A Sweep of Announcements

Since I’m caught up on my work, this is a great time to sift through my email and share some city announcements.  And why not, I say?!  Here we go… FROM THE CITY.

Donations to feed the hungry needed

The Police Athletic League will be collecting food for needy families and the elderly this holiday season.

Those interested can bring non-perishable items to  the La Vergne Rescue Squad or any of the three fire departments in town.  Each year, for the past 11 years, the PAL has been making food boxes for those in need in La Vergne and Smyrna. The league serves youth from all over Rutehrford County throughout the year with leagues, homework help, teen groups and more, especially in La Vergne and Smyrna.  Boxes usually consist of coffee, sugar, flour, boxed and canned items and a  frozen meat item.

Businesses are encouraged to help with items or monetary donations.

Christmas day is coming…

Christmas Tree lighting ceremony Dec. 7

The annual La Vergne Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. at City Hall, marketing and program coordinator Angie Mayes has announced.

The Roy Waldron School choir will sing carols, while the Mayor and Aldermen will take care of the greetings and actual lighting event.  The ceremony will take place on the City Hall campus, 5093 Murfreesboro Road.

For more information, contact Mayes at 793-3224.

Let us entertain you.  Or you us.

Entertainment packages for the 2011 event will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2010 through Feb. 28, 2011.

There are only six (6) available for artist performances, which begin at 11a.m. and end around 4 p.m. The performances are 30 minutes long with a break for loading and unloading in between. The main act — yet to be chosen — will go on at 4 p.m.

If you are interested in being considered send us a CD of the music or — in the case of dancers — a DVD of their performance, a professional photo (snapshots will not be accepted), and a bio of the artist or group on CD.  Types of music usually considered include country, bluegrass, gospel (Southern and contemporary) and oldies. Only those with a 30-minute set will be considered. Single-song entries will not be considered. All types of performers will be considered; however, no one is guaranteed a slot until the committee has a chance to hear their CD or watch their DVD.

We do not pay for travel or hotel expenses. The average pay for performances is $300.00.

Send your information to “Old Timers Day/City of La Vergne,” 294 Sand Hill Road, La Vergne, TN 37086.  You must include a contact number, address and active — often checked — e-mail address.  If selected, we MUST HAVE a Social Security Number or Federal Income Tax number of the person being paid. No exceptions.

A drum set will be provided the day of the event to help speed up the transition process. Each set is 30 minutes long with a 15-minute break between acts.

For more information contact Angie Mayes at 207-4678 or 287-8690. She can be e-mailed at amayes at lavergne.org.

Your performance either in its entirety or partially may be videotaped for use on La Vergne Channel 3 at a later date. The footage can be requested for $15 for a DVD. Call La Vergne Channel 3 at 793-6295 for more information.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

City Office Holiday Closing Dates

City Offices will also be closed Thursday, December 23 and Friday, December 24 in observance of the Christmas holidays and Friday, December 31 in observance of the New Year.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Library holiday hours

The library will be closed Thursday, December 23rd through Saturday, January 1st for the holidays, library inventory, and building maintenance.     Regular library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3rd.

There will be no storytimes from Monday, December 20th through Tuesday, January 4th.     Storytimes will resume on Wednesday, January 5th with Once Upon A Storytime.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Rutherford County Convenience Center Holiday Schedule

All Rutherford County Convenience Centers will be closed for the Christmas Holiday beginning Friday December 24th through Sunday December 26th.

All Rutherford County Convenience Centers will be closed for the Christmas Holiday beginning Friday December 24th through Sunday December 26th.  Convenience Centers will be open Monday December 27th through December 31st from 9:30 until 5:00 pm. and Monday and Thursday December 27th and 30th.

Convenience Centers will be closed on Saturday January 1st for the New Year’s Holiday and return to their normal schedule on Sunday January 2nd.   The Rutherford County Landfill will be closed Thursday and Friday December 23rd and 24th for the Christmas Holiday, plus Thursday and Friday December 30th and 31st for the New Year’s Holiday.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?

Quick!  What movie was that from?  First one to answer wins… eh.  Who am I kidding?  I got nothing.

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Q&A with the Mayor

Mayor Senna Mosley was interviewed by the DNJ and talked about her goals for LaVergne in the coming years.

Q: Talk a little about the importance of staying in contact with residents while holding public office.

A: It’s absolutely vital. If something needs fixing, we can’t fix it unless we know there is a problem. I’m in the office daily at city hall now unless we have a meeting that day.

It’s a little harder to be in contact with everyone. I have two cell phones, a radio, office phone and home phone and two e-mail accounts. I check them all every day, but I have to ask the citizens to be patient with me. Being in communication with the citizens has been my platform since I’ve been in politics. Staying in touch with citizens is my job. If you forget who you work for, you’re of no use.

More questions! More answers!  Go read what our mayor is saying!

Attitude of Gratitude Throughout the Year

I had the pleasure of meeting Jack LeVine, founder of 4 Generations Institute in Tallahassee, Fla., at a conference several years ago where he was presenting a seminar to Advocates.  Mr. LeVine has granted permission to share his Thanksgiving message with others.

As I reflect on this message, I wonder what great possibilities LaVergne has for it’s future.  As a community let’s no longer complain but look at ways  we can contribute to make a positive difference in our City.

From Jack,

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s remember that the holiday’s name is a compound word – Thanks and Giving. Please take these few moments to consider my ideas for enhancing the celebration of Thanksgiving and the entire holiday season ahead.

First, each of us has much to be thankful for – our lives, families, friendships, and work.  While there is no perfection in life, let’s admit that the glass is more than half full for most of us most of the time.  Thanking those whom we love, admire, depend upon, and have work relationships with is an important, but too infrequent an activity.  Find the chance to say “Thank You” more than a few times in the next few weeks.

As for “Giving”, please consider sharing these ten thoughts with your family members, friends and colleagues….

1. Let’s share our bounty with those with less. Consider the gift of one week’s grocery bill donated to a community food bank, domestic violence or homeless shelter, foster parent association, hospice, or your United Way as a symbol of appreciation for what we have, and what others do for the less fortunate.

2. Express our gratitude in word and deed to those who care for others as a profession or as volunteers. Give compliment the good works of caregivers for our children and frail elders. Those caring individuals who clean the bottoms of babies and the bed-ridden, and help nurture and stimulate their minds, deserve the kindnesses of family members and neighbors all though the year, but especially at holiday time.

3. Respect our elected officials for their service. While we say we believe in representative government, who among us is brave enough to run for public office? We don’t have to agree with all of their policies, but we should respect their service, and hold them accountable for their actions….or lack of action. Silence is the antithesis of effectiveness.

4. Give time to a worthy cause. Our volunteer investments for the benefit of others builds community and creates a great example for our children. Spectatorism is relaxing, but our community’s needs can be addressed, in part, by sharing our energy.  Whether we choose to sing in a chorus, read to a toddler, mentor a youth, or visit a lonely elder, our time is a priceless gift which appreciates in value.  Volunteerism is time and talent philanthropy!

5. Conserve resources by consuming less fuel, reusing, and recycling. Native American culture considered our planet as a parent, worthy of respect and protection. Our throw away culture is feeding our landfills with trash, and our air and water absorb the residue of fuel-generated pollutants. Preserving our environment is self-preservation, as well as a life-saving gift to wildlife, plantlife, and our children’s children.

6.  Slow down. Whether behind the steering wheel or in conversation with others, speed is not a good thing. Being in a perpetual hurry endangers our lives on the road, and cuts short our relationships with others. Give yourself a few extra minutes in transit to be a safe driver…..and listen a bit longer to the words in conversation with loved ones and co-workers. Actively listen and show others that positive attention is a gift worth giving.

7. Put technology in its place. We live in a high-tech, low-touch culture, governed by the beeps, buzzes, and blinking lights of technology. As time is compressed, stress grows. Immediate response raises expectations, reduces careful consideration, and makes us more prone to error. Take a breather from all the numbing numbers, and ask others to be considerate in public and private spaces by turning the “on” switch “off.”  Our children need to know that our eye contact and voices are focused on their needs, too. Cell phones, pagers, and e-mail should not keep our loved ones on hold.

8. Advocate with assertion, not aggression. Free speech is not an invitation to be offensive. Responsible advocacy requires thoughtful strategy, practical solutions, and open conversation. Clear and consistent communication with allies and adversaries alike sets the stage for progress. Advocacy is the heart-felt expression of a wrong to be righted, with composure and grace. An advocate’s power is in persuasive and persistent articulation, and the recruitment of others to the cause.

9. Health is a form of wealth. Making sure we eat right, exercise, and take time to rest and relax are the keys to clear thinking and long-term effectiveness. Our bodies cannot support us unless our minds resolve to take care and be careful.  Being healthy examples to our children in nutrition and behavior sends positive signals for their attitude and future actions.

10. Take optimism pills every morning….the time-release kind.  Negativity is contagious. Those who believe they will make a difference can achieve their goals. Pessimism is the mind’s way of giving up before the first step is taken. We who want to make change for the better in our lives, neighborhoods, and the world around us must stop whining and start winning.  The power of one, multiplied and magnified, is the only correct formula for success.

Holidays remind us that bridges across the generations are built upon the stanchions of memory. Those among us who recall the glow of candlelight reflecting the faces at our grandparents’ table understand how vital heritage is for finding ourselves. For those whose childhoods were less than ideal, we have the opportunity to assist others to have a more joyous future.

As we begin to plan for the holiday season, we have the opportunity to realize that there are neighbors, young and elder, whose coming weeks are not brimming with joy. For whatever reason, in whatever circumstance, we know that there are people in need who can be helped if we choose to do so.

In honor and remembrance a family member who was there for you when you needed them most, please thank those who illuminate our paths, exemplify kindness, teach justice, and nurture our futures.  What a fitting tribute to the legacy of our ancestors.

Your work, the gifts you share, and the example you set for others are inspirational.

I welcome your response any time and am honored when you share my messages by forwarding, publishing in newsletters, and for use in staff meetings and religious gatherings.

Please keep in touch.  Your reply goes directly to me.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us.  True homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919)

My best.

Jack Levine, Founder
4Generations Institute

About Jack:

Jack’s expertise is in developing and delivering messages to the media, public officials, and a diverse network of advocates on the value of preventive investments in children, parent leadership, grandparent activism, and dignified services for elders.

Shopping, Househunting, and Potter, Oh My!

I did not join the throngs of shoppers hungry for the deal of the century yesterday as they picked through clothing, toys, and other merchandise at box stores and malls.  For that I am thankful.  Instead, I showed houses from dawn (if you call the crack of 11:00 am dawn) until dusk.  It put me in the spirit of showing you some of the best buys in LaVergne… with permission from the listing agents, here they are (along with the agent contact information).

620 Hollandale Rd.
$134,900
2158 Square Feet, 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths
Privacy fence in backyard and nice bonus room downstairs

This house is listed by Linda Miller from my Bob Parks Realty office.  It’s already bank-owned and has been completely cleaned, painted, and new carpet installed.  The caveat of buying a bank-owned home… if you have an offer accepted by the bank it’s not yours until all ink is on the paper. Time is most definitely of the essence so do not delay putting it in writing if you come to a verbal agreement.  You can reach Linda for more information at 474-9472 or lmiller@realtracs.com.

2705 Pickards Point
Madison Square subdivision
$105,000
1235 Square Feet
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 car garage

I was genuinely surprised to see this house still on the market given the fantastic price.   There is a cathedral ceiling in both the living room and master bedroom (and an interesting architectural rock design on the master wall) and the house is very appealing.   Listing agents Lisa Morrow (957-8539) and Cindy Spears (542-0277) of Crye Leike can be reached for more information.

Finally I have to brag about 281 Bill Stewart Blvd.  The super clean house has 1756 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a 2-car garage.  It’s listed at $124,900 and the sellers are looking for an offer!

For information about these homes or any other in the middle Tennessee area, you are welcome to contact me as well.

Mortgage interest rates are starting to edge up again and we are finally seeing more buyers in the market… signs (we hope) that the housing market is beginning to creep out of the recession.  It will take some time but it’s starting.

And Harry Potter!  OH MY!  Went to see that movie last night with my daughters.  Bring your kleenexes!

 

Black Friday Manifesto

If you are one of the many who will rise at the butt-crack of dawn tomorrow morning in order to join in the shopping frenzy known as Black Friday, I want you to keep a few things in mind.

In this time of slow economic recovery, many of those you encounter working in retail stores this holiday season are there to make Christmas possible for their own families, or are simply doing whatever it takes to keep their families afloat. So when you encounter a customer service issue (and it is a 99% certainty you will), or just a crummy attitude from one of the store’s employees, try to keep a lid on your indignation. Ask yourself, ‘Who would Jesus call the corporate customer service hotline on and try to have fired?’ Because, while it may really feel like you need that flat panel tv/Blu-ray/Justin Bieber doll to live, chances are that poor schmo really needs his or her job to get by. And the crappy attitude is probably simply the result of a combination of sleep deprivation, low blood sugar, and regret at not being able to spend more time with their families. Some of them will even have had to work on Thanksgiving day, and that’s enough to put a bug up anyone’s behind.

So, when you encounter a snag in your carefully planned out shopping mission, stop, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that technically Black Friday prices aren’t even the lowest of the season, and that you probably will have forgotten all about whatever plasticky thing you were trying to buy by this time next year.

Then go home.

Play with your kids.

Talk to your partner.

Be thankful you don’t have to be at the store if you don’t want to be.

Happy Thanksgiving 2k10!

Today I am thankful to be blessed with a loving family and wonderful friends.  I am thankful to live in a community where neighbors care for each other and take the time to say hello.  I am so very grateful that there are honest businesses to be found where we can trust that fair prices are being charged for services.  I am thankful that I wake up every morning able to brush my own teeth and hair.

I hope your Thanksgiving Day is pleasant!

Let’s Organize a Flash Mob

My pal Tonya posted this on her Facebook status and it was amazing.  While I can’t sing and my dance skills are frightening at best, I think it would be GREAT to organize a flash mob.

 

Who wants to organize a LaVergne flash mob? We could do one for the Smyrna Christmas parade … LaVergne crashes Smyrna parade.