La Vergne Housing Numbers

Wanted to give a quick update on where our housing market in La Vergne is today.

Homes sold in March 2007: 56
Homes sold since January 1, 2007: 160
Homes sold in March 2006: 100
Homes sold from Jan. 1 – March 31, 2006: 237

Clearly, we’ve a a decline in the housing market since this time last year.

Homes currently on the market: 369
Homes on the market, but pending: 85 (these could include lease-purchase homes or regular homes that are nearly ready to close)

Lowest home price is $49,500 for a mobile home on a decent track of land on Hollandale Road.
Most expensive home is $485,900 in Hampton Estates off of Jones Mill Road.

By comparison, Smyrna has 372 homes on the market (as of right now 12:35 p.m. 3-31-07) and 210 homes have sold since January 1, 2007.

Please comment if you have questions!

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Parts for a Lawnmower

Anyone have any idea where I might get parts for my yard machine lawn mower?

Live Music, Good Fun!

I know this is not exactly “La Vergne” news, but I wanted to let everyone know about a music event coming tomorrow night. (Originally posted on Kathy’s personal blog…) My brother used to practice his guitar when we were growing up to the point that I wanted to smash it… mostly only when he’d sneak up next to me and pluck out Smoke on the Water as obnoxiously as he could. I think it took my going to college and Mike joining the Air Force for us to stop finally stop our childish fights.*Mike and his best friend, the guitar

Mike is now a blue collar working man who still has a passion for his music. He plays lead guitar for a very popular band in West Kentucky called 69 South – you can think what you want about the name, but fact is plans are underway to extend the Interstate 69 corridor through Kentucky, Tennessee and all the way down to Texas. (Just don’t ask which came first, the chicken or the egg.)

FuelBut I digress… the big news is that Mike’s band is playing in Nashville tomorrow night! They’ll be playing at Fuel, located at 114 Second Avenue South and the husband and I will be going to hear them play! I hadn’t heard his band since … well ever … due to those painful Deep Purple memories. But my niece booked them to play at her wedding reception a year ago and I was absolutely blown away. Blown completely away. They were amazing! They play blues, classic rock, and country according to their MySpace site. He’s so excited, nervous, overjoyed, thrilled, and (did I say) nervous about this!

I know that the blogosphere isn’t always responsive to invites (unless they’re hosted by Channel Two or the Mothership), but if you have a free evening I’d love to see you there! I’m usually a wallflower at bars, but you can spot me drinking the “near beer” or soft drink.

Meanwhile, I do hope that maybe some of you can stop by and enjoy the music!

*He still tries to aggravate with his Deep Purple shenanigans every other year or so, but now we just laugh.

**Photo from here.

We’re Upgrading Our Boat to a Ship

From Angie Mayes who said “The following are classes and programs offered by the Parks and Rec Department”:

Clogging class is offered at the Civic Auditorium on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The class is open to all ages. Sharon Whitley is the instructor for this class.

Line Dancing is offered at the Civic Auditorium on Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m. Phyllis Petty is the instructor.

Jazzercise is offered on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m.; Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m; and Saturday mornings 9-10 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. This class is open to those 18 years and older. Jackie Dixon is the instructor and you can get more information by visiting the website http://www.jazzercise.com.

Tennessee Twirlers Inc. conducts a Baton class at the Multi-Purpose Building on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. This is a 12-week class. Call 793-3224 for more information. NOTE: Kathy’s daughter takes this class and it’s affordable and fun. Girls learn modeling along with twirling…

Kung Fu class is offered to those 15 and older at the Multi-Purpose Building on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30. Louis Williams is the instructor.

Cindy Cinderella Talent Academy conducts a cheerleading class on Saturday mornings Civic Auditorium from 10:00-11:30 . This is a 12-week class. For more information please call Cindy at 896-4683 or visit the website at http://www.cindyscinderellas.com.

Water Aerobics is held at La Vergne High School on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7-8 p.m. This class is open to those 18 years and older.

Country Music with Larry Felix is the 1st Saturday of the month at 6:30pm at the Civic Auditorium.Civic Auditorium. This is open and free to the public.

Open Mic with Steve Burkett is the 4th Saturday of the month at 6:30pm at the Civic Auditorium. Civic Auditorium. This is open and free to the public.

Home ownership education series, fourth Satuday of each month noon – 2 p.m. at La Vergne Civic Auditorium, 283 Old Nashville Highway. For more information, call 793-3224. (Really? I think I’ll go to this class…)

Definition of a "Boat Load"

From Angie Mayes, La Vergne’s public relations director (or title to that effect), here’s a boat load of announcements about and from the city.

LHS hosts b-ball game as cheerleaders fund-raiser
The Battle of the Rivals, the annual basketball competition benefitting the La Vergne High School Cheerleader squad, will take place at 7 p.m. on April 27 at LHS. Cost to enter is $5 per person. The money raised will help LHS cheerleaders offset the costs of the program, which is not budgeted. Those interested in playing in this year’s game should call cheerleading sponsor and health science teacher Sumatra Drayton at (615) 335-6160.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

La Vergne Seniors Holding Yard Sale
The La Vergne Seniors will hold a yard sale at the Senior Center, 337 Stones River Road, from 8 a.m. to noon on May 19.

Donations for items to sell are accepted and cannot be delivered to the Senior Center before May 7. Seniors can also buy a table for $20 to sell their own item

Seniors invited to quilt at Center
Any senior interested in quilting the Senior Quilt, which will be auctioned off in September, is invited to join other seniors on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the La Vergne Senior Center, 337 Stones River Road, in La Vergne. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 793-3048.

Monday, March 26, 2007

New rules require permits for certain items
In January, 2007, the La Vergne Codes Department adopted the International Building Codes as the codes that they enforce in the building of new homes, warehouses and other structures that may require a permit. As a result of this, a few changes were made in what structures need permits.

The following are examples that require permits and the paperwork needed to obtain the permit:

1. Fences that are six feet or higher.
2. Swimming pools that are more than 24 inches (two feet) deep.
3. Storage sheds that are larger than 120 square feet.

The paperwork needed to obtain any permit:

1. A plot plan showing the size of your lot and where the house sits on the lot with the setbacks shown and any utility or drainage easements.
2. Additional paperwork is needed on new construction amd will depend on what you plan to build as to what is needed.

If you are planning on building or remodeling, please call the Codes Department at (615) 213-2624 or stop by at 5089 Murfreesboro Road in La Vernge. Their office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The staff will be happy to answer any questions regarding whether you need a permit or not.

The La Vernge Codes Department, along with the Planning and Engineering Department, will their rules and regulations allow.

FEMA changes flood areas in La Vergne
Due to recent changes by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in their flood map areas, many homeowners have received letters from their mortgage companies stating the need flood insurance.

Homeowners are also being asked to submit elevation certificates and are contacting the City of La Vergne for these certificates. When issuing building permits, the city does not require elevation certificates to obtain the permit.

To obtain an elevation certificate, you must contact a licensed surveyor and the City of La Vergne does not have one on staff.

If you, as a homeowner, have received a letter from your motgrage company, these are suggestions that can help you obtain whay you need:

1. Contact a licensed surveyor listed in the Yellow Pages of the phone books and tell them what you need. The company will give you a price. With this, you can decide if you want to hire one.

2. Contact George S. Law (615) 837-4732. He is a hydrologist with USGS Water Science Center in Nashville which will have maps that will show elevations of your area.

3. Make your mortgage company prove to you that you are in a flood area. After all, it was their maps and licensed cureyor that helped them determine that you were in the flood area.

Interesting… I didn’t realize you needed a permit from the city to put up a pool more than two feet deep.

Easter Egg Hunt Reminder


We posted earlier, but as the date approaches here’s a reminder:

Hop Hop Hopping to La Vergne

The Easter bunny is coming to La Vergne, so hop on down and join the fun. Here’s the schedule from the city:

The La Vergne Parks and Recreation Department announces the following activities for the annual Easter Egg hunt, to be held at La Vergne’s Bicentennial Park (beside City Hall) on March 31st.

Easter Egg Hut
10:00 a.m. – Ages 0 – 2
10:15 a.m. – Ages 3- 5
10:30 a.m. – Ages 6- 10

Guess the Jelly Beans
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
(Winner announced at 10:00 am)

Lots of Fun
9:00 – 11:00 am

Egg and Spoon Relay
Egg and Nose Relay
Duck Pond
Bunny Hop
Pin the Tail on the Bunny
Arts and Crafts (sponsored by Library)

Also, don’t forget the photo scavenger hunt! You have until Friday night to guess (except contributing authors…sorry!).

New Maps of La Vergne Available

New city maps are available! Angie Mayes said in a comment:

We have NEW city maps that just came in Friday. They can be picked up at any city building and a lot of businesses around town. They’re free at 99% of the locations. I know of a couple that may sell them, but most places (including the City) they’re free. Call me at 207-4678 if you have questions. They should be updated (except for new streets added during the last two months) so that will help people get around town.

Check with the city or Angie. I also have several free maps to give out, so you can give me a shout as well if you want to get your hands on one. They look sharp (especially the ad right below the street index… hee hee).