Another Storm Is Coming

I was just asked to notify residents that the Box 100 volunteers are opening the Multipurpose Building behind City Hall again tonight because of severe weather approaching.  The building will be available for residents seeking shelter beginning at 10:00 p.m. and will remain open as long as needed.

Box 100 is a volunteer unit that supports first responder personnel when they are on the scene of major emergencies.  Their work is not unlike that of the Red Cross in that they provide shelter, nourishment, water, etc. in times of need, but their efforts are mostly directed toward aiding fire, police, and rescue squad personnel.

Meanwhile, stay safe everyone.

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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.

I Admit… I Am Impressed

I have finished three weeks on the new job with the city.  What an interesting three weeks it has been!

  • I’ve received inquiries from the city web page where people fuss because no one has answered them… but they’ve left no name, email, or phone number for us to reply.
  • Working with our IT guys to freshen up the city web page (more amazing to come).
  • Started an official city facebook page… not a lot on it yet, but here it is (we’ll get there!).
  • Planning to set up an official Twitter page for you twitterers out there for the city (getting there).

I’ve gone to the scene of emergencies a couple of times and have to say … what an IMPRESSIVE group of people our police force and fire fighters are.  I mean… jaw dropping impressive.  We were in a residential neighborhood Saturday and there was a happy ending (no one was hurt) because the officers knew what they were doing and did their jobs.

Here’s a photo from the day… I’ve blurred the faces of our SWAT team / police because I don’t want to just go “HEY! LOOK AT THEM!” without their okay.

After watching these emergency responders in action, my own feeling of safety and being in good hands has multiplied exponentially.

There are so many facets of the public relations director job – economic development, working with the media, promoting the library and programs at parks and rec, and more – I am constantly busy.  There are some really great things on the horizon for La Vergne (I promise), but this administration is also having to address the here and now, dealing with the fallout from past decisions.

So to my friends… I just want to say watch for lots of good stuff.  Some exciting (to me) items will be discussed at Thursday’s workshop (starts at 5:00 p.m.).   Then the proposals will be voted on at the actual Board meeting on Tuesday, March 1st (7:00 p.m.).  Please come to the meetings because you’ll definitely want to be part of the awesome.  Also remain active in our community.  Go to the library programs.  Support Parks & Rec.  We’ll be looking for volunteers soon for our Oldtimers Day festival.  (We are going to need LOTS of volunteers).

I have my business cards now so if you see me at the meeting or around town, grab one. Call with any questions. Or email.  Or comment.  The door is open at city hall for everyone.  Come by and say hello!

Give Your Kid an Extra Hug Today

Unless you were cut off from all online, televised, and print media yesterday and today, you’ve heard about the shocking, sad, upsetting, disheartening story of one of our LHS students thoughts to hire someone to kill is parents.  Here are some links if you missed it.

DNJ – Alleged murder plot shakes La Vergne

WSMV – La Vergne Teens Arrested in Plot to Kill Parents

This one hit really close to home.  My daughter has been friends with this kid since elementary school.  She said everyone at school yesterday was upset – as expected.  We talked for hours last night about all the kids involved (yes all the students know all the kids arrested even though the names have not been released).

Today, this weekend … take some extra time with your kids to talk about what’s on their minds.  I don’t care if they’re elementary school aged or all he way into their early adult years, give them an extra hug.  Make sure they know you care.  Even if they don’t like being grounded or your boring lectures, make sure they understand it’s because you love them and you always will.

And pray for these students and their families.

*This* Time There Might Be Snow

It appears that snow is (for real) on the way.  From WSMV.tv,

Channel 4 Pinpoint Meteorologist Nancy Van Camp reported Sunday morning that the heavy snow will enter Southern Middle Tennessee around dinner time Sunday, with Nashville seeing serious snow late Sunday night through Monday. Parts of Southern Middle Tennessee could see six inches, with two-to-three inches forecast for Nashville.

A friend of mine without transportation needs some staples (bread, milk, cheese, cereal) and I need some cat food to make my meatloaf (Hey Steve, want some??) (Hahaha… just kidding), so I’m picking her up to go on a grocery run.

That is the point here.  Check on your neighbor.  Check with your friends.  Do you know anyone who needs help in getting groceries?  If you need help and don’t know anyone, please let us know here – you can email me if you’d like kathy (dot) tyson (at) comcast (dot) net – and we’ll find someone to come to your aid.

Meanwhile who thinks there won’t be school on Monday and Tuesday?

Seeking Applications for City Committees

Do you have the expertise to serve on a City Board or Committee, or ever thought about it, LaVergne?   I do have to admit the thought has crossed my mind a time or two!  Well it’s time to get out and contribute to our great City. The following committees and boards have vacancies to fill, according to the information from last night’s Board workshop.

Historical Preservation Advisory Committee

LaVergne Housing Authority

Library Board

Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee

Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals

Beer Board

Greenway Advisory Committee

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee

Stormwater Appeals and Advisory Board

There’s a description of each Board/Committee available on the City website, along with the application and procedures.

Mayor Mosley Sworn-In

Tonight LaVergne has a new Mayor, new Vice Mayor, and new Aldermen.  Instead of hearing from me, I’m going to share the words of a 15-year old resident who updated her Facebook status:

LaVergne is taking a new turn starting tonight! I think ill be proud to call lavergne my home again! (: congrats to everyone! Tonight was ahh-mazing! (:

She summed it up so nicely.  But let’s do a run-down, shall we?   I arrived about 5:20 with my toys for the toy drive and handed them to Alderman Waldron. They had a little table set up and it looks like they collected 10 or 15 toys on behalf of the Christmas program.  Kudos to the police department and Mr. Waldron for their efforts.

I’m throwing in a jump here because it’s a long, picture-filled post.

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