Tuesday, October 29, 2013

District 29 Annual Christmas Holiday Event Planning Meeting tonight 6:30 pm

WHERE: YMCA Camp Widgiwagin, Clark Baker Building
3088 Smith Springs Road
Smith Springs Road Overlooking the Lake
Time: 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm
The first planning meeting for the Annual Christmas Gathering to be held at the YMCA Camp Widiwagin on Friday, December 6, 2013 for District 29 will be held at the home of Mike Hassell again on Tonight, Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 pm, 116 Islandia Drive, Nashville, TN 37217. This is the neighborhood behind Compton's. Please share this information with others who may be interested in participating. We look forward to another successful Districtwide Christmas event. If you are unable to make it tomorrow night, there will be others planned on tomorrow night. Again, thank you so very much for helping to make our community the best that it can be.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Information session and community meeting to discuss new baseball stadium, Nashville

Information session and community meeting to discuss new baseball stadium

The Metro Planning Department will hold an information session and community meeting to discuss the proposed new baseball stadium in Sulphur Dell (south of Jefferson/Jackson Street, west of Third Avenue North, north of Harrison Street, and east of Fifth Avenue North).
Sulphur Dell is the historic home of professional baseball in Nashville.
This event will include discussions about the stadium project, site and building design, street design, and operational impacts. Community members will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments.
The information session and community meeting will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm at the Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37208.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Asurion expands in Southeast Nashville Crossings Hickory Hollow Antioch Area with 800 Jobs, 122,000 square foot facility

Bettie Colombo

Nashville-Based Asurion Continues Expansion
Adding 800 Premier Support Solutions Technicians In New Nashville Facility

Nashville, Tenn., October 15, 2013 –  Growing demand for personal technology assistance is driving Asurion, the leading provider of comprehensive technology solutions and protection plans, to expand its Nashville operations.  The company announced today it will be opening a Premier Support Solutions Center, located at 5720 Crossings Boulevard in Nashville.  The Center will house 800 highly-skilled, personal technology support technicians, in addition to management and operational professionals. The Center is expected to open in early 2014.

 “Partnering with our clients, we help millions of consumers every year solve mobile phone and consumer electronics issues,” said Sue Nokes, Asurion Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions. “Consumers are looking for a single, expert source to help resolve issues with their mobile devices and to get the most out of their technology investments.  We are pleased to continue growing our operation in Nashville and providing premier support solutions for our clients and consumers.”

In expanding its local footprint, Asurion  is partnering with the State of Tennessee, Davidson County, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.

 “It is especially good news when existing Tennessee companies make the decision to grow and expand here,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.  “We are grateful to Asurion for making this investment and creating 800 new highly-skilled jobs in Nashville.”

The new Premier Support Solutions Center becomes the most recent addition to Asurion’s growing Nashville presence, which began with the company relocating its global headquarters in 2003.  In early 2012 Asurion selected downtown’s five-story Ragland Building for its technology products operations.

“Asurion’s continued investments in Nashville are a testament to the city’s talented workforce, business-friendly environment and high quality of life,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Metro has made significant investments in services and infrastructure in Southeast Davidson County. We are particularly pleased to see this and other private investments continuing the momentum in such a vibrant part of our city.”

"TVA congratulates Asurion on this major expansion, which adds hundreds of new quality jobs in the Nashville area,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “TVA and Nashville Electric Service appreciate the opportunity to work with the economic development partners and assist Asurion in its continuing commitment to the growth and prosperity of our region."

“Asurion’s decision to expand operations in Nashville is a reflection of their successful business strategy and the prosperous business environment of Middle Tennessee,” said Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. "Their investment in the newly branded Crossings area will support the continued growth and development of South Nashville."

Including its Grassmere Park global headquarters and the new Crossings facility, Asurion has five offices in Davidson County.  Other offices are located in the So-Bro area of downtown, One Century near the airport and additional office space in Grassmere.  The new facility is 122,000 square feet, leased from American Health Properties, Inc.  With the new location, Asurion will occupy 557,473 square feet in Davidson County.

As mobile devices and electronics form complex networks of connected, smart technologies, Asurion’s Premier Support Solutions brings together the fragmented technical support market, by providing consumers with a single, knowledgeable resource for technical assistance, regardless of device or operating system.

About Asurion
Asurion, a privately-held company operating across three continents, is the global leader in providing consumer technology protection services.  Asurion offers support to help customers derive optimum benefit from the usage of electronics; security to help ensure content privacy; and peace of mind through rapid replacement of lost, stolen, damaged or malfunctioning devices.  As the premier technology protection provider, Asurion’s 14,000+ employees worldwide specialize in fulfilling the needs of more than 230 million consumers through strategic partnerships with the world’s top wireless and cable brands. Asurion’s constant commitment to meeting customer needs has earned the company an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and an average post-claim customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.  For more information about Asurion, including its customer service ratings and reviews that help drive continuous improvement, please visit www.asurion.com
“When you get that type of private investment out here and that kind of job creation, it’s really the engine that will continue to move the revitalization effort forward,” Ben Freeland, owner of Freeland Chevrolet on Hickory Hollow Parkway and a 110,000-square-foot nearby shopping center he purchased in 2011, said of the Asurion expansion. “When you have that many day-time jobs with that type of income level, it’s going to be a great feeder for area businesses, from restaurants and retail and the like, and it will also reduce the commute for the workforce who lives close by.” http://www.tennessean.com/comments/article/20131015/BUSINESS/310150039/Asurion-adding-800-jobs-Nashville-opening-center-Antioch

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Nashville Predators Break Ground in Southeast Nashville Davidson County with Mayor Karl Dean on New Ice Hockey Facility - Metro Government Video

Please view the video of the entire event where Predators CEO shares that their goal is for this facility to transform this area of the city like Vanderbilt did for the 100 oaks area!  We succeeded in bringing Nashville State College and now this and all the other great additions coming to the area! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Historic Overlay Meeting for Una Area around Old Murfreesboro Road and Smith Springs Road Thursday October 24, 2013

Brand Imaging Group's Open House in Crossings Nashville in Southeast Davidson County

UNDER THE BIG TOP: a Print Shop Carnivale
When? October 9, 2013 from 2:00 - 8:00 PM
Where? 5764 Crossings Blvd, Nashville TN 37013
Why? To celebrate and tour our new 40,000 sf facility!
Brand Imaging Group

Groundbreaking for Predators Ice Rink Facility at the Global Mall at the Crossings in Southeast Nashville Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CNAP (Crossings Nashville Action Partnership) October 2013 Meeting

Starwood Site Sold in Foreclosure off Murfreesboro Road - Vastland Foreclosure

The 65-acre former Starwood Amphitheater site was sold in a recent foreclosure sale for $5.5 million, according to Davidson County property records.
California-based Orange Murfreesboro LLC, which held the loan, bought the property.
Mack McClung, a principal with Vastland Cos., bought the property with a partner in 2007 for $4.2 million. Vastland initially planned to develop Starwood Commons, a $100 million retail and residential development. That project never got off the ground, however, and Vastland later pushed the property as a potential data center site.
In a news release, Vastland said it purchased the property in 2007 in partnership with Wayne Wise of Western Express. According to a news release, Wise was "sole guarantor of the note and neither Vastland nor its principals had any financial exposure related to the financing of the property."
The following are excerpts from Vastland's statement:
Mr. Wise died in July 2010. Shortly afterwards, Tennessee Commerce Bank, which held the note, was taken over by the FDIC. Vastland was unable to negotiate satisfactory terms for assuming the loan from federal regulators and it was sold to a California investment firm. Rather than taking over payments on that loan at a much higher price, Vastland simply gave up its interest in Starwood through a friendly foreclosure that allows California-based Orange Murfreesboro LLC to own the property.
It is important to reiterate that Vastland, its affiliated companies, its principals and investors did not have any financial exposure or indebtedness in this deal.

Update on Vandelized Businesses Meeting and Castlegate Wall Update

Update from below meeting with the business owner of the strip center off Anderson Road where the Dollar General, Cleaners, Subway, China Spring and Mapco are located. 
In response to the below news story.
A Chinese restaurant and cleaners were vandalized overnight last night also in Antioch on Anderson Road, about 5 miles away from the Antioch Pike incidents. The Double D Cleaners was heavily damaged inside while the front glass door of both businesses were smashed. Police are still looking for those suspect(s).
It is unknown at this time if the overnight incidents on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 are related.



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: J Michael Wood <jmichaelwood@comcast.net>
Date: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Subject: Re: collapsed wall
To: K Johnson <johnsonkareny@gmail.com>, Gaby LaVone <gabylav@bellsouth.net>
Hi Karen,
No one knows what happened to the sign. I have asked the construction company to include the sign in the estimate for the insurance company.
You can let everyone know that I am taking care of the repair, and that I will be out of pocket for $1,000 for the deductible. If anyone would like to help with some of that, I would be grateful.
Do you have any thoughts about a redesign of the center portion as I described or would the neighborhood consensus be to keep to the original design?? You can take a poll if you like, as I am OK with whatever everyone likes.
Let me know what they decide.
Thank you.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: J Michael Wood <jmichaelwood@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM
Subject: collapsed wall
To: johnsonkareny@gmail.com, gaby LaVone <gabylav@bellsouth.net>

Hi Karen,
Please share with everyone that I have already got my insurance company to accept responsibility, and have already gotten the contractor (mason) to repair the wall.
I have a $1,000 deductible on the insurance that I will be paying out of pocket.
It would have been helpful instead for someone to contact me, the owner of the wall, it they had noticed a problem that might have been avoided. Two weeks is a lot of time for talking and no action which, as you can see, I know how to do.
If anyone would like to contribute to my $1,000 deductible, it would be appreciated.
 I have also spoken to Leah, and my neighbor across the street about how to repair the wall. It may be we decide to update the design or leave it as is.
My thoughts, if we redesign, would be to leave the two ends as is, but maybe lower the center, and mount the CASTLEGATE sign on top of the lowered portion.
I was not made aware that there was a problem until last Sat. morning after it apparently collapsed on Friday night when the insurance adjuster said the buildup of water inside with the high winds during that storm finished it off.
I personally move the stones, that had gotten into the street  back from the right away.
J Michael Wood, PBMC, OBDS, MMQ, www.5virtuesqigong.com615-366-8940, 5 Virtues Medical Qigong


A special thank you is extended to Castlegate homeowner Cassandra for bringing to my attention the broken wall at the Castlegate Entrance on Sunday, September 22.  I was not notified regarding the crack prior to Ms. Cassandra bringing this issue to my attention.  In speaking with neighbors around the intersection and wall on Sunday, September 22, I learned as shared by Mr. Sharpe who lives on the corner, that there was a crack that was supposedly created by the contractors that placed the traffic light up and that a emergency meeting was held at the home of Mr. Sharpe by the Castlegate Civic Club Neighborhood Association 2 weeks prior.
In speaking with Public Works Mr. Macy and Stansell Electric Representative Mr. Gaines, I learned that there was not work done with regard to the light on the Castlegate entrance side that had the crack of which is now broken.
I would like to share that in speaking with other Metro Departments that have STONE MASONRY PERSONNEL that if this had been brought to my attention and if I had subsequently made them aware, that a request could have been made for their consideration (even though the wall is not Metro's and they are not responsible for the crack).  Efforts could have been made for the wall crack, if I and others had known, for it to be sealed before it collapsed. (This was shared with me yesterday, Friday, September 27.)  I AM PLEASED TO SHARE THAT I AM WORKING WITH TWO METRO DEPARTMENTS AND A RESIDENT OF CASTLEGATE THAT WORKS FOR A STONE MASONRY COMPANY WHO HAVE SHARED THEY MAY BE ABLE TO HELP FIX THE WALL AS A COMMUNITY SERVICE.  I WILL KEEP EVERYONE POSTED IN REGARDS TO THIS.  
Below is an email communication that I received with regard to wall as well. Also below are the pictures that I took Sunday September 22, Metro on September 12 and Stansell on September 27 in order listed.

In terms of answering questions on the look and aesthetics of the light.  Metro does not install Black poles and black backing on its lights. All new lights are standard and are no longer stringed....all are underground. (Examples of areas where private entity's have paid for these type lights is in the Belmont, Vanderbilt and Trevecca Nazarene University corridors). 
(Also MDHA funds projects that are in qualified census areas).The increased cost for these type lights is absorbed by a private entity.  Feel free to contact Metro Public works for more information at 862-8716.  If you look at the lights at Valley View Drive for example in the nippers corner brentwood area they are the same as our light.  The Castlegate light was approved after I took office due to the appeal of prior denials because of safety reasons.  A child died at this intersection and that was one of the key elements that led to the approval.  The light at Castlegate is a special light due to the complexity and uniqueness of the intersection. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bobby Gaines 
Date: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Subject: FW: Smith springs
To: "karen.johnson@nashville.gov" <karen.johnson@nashville.gov>
   We have looked at the wall today which you can see by the pictures attached. Stansell Electric didn’t do any work on that corner. We feel  the wall falling is do to some other reason than are work. We also have pictures dated 09/12/13 showing the wall standing which I have if you were to need.

Bobby Gaines
Vice President
Construction Division Leader
Stansell  Electric Company, Inc.
615.369.4083 office

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Macy, Mark (Public Works) <Mark.Macy@nashville.gov>
Date: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Subject: Castelgate Wall/entrance
To: "Karen Johnson (Council Member)" <johnsonkareny@gmail.com>
Cc: "Raines, Michael (DCSO)" <mraines@dcso.nashville.org>, "McCoy-Jones, Stacy (PW)" <stacy.mccoy-jones@nashville.gov>, "Knauf, Chip (Public Works)" <Chip.Knauf@nashville.gov>

-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Goldschmidt [mailto:amyg@stansellelectric.com]
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 1:20 PM
To: Knauf, Chip (Public Works)
Cc: Hirtzer, Mike (Public Works)
Subject: FW: From Vivian Wilhoite

We didn't have any work on the corner in the photos.

Amy S. Goldschmidt
Project Manager - Construction Group

-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Goldschmidt
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:47 AM
To: 'Hirtzer, Mike (Public Works)'
Subject: RE: From Vivian Wilhoite

I was out that way this morning on another project and grabbed a couple of photos.  The wall that is "damaged" is more like falling apart.  If it was hit, it was hit by the homeowner behind it as the wall bows out.  The corner in question is the corner opposite the cabinet at Castlegate.  Looks like the wall is crumbling.

Amy S. Goldschmidt
Project Manager - Construction Group

-----Original Message-----
From: Hirtzer, Mike (Public Works) [mailto:michael.hirtzer@nashville.gov]
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:15 AM
To: Amy Goldschmidt
Subject: RE: From Vivian Wilhoite


        I will ride out there & CK it out, could have been an auto accident or some other incident not related to your work.

-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Goldschmidt [mailto:amyg@stansellelectric.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 3:32 PM
To: Hirtzer, Mike (Public Works)
Subject: RE: From Vivian Wilhoite

The last time we were out there cleaning up was August 1st and that was to raise the box in the drainage ditch closer to the church.

Amy S. Goldschmidt
Project Manager - Construction Group

-----Original Message-----
From: Hirtzer, Mike (Public Works) [mailto:michael.hirtzer@nashville.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 3:11 PM
To: Amy Goldschmidt
Subject: FW: From Vivian Wilhoite

You have any knowledge of this?

-----Original Message-----
From: Macy, Mark (Public Works)
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 3:08 PM
To: Knauf, Chip (Public Works)
Cc: McCoy-Jones, Stacy (PW); Hirtzer, Mike (Public Works)
Subject: FW: From Vivian Wilhoite

Pls look into this and contact Ms Prince.  Thanks

-----Original Message-----
From: vivian wilhoite [mailto:vivianwilhoite@comcast.net]
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:49 PM
To: Macy, Mark (Public Works)
Subject: From Vivian Wilhoite

A very good friend of mine lives in the Castlegate area where the new traffic lights were installed on Smith Springs road at Clearlake.  Ms. Lena Prince (contact # of 615-403-1056) stated that their community wall which bears the Castlegate name was damaged and also their signage was removed.  Ms. Prince is one of the leaders of the Castlegate group.  Could you please have some contact her.  She is the point person for the matter of concern.  I hope that you can help them get this resolved.


Vivian Wilhoite

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