Something smells poopy…

Article from DNJ: http://www.dnj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007707280310

Apparently Nashville doesn’t think we’re paying enough for sewage, and La Vergne thinks we are paying enough. So far Metro hasn’t “closed the pipe” on La Vergne, but if we end up having to pay $3mil for sewage, that works out to about $111 per citizen, plus new higher monthly costs.

This sounds steep, so my question would be what do Smyrna and Murfreesboro do with their sewage? If Nashville is coming back for $3mil, how much more will they want later? I say we do something else.

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Report: Blogger Meeting

I want to start the report for the Middle TN Blogger & Podcaster Group meeting yesterday because a lot of important things happened for all to hear.  First, many thanks to Alderwoman Senna Mosely and her husband for coming by.  She was very informative and answered a ton of questions asked by people living both in LaVergne and Smyrna.

From the simple minded: “What can we do to take the space out from between La and Vergne?” (it was a joke, people!) to the more serious: “What do we expect at the workshop on Thursday?”  Well, we’re postponing bringing up the Beautification Committee because Ms. Mosely said we’d need at least 15 to 20 people to show up before the council would approve.  By our estimates, we only have about three people who said they could come or might be there.  I am going to attend the meeting anyway to get a feel for how the workshop works, though.  The meeting is Thursday, August 2nd in the City Hall at 5:00 p.m. (not 5:30 as reported previously).

In order to NOT move backward, though, we are setting up a new blog (still in the works) to form a Beautification Committee.  We want to start building a groundswell of support for the initiative through the remainder of the summer, fall, and winter, then kick off in a big way this spring.  We are looking for volunteers to be administrators of the new site.  If you are interested, please email me at:

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Spammers can’t read graphics, hence the new image rather than the ‘take out the z’ schpiel. When we get it set up, I’ll add users to the site with full administrative privileges, make announcements, etc.

In other big news, we have set up a fundraiser to help Brandon Brewer.  Called “Bowling for Brandon,” we will be selling tickets beginning later this week for $20.  Whoever purchases a ticket will be able to come to the Smyrna Bowling Center off Weakley Lake overnight on Friday, September 28th for six-hours of unlimited bowling.  We will also be selling tickets during Old Timers’ Day in early September at Ms. Mosely’s table.  I am ordering “This is LaVergne” t-shirts for this event and if you can volunteer to work that day, let me know (by the email above) what your t-shirt size is.  I’ll then send you a price quote on how much it’ll cost.   Regarding the tickets, $15 of a $20 ticket will be donated to Mr. Brewer’s medical fund.

We will have more to post from the meeting after tomorrow when “View from the Lake” scans in a document and posts a compressed version of the file, available for everyone to read.  Stay tuned to more… much much more from “View,” including an announcement about our very own LaVergne YouTube channel!

Reminders and Not So Serious Stuff

Have I said lately how much I adore our contributing authors!  They know how to start some great conversations!  On a related note, I have been invited by the Daily News Journal to write a couple of guest columns about LaVergne*.  I’ve used some of the information that commenters here have shared as part of the column, so I thank each of you for your thoughts!  I’ll post if when the column is published.

Don’t forget the blogger meeting tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.  Alderwoman Senna Mosely will be there to give us some insight on the next workshop in which the board will consider a Beautification Committee.  The meeting is in the 2nd floor conference room of Bob Parks Realty, LLC on Sam Ridley Parkway.

Also, I wanted to remind everyone of my brother’s music gig tomorrow night at Fuel on Second Street, downtown Nashville. His band is called 69 South and they’ll be playing around 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 with an opening band).  I sure hope LaVergnites show up; if you see me there, say hello.  I’ll be easy to find — sidled up next to a wall somewhere.

Okay, now some fun.  I got this email tonight:

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Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!  if you can raed tihs psas it on!!

As stated in the headline, no serious stuff here!

*LaVergne’s official spelling is La Vergne (note the space).  But I’ve decided that I’m not going to put the space in until our firetrucks put the space in.  Is that being stubborn?

Only 14 Days Left

Only 14 days left until what you ask? Until School starts silly :)  Are your kids ready?  Well, I’m not keen to all the school supplies and where to shop for them, but I do know that the weekend of August 3rd, 4th and 5th, is a tax free holiday for school related items.

I also know that if your child rides, or will be riding a bus, you can look up information on Rutherford Counties website and click on school zone/bus route lookup. Type your address in the blank and click go.  Your bus number, time of stop and place will be displayed.

Something of good news for our community also.  We’ve all been wondering when La Vergne was going to get a new school.  Well no more waiting  La Vergne Lake Elementary will be having it’s dedication ceremony on August 5th at 2pm in the front of the school.  I’m sure that if you have a child going to this new k-5 school, you and your children will be wanting to go see.

Oh and before I forgot to say this, there is a “welcome back to school bash” at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro on August 4th.  I do not have all those details but they are posted on the RCS website. 

Did Not Realize This

When I purchased my home in December of 2004, a rezoning request was trying to be passed on hollandale rd.  This request was to change the zoning on about 100 acres to High density housing.

The citizens that lived in the morningside subdivision and surrounding areas banded together and fought this.  It did not pass.

Now if you drive a little further down Hollandale Rd you will discover the trees and forest have been removed on the left side.  It’s being built up as an extension of Lake Forest.

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According to the newest map of La Vergne (thanks for the mail Kathy T), there will be two streets connecting LFE to Hollandale Rd.  Now I was somewhat ok with that. Until I saw all the culverts and realized all the homes that were going to built would be facing Hollandale and using Hollandale as their driveway entrance.

I thoroughly enjoy living where I live, I just am not excited about looking out my front porch and seeing the roofs of these homes.

Tomorrow’s Smyrna Radio Show Takes Questions For La Vergne Mayor

Get on over to thisissmyrnatn.blogspot.com and post your questions for Mike Sparks of the Smyrna Radio Show. The show will broadcast tomorrow and Ronnie Erwin, mayor of La Vergne, will be a guest. Hop over to This Is Smyrna to read the full post.

Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster’s Group Meeting

It is once more time for the fun and frivolity that is The Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster’s Group Meeting.

Once a month those that you know and love, and some whom you may not either, gather together to learn from each other, strengthen our relationships, make new contacts and, heaven forbid its true, be social. You are welcome to come. We encourage participation. The only requirement, really, is that you are civil and respectful. Our topics of discussion range from technology to education to real estate and politics so there is something for everyone. While we generally maintain a G rating, be advised that we do occasionally head in the R direction.

Join us Saturday, July 28th at 2:00 PM at Bob Park’s Realty in Smyrna for this month’s gathering of the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster’s Group Meeting.

557 Sam Ridley Pkwy.
Smyrna, TN 37167-5627

By the way, at our last meeting we discussed bringing a covered dish. Bring some grub or you’ll be hungry!