Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Supporters push for Metro Schools to hire Angela Huff

WSMV Channel 4 NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Posted: Jul 28, 2015 4:02 PM CST Updated: Jul 28, 2015 6:47 PM CST Reported by Forrest Sanders Read more: http://www.wsmv.com/story/29653317/supporters-push-for-metro-schools-to-hire-angela-huff#ixzz3hF7BYY7j As the Metro School Board’s search for the next director of schools goes back to square one, there is growing support for Metro’s second choice, Angela Huff. Read more: http://www.wsmv.com/story/29653317/supporters-push-for-metro-schools-to-hire-angela-huff#ixzz3hF6k6NeS “People are overwhelmingly saying we like this candidate,” Metro Council member Karen Johnson said. “One has declined the offer and we have two remaining. The choice is clear. We want to hear more from Dr. Huff.” Johnson said she is part of a group of people who believe Huff isn’t getting a fair shot at the director of schools position. “I think she’s being overlooked at this point,” Johnson said. “The school board actually stated we now have three capable and qualified candidates. We have this person still remaining as one of those three that has actually graduated from Metro Nashville Public Schools.” Local leaders and school board members will attend an NAACP meeting in support of Huff beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Comprehensive Health Center. Read more: http://www.wsmv.com/story/29653317/supporters-push-for-metro-schools-to-hire-angela-huff#ixzz3hF6rCWef Corinthian Baptist Church will host a rally Wednesday night to include a petition to hire Huff and recall election of some of the current school board members.“She had the largest attended meeting of any of the candidates, and she was impressive,” Johnson said. “There’s a growing interest right now to hear more from her. And we want the school board to consider what the community is saying, because they brought the community into the process.” In a statement, Rev. Enoch Fuzz said the meeting will express resentment for board members who ignored the public’s input from Huff’s community interview. Will Pinkston is one of the school board members who has maintained the search for the new director should wait for input from the next mayor and Metro Council. In a post, Pinkston explained, “If our newly elected public officials feel brought into that process, that will ensure the school system’s future success.” “If they wanted to wait for the mayor, I think they would’ve had to announce that before they had three capable and qualified candidates,” Johnson said. “At this point, the community expects for them to continue forward because they were leading that process.” Huff is currently the chief of staff at Cobb County Schools in Georgia. Read more: http://www.wsmv.com/story/29653317/supporters-push-for-metro-schools-to-hire-angela-huff#ixzz3hF6vVYHA Copyright 2015 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. Read more: http://www.wsmv.com/story/29653317/supporters-push-for-metro-schools-to-hire-angela-huff#ixzz3hF6zaMNp

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AntiochTenn Newspaper Publication - Karen Johnson seeks re-election in District 29

AntiochTenn Newspaper Publication

Karen Johnson seeks re-election in District 29

Editor's note: Karen Johnson is running for Metro Council District 29. This is part of a series of editorials by candidates for various Metro Council Seats. All running in the Antioch area were invited to submit editorials. 

Time flies when you are doing something you love, so it's hard to believe I've been working with many of you on our neighborhood issues for 26 years. When I first got active in our community at the early age of 19, I had no idea that I would one day be representing our district on the Metro Council.
My first opportunity to serve in Metro Government came as a member/commissioner with the Metro Nashville Board of Zoning Appeals, where I championed neighborhood issues.  This was a non-paid position, but I believe it was very important work for our neighborhoods and our city.
I then moved on to serving as your elected member of the Metro Nashville School Board and as a member of the Metro Board of Parks and Recreation.  All of these experiences enabled me to be a voice for our area.
I have to admit: It was very hard to juggle community service, the early years of a career and my family.  But, I did this because I truly love our area. I came to learn that if we were going to preserve our community's character, someone from among us had to be on these boards and commissions, where so many decisions are made that affect neighborhoods.
There was a strong sentiment that our area was continually being left out of prosperity and quality-of-life improvements in the way of infrastructure and other amenities.  This is why I have chosen to work for our area.
My passion is simple.  I want to help make our area better, and each and every day I wake up, I work to that end.
I ask for your vote and your support for my re-election because I want to continue working with you to move our district forward.  We have made tremendous progress.
Together, we have succeeded in keeping good retail establishments and our golf course. We have added beautiful new bus shelters and much-needed tornado sirens. We have attracted new jobs and retail to our area.
In our schools, we have caught our area up with state-of-the-art programs: an International Baccalaureate program at Antioch High School like the ones in the Hillsboro and Hillwood clusters and greater pre-k opportunities. We have added much-needed new community centers, new schools, and secured money to upgrade our parks, like Una Recreation.
We are on an upward trajectory, but we have much work to continue with storm water, roads, paving, transit and other quality-of-life improvements.  If given the opportunity to continue serving you, I will work tirelessly to ensure our property values keep rising and that our overall quality of life improves.

Thank you. 

You may learn more about Karen Johnson at her campaign's website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.


16 Metro Council members support local-hire amendment

16 Metro Council members support local-hire amendment

A group of 16 Metro Council members announced support for Metro Charter Amendment 3 Thursday Supported by labor unions, the amendment would require that 40 percent of work hours on Metro construction projects costing $100,000 or more be completed by Davidson County residents. Dean said he would prefer the policy be discussed in an ordinance considered by Metro Council instead of added into Metro’s charter. Additional opponents to the charter amendment include the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Middle Tennessee chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Associated General Contractors, along with the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee and the Tennessee Road Builders Association. A local branch of the Laborers’ International Union of North American and Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, a new faith-based alliance of 48 organizations, proposed Charter Amendment 3. “There is no question that Nashville should make training and hiring of local residents a priority,” Davis said in the news release. “By supporting Amendment 3, we are simply ensuring that Nashville residents have a better shot at pulling themselves up, providing for themselves and their families and spending their earnings in the local economy.” The full list of council supporters thus far is: Megan Barry, Lonnell Matthews, Walter Hunt, Brady Banks, Scott Davis, Peter Westerholm, Anthony Davis, Larry Hagar, Erica Gilmore, Buddy Baker, Emily Evan, Jason Holleman, Chris Harmon, Karen Johnson, Fabian Bedne and Bo Mitchell. Reach Macaela Bennett at 615-259-8089 or Twitter @Macaela_.
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Women In Numbers Endorses Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson for Reelection

Women In Numbers Endorses Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson for Reelection! THANK YOU! Women in Numbers, a nonpartisan organization established to engage, encourage, and endorse qualified women to be elected to public office, has endorsed Karen Y. Johnson for Re-Election. Having served on the boards of The Nashville Women’s Political Caucus now known as The Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative, The Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus and now most recently with my service on Women in Municipal Government, I am deeply grateful to WIN for their support of my public service. It’s important for Qualified Women to be represented because our governmental body should include women leaders. http://www.wintennessee.com/ENDORSEMENTS.html

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Antioch High School to Offer International Baccalaureate in 2015-16

A Huge Thank you to our Southeast School Board Members Tyese Hunter and Will Pinkston for following through on what I helped to begin when I served as your representative on the Metro Nashville Public School Board.  It has taken that long neighbors.  In any great achievement, the first step is to initiate action.  Everyone's efforts have now resulted in this great day for our children and our community.  Thank you Principal Adrienne Battle-Koger for taking the lead in making this happen along with Dr. Register, Dr. Sharon Chaney, the teachers, parents, and administrators for following through. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Community Forums to Meet the Candidates for Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools

Please attend to meet the candidates for Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools.  VERY Important!  click on the below link to view their resumes/applications

Community Forums
Monday, July 13
6:00-7:30 p.m.
McGavock High School
3150 McGavock Pike, 37214
Dr. Angela Huff

Tuesday, July 14
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School
904 26th Avenue N, 37208
Dr. Michael Looney

Wednesday, July 15
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Glencliff High School
160 Antioch Pike, 37211
Dr. Barry Shepherd

Help Select the New area Schools Mascot. Vote for the Smith Springs Elementary Mascot

Click on the link and VOTE on the Survey to help select our Newest State of the Art Elementary School "Smith Springs Elementary's" Mascot!

Service Workers SEIU Local 205 Endorse Councilwoman Karen Johnson for Reelection

Service Workers (SEIU) Endorse To ReElect Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson Metro Council District 29 THANK YOU! SEIU Local 205

Local 205 Announces Endorsements for Nashville Metro Council Races!

MetroGovt-sealThe Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205 announces their endorsed candidates for Nashville’s Metro Council elections to be held on August 10, 2015.
The candidates were interviewed and chosen by a committee of rank and file members of our union.  The members of this committee are Davidson County residents who work for Metro Government or for Metro schools.
If there were more than three candidates in a district race, the committee decided to wait until the runoff to give an endorsement.  The committee also decided to wait until the runoff to endorse for the At-Large races.
The endorsed candidates are:
Mayor             Bill Freeman
Vice-Mayor    David Briley
District 5         Sara Martin
District 7         Anthony Davis
District 16       Tony Tenpenny
District 20      Mary Carolyn Roberts
District 21       Ed Kindall
District 23      Mina Johnson
District 24      Kathleen Murphy
District 26      Jeremy Elrod
District 27      Clement Ledbetter
District 28      Tanaka Vercher
District 29      Karen Johnson
District 32      Jacobia Dowell
District 33      Jimmy Gafford
District 34      Steve Butler
District 35      Dave Rosenberg
Early voting is from July 17- August 1.
Election Day will be on August 6th.
Runoff elections are scheduled for Sept. 10.
For complete election information, including early voting and absentee ballots, visit the Davidson County Election Commission’s website or call them at 615-862-8800

Nashville Business Coalition Endorse Councilwoman Karen Johnson for Reelection

Thank you to the Nashville Business Coalition for their endorsement for Re-Election. I will continue working to bring back retail, jobs and businesses to our area that will keep Southeast Nashville as one of the most desirable to live in Nashville/Davidson County.
The Nashville Business Coalition (NBC), a political action Committee made up of business leaders from across the City, announced today its support for candidates seeking Metro Council and Vice Mayor seats in the August 6 election.
“We applaud all the candidates who are offering themselves up for public service and were pleased to see so many candidates supportive of issues important to our business community. We are especially committed to supporting local candidates who understand the importance of creating a government environment for businesses and workers to succeed in Nashville,” said Nancy Stabell, NBC Board Chair.
“Based upon our extensive candidate vetting process that included face-to-face interviews, surveys and an assessment of candidates’ platforms related to issues such as land use and zoning, economic and community development, infrastructure development, support for public education, and workforce housing, the NBC is pleased to announce its slate of endorsements for Vice Mayor and Metro Council as those candidates best positioned to lead Nashville for the next four years. Twenty-four of the endorsed candidates are current or past district Metro Council members who, by their voting records and past performance have proven to clearly understand and consistently support the city’s large and small businesses. In some races, the NBC endorsed more than one candidate because of both candidates demonstrated their commitment to support and work collaboratively with business. In select races the NBC has chosen to delay endorsements until the September run-off election.”

The candidates endorsed by the Nashville Business Coalition are:

Vice Mayor Endorsements

David Briley
Tim Garrett

At Large Endorsements

Buddy Baker
Karen Bennett
Erin Coleman
John Cooper
Erica Gilmore
Frank Harrison
Jason Holleman
Walter Hunt
John Lasiter
Lonnell Matthews
Bob Mendes
Sandra Moore
Jim Shulman

District Council Endorsements (* are incumbents)

Robert Swope, District 4
Scott Davis, District 5*
Peter Westerholm, District 6*
Anthony Davis, District 7*
Nancy VanReece, District 8
Bill Pridemore, District 9*
Douglas Pardue, District 10*
Larry Hagar, District 11*
Steve Glover, District 12*
Furtesha Carter, District 13
Mark Cole, District 13
Kevin Rhoten, District 14
Jeff Syracuse, District 15
Tony Tenpenny, District 16*
Chris Cotton, District 17
Colby Sledge, District 17
Burkley Allen, District 18*
Freddie O’Connell, District 19
Mary Carolyn Roberts, District 20
Leah Dupree, District 21
Sheri Weiner, District 22*
Mina Johnson, District 23
Allen Grant, District 24
Russ Pulley, District 25
Jeremy Elrod, District 26
Davette Blalock, District 27*
Tanaka Vercher, District 28
Karen Johnson, District 29*
Jason Potts, District 30*
Fabian Bedne, District 31*
Jacobia Dowell, District 32*
Sam Coleman, District 33
Steve Butler, District 34
Angie Henderson, District 34
Dave Rosenberg, District 35

About the Nashville Business Coalition

Nashville’s business community is a driver of the local economy. Business creates jobs and prosperity; government leaders create the legislative environment for that to occur. The Nashville Business Coalition applauds community leaders who choose to serve Nashville residents and businesses through elected office. Since 1999, the Coalition, a pro-business political action committee, has dedicated itself to electing business-friendly candidates who have made the long term economic vitality of Nashville a priority. These candidates understand the partnership that exists between the public and private sectors.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Metro Council At Large Candidates Forum in Southeast Nashville at Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Belle Forge Lane East 6:30 pm

This Thursday evening, July 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., at the Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Belle Forge Lane East (next door to the Antioch Post Office) there will be the only Metro Council at-large candidate forum featuring 20 of the 26 candidates. The forum is being sponsored by the newly formed Southeast Nashville United (SENU) civic organization that was formed to fight the re-location of the jail to Harding Place.
The moderator will be District 7 School Board Member Will PInkston. The host is Lakeshore Christian Church where Pastor Randy Cordell is the minister.
This forum is FREE and open to the public. Questions have been submitted to the candidates and the responses that are returned will be posted on a new website being put up by SENU. We will inform our CNAP distribution list when the questions / answers are available online.
The at-large council members have a huge impact on our area and we need to be educated about which ones are committed to helping our area.