Monday, August 22, 2016

Local event for the family

A fun community event for the family. It should be noted that they do need volunteers, so you could make this much more of a richer family event by taking an active part.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Help the Smyrna Police Department


Nathan Ray [AKA Lan Aung] was last seen in the Middle Tennessee area during the early part of August. If anyone has contact with Mr. Ray or has information about him, please contact Det. John S. Liehr with the Smyrna Police Department at 615-267-5013.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flooding and you

Two weeks ago I posted on a FEMA booklet that you could download on being prepared for natural disasters and such. I hope that I did not come off as fear mongering, but the news makes me want to follow up on the issue.


Yep. Specifically the issue of flooding in Louisiana. According to this post from the American Red Cross there are now 65 Tennessee volunteers down there doing what they can to help the people that have been displaced due to rising waters.

I said then “On a personal note, many people, including myself, have a 72 hour bag ready. This has some basic dry food (granola bars are so good), a change of clothing, some bottled water and other basic items”. Right now there are a lot of homeless people down there in shelters with only the clothes on their back.

Now, while the news is live with images of the flood waters, would be a good time to take a moment to assemble a bag with a few changes of clothes, to make up a list of your families medication needs, and anything else that could help make a situation like this more manageable.

The American Red Cross has a list for a possible 72 hour bag that you might want to look at for ideas. I, and they, want you to be safe.

The American Red Cross has a whole section for classes they offer for those that would like to learn First Aid, CPR, and AED courses…What the heck is an AED course. I’ll admit that I had to look it up.

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time. With Red Cross AED and CPR training, you can learn when – and how – to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Our AED courses are developed and taught by experts with decades of combined experience – and deliver simple-to-use techniques and information that can help you save a life. Training is available via our award-winning online classes, in person at more than 550 locations across the United States, and through our best-in-class blended Simulation Learning. All Red Cross AED, CPR and First-Aid Certification classes include a free digital certificate, valid for 2 years, plus free access to digital learning materials and online refresher courses.

Cool. The AED kits are becoming common enough that courses are being offered. That is pretty cool in my opinion.

If you have kids, you can get them trained in Babysitting and Caregiving courses, or have someone that watches your children take the courses for your peace of mind.

The Red Cross offers a lot of help to people, but the best help is to help yourself by doing a few small things to make tumultuous events less so. Take a bit of time and assemble a few sets of clothes for your family and know that they are always there in case of an emergency.

The Red Cross is a resource you might wish to look into for your families sake.

Event reminder

This weekend. Be there.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wings of Freedom Fish fry

In one month. one of the two largest public events in Smryna is going to be happening, and you are invited...if you buy a ticket. The Annual Wings of Freedom Fish fry is going to occur, and it is fun. No other way to put it, just fun.

“Service Above Self” is the Rotary motto. Holding true to that, the Smyrna Rotary Club has been supporting Rutherford County and the community since the club was chartered in 1971.   As the community has grown, so have the needs of many of our local non-profit organizations: we need your help! 
This signature event enables our membership with the generous support of individuals and businesses throughout the county to give back in two ways. First, to pull together our resources for local charities and second, to have a community event where we can come together to honor local heroes and veterans that helped make our region great. The Wings of Freedom Fish Fry has grown into the premier fundraiser in Smyrna. Since 2003 we have raised and returned to the community over $770,000. 
With your support, we look forward to making this year’s Fish Fry the biggest yet! 
Are you a Desert Storm Veteran? Click here to register and receive entry as our special guest for the 14th annual Wings of Freedom Fish Fry. 
Saturday, September 10th
Corporate Flight Management Hanger @ Smyrna Airport
Gates open at 4pm – Dinner served at 6pm
Click here to purchase tickets for the event.
The event occurs in one month, so make plans, buy tickets, and get ready for a good time.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Summer Concert Series

The second listed event on the Summer Concert Series is happening in a few short days, so make plans for August 12th at the Town Center at 6:30 pm.

The performer is the Jason Lee McKinney Band and they seem to have some real talent.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Event Reminder - Day after tomorrow.

The schedule for the Saint Thomas Mobile Health Unit have them dropping by on the following date

Monday, August 8th:  Smyrna Middle, 9 – 4

Ministry in Motion, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s Mobile Health Unit, is a part of Saint Thomas' mission to help serve the poor and improve the health of disadvantaged individuals and communities. It exists to help provide healthcare to individuals who can not afford it. A faith based institution, Saint Thomas is driven by its Christian principles to help serve those in need.
Ministry in Motion is in service 4 – 5 days a week. If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Kathy Ferrell at or call (615) 631-7739.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Something to think about

I’ve been sitting on doing a post like this for a while. I simply do not want to sound like doom and gloom during the hot days of summer. The fact that school is restarting means that now is a good time to talk with you, and for you to talk to your kids about natural disaster and man made disasters.

Man made disasters sound ominous, but the simple truth is that Smyrna was a rail road stop, and a lot of shipping of bizarre chemicals move through the very center of our town because of that same railroad. Add to that the major highway running through the east side of town, and you have a lot of issues to worry about. Issues big enough that you should take the time to think about what would happen if you get the word that leaving the area fast is required.

If you have to leave your home, does your school age child know where to go to meet up with you if this happens? Have you a place preplanned to gather at like another relative’s house? Does your child know this relatives telephone number and not just their name on a programmed cell phone.

Be it tornadoes, rail road derailing, or one of many other reasons, there might be a day that you have to run to the car and head out. For those here during the flood of 2010, you know how easy it is for whole sections of a community to be cut off due to raising water.

Here is a link to a FEMA guide (PDF) entitled “Are you Ready?” This guide goes over much more than I could, and in better detail than I could, the basics of what you might want to do if something bad happens.

A simple question to ask your self is this. What happened the last time someone cut their finger in your house? Did you have to hunt around for a Band-Aid, did you have some antibiotic cream or even an antiseptic swab to clean the cut? A simple first aid kit is discussed in the FEMA guide as something that does not cost a lot, yet can give you a basic sense of security in this one area.

On a personal note, many people, including myself, have a 72 hour bag ready. This has some basic dry food (granola bars are so good), a change of clothing, some bottled water and other basic items. If you have to leave your house suddenly, a nice change of clothes would be nice, because disaster does not wait for you to have the proper attire on at the time. In fact I have two, one for myself and one for my wife.

Take the time to read carefully the FEMA manual and if you have questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section or message me. Thanks

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Friday night live

This coming Friday they will be having the third in the summers Friday Night Live concert series in Murfreesboro, and it is free. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Event reminder

Saturday, July 30 at 10 AM - 12 PM
400 Enon Springs Rd W, Smyrna, TN 37167-2974. 
Let's walk to hatch those Pokémon Eggs! Meet at the playground behind the park. A staff member will be using a lure on one of the surrounding pokeshops!

Movie in the Park reminder

The Smyrna Parks and Recreation has for this month Zootopia as their Movie in the Park. That looks like a fun movie. It is happening on Friday, so make plans. Dusk is when it starts.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I was sad years ago when I heard that the Sam Davis home was not going to hold their annual BBQ festival. Turns out there is still a chance to get your ribs, sandwiches, and pulled pork, Have at it people!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Movies under the Stars reminder

This weeks Movies under the Stars is Honey, I shrunk the Kids.
Mondays: Cason Lane Trailhead
Tuesdays: Cannonsburgh Village, in front of Welcome Center
Thursdays: Richard Siegel Neighborhood Park
Fridays: Mitchell Neilson Primary
Saturdays: Hobgood Elementary School

Sunday, July 24, 2016


 If he looks familiar, give the SPD a call please.

At approximately, 12:45 pm today (July 24) the Quick Stop Beer and Tobacco store at 561B Nissan Blvd was robbed. A white male entered the business and presented a small, black, semi-automatic pistol to the clerk and robbed the business. Once the robbery was complete, the suspect exited the store and fled on foot. Images of the suspect are attached and further descriptors are below. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect or the robbery is requested to contact Detective Kevin Krieb at 615-459-6644. 
- white male
- red hair with red, short cut beard
- small build
- long sleeve, black dress shirt (possibly to cover up tattoos on arms)
- dark sunglasses
- Fedora style hat
- cargo shorts

Night Out Against Crime


Come join us on Tuesday, August 2nd for the Smyrna Police Department's Open House af the Smyrna Justice Center. This is part of the annual National Night Out Against Crime. We will begin at 5:30pm and end at 8:00pm.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Free Health Fair Saturday

There is going to be a local health fir and Rutherford County residents are welcome.

Healthy Tennessee, a non-profit organization founded by Vanderbilt Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Manny Sethi, is partnering with Murfreesboro-based TwelveStone Health Partners to provide a free health fair for First Responders, Military Personnel and Rutherford County area residents this Saturday, July 23rd at the Smyrna Event Center in Smyrna, Tennessee from 10am to 12pm.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016



On July 10, 2016, Smyrna Police Department investigated a fatal hit-and- run accident. The victim was identified as 29 year old Elise Denton, who was struck by another vehicle while riding her Honda Scooter on South Lowry Street near the Nissan overpass. Denton’s body was left behind in the roadway as the suspect left the scene and continued north bound on Lowry Street.
According to witness statements, the suspect vehicle dragged Denton’s scooter for approximately one quarter of a mile before the driver stopped, got out and removed the wreckage from underneath the vehicle. The driver then fled the vicinity and was last seen in the area of Eastland Drive and Stewart Drive in Smyrna.
Based on a tip, the SPD Criminal Investigations Division recovered the suspect vehicle on July 12, 2016. The investigation conducted by SPD, along with the assistance of the Rutherford County District Attorney’s office, has identified the suspect as 25 year old Cortney Barrett of Murfreesboro, TN.
A warrant for Barrett’s arrest has been issued. She is being charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death. Other charges are pending. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Smyrna Police Department at 615-459-6644.
Our suspect, Cortney Barrett, is pictured with the blue background. The victim, Elise Denton, is pictured wearing a helmet.


Sometime between 7/13/16 and 7/14/16 the below shown individuals took a car from the movie theater in Smyrna. They went to several locations in Murfreesboro and used stolen credit/debit cards. Anyone with information on the identity of these two individuals is asked to contact Detective Allan Nabours with the Smyrna Police Department at (615) 267-5434.

These people are not guilty of course, but the police are seeking them out.

Monday, July 18, 2016

More Family Fun

Here is another fine event being put on by the good people at Parks and Recreation.

Family Water Day 
Join the SOAC staff for some crazy water games! Dress code: swim suit/clothes that can get wet, water shoes and sun screen. This event is appropriate for the whole family!. 
Location: Hilltop Shelter. Time: 12:00-2:00pm.
Time: July 20th 12:00pm – 2:00pm 
Location: Rosenwald Community Building at Hilltop-Rosenwald Park, 565 Mason Tucker Drive 
Contact Courtney Morgan: (615-459-9742 x 2623)