Can Growth and Beauty Coexist?

LaVergne is one of the fastest growing cities in the state.  Raise your hand if you’re surprised!  Read the article from the Daily News Journal right here.

Of course, with increased residents we should have increased city revenue.  The last go-round (I heard), the city’s budget planner needed more time to flesh out what the proposed tax increase would be spent on.  Alderwoman Senna Mosely rightly requested to know exactly what road projects were being funded by the increase. 

We know that as far as the city design goes, the cow has left the barn and she won’t be herded back in.  However, there are plenty of positive projects currently underway to remedy some of our infrastructure challenges.  Traffic lights are being installed, sidewalks are being built, and roads are being widened.  The county is opening a much needed elementary school this fall.

But I’d still like to see the city more proactive in setting up a beautification committee (we already have a couple of volunteers – are you listening LaV?).  Anyone who drives in any part of this town knows that we’re a giant warehouse, industrial town, concrete slabbed guppyville, so some greenery would certainly not hurt.  I can picture trees in the medians (not where people are turning because we don’t want to block views), and flowers where there are no trees.  How about some park benches?   Use some planter boxes on the sidewalks outside of businesses.  Write for grant money to upgrade to nicer street lights.  Here are some ideas:

As if…

Okay, that one is highly unlikely.  How about these?

Too many streetlights!

I guess it would keeping with a certain theme… like the lights at the fireworks place. 

This is the most realistic:

Welcome to The Green

I think having these every quarter mile or so lining the main roads would be very pretty.  Plus we could plant trees in between them (again not blocking traffic, but just adding some greenery).  The nursery capital of the world is down the road from LaVergne in McMinnville and maybe those owners would donate trees or other landscaping materials to the city rather than throwing them out when its time for new stock to be planted.  Maybe our own nurseries around here would do the same.  Arbor Day is the first Friday in March in Tennessee, so we’d have plenty of time to get a tree-planting organized!

What say you, LaVergne?  Are you interested in structuring a Beautification Committee?  If any readers are interested in signing up, please comment (or shoot me an email:  lavergneblog at gmail dot com) and we can put together a list to submit to the city.

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Vidalias are In, Too

I just read on our sister site that Smyrna’s Farmer’s Market is definitely coming – all the hurdles have been jumped!  This thrills me to no end, though the guy who sells veggies out on Murfreesboro road (just outside the Smyrna city limits) has some fantastic tomatoes and peaches & cream corn right now.

Giddy-up.

Squawk! Polly Speaks

At the risk of being a parrot and just repeating others’ words, I’m doing it anyway.  I saw online that the Daily News Journal is looking for a couple of things.

  1. They want to profile homes – big or small – that are nicely decorated.  Come on LaVergne! I know there are some gorgeous homes to feature!  Click here for more info.
  2. They’re looking for successful women to profile in an upcoming feature.  They want Rutherford County women who have excelled in their respective careers or personal lives, who motivate and inspire those around them.   A brief description of the nominee’s outstanding achievements to help the judges understand why this woman should be recognized is necessary.  Click here for info on this.  You have until July 2nd to submit, so get to work!

In other news, no news is good news.  It’s hot outside.  Some rain.  There’s our weather report so I’m oudda.

Who Has Given Back?

An interesting article was printed in today’s Daily News Journal about preventing developers from building in areas where schools are already overcrowded and roads are congested, unless the developer donates land for new schools.  You can read the article right here.  I’m curious as to how many LaVergne developers and major builders give back to our community and how many are in it solely to for the money.

We know Amnon Shreibman has donated land for the public library, which bears the name of his son.  (At least that’s what I think I remember watching in that formerly functioning kiosk when you walk in).  Roy Waldron of the Waldron Dynasty donated land for Waldron Elementary School for the privilege of  having it named after him.  But have any others done anything?   How about Greenvale Homes?  Ol’ South Properties?  Harvest Homes?  Lake Forest Homes?  Any of the others whose model home signs dot our landscape?

You know, I’m still waiting for our own public swimming pool.  If my little tiny former hometown of 4,000 people can afford the liability insurance for one, then why can’t our little bitty town of 27,000?  And I don’t buy the excuse “there’s no place to put one” either.   If there’s room to cram in more houses, there’s room for a pool.  I wouldn’t even mind if it was named after a developer!  

Hey, I have another question …. does this town have a beautification committee?

At Least This One Might Be Fun*

Don’t forget tomorrow’s (Saturday) Middle Tennessee Bloggers & Podcasters Group Meeting.  It’s at 2:00 p.m. at the Schmyrna office of Bob Parks Realty (2nd floor).  I have no idea how many folks might show up – maybe three, maybe 13.  You can bring your own soda, but we have a machine (60 cents each).  We have a per cup coffee maker for 25 cents each (with flavors like French Roast, French Vanilla, Rainforest Nut, and some more.  I don’t often use the “wet” creamer because it sometimes curdles, but the dry stuff is good.   And if you want to bring something to munch on, that’s okay too.

So to recap:

Saturday, June 23rd
2:00 p.m.
Bob Parks Realty, LLC, 2nd floor

Come one, come all!  We’d love to meet you!

*As opposed to other meetings.  Because here we don’t expect anything out of you!  :)

It’s For Sale

For all you folks that eat out often, you have one less choice here in La Vernge.  Looks like the Big Apple has shut it’s doors.

I drove by there just minutes ago and saw this huge for sale sign in the front lawn.  I had only eaten there once and my first impression wasn’t the best.  So of course, I hadn’t given it a second chance.  I guess now I can’t.

Anyone looking to purchase a restaurant?

I’ve always wanted to own my own restaurant.  How bout investors?  Anyone want to go in with someone who has no idea(well a little) about how to run one.

I’d like to see something like Ryans, or Western Sizzlin come to our fair city.

Burglar Linked to Break-Ins Here

A man arrested in Franklin for theft is also a suspect for car burlaries here in LaV.  Police are investigating whether it’s the same low-life that has struck several towns in middle Tennessee.  Read the story from the Daily News Journal here.

Happy Summer Solstice.  This is the longest daylight day of the year.