Monday, February 25, 2013

Smith Springs Road Water Project - Road Closure

***If you travel Smith Springs Road, below is information on the Water Project and the timeline for completion. Please share with other neighbors who may be affected by the closing of this stretch of Smith Springs Road. Thank you.***

Metro Water Services’ Water Improvements in Smith Springs Road
In an effort to improve water services, Metro Water Services is in the process of transferring water service connections from an older water main to a second parallel water main that is newer. The location of this work is in Smith Springs Road from Ned Shelton to Bell Road. The older water main has reached its useful life and Metro Water Services has been experiencing more leaks and more frequent water main breaks and related water service interruptions. The transfer of these water service line connections will allow Metro Water Services to abandon this older water main. This is standard practice as older water infrastructure is taken out of service. Metro Water Services expects to have the service line transfers completed by the end of the week of February 25, 2013 pending any unanticipated emergency repairs (that may pull resources away from this location) and/or inclement weather. Metro Water Services’ Crews have been and will continue to be placing temporary cold mix paving in these excavations until such time that Metro Public Works will come back and install more permanent pavement. This cold mix type of paving is temporary and in some cases not as smooth as more permanent paving. The more permanent (and smoother) pavement placement will be performed under Public Works Patch Paving contract. This work will commence once Metro Water Services completes their service line work. Metro Water Services will continue to monitor the condition of this temporary paving and responding to any reports of problems. Later, Metro Public Works will release a contract to place new pavement over the patches and blend into the road surface past the limits of the current construction. The schedule of this paving work will be determined asap. Reports of any water and/or temporary paving problems should be made to Metro Water Services by calling 615-862-4600 or by e-mail to

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Free Mortgage Assistance for Homeowners who may be facing foreclosure

Honorable Council members,

My name is Matt Pulle and I’m an Assistant Attorney General with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. In my position here, I am helping implement a $25 billion national mortgage settlement involving the nation’s largest mortgage servicers. The settlement came about as a result of wide-scale foreclosure abuses on the part of the mortgage companies. As a direct result of that settlement, homeowners may have options to foreclosure including facilitated short sales and loan modifications. A loan modification could reduce a homeowner’s monthly payments by as much as $400-$500 while curing the arrearage.

As I’m sure you all know, Antioch continues to see a high number of foreclosures, even in the middle of a rebounding housing market. In fact, on a recent schedule of upcoming foreclosure sales in Davidson County nearly one-third had an Antioch address. 

Given those challenges, I was hoping you can spread the word to your constituents that there may be alternatives to foreclosure, both under the settlement or other related state and federal programs. Homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure should call Tennessee’s free mortgage assistance hotline at 855-876-SAVE (7283) where they can receive help on obtaining a modification of their loan. A live agent at the hotline will see if the caller is eligible for mortgage assistance. Callers to the hotline also have the option of speaking with a free certified housing counselor, either over the phone or in their area. Depending on their situation, callers may be referred directly to me as well.

The world of mortgage assistance is confusing because there are all sorts of state and federal programs out there. In short though, most homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure can and should call the hotline. However, homeowners who are at immediate risk of foreclosure should call me directly at 741-3533-- if they have a mortgage with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, Citi or GMAC. Those are the parties who are directly covered under the settlement and I can work with each of those servicers to postpone the foreclosure to give homeowners time to pursue other options.

In addition, struggling homeowners may also be eligible for an interest-free, forgive-able loan through the Keep My Tennessee Home program. For more information about that program, visit You can also find more information on our settlement at or on our website at

Finally, we will be advertising the mortgage assistance hotline on MTA busses within the next few days. We may do additional marketing in the Antioch-area as well. Still, we’d like to reach people as directly as possible. If you’d like me to discuss the settlement at any of your community meetings, please call or email me. If I don’t have an commitment, I will be there. If my schedule is already tied up, I will arrange to have brochures and other helpful materials for you to distribute. 

Please call or email me with any questions you may have.

Thank you.


PS: Please forward this email to any of your Antioch-area colleagues who I may have inadvertently omitted.

Matt Pulle
Mortgage Settlement Coordinator
Consumer Advocate and Protection Division
Office of the Attorney General

Free Energy Saving Neighborhood Workshops with Nashville Electric Service (NES)

Free Energy-Saving Workshops!

Jan. 10
6:30-8:00 p.m.
McFerrin Community Center
310 Grace Street
Nashville, TN, 37207
Feb. 9
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Margaret Maddox YMCA
2624 Gallatin Road Nashville, TN 37216
Mar. 9
9:30-11:00 a.m.
East Park Rec Center
600 Woodland Street Nashville, TN 37206
Apr. 20
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Centennial Park
(Earth Day Festival)
2500 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Jun. 8
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Richland Park Library
4711 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Jul. 13
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Harding YMCA
411 Metroplex Drive Nashville, TN 37211
Aug. 10
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center
1900 Davidson Street Nashville, TN 37206
Sep. 14
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Woodbine Community Center
222 Oriel Avenue Nashville, TN 37210

For more information, email or call toll-free (855) 664-1434.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Need to winterproof your home? Nashville Electric Service (NES) can help. 
NES, along with the Tennessee Valley Authority, is offering hands-on training to customers who want to lower their energy usage.
Take advantage of a free Neighborhood Energy Savers workshop this weekend.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Margaret Maddox YMCA, 2624 Gallatin Road, Nashville 37216
This workshop offers participants an opportunity to practice using expanding insulation foam, caulk, and weather-stripping to seal air leaks, as well as learn how to utilize other energy-saving
tools to lower their bills.
Each participating household will receive a free energy-saving tool-kit, so that customers can go home and implement the improvements right away.
Get a sneak peak of what you can expect to learn at the workshop by watching our newest “howto” video - Sealing Air Leaks with Caulk
For information regarding future workshops, visit
Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 360,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. For more information about NES,

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Crossings Nashville Action Partnership February 2013 Meeting

Nashville Next Kickoff Event Saturday February 16, 2013

UPDATE: 2/17/13
"Residents brainstorm about their kind of city By Brian Haas
"Councilwoman Dist-29 Karen Johnson writes out her ideas for Nashville's future at a kickoff brainstorming event for NashvilleNext at the Public Library Saturday in Nashville"-Tennessean caption
Everyone I tried to help represent our area of the county. Jacobia Dowell Fabian Bedne Jason Potts Duane A Dominy Robert Duvall.....many of our council members were present as well. We have to make sure our ideas for our area of the city are in print with this plan. Other areas were in large numbers with participation. Let's not get left out and left behind and continue to make our voices heard in every document that can affect our quality of life moving into the future. I met some new people from our area and one of the ladies put down one item of huge interest a Police Precinct in Southeast Nashville. She put down the old Southeast Library branch as something she wanted them to consider as a location for a potential police precinct. Lots of great ideas.

From the Metro Planning Commission. The Plan will include, but is not limited to, infrastructure investments, economic development, equity, youth and senior services, future land use and zoning, historic preservation, and the environment. Your input will provide a vision and guidance for growth and development in Davidson County.

Grand Opening for the Music City Center Sunday May 19 and Monday May 20, 2013

Mayor Dean announced that the grand opening celebration for the Music City Center will take place on Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20, and will include a free open house for the community on both days that will feature live, local music. He will present his State of Metro address at the Music City Center at 10 a.m. on May 20 and that evening there will be a free street party and an outdoor concert. Save the date and join us for the festivities!

Comment Card from Intersection Improvements Project Meeting

You can email Kristen Rice at and copy The form can also be mailed to Kristen's attention at 1101 17th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. Thank you for participating with your feedback. The intersections we were able to provide input for our area included (1) Hamilton Church Road/Murfreesboro Road, (2) Bell Road/Murfreesboro Road, (3) Old Murfreesboro Road at Faircloth Lane. They did share that the improvements at Old Murf Rd/Faircloth would be completed even if the Harding Place extension cuts off Old Murfreesboro Road. Nashboro Blvd/Murfreesboro Road was added for pedestrian improvements.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Volunteer and Sign up for Project Homeless Connect with Hands On Nashville

Project Homeless Connect needs 500 volunteers for this year's Project Homeless Connect, which will be held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on Wed., Feb. 13, from 8am-3pm.
Volunteer sign up is through Hands on Nashville, and we are preparing to help 1,000-1,500 individuals and families who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness. This truly is a hands-on event. Volunteers guide our guests to the services they need, help with food, toiletries, set up, registration, and clean up.
Please, help spread the word and if you cannot make it, maybe you can help recruit a volunteer group from your church?
Project Homeless Connect Nashville is a one-day event where 85 service providers come together to offer services from legal, housing and employment assistance to medical checkups, haircuts, foot care, ID replacement, pet care, shoes, toiletries, and much more.
Please, help! We need 500 volunteers. More info is available at or email
Judith Tackett