Monday, June 24, 2013

Southeast Nashville Davidson County Fireworks Show Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Please join neighbors throughout our Southeast Nashville/Davidson County community at the upcoming Fireworks Display Event on July 3, 2013.  Bring your lawn chair and be prepared to sit back and enjoy a great show from the same company that puts on the downtown 4th of July and CMA fireworks show!  Food Trucks and other vendors will line the entire area!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Predators Ice Rink, Regional Recreational Community Center and Expanded Library for Southeast Nashville Unveiled during Press Conference with Mayor Karl Dean, Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell, Councilman Fabian Bedne, Councilman Duane Dominy and Councilwoman Karen Johnson

Mayor Announces New Hockey Center in Southeast Davidson County
Community Ice Rink Will Complement New Library and Community Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today announced the addition of a community ice rink and hockey center as part of the city’s mixed-use complex to be constructed in southeast Davidson County that also includes an expanded branch library, new regional community center and park. The Nashville Predators will manage the rink, which will be available for community use and to help expand youth hockey programs.

Today’s event included the ceremonial groundbreaking for the library and community center, which will be located with the hockey center on the north end of the former Hickory Hollow Mall, now known as the Global Mall at the Crossings.

“I see this center becoming a hub of learning and recreation for residents in Southeast Davidson County, one of the fastest growing parts of our city,” Mayor Dean said. “Families will find it convenient to have the ice rink, community center, park and library in one location. This new public facility will benefit nearby neighborhoods and the surrounding retail and commercial area by attracting more people to the vicinity and creating a more stable business environment.”

The $32 million complex is expected to open in late summer of 2014. The community center and library will be housed in the former JCPenney building, which will be renovated. They will share a large common area that connects to the mall. A 4-acre park will be built outside its front doors in what is now a parking lot.

The 86,000-square-foot hockey center will be two-story and include two multi-purpose ice rinks, team rooms, meeting rooms and an observation mezzanine. There will be space for concessions, as well as an ice skate rental and repair center. A covered walkway will connect it to the library and community center.

The hockey center was included in the most recent lease agreement between the city and the Nashville Predators and is being developed as a public-private partnership between the city, the Metro Sports Authority and Nashville Predators. The rink will provide additional hockey opportunities for players of all ages and levels, as well as generate economic activity through tournaments and other special events.

“We are so grateful to Mayor Dean and Metro for recognizing the many benefits of our public-private partnership,” Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen said. “This facility will create benefits for Davidson County and the community of Antioch at large. It will provide a new location for the community to gather and socialize. Hockey tournaments and figure skating events that will be hosted here will bring significant economic impact to the area with increases in demand for local lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment.”

The city will build and own the $14 million hockey center, and annual debt on the facility is expected to be offset by lease payments from the Predators and savings that will be realized by refinancing other Metro Sports Authority debt to lower interest costs. The Metro Sports Authority will be briefed on the full financing plan at its July 1 meeting.

As managers of the hockey center, the Predators will work with the city to develop a workforce program that will include job training and internship programs at the hockey center.

Public skate sessions will be available at the rink. Skating programs are expected to include free beginner hockey to introduce the sport to families; learn-to-skate classes with discounts for Davidson County residents; and skating opportunities for people with disabilities. The hockey center will serve as a home rink for area sporting leagues, including the Nashville Junior Predators team, and will be available to Metro Schools for ice skating field trips.

The 40,000-square-foot community center will include a gym, walking track, dance studio, wellness equipment, teaching kitchen, meeting spaces, locker rooms and a roof-top terrace.

The park will include a walking trail, outdoor fitness equipment, a large playground and a pavilion. Some 250 trees will be planted throughout the site. There will be rain gardens, bike racks and benches. There will also space to accommodate outdoor concerts.

“We’re looking forward to the impact our new regional center at the Global Mall will have on this community,” Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch said. “We anticipate the center will be progressive, active and dynamic -- bringing the programs and services that Metro Parks is known for to the Southeast portion of Davidson County. The center, coupled with the library and the hockey center, will serve this area well and help bring it a new focus.” 

The 30,000-square-foot library will be more than double the size of the existing Southeast Branch Library, currently located at 2325 Hickory Highlands Drive. The new library will expand digital media offerings and include technology centers, places for story time and sections for early childhood, young adult and non-fiction materials. There will be community meeting areas, and full-length glass windows will provide natural light.

"We listened to this community, and our vision is to create their vision for this library,” said Kent Oliver, director of Nashville Public Library. “The new Southeast Branch of the Nashville Public Library will be double the size of the current facility. It will not only house the traditional collection of books, music and movies, it will also feature cutting edge electronic media and fully-accessible digital resources and services.”

Fact Sheet
Library, Regional Community Center, Park and Hockey Center at Southeast

Mayor Karl Dean today announced construction of a hockey center will be added to a mixed-use complex that includes an expanded branch library, new regional community center and park in southeast Davidson County. Completion of the $32 million project is expected in late summer of 2014.

Combined community center-library facility
LEED Silver design with geothermal mechanical system and energy efficient lights and building systems.
Covered connection to the hockey center and direct internal connection to the Global Mall at the Crossings.
Renovation of the two-story JCPenney retail building to include new roof and all new internal building facilities.

Regional Community Center (40,000 square feet)
Indoor gymnasium, elevated walking track, dance studio, wellness equipment, teaching kitchen, flexible meeting spaces, locker facilities.
Roof-top terrace, green roof component, solar panel capable.
Open-floor concept plans for flexibility and ease of management and operation.

Branch Library (30,000 square feet)
Relocated regional branch with enhanced hours.
Introduction of digital media within the stacks, accessible kiosks, WiFi, on-line content
24-hour book drop
Engaging interior layout including technology centers, early childhood, story time, fiction, young adult and non-fiction sections.
Community meeting space, along with book sorting and lounge areas.
Substantial natural light provided through full-height glass walls, a ceiling clerestory window system and energy-efficient area and task lighting.

Park (4 acres of green space)
Lighted outdoor walking trail with outdoor fitness equipment, playground and pavilion.
Accommodations for outdoor concerts and other large-scale events.
Reclaims more than three acres of asphalt parking lot for green space and landscaping.
Rain gardens, native grasses and landscaping.
Installation of more than 250 trees throughout the site.
Bike racks and benches provided on outdoor plazas.
WiFi wireless access.

Hockey Center (86,000 square feet)
Two multi-purpose ice rinks, concession and retail space.
Eight team rooms, support spaces, five meeting rooms and observation mezzanine.
LEED Silver design.
Covered connection to the mall.
Electric car chargers.
Direct concessions access from the park and outdoor dining area.
Ice skate repair center and skate rental area.
Video production room for training and teaching.

Hockey Programs (Nashville Predators to manage)
Free monthly Get Out And Learn! (G.O.A.L!) beginner hockey program to introduce the sport to new families. (A projected 800 to 1,200 families with children 5 to 8 will be introduced to ice hockey for free annually.)
Learn-to-Skate group class series (10 percent discount to Davidson County residents).
Recreational skating opportunities for people with disabilities (Sled Preds program)
Free rink time provided to Davidson County non-profits.
Home rink for area sporting leagues, such as recreational hockey, Nashville Junior Predators travel hockey, high school and college club teams, adult hockey, figure skating clubs, special needs hockey and broomball.
Ice skating field trips for Metro Schools.
Non-hockey activities, such as figure skating, speed skating, broomball and curling.
Community and corporate use, including public skate sessions, birthday parties, meeting and conference rooms, group and corporate outings.
Workforce program that will include job training and internship opportunities.
Sports Pro Shop.

Project Information
Construction Management: Metro General Services
Contractor: American Constructors
Architect: Lose & Associates
Program Manager: Gobbell Hays Partners, Capital Project Solutions and HEERY


Bonna Delacruz Johnson
Press Secretary
Office of Mayor Karl Dean
Metropolitan Courthouse
Nashville, TN 37201
Office: 615-862-6461
Mobile: 615-389-3405
Fax: 615-862-6040

Friday, June 14, 2013

Groundbreaking for Regional Community Ctr and Library and Predators Announcement for areas around the Global Mall at the Crossings and Nashville State College in Southeast Nashville and more

The groundbreaking for the NEW METRO NASHVILLE SOUTHEAST PUBLIC LIBRARY AND REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER for the areas around the Global  Mall at the Crossings and Nashville State College is scheduled for this Monday June 17, 2013 at 12:00 noon!
In addition to the groundbreaking ceremony the Nashville Predators will be hosting a Summer Festival starting at 10:30a  (see below).

Join the Predators for a day of fun at the Global Mall at the Crossings (formerly Hickory Hollow Mall, 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway) this Monday, June 17 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fans are invited to enjoy inflatable games, street hockey, special prizes, photo opportunities with the Predators Zamboni, music, face painters and appearances by the Predators Dancers and team mascot, Gnash.

This Summer Festival is free and open to the public, and includes free beverages and food for purchase from some of Nashville’s best food trucks (11 a.m.-1 p.m.).

Stick around for a special announcement from the Predators at noon

(This will be another great announcement for our area!)

Bonna Delacruz Johnson
Press Secretary
Office of Mayor Karl Dean
Metropolitan Courthouse
Nashville, TN  37201
Office: 615-862-6461
Mobile: 615-389-3405
Fax: 615-862-6040


Former Target building in Antioch may get new owner

The co-developer of Nashville West Shopping Center has the former Target store in Antioch under contract, news that would be welcomed by a community that has lost several major retailers in recent years.
Four months ago, Minneapolis-based Target closed the Hickory Hollow-area store and put the 116,467-square-foot building that sits on 12.4 acres up for sale. The asking price is $2.85 million, or $24.47 a square foot, according to CBRE, the commercial real estate firm marketing the property.
A local real estate broker that recently inquired about the property was told it was under contract with Oldacre McDonald LLC. A spokesman for the real estate firm was not available for comment.
“It’s such a good retail site,” said Jim Morris, a retail capital markets broker with CBRE, who is responsible for marketing the site. “I feel certain it will be developed into probably a multi-tenant retail center.”
The location at 5330 Cane Ridge Road has good access and visibility, a high traffic count and is in a more-densely populated area than shopping centers on the other side of Interstate 24, Morris added.
Oldacre McDonald, formerly Newton Oldacre McDonald, developed the thriving Nashville West off Charlotte Pike along with Parkes Cos. Last year, they sold the completed portions of that shopping center to a limited liability company affiliated with global real estate fund GLL Real Estate Partners.
Target’s exit was seen as a final blow in decline of the once-thriving Hickory Hollow shopping district that had lost major department stores. Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears and Dillard’s left a dying Hickory Hollow Mall that later largely closed. Other retailers, such as Best Buy, also shut their doors.
Brentwood-based Global Crossings Mall Partnership paid $1 million for the inner core of the former mall and rebranded it Global Mall at The Crossings with smaller shops and still many vacancies.
Getahn Ward covers growth and development. Reach him at 615-726-5968 or at Follow him on Twitter @Getahn

Additional information on the owners who are purchasing this property!
These are the same owners that developed the below Nashville West Shopping Center!

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Date: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Subject: Health Department Mosquito Update
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MEDIA CONTACT:  Brian Todd, Metro Public Health Department, 340-2153

Metro Public Health Department Confirms Batches of Mosquitoes
Test Positive for WNV in Old Hickory and Antioch Neighborhoods
NASHVILLE – Tenn., June 10, 2013 – Metro Public Health Department officials announced today two additional batches of mosquitoes collected by the Department’s Pest Management Division have tested positive for West Nile virus.

One batch of mosquitoes was captured in an Old Hickory neighborhood near the intersection of Swinging Bridge Road and Burnett Road.  A batch of mosquitoes was collected in a neighborhood near the intersection of Southlake Drive and Briley Parkway in Antioch.  This is the sixth time since May 1st that mosquitoes have tested positive in Davidson County, including areas of Bellevue, Bordeaux and Donelson. There have been no human cases reported.
The Health Department’s Pest Management staff will visit the area tomorrow to place additional mosquito traps and pass out fliers.  Staff will also inspect standing water areas and apply larvicide if mosquito larvae are present.  There are no plans to spray in the area.
The Health Department began trapping mosquitoes and sending them to be tested at the Tennessee Department of Health’s lab the first week in May.
The Health Department recommends taking the following steps to protect against biting mosquitoes, including:
·         Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.
·         If you must be outdoors then wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC – those include products that contain DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
·         Wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors during dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent.  Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin.  Pant legs should be tucked into shoes or socks, and collars should be buttoned.
·         Make sure your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair.
Health Department officials recommend taking steps to reduce mosquito breeding areas.  This includes:
·         Reduce or eliminate all standing water in your yard – especially in children’s toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trashcans, and wheelbarrows.
·         Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with Gambusia fish.
·         Apply mosquito dunks in standing water areas on your property.
·         Cut back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas).
Health Department staff traps mosquitoes in all parts of Davidson County and conducts surveillance of standing water.  Pest management staff applies larvicide when mosquito larvae are present.  Health officials say there are no plans to spray to kill adult mosquitoes.
Anyone seeking more information about mosquito control in Davidson County may call 340-5660.  Information is also available at the Health Department’s website – and our Facebook page

Please NOTE:  One of our area's residents Ms. Tanya Hans is the owner of All Natural Garden Center and Landscaping which is located at 4088 Murfreesboro Pike and there is a wonderful Mosquito Barrier!


The project is approximately 50% complete given the other work involved:  filling, pressure testing, disinfecting, sampling, service line and valve tie-ins, and paving.
1)            The construction zone next week will be between Butler and Bell Road.  Construction zone safety remains a top priority.
2)            MWS and Public Works continue to monitor the traffic situation daily.

Sue Amos
Director's Office
Metro Water Services
1600 Second Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37208
(O) 615.862.4552
1)      In order to be more consistent, Smith Springs Road will close to thru traffic at 7:30 a.m. and reopen at 5:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT NOTE...the contractor will strive to reopen the road at 5:00 p.m. daily.  Occasionally, however, a construction situation may require them to work past 5:00 p.m.   To date, this has happened only twice since April 15th.
2)      Messages boards will be changed to reflect the following:
"Closed to thru traffic
  7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3)      The work week will be Monday thru Friday weather permitting.  The contractor will NOT work on Saturdays.
4)      Traffic Control Officers will be on the detour route in the mornings from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and again in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to assist with traffic flow.



CNAP (Crossings Nashville Action Partnership Meeting)

Please visit the facebook page for updates and more information.

Farmer's Market at the Crossings
Reminder:  Held every 2nd and 4th Saturday
Next Market:  Saturday June 22, 2013
8:00 am - 12 noon
Hickory Hollow Parkway
Parking lot of  The Crossings Plaza which is directly across from Freeland Chevrolet
Please visit the facebook page for updates and more information.
HIGHLIGHT:  One of our very own District 29 Neighborhood Leaders Ms. Joyce Huddleston with Muffins and More! - Please make sure to visit her booth!

Our first two planning meetings were very successful!  We are planning a great event this year!  Please........we need additional volunteers to ensure everything planned goes smoothly for the anticipated attendance.  Also we want all neighborhood associations to participate.  We have a special presentation for all associations and much more, so please email me if your association plans to set up a table at the event also. Please join us for the next planning meeting with our community affairs officer Sgt. Jeffrey White on Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm, 429 Safford View Drive which is off Mossdale Drive in our district.  Come prepared to help with a project.  For more information please email me  Also I invite all Neighborhood Association Presidents and leaders to this month's District 29 office hours which is scheduled for the 4th Saturday June 22, 2013 from 10-12 noon at the First Tennessee Bank Nashboro location conference room.  

Mayor Dean has led an effort to increase access to quality afterschool programs for middle-school students across the city. In 2010, Mayor Dean launched the Nashville After Zone Alliance, which initially engaged seven afterschool providers to serve 200 students in the Maplewood/Stratford feeder middle schools. NAZA partners just celebrated their 2012-13 accomplishments: 700 students in 26 programs, from East Nashville to Whites Creek and along the Nolensville Road corridor.
A fourth afterzone in Cane Ridge/Antioch opens in the fall.
I am excited to share that a New Director has been selected for Southeast Nashville.  Her name is Morlunda Lattimore.
She will be overseeing zone activities for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee which is the coordinating agency for the Southeast zone.
MNPS Camps
Art al Sol 
Session I - June 10 - 14, 2013 
Session II - June 17 - 21, 2013
Session III - June 24 - 28, 2013 

Hillsboro High School
“Art al Sol” is a five day visual arts summer camp program. This program is for students who are interested in exploring the visual arts and being challenged with visual arts activities that are not readily available in the art classroom. Students need to be present for the entire five day session. At 2:00 p.m. on the final day of each session, students will host a reception to show family and friends what they have made and learned during Art al Sol - LEARN MORE
Summer Band Camp
June 3 - 14, 2013
West End Middle School
MNPS offers band camp to students who have completed at least one school year in a band program. The camp will help students advance their musical talents by providing varied experiences and challenging musical activities to facilitate learning - LEARN MORE
Orchestra Camp
June 3 - June 13, 2013
Croft Middle Design Center
The Orchestra Camp strives to provide a wide variety of camp experiences to enhance the various interests of the attending musicians. Guest instrumentalists and string ensembles are invited to present concert sessions for the students. - LEARN MORE
                                           MNPS Virtual School
May 29 - July 26, 2013
Online Courses and The Cohn School
MNPS Virtual School's Summer Success Program is offering 20 high school courses this summer for half and full credit. They are open to all MNPS high schoolers and even eighth grades who want a head start. Classes start May 29, and final exams start July 22. Finals exams are July 22-26. All courses will be taken online, but there will be times when you have to actually come to the VirtualSchool at The Cohn School, 4805 Park Avenue in Nashville.
Courses include:

  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry  
  • Liberal Arts Math 
  • English I, II, III & IV
  • Physical Science 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • U.S. History 
  • World History
  • Government & Economics 
  • Personal Finance
  • Psychology & Sociology 
  • Spanish I & II 
  • P.E. 
  • Lifetime Wellness
To register and full details on the Summer Success Program are over on the Virtual School website
Go there and sign up. 

            Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School Summer Academy
June 3 - July 3, 2013

at the middle school
Bailey STEM is collaborating with the Nashville Teaching Fellows to offer this Summer Academy, where Bailey students have priority for enrollment. If there is space available after enrollment, students from other schools are encouraged to register. Students must be currently 4th to 8th graders. Transportation is not provided for students enrolled from other schools.
Our mission is to provide a safe, collaborative, and rigorous learning experience. Scholars will learn in math, science, reading, and writing. The Summer Academy will be an extension of this effort in order to make sure that scholars are prepared to be successful in the next school year. This 
program is free for students.
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Program: Math, Reading, Writing, and Science will be taught. Programs will be remedial and enriching but will advance scholar achievement Prizes for excellent attendance! 

Registration forms are submitted to:
Nashville Teaching Fellows, c/o Ashley Davis
2601 Bransford Avenue, Portable #5
Nashville, TN 37204
Parents must also fill out a 
video permission form.
For more information contact Nashville Teaching Fellows at or call us at (615) 259-3282 x858014.

               Margaret Allen Middle School Summer Academy
June 3 - July 3, 2013

at the middle school
Margaret Allen is also offering a Summer Academy in collaboration with the Nashville Teaching Fellows. Margaret Allen students have priority for enrollment. If there is space available after enrollment, students from other schools are encouraged to register. Students must be currently 4th to 8th graders.
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Program: Math, Reading, Writing, and Science will be taught.

Registration forms are submitted to:
Nashville Teaching Fellows, c/o Ashley Davis
2601 Bransford Avenue, Portable #5
Nashville, TN 37204
Parents must also fill out a 
video permission form.
For more information contact Nashville Teaching Fellows at or call us at (615) 259-3282 x858014

  Summer ENCORE Camp  
Two Sessions: June 3-13; June17-27
835 Robertson Academy Rd., Nashville
This is the 25th annual Summer Encore Camp at Robertson Academy. This summer’s theme is Around the World in Eight Days. Encore’s experiential camp integrates language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, art, music, and wellness with creative thinking, critical thinking and real‐world problem solving.
The Camp fee: $225.00 for a two-week session (8-days, M-TH). Fee covers materials, local field trip transportation and admissions, and special treats. Some field trips may require additional fees.
Phone registration will not be accepted; however, registration forms may be faxed to 615‐333‐5178 or emailed to For more information, parents should contact Ms. Clendenen at 333-5175 ext 2000.
Once the Encore Office receives your registration, your child will be assigned a registration number. We will email your child’s registration number. No payment is required prior to submitting the registration form. Please keep a copy of your registration letter  and form in your child’s educational file. For bookkeeping purposes, the Encore Office must have a separate registration
form for each child.

  Lady Burro Volleyball Camp  
June 3-6
Hillsboro High School, 3812 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville
Girls of all ability levels are welcome to attend. The camp, from 9 a.m. to noon, will focus on skill development for rising grades 5th-8th.  The fee for the camp is $100 and all parents and guardians must provide transportation to and from the camp. Scholarships are available. To register and for information on what to bring,click here. For more information,  please contact Coach Rucker with any questions.

 Pearl-Cohn Summer Studio  
June 17-21
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet, 904 26th Ave., Nashville
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School will hold a Summer Studio called, Beats, Words & Songs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In collaboration with Pearl-Cohn's Record Label, writers, artists, and producers will review, edit and polish work in preparation for recording. Participants will then create demo tracks in production teams with the assistance of mentors and musicians.

Participants must be rising 9th,10th, 11th and 12th graders. Priority will go to Pearl-Cohn students.
The Summer Studio application can be found here. The session is free. Applications will be taken on May 24.
For more information, contact Benjamin Smith at or (615) 686-5456. Applicants can email their form to Mr. Smith or fax it to (615) 261-7864. Applications must have scanned signature when emailed.
Return applications in person to: Attention Sam Lorber, Main Office, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.

Pearl-Cohn Studio's Summer Demo Sessions  
July 15-19
904 26th Ave., Nashville
Have you ever wanted to be a music star? Wanted at least 15 minutes of fame? Well, here’s your opportunity to work with some of Nashville’s best producers and musicians in the new state-of-the-art recording studio at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.

We are offering Free 3-Hour Demo Sessions open to all MNPS students entering Kindergarten through 12 grade in August 2013. This is a chance to record your own music demo of an original or cover song.
To apply, obtain the Demo Session Application & Instructions at and submit it along with your work sample by Friday, June 20. Ten (10) artists will be chosen by Pearl-Cohn’s record label staff and notified by the June 28.
Applications are also available at Pearl-Cohn and at the MNPS Customer Service Counter.
If you have any questions, please email
Lights! Camera! Action!  
July 8-12
904 26th Ave., Nashville
This popular camp Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School is an introduction to the behind-the-scenes world of the video production. Students will experience all facets of video production both in front of and behind the camera including script writing, camera operation, and pre and post production.
Time: 8:30am – 3:30 pm
Who – Rising 7th, 8th & 9th Graders
Any student who will be in the 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall of 2013 and has some interest in behind-the-scenes work in the entertain¬ment industry is welcome to submit an application. The student does not need to currently attend a MNPS school, i.e. they may be from a private school or homeschooled, but they must live in Davidson County.
For more information about the camp and to fill out the application, go here.
Students may mail Applications to:
Lights, Camera, Action! Entertainment Production Camp
C/O Sam Lorber
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
904 26th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37208
Enrollment is limited and will be confirmed in writing as completed applications are processed.
All inquiries should be directed to Sam Lorber at (615) 329-8150 extension 1216 or

Gra-Mar Cheer Camp   
June 17-21
575 Joyce Lane, Nashville
The Gra-Mar Middle School  is hosting a cheer camp from 9am-3pm. The camp is open to any girl ages 10-14 and/or any current middle school squads. Cost is $80 per participant if you register before May 31, 2013. Cost is $100 thereafter.
All registration forms and payments are due by June 7, 2013. Squads get a 5% discount for full participation. Lunch and snack are provided. Parents must provide transportation to and from camp. Each participant will receive a camp t-shirt. Learn cheers, tumbles, stunts (basic & advanced), and dance routines. Team building activities will also be incorporated. For more information, please contact Tara Keith, Bookkeeper/Cheer Coach, at Gra-Mar Middle School at 615-262-6685 ext. 104 or

John Early Storytelling Camp 2013  
July 8-12
1000 Cass St., Nashville
This camp caters to students who want to share their voices, entertain audiences, and work on their storytelling skills and style. Emphasis will be placed on reading, writing, choosing, developing, and sharing of stories.

Who: Rising 4th, 5th & 6th Graders
Any student attending Buena Vista Elementary, Robert Churchwell Elementary or John Early Middle, who will be in the 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2013 is welcome to submit an application. Consider¬ation will be given to students who will be in the 4th grade who demonstrate the maturity and sincere desire to be included in the camp.

There is no charge for Storytelling Camp 2013. Accepted applicants will be notified in writing.
No Drop-Ins Allowed.

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Storytelling Concert -Friday, July 12 @ 3 p.m.

John Early Museum Magnet Middle School
1000 Cass St.
Nashville, TN 37208

Mail Application to:
Storytelling Camp
C/O Becky Verner
John Early Museum Magnet Middle School
1000 Cass St.
Nashville, TN 37208

Please contact Becky Verner at 291-6369 ext. 311 or
Community Camps

 Camp Progress 
June 3 to July 13
West End Middle School, 3529 West End Ave
 Camp Progress offers summer learning and fun for individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 10 to 22.
The camp runs from  June 3 to July 13. Starts at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205.
Register here.
For more information, contact Meika McClendon at 615-399-3000 ext. 4714 or email

June 3-14, June 17-28, July 15-26
Tennessee State University, 3500 John Merritt Blvd
Youth Active & Media Savvy (YAMS) Summer Camps 2013 in now enrolling.
Each summer camp session, June 3 – 14,  June 17 – 28,  and July 15 - 26, is two weeks long, Monday through Friday from 8am to 3pm.
For more information, please contact Amber Franklin at: 615.963.5624
Community Academy of Music & Arts 
Several camps from May 28 to July 27
Tennessee State University, 3500 John Merritt Blvd
 TSU is holding a slew of summer camps.
TSU's Community Academy of Music and Arts (CAMA) summer programs includes High School Media CampSafari Camp,a reading literature campa summer band campCSI/Mock TrialMET Singers Summer Camp, and Musical Theater Camp.
Camp age starts from 4 years old to recent high school graduates.
For more information on dates, times and cost of camps, click on each link or go here.
For more information regarding the CAMA program, please contact CAMA Director Roderick Bronaugh or call 615-963-5356.

Nashville Film Institute-Film and Music Camps  
June 17-June 30, July 1-July 12
500 Lafayette Street, Building A
The Nashville Film Institute has two, two-week summer camps aimed at 15-to-18-year-olds who are passionate about film and/or music. The film camp allows a group of 12 students to create a short film from start to finish from developing a screenplay to editing the footage into a finished film. They will have the opportunity to learn about grip and gaffing, cinematography, directing, producing and more. At the end there will be a final screening so they can share what they have learned and created to their fellow students, friends and family.

The Music In Motion summer camp is aimed at those interested in creating music. It teaches students  how to write a song to recording one in a professional environment. It will also cover some basics about publishing, record labels, film scoring and other relevant topics.
For more information go to or call 877-627-3426.

Mt. Bethel Summer Academy  
June 3 to July 19
1501 Arthur Ave.
This summer academy is designed for children entering kindergarten through completed sixth grade. The goal is to advance students in  math and reading/language arts. The program is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost is $65 per week.
To register print this application. For more information contact Camp Director Shea Barlow at (615) 636-2871 after 4 pm or call Mt. Bethel Baptist Church 256-2069.

Street Theater Company Summer Camps  
July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26
3511 Gallatin Road
Three musical theater camps, all one-week sessions, are open to ages 5 to 15. The camps start from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are care options available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional charge. There is a performance at the end of each week of camp.
Tuition is $200 a week, and $225 including the pre-and-after care option.
For more information on the camps, go to their website.
To register, email
Camps will be held at Inglewood United Methodist Church, 3511 Gallatin Rd., Nashville, TN 37216, just off the Ellington Parkway at the corner of Hart Lane and Gallatin Rd.

Regents Summer Math Academy  
July 7-20
Tennessee State University, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
 Rising sophomores and juniors enrolled in the Metropolitan Nashvlle Public Schools have an opportunity to particpate in a two-week residential pre-college program for free. Eligibilty requirements are outlined here.  The application deadline is Friday, May 31. Program information and application can be found here. For more information contact: Dr. John Robinson Phone: (615) 963-5762 E-mail:

Moves & Grooves Summer Dance & Music Camp  
June 3-July 19, June 17-July 19
Antioch High School, 1900 Hobson Pike
This summer camp, for ages 5 to 15, is dedicated to academics and arts in a creative atmosphere. The morning schedule focuses on math, reading writing, science and language, while the afternoon is dedicated to fitness, recreation and the arts. Weekly field trips, breakfast and lunch are included.
The cost is $85 per week and there is a $30 registration fee. The camp is held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Before and aftercare is available.
To pre-register print and fill out the form here.
They are also holding a Ladies of Purpose Summer Camp from June 17 to July 19. Ladies will attend daily workshops lead by professional instructors in the areas of proper dining etiquette, resume writing, interviewing, poise, public speaking, pageantry, modeling, and more. Young women will enjoy sisterly bonding, traveling, wardrobe, a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and be crowned Miss Lady of Purpose.
For more information contact Mrs. Mitchell at 615-953-1363 or
    Maryland Farms YMCA Day Camp  
May 28 to August 2
5101 Maryland Way, Brentwood
This summer camp, for ages 5-12 (must have completed kindergarten) has a vast schedule of programs and activities. Maryland Farms YMCA Summer Camp hours are from: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, contact Sarah Manley, Camp Site Coordinator, at 615-373-2900 ext. 72117 or

Adventure Science Center Summer Camps 2013  
May 28-August 9
800 Fort Negley Blvd
The Adventure Science Center has open registration for their Summer Camps 2013, with several camp themes for youths in grades K-9. For more information, visit their Summer Camps website here.
Regular camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For questions about programs and reservations call (615) 862-5177 or email

Camp Invention program   
June 3-June 28
Held at six Metro Nashville Public Schools
 The Camp Invention program is a weeklong adventure in creativity that immerses children entering grades one through six in exciting, hands-on learning disguised as fun activities. This summer, children will become expedition trainees, navigating their way to special treasure-filled caches and creating solutions to challenges posed by youth from around the world. They will be embarking on a global adventure, uncovering hidden messages from the Earth investigating several extreme natural wonders of the world and building a device to launch international ducks back home. For more information and to register, call 800.968.4332 or visit
The camp is held by Invent Now, Inc.
Camp Locations and Dates:
Brentwood / Granbery Elementary School June 3 - 7
Nashville / Eakin Elementary School June 3 - 7
Hermitage / Ruby Major Elementary June 10 - 14 Geo-Quest
Nashville / Shayne Elementary June 10 - 14 Geo-Quest
Nashville / Julia Green Elementary June 10 - 14 Geo-Quest
Nashville / Gower Elementary School June 24 - 28

Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church Summer Enrichment 
June 3-July 26
1004 S. Dickerson Road, Goodlettsville
This summer enrichment program is for ages 5 - 14. It is held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.
Fees: $25 one-time non-refundable registration fee per child. It is $55 per week per child, $45 per week for each additional child and it includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks
Students will review Math, Reading, Social Studies and Science with MNPS certified teachers during the entire session. An open house will be held at 2 p.m.Sunday, May 19. For more information, call 615-569-1649.

Oasis College Connection   
June 3-7, June 17-21, July 8-12
1704 Charlotte Ave, Suite 200, Nashville
This summer Oasis College Connection is hosting workshops to help students understand and navigate the college-going process. Each session will cover the entire process, from successful high school completion to your first day of school at your chosen college. The activities you participate in will give you insight and help you consider options you may not have before.
Fill out the form return it to the college mentor at your high school, or the Youth
Opportunity Center: 1704 Charlotte Ave, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203. The Summer Sessions will be held at The Oasis Youth Opportunity Center from 10am to 2pm each day, and all services are free.
For more information, contact Nicole Williams at or (615) 983-6867.
 NFL Play 60 Character Camp   
June 24-June 25

Baptist Sports Park, 460 Great Cirlce Rd, Nashville
The NFL Play 60 Character Camp is a free camp for boys and girls ages 9 -13 and will be held at the Titans practice facility from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.
No football experience is necessary and they do not need to bring any equipment.
For questions contact Luke Hitchcock at
The New Life Program Summer Camp   
June 24-June 25
Baptist Sports Park, 460 Great Cirlce Rd, Nashville
The New Life Program will have a free summer camp for males 13 – 18 years old at Hadley Park Community Center. The teens will meet on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration packets are available at Hadley Park Community Center, 1039 28th Avenue North, Nashville Tennessee. We can accept the first 25 teens who return their completed registration paperwork to the staff at Hadley Park.

The goal of our summer program is to encourage teens to postpone fatherhood until they are prepared emotionally, physically and financially. Whether the teen is already a father or not we will encourage responsible fatherhood. In addition, the teens will obtain the skills, knowledge and support needed to become more self-assured. The teens will discuss topics such as Personal Development, Life Skills, Conflict Resolution, Decision-making Skills, Manhood, Health and more.This is in addition to the fun activities we have planned like a camping trip, a pool party at Wave Country and various day trips. These activities and group discussions will help increase the teen’s level of respect for themselves and others, realize their self-worth, and increase their self-esteem and recognize the importance of team work. Moreover, we hope to provide the teens with the tools to lead a successful life.
We look forward to meeting you and your young man at the question and answer mixer on June 5, 2013 at Hadley Park Community Center.
The mixer will start at 6 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Please complete the registration paperwork and return as soon as possible to reserve a space for your teen.

MET Choral CAMP   
July 2-12
Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center
MET Choral CAMP, a Choral Arts Link program, offers rising 2nd -12th grade singers opportunities to keep singing. At the camp they get to explore skills in harmonizing, sight reading and performance decorum in traditional classic, world, as well as contemporary genres - all within a choral setting.
MET CAMP is held at TSU in the Marie Strange Performing Arts Bldg., from 9 am to 5 pm daily for grades 4 - 12 and from 9 am to 1 pm for grades 2-3. No sessions on July 4.
Please consider visiting with us this summer to observe singers' progress. Call or email us to make an appointment for your visit. Our parent support (PAAC Team) will be happy to greet you and guide your visit.
Please read registration packet here. Registration is not complete until all the forms are turned in July 1.
For more information, contact: Margaret Campbelle-Holman or at the office 876-9024  or fax: 615-876-5936.

Disclaimer: The information for community camps is provided by non-profits and other community organizations/institutions for informational purposes only. We do not endorse specific camps.


Some updates below that are district related!
(I am working on many many more, however I wanted to highlight just a few.) 
Last week we approved the Metro Government's 1.8 billion dollar budget and the public hearing was held on the Capital budget.  We voted on the capital budget Tuesday, June 11th.  Additionally, all of this years wish list items for the CIB to be considered for funding in the Mayor's Capital Spending plan were approved and will be shared in the next newsletter with the budget overview.
A recap of the Operating Budget, Capital Budget and the CIB will be in the next newsletter.  Thank you for all of the emails with input on the budget.  
  • Constituent update:  I attended the environmental court hearing for a case that I have been working on with a neighbor in Nashboro Woods Neighborhood Association on Wed 5/29 for 2617 Mesa Drive and met the owner of this property. He was fined and all codes violations should be corrected as of Monday, June 10th
  • From John Kennedy with Stormwater- Update:  The resident whose headwall was broken at 1020 Flintlock which was fixed asked the Metro Water official who came out to look at the amount of water that runs behind her home after heavy rain. Further investigation in the stormwater office determined that there was a prior project planned there. It was reactivated at that point for consideration of surveying and construction plans to be considered for funding. Currently I am working on getting this project funded.
  • From John Kennedy with Stormwater - Update: Mill Creek along Owendale has been approved for the first stage process - Engineering Study.  Currently I am working on getting this study funded. 
  • A special thanks to District 29 Leader Arnett Bodenhamer who attended a follow up meeting with the Planning Commission, Metro Water rep's, and Bill Herbert our city's zoning administrator regarding the property next to the Salt Bin off Smith Springs Road.  We left the meeting with the following report. .  REPORT: 1.) Developer is on notice - hours of operation are restricted to 6 am until 9 pm.      2.) To eliminate mud being on main road i.e. Smith Springs road, metro water has now required a water control construction entrance where the length and depth of access to road is farther back.  3.)Public works is working on the truck size limitation and they are monitoring the number of vehicles coming and going on the road.  Currently the operation supposedly is only a filling operation so the traffic study is not required.  However due to the report at the meeting from residents they are reviewing if concrete, metal and rebar and an extensive mulching operation is taking place which will require a traffic impact study since it is within close proximity to a residential area and the increase from just one operation triggers the study as required by Metro.  4.) The truck in the front has to be moved in 10 days from Monday 4/15/13.     5.)4 year review in 2015 determines inactive or active and compliance.    6.)Developer has agreed with all parties to provide heavy buffering to screen Smith Springs road view. Follow up meetings will take place for ongoing monitoring.
  • The area's around the Dollar General Store off Anderson Road - Dollar General's corporate office has contacted Metro and the area is being addressed and cleaned up. 
  • Notice that the green MESH along the Salt Bin Property has been replaced!

  • A positive facebook post that I would like to share!  This is for the area at the end of Anderson Road at Couchville Pk.  Thank You!
    Thanks Karen for your connections with Metro in getting the "No Parking" signs. They were installed yesterday; now on to getting people to comply. We had 15 cars parked in the no parking area yesterday afternoon.

Held Every 4th Saturday
Saturday, June 22, 2013
First Tennessee Bank, Nashboro location
10:00 am - 12 noon
This month I invite all Neighborhood Association Presidents and Leaders!