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.


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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If You’re Going, Take Some Pictures!

If you plan to attend tonight’s Swearing-In Ceremony where our newly elected Mayor and Aldermen take the oath of office, please bring your camera.  I suspect the meeting room at City Hall will be filled to capacity overflowing.   As a result, it may be hard to take photos to share later… if a lot of people bring cameras, then hopefully we’ll get enough reader pictures to share a photo essay.

The LHS Choraliers will be there and a student from LaVergne Middle will lead the pledge.  Also participating is a student each from LaVergne Primary, LaVergne Lake, Roy Waldron, Rock Springs, and Cedar Grove elementary schools.  A little birdie told me we’ll see our men in blue really shine tonight, as well.

While it’s not a gimme until the vote, I’m also excited for Mr. Tom Broeker.  It is expected that he will be elected by the Board to fill the unexpired term of Mayor-to-be Mosley since he was the third highest vote getter on November 2nd.

More photos to come later… I hope!

LPD Makes Huge Drug Bust

Do you know why I don’t mind posting this so-called bad news about LaVergne? Because drugs are rampant in EVERY community in the nation.  You never know what you’ll find behind someone’s closed door and the drug problem is found in small towns, medium towns, rural areas, big cities… everywhere.

So I’m posting this story with PRIDE in our local police department. KUDOS to you for your undercover work and bringing these arrests to fruition.

From the Tennessean,

The La Vergne Police Department arrested eight people this morning on multiple drug charges including heroin and prescription drugs. In addition, officers conducted two home searches and found even more drugs.

During the operation, offenders brought children to deals and dealt the drugs near elementary schools and churches.  Some of the drugs bought or found were lortab, xanax, suboxone, morphine, percocet and heroin.

Another side note, we did receive photos from the city of people in handcuffs, but I’m not publishing them here.  Yes, they may be under arrest, but I don’t want to be the one to plaster their faces all over the internet before they’re proven guilty.

Link to WSMV’s story.

1989 is the Year

I have been working a LOT lately at the Sommet Center Bridgestone Arena to raise money to pay for baton expenses for my daughter.  The food vendor allows non-profit groups to operate the concession stands at games and events as a fundraising activity.

To do this, we are required to have alcohol training annually to recognize signs of inebriation, what forms of photo ID are acceptable (and EVERYONE gets carded), and how to decline a customer if we feel they’ve had to much.  And then they give us a written test that must be passed before we can work.  I have a lot of respect that they’ve made every effort to train their workers because the safety of that customer AND other people should be the top priority.

That’s why I applaud our law enforcement officers throughout the nation and OUR LaVERGNE OFFICERS for taking steps to make sure alcohol is not served to minors.  I applaud them even when our favorite grocery stores and restaurants are affected, as they were yesterday.  This from Channel 4 in Nashville,

LaVergne police are cracking down on businesses that sell alcohol to teenagers. They conducted an undercover sting, where unsuspecting clerks and food servers took the bait.


And then there was the exception: A liquor store clerk did not sell liquor to the teen. The clerk took it a step further, even getting the tag number and calling police, telling them a minor was going around town trying to buy alcohol.

Thanks to our law enforcement officers who participated.  For the record, as of today the date I’m looking for when I check an ID is March 9, 1989.

Hodge Podge of News

Smyrna Bowling Center
My friend – the third shift manager of the Smyrna Bowling Center – just updated his facebook status to say they are reopening tonight at 5:00 p.m.  There will be fewer lanes, of course, but hip hip hooray anyway!

Is Your Teen a Monster?
I got an email from a friend who said The World’s Strictest Parents is casting again.  This is short notice, but Producers are seeking kids ages 15-17 with real issues of teenage rebellion.  For additional information about local casting please contact Lauren S.. Love at 615.853.1062 or by email at   Casting will end on Feb. 13th.

Commercials May be Banned?
I read in the DNJ that a bill is being revived in the Tennessee to ban those late night “Girls Gone Wild” commercials. I have mixed emotions on this… first as someone who defends the right to free speech and commerce, I disagree.  But as a parent I’m going to side with the conservatives on this one.  Pornography is defined by the standards of the local community in which you live according to federal law… and those commercials leave very little to the imagination.  If they were on a subscription channel and not airing on random TV channels, I wouldn’t have an issue with them.  But if I fall asleep watching – for example – Hollywood Minute and wake up to see two naked women making out, NO.  I have Comcast… can we set our cable preferences to block “Paid Program” or whatever they’re called?  Anyway just my opinion.

Nashville is Talking
I want to mark the passing of an incredible experiment in the marriage of new v. traditional media.  Nashville is Talking – the pioneering partnership between community blogs and the newsroom – faded to black this week following the resignation of my friend Christian Grantham (I didn’t link to it because the site has already been taken over by spam bots).  It started when the former general manager of the station hired Brittney Gilbert to find and feature blog posts from the middle Tennessee area.  Her brilliant writing both fire up emotions and positively affected many people (I have made some of my dearest life-long friends because of NiT, friends who I would have never met otherwise).  Brittney has moved on to a similar job in San Francsico and we bloggers, journalists, community rabble rousers recognize that our loss is an incredible gain for the West Coast.

Upon her departure, many people filled in but Christian formally took over the duties and combined some blog searching with news updates.  After his resignation (I’m still waiting to hear about his greener pastures and am wishing him all the best), the new general manager made the decision to pull the plug.  So my sincere thanks to Mike, Brittney, Christian, and everyone who’s ever been a guest-writer or been featured on the site.  You played a huge role in helping me discover kindred writing spirits, meeting people from all over the state, and seeing first-hand the good, bad and ugly of people’s online personas.

If Your Power Goes Out
Apparently some people who live in LaVergne don’t call the electric company when they lose power.  Instead they’ve been calling 911 or the non-emergency police number.  Don’t do this as a first-resort… those numbers should only be called in emergencies (like a power line breaks or a child or elderly is about to freeze to death, get frostbitten, etc.).  Here are the numbers you should call:

Middle Tennessee Electric: 1-877-777-9111
Nashville Electric Service: 615-234-0000

And a Word from the Mayor
Finally, got this email (you can get these announcements too by signing up on the city’s web site) from the mayor announcing new reserve police officers and a couple other items,

Mayor Ronnie Erwin announced today that the city has 10 new reserve officers, working with regular police officers.  They are: Michael Lavendar, Eric Paige, Travis Wilson, Micael Girgis, Cameron Potts, William Wright, Cody Brandon, Lee Parker, Timothy Hudgens and Matt Fracker.  The only thing the reserve officers won’t be able to do — once trained — is to patrol by themselves. They will be riding with regular officers.

Also, the Mayor wants citizens to know they are keeping an eye on the upcoming weather. Having ordered 125 tons of salt, street crews are ready to go out at a moment’s notice.    The city is also working on repairing pot holes which have been caused by recent weather. He said that the bad weather affected the roads and that crews are working diligently to get them repaired. Unfortunately, he noted, the current weather conditions are slowing us down a bit.

Have a good Thursday.  Stay warm, stay safe.

Did Someone Almost Rob You?

In what I thought was a completely bizarre story, the LaVergne police are looking for two people – victims of a robbery attempt.  After the attempt, they didn’t go to the police but witnesses reported the incident to the police after they pulled up at the ATM and scared the would-be robbers off.

So why wouldn’t someone report a crime?  In my brain, it seems like it would be the FIRST thing I did – call 911!   So why wouldn’t they report it?  Fear?  Hiding something? One commenter wrote that the almost-victims might be afraid of gang activity and retribution.  Really?  Pssshhh.