The Week Ahead

If you are living in LaVergne and the surrounding area, there are some things coming this week that you might want to be aware of.

rabiesThe annual Rabies Clinic is being held this week in Rutherford County. That means you can bring your pets to participating veterinarians for $10 rabies shots.  I took my babies last year to the LaVergne Veterinary Clinic (participating again this year).  They set up a technician right on the front porch.  You just pull up, fill out a form, pay your $10 p/pet, get your paperwork and rabies tag, and drive home.  The Rabies Clinic will be available this coming week from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Saturday.

You can now pre-order the LaVergne Senior Citizen’s recipe book, available at the end of May or the first of June. The cost is $12 and money will be applied toward renovations of the LaVergne Senior Citizens Center at 337 Stones River Rd.  Contact Pam Yenney at 793-3048 for more information!

I just listed a cute home in Murfreesboro. I just had to slide that in here because it’s oh-sooo-cute!

Operation CODE RED.  Did you know if you want to put a swimming pool in your yard and it’s over 2 feet deep, you have to get a permit?  If you have a complaint about a neighbor’s tall grass or abandoned car, you can also contact codes to take care of the problem.  Their number?  213-2624. 

And the BIG NEWS… open auditions to play an “Extra” in the upcoming Hannah Montana, to be filmed in Nashville.  Auditions are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 6 at Sommet Center, 501 Broadway. According to The Tennessean,

People who want to be considered must bring a recent 4-inch by 6-inch snapshot and a pen. Adults must accompany minor children at the call and during any work. No experience is necessary.

Woot Off

Ever hear of a woot-off?  There’s one happening now!  At woot.com a product is offered until it sells out, then another is up for grabs.  The bag of junk typically ends it and can be awesomely spectacular or awesomely terrible.  You can sometimes find screaming monkeys on a woot-off!  Shipping is always $5.

Check it out!

Open Thread Friday

percy priestLet’s go for another open thread today.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what Ivy wrote regarding marketing the city.  I found the whole discussion very interesting because we found a lot of positive things to write about and yet there were still very valid concerns.  Here’s another thought I have about boosting the city’s image, but I don’t think it will be possible since the city has NO CONTROL over this:  The Corps of Engineers should open a beach area for swimming, paddleboats, etc. over at Hurricane Creek Boat Ramp area of Percy Priest Lake.  What a wonderful recreation opportunity that’s lost!

Also, does the city’s recreation department ever offer events like “Fish for a Day” to teach kids how to fish?  And get the state to waive licenses for a day.

What are you thinking about (and it doesn’t have to be related to Living in LaVergne).

My Fav Chicken Place Moving

chickenHave you been to Smyrna’s Chicken Shak?  OMG.  It is incredibly good.  We’ve had potluck meetings with the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster Group where I’ve ordered a pan of wings to chew on.  But I saw in the newspaper today that The Chicken Shak – MY Chicken Shak – is moving to Murfreesboro.

I do wish them great success, but I’m very sad to see them leave Smyrna.  And I know I should have written this for the Smyrna blog, but I’ve forgotten my username and password and my cheat sheet is somewhere else other than where I am now to look it up.  Wow. Talk about a badly written sentence. Heh.

Officer Tartt Benefit

We have a very sick police officer in LaVergne who needs the help of our community. His fundraiser is Friday, March 28th (TOMORROW) from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  The details were posted earlier this month:

Officer Tartt is very ill and the Fraternal Order of Police has scheduled a benefit to raise funds on his behalf.

Make plans to attend a chili dinner and silent auction on March 28th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at LaVergne Lake Elementary.  The $6 tickets are available at the police department… if you can’t attend please make a donation.

The article in the DNJ about Officer Tartt can be found here.

Why not change how LaVergne is marketed?

I was thinking earlier today about East Nashville and how it used to be known as a horribly dangerous part of town. Then musicians, artists and writers started moving in for the low rents and cool historic homes. And some cool businesses like the Turnip Truck and some nifty bars moved in. Eventually, the area has improved and while there are still pockets of crime, the housing prices have gone up exponentially and East Nashville is considered a good place to live.

Compare and contrast to what people are saying about us in the comments sections of the DNJ:

It’s going to be fun watching to see what high school these slugs were enrolled in LaVergne or Antioch — both fine institutes of higher education — training tomorrow’s criminal today. Maybe another HS can enter the “We’ve had numerous students arrested” contest. I’m glad my tax dollars will go to incarcerating these students instead of educating them.

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Its like I said before just fence in that whole stinking neighborhood and call it Lake Forrest Penitentiary.Its the worst development ever built in the state of Tennessee so either fence it in or burn it down and run the scum out of the county and the state.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I live in Lake Forest Estates and the vast majority of my neighbors are  good, working class people who give a crap about their home’s value and are too busy working to have time to run around committing crimes.

There are a few bad apples who spoil it for the whole bunch, like the people down the street who park 1,492 cars in their yard and have a great mud pit instead of anything resembling a lawn, but overall, my part of the neighborhood is safe and looks halfway decent.  I don’t feel unsafe taking my dog outside at night. I am not terribly concerned about someone coming and robbing my house.

So, why do people think of LaVergne and especially Lake Forest as being the vile pit of the earth? Personally, I think it’s all in how LaVergne is marketed.

Really, LaVergne is a fine place to live. It’s 20 minutes to just about everywhere you might want to go. It’s convenient to shopping and now, Super Target (woot!).  It’s close to many places to work. It’s halfway between the music venues of both Nashville and Murfreesboro. It’s right off the interstate, and it’s completely affordable compared to other places that have such a good location.

So, what’s the problem? I honestly think it’s primarily a marketing problem. Yes, there are other issues that need to be addressed- crime and an uncontrolled growth problem. I have full faith in Chief Ted Boyd to control the crime problem as long as the city adequately funds it. But I really think if the city started marketing itself as the awesome place to live that it really could be, a lot of other stuff would follow.

We’ve got a great, concerned citizenship- we need to work on spreading the good news about LaVergne.

What do you think we, as citizens, and the city could do to change the way LaVergne is presented in the media?

$555 from My House

I filled out my census information online and the city made about $555 – or $111 per person.  LaVergne’s fire department was out over the weekend trying to count people who haven’t turned in forms or registered online so the city can earn more state-shared revenue.  It seems there are people who don’t want to be counted, according to the DNJ.  That makes my mind leap to several conclusions:

  1. They’re very private people paranoid about government intrusion.
  2. They don’t understand the importance of a census for the community.
  3. They have something to hide.

Have you been counted?  If not, you can do so online right here