Some City Meetings FYI

There’s so much excitement in City Hall right now!  If you want to get an inkling about why the city is abuzzzzzz …

Come to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Workshop scheduled on Thursday (that’s February 24th) at 5:00 p.m. to hear some of the ideas being bandied around. Here’s a link to the formal agenda (and I hope the link works).

The actual Board meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. That’s the one where the items discussed on Thursday are formally voted upon.

Please come to one or both!

In other news … LaVergne now has an official Facebook page.  And Twitter account!  I named it LaVergne37086 (like Beverly Hills 90210, only not).  JUST started so not a lot on them yet … we’ll get there.

So how is everyone?

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.

Smith’s Market Reopens

I’m so excited to finally see the grand opening of the new Sav-A-lot, formerly known as Smith’s Market of LaVergne.  I feel like the store has been closed forever, missing the quality meat department and friendly, courteous staff.

I wonder if we will see some of the previous staff members, they always went above and beyond to assist you and  appreciated your business.

Bobby Smith, sons Greg and Dwayne and their wives Julie and Liane will all still be involved in the store, which received money from private investors to make the switch to Save-A-Lot

The Daily News Journal reports a tentative ribbon cutting date of February 26.

Good Morning, LaVergne!

While we all have long anticipated warm weather, the downside to the extreme change from last week has created sickness in my household!  I was so looking forward to the warm front that we currently are experiencing, unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the time to enjoy it.   The weather has brought on illness that has confined me to home, both of my kids have been sick this week and I’m also feeling a bit under the weather.

So is anyone else stuck at home this week with sickness in your household, I’m hoping that everyone is healthy and free from the terrible germs that are lingering in the air.

House Fire In LaVergne This Morning

The Kirsch Family of LaVergne had major damage to their home from a early morning fire in Stones River Cove subdivision.

The family has lost many of their household and cherished items.

Please keep Trish Kirsch and son Zach in your thoughts or prayers.

 

Family’s Home Heavily Damaged by Early Morning Fire

La Vergne fire fighters respond to fire in Stones River Cove subdivision. Severe fire, smoke and water damage to home.

Family’s Home Heavily Damaged by Early Morning Fire

La Vergne firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire at 600 Ronnie Erwin Lane in the Stones River Cove subdivision on Sunday at 12:38 a.m. The fire had burned long enough to destroy the master suite and to cause extensive smoke damage throughout the rest of the home.

Equipment from all three stations responded, according to Assistant Fire Chief Ricky McCormick, “We had two pumper trucks, a service company truck which provides extra equipment on the scene (like lighting, ventilation equipment, and water removal tools), and two command vehicles.  Our firetrucks were there by 12:40 a.m. and the fire was under control at 1:06 a.m.”

La Vergne Fire Marshall Victor Woods said the fire was caused by a malfunctioning hair dryer.

Trish Kirsch and her son Zach, a senior at La Vergne High School, lost many cherished belongings in the blaze, including their cat Squirt.

Long active in the La Vergne community, the Kirsch family has volunteered extensively at the city’s ball park. In addition, Zach is a volunteer with the emergency relief group Box 100, the Rutherford County Volunteer Fire Department, and Almaville Fire & Rescue Department.

People of the community are rallying around the family by holding a donation drive on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the LHS baseball field, and again at 6:00 p.m. at WillStan’s Grille

Ham Breakfast for Rescue Squad

In the morning from 6:00 – 10:00 a.m., there will be a ham breakfast at the Rescue Squad on Gambill Lane (behind the Civic Auditorium on Old Nashville Hwy.).

I’m going to try to stop by but you won’t see me at 6:00 a.m. – 9:45 is more my style since I am definitely not a morning glory!!  However, if you’re up at any point between 6-10, please also stop in, say hello, and have something to eat to support this wonderful group.