Sunday, May 22, 2016

Splash pad, plus something new this year.

The splash pad opens in two days, so make plans for wet fun. Specifically the opening is at 05/24/2016 10:00 AM, barring weather issues of course.

The splash pad will open on May 24th! It offers guests a great opportunity to "beat the heat" of summer in our own backyard and avoid the traffic, crowds and expense of going to the beaches. Splash Pad at Gregory Mill ParkScheduled to Open for the Season on Tuesday, May 24th!
390 Enon Springs Road East
Hours of Operation:Monday - Thursday:  9am -11am Groups and Daycares only                                  You must call ahead (615) 459-9773                                   to schedule your time ($45 fee)Monday - Thursday:  11am - 6pm (Open for Gen. Public Use)Friday - Sunday:       10am - 6pm _____________________________________________New this season at the Splash PadPrivate Evening Rentals6:15pm - 8:15pmThursdays - Saturdays
For more information and to reserve your spot, call Kirsten at (615) 459-9742 ext. 2612 or send her an e-mail.

Renting the splash pad sounds like an awesome birthday party opportunity .

Thursday, May 19, 2016


One of the railroad crossings here in Smyrna is closed. Seems the arms went down and are now stuck in the down position...Ooops!

The release said 
 Estimated time for the crossing to be operational: 10pm Thursday. Avoid this crossing area until at least that time. The RR Crossings at Enon Springs Rd and Washington St are working fine.

Images by the Town of Smyrna.

I like money and free food

Well free if you win the contest.

Smyrna Depot Farmers Market at Smyrna Railroad Depot. 
The 50th person to come through the Market and tell me the "Market Secret", will win a $25 cash card to use at the Market. 
Come by the SiMA tent at the Simply Smyrna Event, Friday, June 3rd 5pm-9pm, and ask for the "Market Secret".
See you June 3rd and 4th!!

Assist the SPD

Normally the releases I post here are for credit card fraud, shoplifting and such, but it is rare that violence or the threat of violence is part of the release.


On May 2, 2016, at approximately 10:50 am, a 56 year old woman was walking through one of the breezeways at the Verandas apartment complex in Smyrna. A black male between the ages of 18 to 25, wearing dark baggy blue jeans and a white sweat shirt ran up behind the victim and knocked her to the ground. The suspect stole her purse and began running toward a black Nisssan Murano that was waiting outside the main gate of the complex. Two citizens that were working nearby, intervened and were able to get the woman’s purse back. The suspect was accompanied by two black males, a black female, and possibly a second black female. Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact Detective Robert Monroe at 615-267-5455.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Programs for seniors

The Parks and Rec department is hosting its first Senior Bird Walk....for Senior citizens that is...not old birds.


Senior Bird Walk
Date: 05/25/2016 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Location: Volunteer Park
Eighth Avenue
Smyrna, Tennessee 37167 
Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center is now programming exclusively for SENIORS!  Join us on our first SENIOR program!  Birds are most active during the early morning hours of Spring!  We'll stroll a wooded path as we search for as many feathered flyers as we can find, using both our eyes and ears.  Bring binoculars if you have them and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Location:  Trail behind Gregory Mill Park - Meet at Smyrna Justice Center, 400 Enon Springs Rd. East
Contact Janet York for more information:  or call (615) 459-9742 x 2616.

Family Campfire

This looks like fun for the kids, and the biting bugs are not out in numbers yet.

Summer books for the kids

The Parks and Rec dept. is kicking off their summer reading program.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Summer Food program posted on their website information on the summer food program and sites. It looks like Smyrna has three sites.
The RCS School Nutrition department will once again offer the Summer Food Service Program, which will be held Monday-Friday May 31-July 29, 2016. The program will not be open July 4th.Meals will be provided to all children 18 and younger free of charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal serviceThe federally funded food program is provided each year in high poverty areas to ensure area children have access to a proper nutrition while school is not in session.

Three job listings in one day

Looks like La Tavola Ristorante Italiano on Front Street is also looking to hire.

Not sure how many positions need filling, but you never know until you apply.

Hello Everyone!
We are currently looking for full or part time servers.
An ABC card will be required. Knowledge of Italian food is a plus but not necessary. Please give us a call with any questions.
Also looking for part time or full time dishwasher

Another job listing

Our local Panera Bread is looking for people to fill some positions. Not sure how long they will be hiring, so apply soon. This also looks like a good job for the summer when classes are out. Good Luck.

Panera Bread Smyrna - Line Cook, Prep Cook, Cashier Oppty's-NOW HIRING (499 Chaney Road) 


Join the Fast-Paced Fun at Panera Bread!
Full-time and Part-time Opportunities available at:
499 Chaney Road - Smyrna, TN 37167 

Customer Service Associates
Our customer associates know what our customer wants and deliver it -- fast, accurate and with friendly service. We hear and sense customer needs and keep our manager and fellow team members informed. We take pride in every aspect of our work and perform it with energy and enthusiasm. We are strong team players, with a commitment to continuous learning, who provide quality service and products to our customers through true craftsmanship. 

Production Associates (Kitchen Help)
Prepare menu items in a fast and accurate manner
Contribute to a positive team-work environment
Are committed to providing quality service
Enjoys working behind the scenes
Understands the value of providing true craftsmanship

We offer our teams a place where we take care of you, your family and your community!
Flexibility in your work schedule
Variety of health and related benefits
A rewarding place to work that gives back to all
Wholesome food
Paid vacation
KinderCare tuition discounts
Family tuition discounts with College for America
Discounted meals during your shift

Customer Service & Production Associate Job Requirements:
Some food service or retail experience preferred
Minimum age -- 16 years of age
Must understand and practice basic food safety

Job Fair Thursday

While not in Smyrna, there is a job fair planned for Thursday in Antioch.

This Thursday Advantage Solutions is hosting a job fair at the Antioch Goodwill center. We are conducting interviews and hiring people right there!  

To learn more please call or email me right away to secure your spot!!! 

Must have weekend availability, be over 18, able to stand up-to 6 hours, and able to interact with the public.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Event reminder

As reservations are required, I am giving a second heads up on this fun kids event. Call and reserve today.

Recreation and Reading
We’re kicking off Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center’s Recreation and Reading Program—a program designed to get everyone active AND actively reading!  At each “Recreational Reading” Program, we will read, create, and play. 
Today’s two-hour program is all about astronauts. We will have an interactive read-aloud, create a craft related to our book, and then go out in the park and train like an astronaut (so be sure to wear your tennis shoes). Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend—regardless of age, reading ability, or physical agility. 
Time:   10:00am–12:00pm    May 21        
Location:  Volunteer Park Volunteer Park Pavilion, 8th Ave.
Reservations are REQUIRED!
Contact Valerie Lay: or call (615) 459-9742 x 2620.

Groups of Interest in Smyrna

One good thing about Smyrna is the fact there are people active to keep the history alive in Smyrna. One of these groups are the Friends of the Johns-King House (Liberty Hill)

They describe their groups as..

Welcome to the Friends of the Johns-King House. Built in 1807 by prominent Tennessee political figure - Col. Robert Weakley, (Weakley County TN). The historic Johns-King Home is likely the oldest surviving private home in modern day Smyrna, TN. The house was a witness structure to the Cherokee Trail of Tears of 1838, and a Confederate hospital during the Civil War. The Friends of the Johns-King House is a Tennessee state chartered non-profit organization, formed for the purpose of promoting the purchase, restoration, and preservation of the property as an educational resource and to encourage the future development of this very historic home as a historical interpretive center for northern Rutherford County and Smyrna TN.
Drop by and see what is happening to this historical site.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

A local summer camp

 Here is one of the local summer camps that is happening here in Smyrna.



Sign up now for 2016 Summer Camps at the Historic Sam Davis Home! Summer camps are open to children ages seven to fourteen. Camps are packed with fun activities that inspire and encourage a love of history and nature.

Regular tuition for each camp is $125. Sam Davis Memorial Association members receive $25 off the regular tuition price. To become a member, please click here. Before and after care is available for an additional fee.

Space in each camp is limited. Click here for more information and to register.
Summer Camp Session Schedule

School of the Soldier  June 6-10, 2016

Science of History      June 20-24, 2016

Jane Davis Academy  July 11-15, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I was viewing the stats for the blogspot part of the This is Smyrna websites, and one of the items the stats shows are search words. Now for the most part they all look like nice words to find our community online...but what the feck people!

  • dates of carnival in smyrna tn
  • mother's day specials smyrna tn
  • new businesses coming to smyrna tn
  • simply smyrna 2016
  • smyrna tn
  • was there ever nuclear plant in smyrna, tn
  • when is the carnival on sam ridley smryna tn going to open
  • willie's wet spot smyrna
I'm not sure what I posted in the past that would drive "was there ever [a] nuclear plant in smyrna, tn" searches my way.

So let the information go forth that Smyrna, is nuclear free....but that is what they would want you to believe.


A message from the Smyrna Town government.
Come join us at 530 today at Smyrna Event Center (formerly Smyrna Town Centre) for a come-and-go Public Open House to share your views about what needs to happen along Lowry Street! Spread the word!

Tri Star Music and Arts Festival

A nice community event is going to be happening next month, and it looks like it might be real fun to go see. Being hosted by Smyrna Arts, it looks like they have a nice lineup of performers.

Tri Star Music and Arts Festival featuring:
Cumberland Blue
Everyone Leaves
The Young Fables
Mountains Like Wax
Pocket Science
Jude Smith
The Still, Small Voice
My Politic
Cold Creeks
Native Tongue
The Verge
and exhibits by local artists.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CDT)

Groups of Interest in Smyrna

One of the more impressive groups to me is Smyrna Heart of Grace. It is a non-profit organization that is there for the children, often in ways you might not suspect.

A good example is this post of theirs.

We have added another school to get weekend food! If you aren't familiar with this, many local schools have students that rely on food from school during the week, so on the weekend they might go without or not get enough. We supply individual bags that they can take home on Fridays, with food for the whole weekend. No child should have to go hungry!

They also host a large annual yard sale as a fundraiser.

We are planning on having our annual yard sale fundraiser soon, and are accepting items for it now. It's always a huge one, with a great turnout. If you have any items you would like to give for our sale, please let us know.
Remember, every dollar will go to help local families in need!
This is really a group more poeple should know about. Even if you can only donate items for their yardsale, know that every little bit helps.