Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday Night's Shooting Outside Hickory Hollow Mall Not Believed to Have Been Random

January 21, 2012


          South Precinct detectives believe Friday night’s shooting outside Hickory Hollow Mall that left a Florida man with a non-critical wound to his shoulder was not random and that there’s much more to the story than they’ve been told.
          The victim, Cedric Davis, 27, of Ft. Lauderdale, told detectives that he is not interested in prosecuting the gunman.
          Davis was at the mall with four other persons, a woman from Cincinnati and three men from Florida.  None of the group consented to formal interviews.  Detectives were able to piece together this scenario despite inconsistent statements from the group:
          The woman from Cincinnati, Jennifer Walen, 35, said that she walked out to the group’s black Infinity SUV to drop off shopping bags when she was approached by two gunmen and was ordered to get into the vehicle.  Walen said the men asked her where the money was and “where do they keep the cash.”  Somehow Whalen got out of the vehicle, walked back into the mall and told the others in the group what had happened.  The four Florida men accompanied Walen back to the Infinity.  They said a man was standing at the side of vehicle with all the doors open.  They reported that when he saw the group approaching, he closed the tailgate, pulled a pistol and fired.  Davis was hit in the shoulder.
          Detectives have identified two of the men traveling with Davis.  The others said they did not know the name of the third person, although he had accompanied them from Florida.
          A local witness who was in the parking lot when the shooting occurred saw just one gunman.  The witness said it appeared to him the gunman knew members of the group.  Most of the involved parties were reluctant to give officers their names and were more concerned with just leaving.

Original News Story

One Person Shot At Hickory Hollow Mall
NewsChannel 5 WTVF
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- One person was injured in a shooting at Hickory Hollow Mall Friday night. The shooting happened just after 8 p.m.
Police said that as a woman was leaving the mall she was rushed by two men armed with guns that forced her to get into her car and demanded money. It was unclear what happened inside the vehicle, but somehow the woman managed to get away. The victim fled back into the mall and brought two of her male friends back out to the car with her.
Officials said when the suspects saw the victim and her friends coming out of the mall they fired several shots. One 27-year-old man was hit in the shoulder and transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Police have not said if the suspects were in custody in relation to this case. The identity of the victim also had not been released.

Backyard Chicken Ordinance Passes with 8 Metro Council Districts Opted Out to include District 29, Community Meeting on HH Mall, and more

Backyard Chicken Ordinance Passes with 8 Metro Council Districts Opted Out to include District 29, Community Meeting on HH Mall, and more

Thank you to each and everyone of you who attended the Urban Chicken Ordinance meeting at Antioch Church of Christ, sent emails, and made phone calls to give me your feedback. As the news reports have shared, the Urban Chicken Ordinance below passes with council districts 12, 20, 28(Dominy), 29(Johnson), 30(Potts), 31(Bedne), 32(Dowell), and 33(Duvall) - All Six in Southeast Davidson County exempted. 
Click on the below to view the ordinance

Below are some articles just in case you missed any. Thank you.

Backyard chickens ordinance for only part of Nashville is a first
The Tennessean 1/19/2012

While a majority of Metro Council members agreed this week that Nashville residents should be allowed to raise chickens, a handful squawked enough to get their districts exempted from the new law.

In doing so, they reached a split verdict that critics fear could change the way the council does business.

Eight of the 35 council districts — 12, 20 and 28 through 33 — were allowed to opt out of the urban chicken ordinance, which will allow people living in residential zoning districts to keep small numbers of chickens in their back yards for a $25 annual permit fee. Council members representing those districts said their constituents were overwhelmingly opposed to the proposal.

The unprecedented decision, made by the narrowest of majorities Tuesday night, raised thorny questions about the establishment of public policy and the ability of the majority of elected representatives to decide what the entire city will do. Click on link above to read the entire news story.

Backyard chickens approved in Nashville
The Tennessean 1/18/2012

Chickens, long forbidden in Nashville’s urban precincts, will now get to cluck in the city — legally.

After a 45-minute debate and a close decision to let nearly one-quarter of Davidson County opt out, the Metro Council voted 21-15 on Tuesday to allow residents to raise hens in their back yards. Click on link above to read the entire news story.

Backyard chicken bill survives opposition, clears Metro Council
Nashville City Paper 1/19/2012

But Tuesday’s win overcame a serious challenge. The bill failed to receive recommendations from two council committees. Most troubling to its fate, eight council members were successful in opting out their individual districts through the approval of a last-minute amendment, which cleared by an 18-17 vote.

Council districts exempt from the backyard chicken law are: 12, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33. Six of the shielded districts are in southeastern Davidson County; one is in Donelson; and the other is in West Nashville. Click on link above to read the entire news story.

Councilman wants district exempt from backyard chicken bill
WKRN NewsChannel 2

Metro Council members on Tuesday will hear the third and final reading of the highly controversial urban chicken ordinance.

The ordinance would make it legal for Davidson County residents to have up to six chickens in their backyard, depending on property size.

The ordinance passed the second reading at the council's meeting on January 3....Click on Link above to read the entire news story.

Area RUBY TUESDAY - Nashboro/Murfreesboro Road location steps up to help with the Lakeview Elementary School Playground Build Project
Please consider helping with this very important project to help one of our neighborhood schools. The playground is very much needed
SAVE THE DATE and Mark your calendars to dine at our District Ruby Tuesday, Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6 PM. 20% of all sales will be given to this project. A special thank you is extended to District 29's own LaTisha Cox, who lives in our district and is the General Manager for helping with this effort and Principal Robin Shumate for her outstanding leadership! We need all neighbors in District 29 to help make this a success. Thank you.


Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Antioch Middle School
(Meeting will be held in the Library)
5050 Blue Hole Road
Antioch, TN 37013
(* There will be regular chairs and bar stool seating available) 

Purpose: To discuss upcoming District 32 happenings. Agenda includes discussing the development projects in the District: the former JC Penny’s into the proposed Library and Community Center, Nashville State Community College, Cane Ridge Elementary construction, brief updates from the Metro Council, Antioch Community Plan Update, Beautification, Community Education, District 32 Neighborhood University and opportunities for you to get involved! Formal agenda will be provided later.

Brush Pickup 
Metro Nashville Public Works will begin Brush and Leaf collections in our district "Area 4 " beginning on January 23, 2012.
To ensure that your brush will be collected , you should have limbs and all other yard waste out and ready for pick-up on the date above. Place only limbs, branches and true yard waste by the curb for brush crews. Lumber, household trash and other types of debris found in your brush pile means it won’t get picked up. Brush piles should not be placed close to mailboxes, utility poles, fences, trees or other stationary objects. The mechanical arm of the knuckle boom truck needs enough room to lift the brush pile up and into the trailer pulled behind the truck. Only the driver travels with each truck; no other crew members are there to move piles or separate items that don’t belong in a brush pile.
Place leaves in biodegradable paper bags only; Paper biodegradable bags can be purchased at most hardware stores, Wal-Mart's, Target, Home Depot, etc. Public Works also has a supply of these bags available for purchase at the Omohundro Convenience Center: 5 bags for $3.00 and 10 bags for $6.00. Plastic bags will not be picked up.

2011-2012 Collection Dates

Please have your brush out for collection by the following dates:

January 23, 2012
May 16, 2012

You can review details for each route on the below Website by clicking on this link:

Dolly Parton, Mayor Dean, Governor Bill Haslam and Gaylord Entertainment Executives announce New Theme Park for Nashville!
Please see the below article regarding the announcement today. 

Gaylord, Dolly Parton Announce Plans For Theme Park

Dolly Parton and Gaylord Entertainment CEO Colin Reed announced they will partner up to build a first of its kind 114 acre family entertainment zone off Briley Parkway. Its first phase will be a $50 million water and snow theme park.

Governor Bill Haslam and Mayor Karl Dean were on hand for the announcement Thursday afternoon at the Grand Ole Opry House.

The park will provide high energy water activities for the summer season and designated snow activities for winter play. Once it's open, the first year attendance is projected at 500,000, and they believe a large portion will come from out of state.

In a release, Governor Haslam said "Tourism is the second largest industry in Tennessee generating more than $1 billion in tax revenue annually and employing more than 170,000."

Dollywood will be the operating partner, and expects to employ 450 full and part-time employees.

A groundbreaking is expected in late 2012 or early 2013 with the park opening in summer 2014. Please click on link above to view the entire news story.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Animal Control concerned over backyard chicken ordinance

Animal Control concerned over backyard chicken ordinance

Reported By Andy Cordan, Reporter - bio | email
Metro Animal Control is concerned over an ordinance that would allow Davidson County residents to have chickens in their in their backyard.

Under the ordinance, which is one public reading and vote away from going into effect,  residents would be allowed raise up to six domesticated hens, depending on property size, after obtaining a $25 permit that must be renewed annually.

On Wednesday, Nashville's News 2 Investigates spoke to officials from the animal control who said if the ordinance passes it would make their already difficult job even harder.

"I believe we will be getting more complaints. If there are a number of more people in the business of raising chickens it will have an impact," explained Director of Metro Environmental Health Services Brent Hager. 
According to Hager, the agency seized four roosters and one hen in Madison on Monday.
In addition to the extra complaints and seizures, Hager said he is concerned about facilities that will be used to house the chickens and roosters that will need to be constructed.
"I will say the one issue that concerns me a bit is the distance between the coup and the property line. It is 10 feet. There are many cities where that distance is greater than that," he explained.

Hager told Nashville's News 2 Investigates that if the ordinance passes, Metro Animal Control's main concern will still be focused on dogs since they could have more of an impact on the community.

"We will go to the dogs first," he said.

Hager also said he believes animal control officers will have to undergo training on how to deal with hens and roosters which can sometimes be difficult to catch.

"We will be getting training to learn the most effective way to do that, we hope to get help from the community," he said.

Currently the agency deals with nearly 14,000 dogs and cats each year and employs 28 employees.

The ordinance is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday, January 17.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates contacted two of the bills sponsors. One said he has not contacted Metro Animal Control for their input on the issues, while the other lawmaker said he spoke with the agency and he said the impact will be "minimal."

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

District 29 You are Invited to a Meeting to Discuss Urban Chicken Ordinance Saturday January 14, 2012 from 12 noon until 2 pm

From Councilmember's Jason Potts and Duane Dominy

District 29 Please Attend and Give me your feedback.  I'll see you there.  Thank you!
Friendly reminder:  A meeting to discuss the Urban Chicken Ordinance is scheduled for Saturday January 14th 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Antioch Church of Christ, 2142 Antioch Pike.  All Southeast Davidson County residents are invited to attend.  I hope to see you there!

With end to Nashboro Village plan, residents worry they won't get a park

With end to Nashboro Village plan, residents worry they won't get a park


Written by
Nancy DeVille
The Tennessean
Priest Lake residents drive miles to take a lap around a Metro greenway or break a sweat at a community center fitness class.
They live in one of Davidson County’s fastest-growing areas, one where city parks and recreation centers haven’t kept up. Metro Nashville was eyeing the private, 144-acre Nashboro Village golf course to convert to public space but abandoned that plan after residents along the golf course mounted strong opposition.
Now, people who don’t live on the golf course are worried it will take years to get the kind of amenities some drive as far as Coleman Park Community Center on Thompson Lane to get. Metro Park officials say they have plans for recreational projects in other southeast neighborhoods, but not in the immediate Priest Lake area.
“It makes me wonder if local government has crossed us off the list for now, since we said we didn’t want (a park) there,” said Cassandra Gray, a 14-year Priest Lake resident. “I’m hoping they strongly consider another location. I hope the next step in the conversation with the community is what are the other options.”
Metro’s parks board was scheduled to vote on the plan today but removed it from the agenda after Councilwoman Karen Johnson, who represents the area, asked the city to withdraw its proposal. An investor came forward who wants to keep the space as a golf course.

Projects planned

At a packed meeting with Johnson on Thursday, residents said they purchased homes that bordered the golf course because of the value it would bring their investment. They expressed concern about the additional traffic and crime a city park might bring to the area.
Park officials acknowledged there aren’t enough recreation centers in southeast Davidson County but pointed out work is beginning on other projects.
In November, the Metro Council voted to buy the former JC Penney building in Hickory Hollow Mall and the lot it sits on for a new library, community center and small park. The 30,000-square-foot community center will include a gymnasium, fitness center and multipurpose room. The purchase is on track to be finalized this month.
The Mill Creek Greenway will expand near Lenox Village off Nolensville Road with the potential for a park in the future. A neighborhood park is also planned for about 22 acres on Old Hickory Boulevard, west of Murfreesboro Pike.
“We are still striving to get our services distributed to all parts of the county, and particularly the ones that need it,” said Tommy Lynch, Metro Parks and Recreation director. “We still see there is a need in that very specific area. ... We are still going to pursue acreage, greenways, parks and community centers for that part of the city.”
The golf club purchase would have fallen under Metro’s open space plan that calls for preserving 22,000 acres over the next 25 years. The city recently purchased Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville and Hermitage’s Ravenwood Country Club under that plan.
Former Mt. Juliet Mayor David Waynick sent a letter of intent to purchase the Nashboro Village golf course. He and golf course owner Textron Golf Financial Division are communicating, said Gilbert Smith, the real estate broker.
Contact Nancy DeVille at 615-259-8304 or follow on Twitter @devillenews.

City scraps plan to buy Nashboro Village golf course

The City Paper
Amid an escalating community backlash, Metro officials are scrapping a plan to purchase the Nashboro Village Golf Club, retreating from prior intentions to convert its acreage into a public park.
In a brief letter Friday, Councilwoman Karen Johnson, who represents the southeast Davidson County district that includes the golf course and surrounding neighborhood, said she asked the Metro Parks and Recreation Department to withdraw legislation authorizing the purchase of the 144-acre, 18-hole golf course.
Johnson’s appeal, made in a Friday letter to Southeast Ventures LLC, which owns the golf course, came one day after neighbors at an overflow community meeting roundly criticized Metro’s open space plans for the area.
Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch told The City Paper his department plans to withdraw the acquisition proposal and honor Johnson’s request.
“It’s based on the public meeting we had last night,” Lynch said of the decision. “It appears that preserving it is a golf course was the primary goal that everybody wanted.”
A proposal to purchase the golf course for $595,000 is slated to go before the parks board Tuesday, Jan. 10. The plan had been to convert the private golf course, which closed in November, into open park space.
Lynch will recommend the parks board withdraw the proposal.
Many Nashboro Village neighbors have said they purchased their homes in part because of the nearby club, which now sits vacant.
Some have alleged a public park would attract more crime to the area. Johnson, in the letter, told Southeast Venture she has learned of an alternative buyer, attorney David Waynick, who envisions restoring the golf course if he’s able to purchase it.
“Clearly, following my community meeting last night, this is the strong preference of the neighbors,” Johnson wrote.
Metro officials have said the park’s purchase falls under the city’s open space plan, which paved the way to two other recent acquisitions: East Nashville’s Cornelia Fort Airpark and Ravenwood Country Club in Hermitage.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Statement from Parks Director Tommy Lynch regarding Nashboro Golf Course

“While we have a strong, unwavering commitment to the development of parks and greenways in this community, we will withdraw our staff recommendation to the Park Board for the acquisition of the Nashboro Village Golf Course. 
The very reason we have public meetings is to get the chance for community feedback. After last night’s meeting with residents in the Nashboro Village area, we agree with them that it is in the best interest of the community  and the Parks Department to give residents in the area the opportunity to pursue private funding for the continuation of golf in the area.  As well, the council member representing that district has pulled the legislation to authorize acquisition of the property.
Metro Parks will continue our efforts to fulfill the Open Space Plan as well as the Master Plan for Parks and Greenways in communities that welcome such initiatives.
Tommy Lynch, Director
Metro Parks

Letter to Metro Parks Board to remove Acquisition Item for Nashboro Golf Course

Friday, January 6, 2012

Metro Will Not Purchase Nashboro Golf Course

Posted: Jan 06, 2012 1:27 PM CSTUpdated: Jan 06, 2012 7:12 PM CST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro has pulled the plug on a plan to buy the Nashboro Village Golf Course, just one day after a community meeting raised big concerns.
On Friday a Metro Councilwoman sent a letter to Metro Parks asking them to withdraw legislation that authorizes the purchase of the Nashboro Village Golf Course- and Parks Director Tommy Lynch says he will comply with that request
The letter from councilwoman Karen Johnson stated that based on turnout at Thursday night's community meeting, it "is the strong preference of the neighbors" to have local attorney David Waynick purchase the property.
Metro Parks had planned to buy the property, which closed in November, to use as an open green space as part of the Open Space Plan the city adopted two years ago.
The $595,000 purchase price for the Nashboro Golf Club would come out of a $5 million previously set aside for open spaces that includes private donations from The Land Trust of Tennessee.
Those who live in the area felt that the purchase and transformation will destroy their property values and ruin their neighborhood.

Letter to Textron Financial and Southeast Ventures regarding Nashboro Village Golf Course

Thanks to Everyone who attended last night's meeting. Please see letters posted. Please see letter to Southeast Ventures and Textron Financial. Much success to David Waynick and the Nashboro Village Master Association in moving forward with a private purchase of the Golf Course Property to run as a golf course. (click on pictures to enlarge)

Open Space Document Distributed at Community Meeting re Nashboro Village Golf Course

Click here to view the open space plan document.  Thank you.

Agenda from Last Nights Meeting re Nashboro Village Golf Course

Attached is the agenda as promised for those who did not get one as a result of us running out.  Thank you for attending the community meeting to express your thoughts, ideas and concerns.  Please click on picture to enlarge.  

Community Upset Over Metro's Plan To Buy Nashboro Golf Club

Community Upset Over Metro's Plan To Buy Nashboro Golf Club

Posted: Jan 05, 2012 10:26 PM CSTUpdated: Jan 06, 2012 5:50 AM CST
by Heather Graf
NASHVILLE, Tenn - A 144-acre golf course in Nashboro Village could very soon belong to Metro government, and not everyone's happy about it.  That's because the city plans to turn all 18 holes into a park.
Those who live in the area feel that purchase and transformation will destroy their property values and ruin their neighborhood.
"I bought this house 11 years ago because of the golf course over there, and I really, I don't want a park," said Gary Petersen.
He's one of several hundred residents who showed up for a community meeting on Thursday night to voice their concerns about the proposal.
"The golf course is a huge asset to the community," one resident told the panel of Metro officials.
Another asked what tax revenue would be generated if the city turns the golf course into a public space, to which Councilwoman Karen Johnson replied, "none".
Metro said the property fits perfectly into the Open Space Plan the city adopted two years ago.
"This part of the county, the southeast section of the county, was one of the ones identified by the open space plan as being the most deficient in park property," said Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch.
The $595,000 purchase price for the Nashboro Golf Club would come out of a $5 million previously set aside for open spaces, that includes private donations from The Land Trust of Tennessee.
Residents, meanwhile, said they've found a private buyer who is willing to purchase the course, that closed in November, and work to restore and re-open it.
'I've made an offer, with no contingencies, for a cash offer to close within 30 days, for the same price Metro is offering," said David Waynick, who is a businessman and former mayor of Mount Juliet.  "Because I believe it is a gem in the community, and I also believe it enhances property values, so I offered to step up."
Councilwoman Johnson said she organized Thursday's meeting so that her constituents would have a chance to ask questions directly to Metro officials.
"Nothing that is done with metro government is just done automatically," she said.  "My job is to listen to everyone on both sides of this particular issue, and from the input that's given, determine next steps from there."
In just five days, on January 10, the issue is set to go before Metro's Parks and Recreation Board for a vote.
It's the first of several approvals needed before Metro Council will weigh in on the proposed purchase of Nashboro Golf Club. 
Councilwoman Johnson told NewsChannel 5 she's not yet decided how she will vote.
Nashboro Village residents, meanwhile, said they will continue fighting to save the golf course, every step of the way.
"This is a nice, quiet neighborhood," said Peterson.  "I don't want it to deteriorate, and it will,"

Monday, January 2, 2012

Notification for Planning Commission's Agenda - January 12, 2012

The Planning Commission meets 1/12/12 at 4 pm in the auditorium of the Howard Office Building, 700 Second Avenue South.

Parcels Map 135, Parcel 306-308, 395
Community Plan 13, Antioch-Priest Lake
Council District 29 (Karen Y. Johnson)
Elementary Zone - Lakeview; Una
School Board District 06 (Cheryl D. Mayes)
A request to revise the preliminary plan for a portion of the Nashboro Village Residential Planned Unit Development Overlay District located on properties located at 171 Bell Road and at 790, 945 and 1998 Nashboro Boulevard, approximately 1,950 feet east of Murfreesboro Pike, (143.49 acres), to allow for all uses currently permitted and a applicant on behalf of SPE Go Holdings Inc., owner.

Notification for Parks Board Agenda January 10, 2012

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From: Jones, Jackie (Parks) <>
Date: Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Subject: Park Board Meets January 10



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