Happy 2008

nyebigball.jpgHappy New Year, LaVergne!  May we find strong retail to come to our town, may our schools continue to provide quality education for our students, may our leaders make the right decisions that will benefit our community, and may our residents enjoy a year with no crime, solid job security, and with good health.


LaVergne Nabs Shopping Center

My friend Big Orange Michael sent me this …

From the Nashville Biz Journal’s print edition this week.

$20M shopping center lands in La Vergne

Rutherford County will be getting a $20 million shopping center along Interstate 24, spurred by the recent construction of a Super Target nearby.

Centrum SSI of Nashville, a local affiliate of Centrum Properties Inc. of Chicago, recently bought nearly 21 acres from Jack Oman for $2.6 million.

The land, at the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate 24 and Sam Ridley Parkway West, will make way for a retail center named The Shoppes at La Vergne, says Brad McNutt, commercial development specialist for Centrum.

McNutt says the growth of retail in the La Vergne-Smyrna area helped make the decision easy.

Colonial Properties Trust, a Birmingham, Ala.-based real estate investment trust, has begun building a major retail center close to Centrum’s property. The proximity to Colonial’s new Target made Oman’s property attractive, McNutt says.

“It will be a regional draw,” says McNutt.

The Centrum site is located fully in La Vergne, although it borders the city of Smyrna, where Colonial’s Target will stand. Target could open by spring 2008. Colonial’s other draw, Kohl’s, opened in October.

The area is high in population density but has been underserved, says Holly Sears, Rutherford County vice president of economic development. The new center will help generate sales taxes for local schools and city governments, she says.

The developments are also generating hotel activity, Sears says. A Holiday Inn Express is under construction near the I-24 exit.

Is the Pea Pod Closing?

I just heard from a friend that the Pea Pod Cafe may be closing.  Does anyone know anything about this?  Say it ain’t so!

No News is Good News?

Not much newsworthy going on right now, so I thought maybe I could dig something up. Checking out the list of ordinances past in LV this year, I came across 92 acres in West La Vergne near Nolensville that was rezoned for ‘planned density residential?’ What is that? It also says this is to be a New Urbanist subdivision? Again, What?! I have heard much about this development or been over there. Anyone else seeing what’s going on? Here’s the ordinance:


Josh’s Story in DNJ

Here’s a link to the story Mealand Ragland Hudgins wrote about Joshua Osborne for the Daily News Journal.

Changes he and his aunt would like to see include extending the statute of limitations on child-abuse cases, preventing children in such cases from testifying against accused abusers in court, eliminating the “first-time offenders” text in the law and making the torture he endured at least a Class C felony.

Also a link (again) to the petition.

Joshua’s Petition ONLINE

Update: A friend sent me this link to information about the parole hearing for Josh’s dad and stepmother

The petition developed by Joshua Osborne to change state law is now online.  We prefer residents of Tennessee to sign it, but support from other parts of the country would also be appreciated.


Joshua Osborne asks you to sign the petition below to urge the State of Tennessee to change its child abuse laws:

1. Eliminate the statute of limitations for child abuse crimes to allow children time to recall and courts or care-takers time to document said crimes.
2. Allow children to testify about abuse against the accused in private (not in front of the accused).
3. Eliminate “first-time offenders” category in cases of child abuse.

Thank you for your support, LaVergne!

Faces of “Wrinkles”

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Help Me by Lisa Ogden

I published Wrinkles: True Stories of Everyday People.  :-)