BAD Weather Approaching

From the mayor,

NOTICE:  Box 100 has opened the Multipurpose Building behind City Hall for anyone seeking shelter from the major storms heading our way.  This is for Thursday, February 24th.

Make Christmas a Charitable Time

With Christmas just days away, this is a good time to reflect on its true meaning and to practice random acts of kindness.  How can you do this?

  1. Go through your pantry and find some canned or other non-perishable items to donate.  While it might seem that you already do this, this time give items that aren’t gross.  Give green beans, corn, stuffing mix, chili beans, mac & cheese, rice, asparagus, and pasta rather than canned artichokes, sardines, and the jars of baby corn on the cob and pigs feet. Bring the items to our local food pantry.
  2. See the car behind you in line at McDonald’s?  Looks a little beat up?  Pay for their meal, too.
  3. See the service people working at the fast food restaurants, in retail, at the gas station?  Give them a tip every now and then.  You’ll probably not miss your dollar, but it could turn a bad day into something good for them.  I work a lot at Bridgestone Arena raising money for Girl Scouts and let me tell you it’s shocking who does NOT tip…
  4. Visit Modest Needs.org and see how your $5, $10, $20 or more donation can directly help someone in need. If you worry your money won’t make a difference, this organization tells you exactly who you’re helping.
  5. Hand write a letter or card to someone who wouldn’t expect it… your Mom? Dad? Grandparents?  Someone in a nursing home, a widow, a single woman or man who might be lonely. No one takes the time to write letters anymore and getting mail from someone who cares could mean everything to them.
  6. Look someone in the eye and sincerely ask, “How are you?”  Then listen to them… genuinely care about what they say.
  7. Get a handful of nickels, dimes and quarters and drop them somewhere where you know kids play or hang out.

What are you ideas for performing random acts of kindness, LaVergne?

SHIVER In My Bones Just Thinking About the Weather…

Quick!  The lyrics are from…

Okay I’m not really going to tell you.  However I did want to mention that we have a yard sale link here on TiLaV.  I’ve moved it over to the left hand side of the page (under Sites of Interest) since it seems to have disappeared off the top of the page.

I’m hoping the weather will be nice this weekend for a yard sale scheduled at 1534 Ridgemont Drive.  From 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., you will fine baby items including crib, mattress, car seat, and girl’s clothes, and some home decor items.

So… it’s FRIDAY!  What’s on your mind?

Mashup: Toy Drive & Swearing-In

For today’s new word, let’s explore Mashup.  According to Urban Dictionary.com, mashup is “v. To take elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music and combine them to make a new song. n. A song comprised of elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music.”

Mayor Elect Senna Mosley called me this morning with an idea for our own LaVergne Mashup.  She would like to invite people who are attending the Swearing-In Ceremony tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. to consider bringing a new toy for the police department’s “Toys for Children” program.

Not "unwrapped" like this... just no Christmas paper unwrapped.

Ms. Mosley said one of her goals as mayor is to invite residents to be more involved in community activities like the Toy Drive.  Any new unwrapped toy is welcome because children of all ages are being served.  Need is not limited to age, so little kid and big kid toys are wanted.

If you have questions, again you can contact Alderman Waldron at at 708-2909 or Lt. Cindy Murphy at 394-8402.

By the way, the best mashup (imo) of all times is the Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” mix with Oasis “Wonderwall” … great great music mix, especially the Aerosmith thrown in at the end, “Sing women, sing for the years, sing for the laughter, sing for the tears…”  (Earworm!)

Clean Up & Trail of Treats Made for BUSY Day

Ay yi yi… what a busy day in LaVergne!  We started this morning at Hurricane Creek Boat Ramp with a clean-up activity. Tons of people showed up, including this old woman with creaking limbs, an out-of-control sciatic nerve, and easily-sunburned skin!  My little group filled up three bags of litter from along Stones River Road.

Photos after the jump…

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Contacting Animal Control

First, thanks to the many kind words today from people passing by our table at the Trail of Treats (some photos to follow).  One person asked if the city has any animal control officers and I promised to link some contact info tonight.

Rutherford County Pet Adoption & Welfare Services
898-7740

If there is immediate danger, you may call 911 (emergencies only).

If you have been bitten by a neighborhood dog, but the pooch isn’t tearing your throat out, you may call the local police to file a report.  The dog will likely be quarantined even if shots are up to date.  To reach local police – the non-emergency number…
793-7744

Finally, thank you again to the kind souls who donated candy or money for our table today.  Happy Halloween!

Sports Auction Tomorrow

Sorry to say that I’m not the sports enthusiast that so many of my friends are.  However, even *I* know when this is a fantastic auction!  Scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 10th, the auction will be held at Buffalo Wild Wings immediately following the Titans-Cowboys game.

All proceeds will be donated to the annual Christmas for the Children program sponsored by Bob Parks Realty agents. We have been able to help hundreds of families since I’ve been a real estate agent, probably even thousands since the program started.  We contact schools in our local communities and ask guidance counselors which families need a little help at Christmas.  We then make sure the children (whether they’re in school or not) get new clothing and toys at Christmas.  The number of schools we contact will depend on how much money is raised.

Meanwhile if you want to see what’s being auctioned, click to see the catalog!

Catalog – CftC 2010

My favorite items:  Steve McNair autographed football, two Les Paul guitars, and a sunset dinner cruise on Center Lake!