-Newsletter


This District 29-E Newsletter will provide updates for District 29. If you have any information you would like to share with the district, please email me and it will be included. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you and our beautiful District 29.
My term as your District 29 council member officially began on September 1st. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. I will work hard to provide you with information that will give you the opportunity to give feedback and to be involved where possible. I began my first day meeting with Metro Parks Greenway representatives in identifying areas in our district that we can enhance for walking and also areas for our pets. How exciting. I look forward to sharing with you information where we can work together to make our district the most desirable area in Davidson County to live.

District 29 Community Meeting
Our District's first community meeting has been scheduled for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm LAKEVIEW DESIGN CENTER SCHOOL. Invited are representatives from MTA (Metro Transit Authority) and OEM (Office of Emergency Management). You will be able to learn of the grant money that is available to place tornado sirens in our district and ask questions and share what services you would like to see as well as give feedback on the newly added buslink for District 29. Please make plans to attend. I look forward to seeing you.

District 29 Office Hours
District 29 office hours will be held regularly every month in addition to our planned community meetings to give everyone the opportunity to meet and talk with me as your council member in multiple ways so that your ideas and concerns can be addressed. My goal is to serve you and to deliver to our district what you expect. My first office hours will take place in a special fashion with a Breakfast at Krystal's where neighbors in our community hold monthly breakfast club meetings. Please come join me and your neighbors for breakfast and conversation on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 9:00 am until 11:30 am. A schedule of office hours and the locations will be posted on our district website which will be announced soon in the next newsletter and blog which is http://www.district29community.blogspot.com/ as well as facebook for each month.

Education, shopping to mix at Hickory Hollow mall By Joe Morris Updated 11:07AM

It’s been written off, even making its way onto a website chronicling dying shopping centers. But Hickory Hollow Mall isn’t finished yet.
An exodus of anchor tenants and smaller retailers in the last decade, coupled with negative coverage due to alleged gang activity on and around the premises, spooked shoppers and led to empty parking spaces.
In the last 12 months, however, the facility’s fortunes have taken a decided turn for the better, albeit in a bumpy fashion. After a few stops and starts, Metro Nashville is moving into the site in a big way, and Nashville State Community College is heading a multi-pronged educational component for other portions of the mall. Click here to read entire article.

Brush Pickup for District 29

Please remember our Brush Pickup for our area in Davidson County which is area 4 is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 27, 2011. You can click here for the entire schedule.

Our District's new Beautification Commissioner will be taking office soon and will be announcing many great events and news regarding future services and opportunities for brush pickup and bulk item pickup. An announcement of our new Commissioner will be shared soon after this appointment is made by Mayor Karl Dean.


Saturday October 22, 2011 from 7:30 am until 12:30 noon with a cookout to follow beginning at 1:00 pm. Information on set up, dumpster locations and schedule of activities will be shared in the next series of newsletters.


To the Swearing in of Mayor Karl Dean, Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors and the entire Metropolitan Council
Friday, September 23, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Downtown Public Library
Over the summer, Hamilton Creek Apartments in District 29 held an art camp for “at risk kids “ages 5-13, where 23 children participated in the completion of a mural, “Young Voices, Big Visions,” led by the well-known Nashville artist, Jairo Prado. The project took place over a three-week period; with the focus of the mural being a reflection of the youth in their present community as well as their future self-portraits in the community. The children who participated in the summer camp and their families were also able to tour the Frist Center on Saturday, August 27, through an outreach partnership.

‎2011 TN State Fair September 9 thru 18, 2011 Support this 156 year old tradition! 

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Public comment period on rules for Mobile Street Vendors September 12, 2011

Public comment period on rules for Mobile Street Vendors September 12, 2011

Click Here to Comment on Regulations for On Street Mobile Vending

Judge Dalton Swears in Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson.

Judge Dalton Swears in Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson

Thank you to the Honorable Angie Blackshear Dalton who swore me in Thursday, August 25, 2011 as the new Council Member for District 29, and to all my sweet friends, who joined me.

You are also invited to the Swearing In Ceremony where Councilwoman Johnson will be sworn in with Mayor Karl Dean, Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors and the entire Metro City Council, Friday, September 23 at 11:00.  Location will be announced later on this blog.  Save the Date and Time!  Thank you!

Gentry sworn in as criminal court clerk

Gentry sworn in as criminal court clerk today

7:05 PM, Aug. 30, 2011 
Written by
Nicole Young
The Tennessean
Newly appointed Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry Jr. took the oath of office Tuesday before a standing room only crowd in Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton’s courtroom.
Surrounded by his immediate family at the bench, Gentry talked at length about Justice Adolpho A. Birch Jr., whose memorial service was scheduled later that day at War Memorial Auditorium.
He also thanked his family, the Metro Council and several others for supporting him.
Birch, 78, whose name graces the criminal courthouse where Gentry was sworn in, died from cancer Thursday at a local hospital.
“We’ve had our 30-minute ceremony,” Gentry said. “This should really be an A.A. Birch day.”
It was almost as though Birch, who started his career as a Nashville prosecutor and ended up as Tennessee’s highest-ranking judge, was there in spirit.
“He will never, ever be out of our midst,” Gentry said. “He is an icon. We talk about him being a trailblazer for the African-American community, but really, he was a trailblazer for all communities.”
Mayor Karl Dean agreed.
“I have mixed emotions today because of the loss of A.A. Birch,” he said. “I realize he would probably be pleased with this. There’s no greater tribute than what Howard Gentry has done. He’s broken down barriers as the first African-American Vice Mayor of this city and now he’s the first African-American Criminal Court Clerk.
“I know Justice Birch would have been proud to swear him in today.”

Groups seek to lift Tennessee suffrage profile

Groups seek to lift Tennessee suffrage profile

Proposed monument would go near Capitol

The Tennessean
3:54 PM, Aug. 25, 2011 
Karen Y. Johnson
Last year on Aug. 26, when the Tennessee Women's Political Caucus sponsored a Women’s Equality Day event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, we were reminded that the 100th anniversary is only 10 years away.
In 1995, when the nation was celebrating the 75th anniversary, Tennesseans formed The Tennessee Commemorative Woman’s Suffrage Commission led by then first lady and honorary chairwoman Martha Sundquist. The co-chairs were Paula Casey of Memphis and state Sen. Thelma Harper of Nashville.
Historian Carole Bucy served as the executive director and historians Janann Sherman and Carol Lynn Yellin served on the board of directors. They gathered historical documents and three plays were written: The Perfect 36, The Yellow Rose Brigade and Yellow Rose of Suffrage about the events that took place in Tennessee leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.
The plays were performed in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville. Many other events and parades were held across the state that year. The Tennessee suffragists’ work is documented in a book entitled The Perfect 36.
Many artifacts were collected for the 75th anniversary celebration and donated to the Tennessee Museum; however, the curator has not chosen to keep them on display. In fact, no memorials to the events of 1920 appear in our capital city, except a small plaque behind the Hermitage Hotel and a large bas-relief work by local sculptor Alan LeQuire, which hangs in the State Capitol, on the second floor outside the stairway to the Senate Gallery.
As part of the plans made by Woman Suffrage 75 Inc., women from all three Tennessee Grand Divisions agreed to go back to their respective communities and raise the money to erect a suffrage monument in the main cities of Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville. Only the Knoxville women succeeded.
They raised the money and commissioned LeQuire to erect a bronze statue of the leading Tennessee suffragists. The magnificent statue was dedicated on Aug. 26, 2006, and proudly stands in Krutch Park, adjoining the Market Square Mall in downtown Knoxville.
Sadly, no monument has been erected in our capital city, Nashville. The board of the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus voted to spearhead the effort to raise the money and commission an artist to erect a women’s-suffrage monument in Nashville. A separate board has been named for the nonprofit corporation, including women from across Tennessee. We plan to partner with other organizations and individuals to help make the dream a reality. We envision the monument will be placed somewhere near the State Capitol and dedicated on the 100th anniversary of that famous day, Aug. 18, 2020, when the Tennessee legislature ratified the amendment.
With 10 years to raise the money and create an art competition to select a sculptor, we know that what Susan B. Anthony declared is true: “Failure is impossible.”
Karen Y. Johnson is president of the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus and Metro Councilwoman-elect for District 29.