Thursday, October 1, 2015

The fruit of the vines

To my shock and awe I found out that chanting "CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!" is the quickest way to be kicked out of a wine tasting event.

Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 Fall Break Activities!

 This is the agenda for the Parks and Recreation department for the Fall Break.

Fall Break Activities! (October 5th - 9th)
Date: 09/24/2015 12:15 PM
Fall Break Week Activities
October 5th - 9th
Great Fun for the Kids! 
Monday, October 5th; 9:00am - 11:00amTails & Trails
Sharp Springs Natural Area (Jefferson Pike entrance)
meet at Espey Outdoor Classroom
Bring your dog and join us for a nice walk in the woods.  Afterwards, learn some training and obedience tips from a certified Dog Trainer.  Both you and your pooch will have a great time!
ALL dogs MUST be vaccinated and on a leash.  Please bring a “clean up” bag or we will have them available for purchase. 
Tuesday, October 6th     10:00am - 2:00pmFall Naturefest - Corn Maze, Campfire & Hayride
Sharp Springs Natural Area (Use Espey Drive entrance)
meet at Green Building
Start your Fall Festivities early by strolling through our Corn Maze. Then join us for a fun, old fashioned campfire, where we will roast marshmallows and hot dogs and partake of that old favorite – S’Mores. Yum!  Of course, no campfire is complete without singing and storytelling, so bring your favorites to share.
Cost is $3 per person. Please call for reservation: (615) 459-9773 
Wednesday, October 7th; 9:00am - 2:00pmGo Outside and Play!
Lee Victory Recreation Park - Meet at Shelter 1 near the football fields
Join us for a retro-themed Field Day!  Toss water balloons at your friends, race in a sack, bounce on a ball, win a scavenger hunt!  We’ll do all that plus many more fun activities and contests.  It’ll be a blast!  Bring your friends – the more, the merrier!
And bring a SACK LUNCH! 
Thursday, October 8th;  9:00am - 11:30amBird Beak Buffet
Sharp Springs Natural Area ( Jefferson Pike entrance)
meet at Espey Outdoor Classroom
Have you ever wondered why bird beaks are so different?  We’ll take a close look at what and how birds eat, followed by a short hike to see some of our featured birds (and their beaks).  Then we’ll make bird feeders for you to hang in your own yard.  It’ll be sticky, icky fun and we want to see you there!
Bring binoculars if you have them.   
Friday, October 9th; 10:00am - 12:00pmCreek Peek
Meet at Old Jefferson Pike Trailhead (on Fitzhugh Blvd. near airport)
Plan to get wet as we play in the creek! We will use a net to see what lives along the bottom, under the rocks and in the very shallow waters of the creek. Using special viewers, we’ll be able to take a closer look at our “catch” before releasing everything back into the water. Super fun!
Wear clothing and SHOES you can get wet, and bring a towel.

Friday, September 18, 2015

To local businesses

Shooting yourself in the foot is not a good way to do business, and it shows an utter lack of social media norms.

I run the This is Smyrna website on blogspot and two of them on Facebook.  I have no real rules when it comes to the material I post outside of two. I try not to post divisive material such as religious and politics. I also try not to be a free source of advertising for businesses. I love grand openings, going out of business sales less so, and charity driven events.  I view those as the only exceptions.

There are many businesses in town that do want to get their product and service out and try to use social media. You tube is a good example. Sadly they have made it so I will never go to a company that floods a social media site with ad-spam.

I went today to youtube and typed in ‘smyrna tennessee’ and changed a parameter so the newest stuff will come first. I wanted to see if there was anything out there worth sharing.
The first reply was for a local skydiving event, followed by a ad for real estate and then a car from a local lot. Not bad. Just one each…and if I ever get insane enough or drugged up enough to jump from a perfectly fine plane, I now know where to go.

Then I hit spam. Not a little either, but 200. Most of page one of the results and all of 2 and all of page 3 and most of page 4 were the same dang video with just little tweaks of the title. I can see a half dozen or more, but that much. I then went to their page and found over 200 copies of the same dang video
What NOT to do

I support small businesses when possible, but please understand that how you treat social media sites directly effects how I view you. Spamming a video site does not make me want to visit you services, but to avoid them.

I had to go all the way to page 5 before I found something that was not spam.

To the small business owners in Smyrna, something free does not mean you should abuse it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

I am very particular about where I spend my entertainment money. I think I have purchased, not counting movies, 2-3 tickets to see live performances. The ones I do remember were worth the money.
Smyrna's own Springhouse Theatre Company is putting on a performance one select dates this month and next of Fiddler on the Roof. This is one of the quintessential live plays out there. I fell in love with this story in high school when I saw a TV performance, and paid outrageous prices to see it at TPAC years ago. It is a musical, a coming of age story, and a story of social change.
It also one that I highly recommend to you to go with your whole family...but bring a hanky because you will cry at certain parts.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

It's a wrap!

Local resident and Deacon of a local church Eric Matthew Woodrum, brought this event to my attention. The  Stewarts Creek Church of Christ is hosting a free gift wrap event for those interested. "Come to our building on from 1:30-3:00 [Saturday, December 13 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm] for our free community gift wrap. You've done the shopping; come and visit, and leave the hard work to us!". Their address is at 4551 Poplar Wood Rd, Smyrna, Tennessee 37167

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Details are attached, but briefly, it will take place this Saturday, September 27, 9:00am, Smyrna Public Library.  $40 per two player team.

Awesome prizes and giveaways throughout the tournament.  Prize money and prize baskets for 1st through 5th place and well worth it!!

The Tennessee vs. Georgia game will be shown on TV’s as well, so you won’t miss it.

All proceeds to the Revitalization of Lowry Street Project.  Register and pay online at

This fun and exciting event is in conjunction with the annual Smyrna Depot Days!  Get a team together, participate and enjoy the festivities of Depot Days as well!  See you!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The return of Depot Days

Waiting to hear from the candidates

I have sent the following letter by contact email to all of the candidates but three. One I submitted by a contact form on their campaign website, and two have neither a campaign website or even a FB page.

If you have an email address for Elbert Ross or Bradley Austin, please message the information to me.


Hello from This is Smyrna.

We are a community website that tries to inform about events, get people involved, and make an attempt to improve our community. With that being said. I am extending to the candidates for Town Council of Smyrna, and the position of Mayor an invitation to write and open letter on any subject or length to describe why the Smyrna Voters should cast a vote for you.

Topics that keep coming to the surface are taxes, new parks, and jobs. These are the items that strike close to home for residents here.

We will post the letters unedited on any subject. This is a service we have done in the past and hope to keep performing in the future.

Gunner Miller
Website Administrator and owner

Friday, September 19, 2014

A good fight

A local high school teacher here in Smyrna has been diagnosed as having stage 4 cancer. Some local people have gotten together to raise funds for him, and they also have scheduled a silent auction for tonight.
To meet that goal, students and teachers have started several fundraisers and even a silent auction. 
The public silent auction is scheduled for September 19 during the football team's home game against Oakland High School
I wish them good luck in helping his family in these trying times.

Well damn!

One of the recent bright spots in this sluggish economy is the construction of the new battery plant for the NISSAN Leaf electric car. Color me surprised when I read that they might not just be laying off, but closing it in the search for cheaper batteries elsewhere.

Nissan (7201.T) boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has re-opened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault (RENA.PA). 
The plan, which faces stiff resistance within the Japanese carmaker, would see U.S. and British production phased out and a reduced output of next-generation batteries concentrated at its domestic plant, two alliance sources told Reuters.
I could throw out a lot of unjust comments about them not caring about their employees, but I do understand a need for a business to make money. The shutting down of a 1.4 Billion dollar plant would hurt.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Tennessean article

This is the article that made me ask my wife if she could do the presentation. This is the Tennessean newspaper and is about Tennessee towns doing this...just not here in Smyrna.
Councilmen in Portland, where chickens are allowed, discussed the issue in late July after more residents have requested having them. 
“I don’t think the government should say, ‘You can’t have something that provides food for your family,’ ” Bitterling said. “We live on one income, and we just stretch it. We don’t take help from the government. If more people can provide for themselves, they can care for themselves instead of the government taking care for them.” 
That’s how Zach and Mandy Hudson feel, but their city of Goodlettsville does not allow backyard chickens in most of its residential areas.

How to fight the good fight

Is a lost cause worth fighting? I ask that not in a hypothetical manner, but due to my dear wife. She’s taking a speech class this semester for her degree, but it will be in Nashville. I was bummed as I was hoping she could do a presentation for her class for me.

I’m a person that wants backyard chickens. You likely have seen one of my random links to articles on the subject. I figure if a neighbor can have 6 dogs, than why can’t I have the same number, or slightly more, chickens? If treated equally under the law in questions of hygiene, noise, running loose, etc, then the comparison seems legitimate.  I understand, although I don’t agree with their final viewpoint, of what makes a good town.  There are things that would make us look like a redneck villa from hell, but this is not one of them. A simple view of Google news shows the large amount of people that wish this.

I’m one of them.

A last gasp effort might be to address the planning commission. They are quick to ask for changes or regulations. That in itself isn’t bad if not too quick. I remember a company was simply looking at putting an indoor shooting range in town and they were talking about the need for regulation. Just the idea of a company in town without more regulations made them jump. I’ve also seen planning send suggested changes in codes to the council that ‘Stepford’ them right into the codes.

I asked my wife if she could address the council or planning commission and give them a petition. I have one we did in 2009, but it was sidelined by life, but this would be a new one that people could sign online and would be easier to find.

My wife looked at me and stated “you know this is a lost cause?” Sadly I rather do know that, but in life are some lost causes worth pushing for? The council seems rather unified in their views. Just look at the level of debates on the hot topics like replacement council members and such. They also have a certain ‘white bread’ view for Smyrna. A true Stepford Wives situation.

So is it worth getting together a petition, writing out our views, addressing the council or planning commission, and then being told that while other communities larger and smaller do it, that Smyrna just cannot see it happening here…white bread?

In a way it is rather bothersome that such a view exists. I’m a pessimist, but my wife isn’t, and when she says it is a lost cause, what does that say about our town council or how community issues are addressed?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Smyrna Information MGAG

This is an update on the lawsuit that was mentioned previously here. I like outreach attempts like this from the town government.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Temple Open House

This sounds like a fun trip that could be educational and enlightenning. A local Laotian Temple will be having an open house for those interested. I love occasions like this for their educational purposes. Most people do not know that Smyrna has a small Mosque just off of the downtown area. I went to their open house and it was pretty cool, plus they fed us some SPICY food from South East Asia. Did I mention spicy? This sounds like a fun chance to be exposed to something new. have fun.
MURFREESBORO – The Laotian Wat Buddharam Temple will hold an open house beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 
The temple, located at 5214 Old Nashville Highway, will feature programs and performances. No admission is charged and the public is invited.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Watch it tonight

The Smyrna Town Council is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. tonight. You can view it in person or you can watch it on local cable channel 3. there is also a streaming option that is normally buffer free through the towns website. supposedly the group that is against the closing of the towns fitness center will address the council.

What is making me enjoy this is not the fact that people are going to be speaking against this action, but the fact that they are going to be speaking. People talk about the apathy is communities and it is rather nice to see such a quick organization of such an action group to a cause. I wish them luck and hope the individuals stay active in the political realm.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fitness Center Closure

The town government has decided to close down permanently the fitness center at the Town Centre. Consider me shocked. This is a real cut that is based upon the truth that it did serve a purpose at one time, but it now is time for it to be let go. This might be just the first of many such surprises.

Town of Smyrna - Fitness Center Closure
The administration of the Town of Smyrna is tasked with continually analyzing the different departments of the local government in order to seek out new and innovative means to ensure the most cost effective services. As part of this evaluation, the administration has determined that with the growth of private sector athletic gyms and other non-profit community workout centers, the Fitness Center located in the east wing of the Smyrna Town Centre is no longer advantageous for the Town to operate. 
The decision to close the Town operated Fitness Center has not been without diligent deliberation. When the Fitness Center was opened to the public in 1990, the Town provided a workout center to promote health and fitness to the area residents who did not possess a valid alternative as it relates to a health and fitness facility. The successful economic growth of the Smyrna community since that time has spawned new facilities owned and operated by the private sector, as well as fitness centers operated by popular non-profit organizations. The citizens of our community now have several options for their athletic activities and the need for the current Smyrna Fitness Center has come to an end. 
The Fitness Center will officially close on June 30, 2014 and those patrons who have purchased memberships past the closure date will receive a pro rata refund for the term remaining with their membership. Smyrna will continue to operate the pool located at the Smyrna Town Centre and citizens can expect the hours of its operation to remain similar to the previous years. The Town Manager is forming an advisory committee to explore the best use of the facility space going forward. This committee will research the community need for specific uses that will inspire economic growth or that will provide the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars. As with any service or facility closure, this change will affect several of our Town employees. The Town is proud of the manner in which each employee has served the citizens professionally and courteously.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


I understand that it is in vogue to dislike Yates because they do much of the temp work for Nissan, but a job is a job, and they are a hiring.

 Yates Services is looking for employees to fill long-term, full-time off shift positions at the Nissan Vehicle Manufacturing Plant in Smyrna, the employment management firm announced.
The article lists what the openings are, and what skills might be needed. Also the contact info. If you're looking for a job, this might be for you.

Also, they offer benefits.
Benefits include 14 paid holidays and up to three weeks of paid vacation based on length of service. Educational assistance is available to main line production and maintenance associates after two years of continuous employment.
Full benefits package includes BC/BS health plans, dental, vision, life insurance, AD&D first of month after 60 days and 401(k) Plan after one full year of service.

Another Easter