This is an update on the lawsuit that was mentioned previously here. I like outreach attempts like this from the town government.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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.
Posted by Gunner at Thursday, May 22, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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.
Posted by Gunner at Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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.
Posted by Gunner at Thursday, April 17, 2014
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.Cool!
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.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Plan early to get ahead of the problem. The good people at the Smyrna Heart of Giving group are already hard at work to make Christmas fun for the kids of Smyrna.
Smyrna Heart of Giving is planning ahead for our 2nd annual Christmas toy giveaway, to help local families in need. To make that happen, we are asking for donations of items for our fundraiser yard sale we will be holding in May. If you have any items to donate, please contact us!
If you have some items that you feel would help them please drop by their FaceBook page and get the details on how to help them in their endeavors.
Posted by Gunner at Thursday, April 03, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The agenda item is just one sentence. Two if you count the "First reading" as a sentence. This was on the March 11th Town Council of Smyrna meeting and for a one sentence item, it sure is costly.
e. Consideration of an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 13-10, adopting the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Budget relative to mixed drink tax debt and in lieu of tax revenue. First Reading.
Cities across Tennessee need to start paying school districts millions of dollars in unpaid mixed-drink taxes, the state attorney general says.
Chattanooga school officials say the opinion released this week by Attorney General Robert Cooper means local officials must pay the $11 million-plus that is owed to Hamilton County Schools and can’t negotiate a lesser settlement or use land to offset the debt.
“It’s wonderful news. It’s the best news since Santa Claus,” said school board member David Testerman. “Our school system is in desperate need of funds.”
The auditors that service numerous city's throughout Tennessee discovered a provision related to a tax on liquor by the drink that several municipalities were unaware of.
The auditors had not discovered this tax provision until last year and in order to remedy any shortage of amounts owed to the school system
Posted by Gunner at Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Tennessee and Rutherford County continue to see unemployment rates fall from the heights of the Great Recession.
Motlow College’s Smyrna Center wants to tap into that growth by holding its inaugural Career Fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at 5002 Motlow College Blvd., in Smyrna. The event is sponsored by the Smyrna Center in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.This looks like it would be a good place to hunt for a job. Make plans on being there.
Posted by Gunner at Tuesday, March 25, 2014
This is an event being held at the Lifepoint Stewarts Creek Campus on Saturday March 29th from 9am - 11am.
For all women, ages 16 and up. Think of young drivers, college girls, women of all ages. Childcare provided up to 5th grade.
It is a Car Care Maintenance Workshop. There will be car care technicians teaching women about how to check their oil, tire pressure, change a tire.
Games played. Prizes be won.
Registration at lifepointchurch.org/women
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Posted by Gunner at Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
I need to extend an apology to readers Tracy Warrick and Chasity Ridgeway. I ask for our readers to submit events and happenings around town so I can post them. The last two months I have had to put on the sidelines several things I normally did faithfully and in the midst of life updating This is Smyrna ended up lost. I'd remember ever once in a while when I saw an interesting event or something, but checking emails I saved to post at a later date was forgotten. Because of this two good events did not get posted and I am so sorry.
Things are getting better so I will be able to put into the community and the community site the needed time.
H&R Block on Sam Ridley is helping host a blood drive and we should thank This is Smyrna reader April Sullivan McArdle for bringing this to my attention.
Hi there! Well be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at 439 Sam Ridley on April 1st between 2-6 pm. Folks can sign up by calling office number is 220-1912
Blood drives like this are real life savers.
The Tennessee Healthcare bus will be making several stops in Rutherford County before the March 31st deadline to sign-up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Here are the times they will be in Smyrna and other nearby locals.
Monday, March 24, 2014
439 Sam Ridley Parkway, Smryna (11AM-1PM
Shoppes of Rutherford (2955 S. Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro) 4-6PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Smyrna Shopping Center (291 N Lowry St., Smyrna) 11AM-1PM
Jackson Heights Plaza (800 NW Broad St., Suite 264, Murfreesboro) 4-6PM
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Stones River Mall (207A Stones River Mall Blvd., Murfreesboro) Noon-2PM
Friday, March 28, 2014
Georgetown Square Shop Center (1772 W Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro) 11AM-1PM
Innesbrooke Square (2910-D Church St., Murfreesboro) 4-6PM
Friday, March 7, 2014
My last post on the issue of the golf course went over like a lead balloon. People commenting on the blog site itself were very vocal, and long winded on their individual views on the subject (take some time and read the comments...they're real good). I had hoped that my column for the week in the Smyrna AM, and its sister column on the ‘This is Smyrna’ pages would give people a different view and some material to think about.
I hope that idea was not a mistake.
The economy sucks. The numbers nation-wide do not look good, and people are sensitive to who (whom?) is taking their money and for what reason. I can understand that. On the issue of the golf course I have heard some rather extreme views about why it is bad, and some reasons why it is good for the community…but mostly bad. I thought, and still do, that the golf course is a minor issue and there might be other issues that need addressing.
In that line of thought I will be doing some irregular posts on different departments of the town of Smyrna. I will compare what was spent several years ago, and what is being spent now. I might even try to compare them to Murfreesboro to give you an idea what a town of 110,000 spends when compared to our town of 40,000 plus. Maybe a more detailed picture is needed for all, and I do include myself here.
I’m not sure what department I will start with, but bear with me people. I hope to learn some stuff in the next few weeks. Maybe the future is not as bleak as it seems.
I might even email some council members to drop by and comment. Our council has not achieved the online presence that the individuals in the LaVergne government has attained. Yes they have FB pages, but engaging on forums is not their strong suit.
Posted by Gunner at Friday, March 07, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
$25 Smyrna Golf course ($25 Green Fee)
$37 Smyrna Golf Course ($25 Green Fee/$12 Cart Fee)
$28 Smyrna Golf Course ($28 Green Fee)
$40 Smyrna Golf Course ($28 Green Fee/$12 Cart Fee)
Posted by Gunner at Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Posted by Gunner at Saturday, February 08, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
For those that wish to know the road conditions before you leave the house, the State of Tennessee has a resource for you that could save you valuable time and stress.
The TDOT Smartway road system has a very user friendly map that shows you many items and traffic congestion that is much more detailed than I thought possible.
Here is the Sam Ridley / I-24 Interchange. An area notorious for being a pain.
Already there are RED areas inside of Smyrna that you might want to skirt.
For those that travel into Nashville there is a very detailed map here.
You have many options including looking at all the traffic cameras, road conditions, road work, and incidents as they occur. Put these links into your Favorites folder and avoid the worst parts of driving to work.
Good luck and drive carefully.
Posted by Gunner at Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
This weeks column for the Smyrna AM, check the end of your driveway, was about future projects. I asked for some reader feedback and I want to thank all of you that replied. I was able to use several comments from you. I also sent an email to the full council and the Mayor. The Mayor and one council member did reply.
I asked about projects, but I also asked the question that a lot of people likely have wondered about.
Where will the retreat be held?
Yes. That big question on the subject that earned the council so much bad PR last year.
Council member Marc Adkins is not sure where it will be, but it will not be in Gatlinberg.
All this being said from my personal perspective......our annual retreat will be coming up soon. I'm not sure yet of the venue where we will meet. (We won't be going to Gatlinburg :)A very wise choice. They need to earn some positive points from the voters.
Mayor Mary Esther Reed also replied on the subject.
We will be doing a retreat this year but it will be in town. Mr. Gill will set the date and place for the retreat. It will be open to the public as always.A good choice.
The negative feelings from last year might turn into one of the largest turn overs on the council in my years of following it. It's going to adventurous this year.
Posted by Gunner at Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Winter brings about erratic weather patterns and chances are that we may be caught in them while we are driving. Having an emergency kit in our vehicles will help to ensure our basic needs are met.
Some of these supplies may save your life.
Windshield scraper and small broom
Posted by Gunner at Tuesday, January 07, 2014