Saturday, June 25, 2016

Groups of Interest

Earlier this month the group of interest was the Smyrna Pets, Lost & Found. A nice group, but not all of our readers live in Smyrna proper, so some of you might find it easier to look at today's group.

Rutherford County Tennessee Lost and Found Animals is for the whole county, and likely has a wider range of viewers to assist you in finding your lost pet, or helping you find the owner of a pet you rescued.

Their mission statement says it all.

To be the voices of our helpless animals. Helping them find their way back home and offer assistance to those looking for their furbabies with the communities help. "We are their only voice".
I hope this helps you.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ham Radio Field Day tomorrow

This is something happening in Smyrna. A 24 hour Ham Field Day run by the Stones River Amateur Radio Club and Rutherford County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency service). 

The event will be at the TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and will run from June 25 at 11:59 AM to June 26 at 11:59 AM. An overnight field day. 

Field Day 2016 
Members of the Stones River Amateur Radio Club, in conjunction with Rutherford ARES, will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 from the property of Stone Crest Medical Center, 200 Stone Crest Boulevard, Smyrna, TN 37167.  Setup will include the Rutherford County ARES communications trailer.

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air eventheld annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar. The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions. We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities. But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

Help the Smyrna police

The Smyrna police could use your help. I was looking at some cash amazed how the holograph like strip would make it next to impossible to counterfeit them. I guess I was wrong.

On 05/12/16, three black males entered the Wal Mart in Smyrna and purchased approximately $1,250.00 worth of electronics using counterfeit bills. They left the store and drove away in a dark colored SUV. They are currently wanted for questioning. Anyone with information should contact Detective Robert Monroe at 615-267-5455.


This is something your children might like to look at if they're into trains, or just fun things in general. The Smyrna Public Library is hosting for 2 days a train display and everyone is invited.

NTRAK model trains will be on display in the conference room June 25-26 from 9-5.  
All ages welcome. 
Please note that the library will be closed on Sunday, June 26, except for the display.
I'll admit that I had no idea what an NTRAK model was, so I went to WIKI and they said this...
NTrak is one of several model railroad module standards. It is the most popular standard for use in United States N scale. NTrak allows modellers to participate in a large layout but only invest a small amount of space at their own home. They can interchange their module with any club or group that follows NTrak standards.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Local Summer Camp

Summer still has a ways to go, so here is one of the local offerings for those still looking for summer camps that do not require a long trip to get to them.

Science of History focuses on the site's natural resources and features engaging, hands-on activities designed to inspire campers to take a closer look at the world around them. 
Campers will learn how science and history work hand in hand and may even get up close and personal with some local wildlife! 
Ages 7-14 
July 18-22, 2016 
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day. 
Tuition: $100 Members/$125 Non-Members 
Before Care: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. $10 a day/$40 a week 
After Care: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $12 a day/$50 a week
Combo Package $80 
For more information, visit or contact Alex Collins at (615) 459-2341 or at

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Free Family Movie

Remember that tomorrow is the regularly scheduled family movie put on by the Smyrna Library. 
Escape the heat and come inside for a cool movie that the whole family can enjoy! 
This event is for all ages, and is free and open to the public. 
Thursday, June 23 at 2:30 PM

I like free events

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A free musical event for Smyrna, and as they are a cafe, they do have drinks and likely CD's for sale. 

I am so excited to announce yet another incredible evening of music!!! Please come join us for some wonderful coffee, soul-refreshing music and lots of love!! You're in for another incredible line-up of artists - you don't want to miss it!! 
MUSIC STARTS AT 7 PM and lasts to 9 PM.
- Grace Theisen Music
- Shea
- Karen Shea
- Eleni Naomi 
Admission: FREE - but make sure you come prepared to have some great coffee :) I suspect there will be some great CD's you'll want to pick up, too! 
Make your plans now, and we'll see you there!! :D
115 Front St, Smyrna, TN 37167

Rep. Mike Sparks Annual Job Fair

A big jobs fair is occurring tomorrow for those with a need. This is looking from the lineup a good group of companies.

Rep. Mike Sparks Annual Job Fair 
Address: 108 Stones River Rd, La Vergne, TN 37086
Tomorrow at 10 AM - 2 PM

Representative Mike Sparks annual Job Fair with the Tennessee Department of Labor. The event is hosted by Pastor Randy Berg of Grace Church Worship & Community Center 108 Stones River Road Lavergne,Tn 37086. Over 37 employers, below is a list just to name a few: AAA, ABM, Aid and Assist At Home, AlliedBarton Security, Aramark, At Home Healthcare, BH Holmes Construction, BMSCAT, Bridgestone Lavergne, Caregivers By Wholecare, Command Security, Federal Mogul, Goodwill, Harlan Electric, Metro Nashville ECC, OHL, Progress Inc, Rutherford County Schools, R.E. West Transportation, Rogers Group, Stones River Care, T-Mobile Call Center, Twice Daily Convenience Centers, Xerox, Yates Services, YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

This is one you don't want to miss.

Can you offer a little time and labor for a good cause?

The Rotary club of Smyrna Tennessee is having a major event for the good of the community. They need your help for the Rotary Volunteers for Mobile Food Pantry, and you can help make a difference.

Saturday, June 25 at 8 AM - 12 PM 
Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck and distribute food. Rotary of Smyrna's donation is making this happen 
Mobile Pantries are large-scale, one-day distributions in which food items are delivered by Second Harvest to a designated location for immediate distribution to those in need by a Partner Agency. Many Partner Agencies do not have the physical space appropriate for handling large amounts of food or may not be located in a neighborhood easily accessible by those in need. With a Mobile Pantry, food is brought to underserved communities without these barriers and as many as 250-300 households are provided with several days worth of food within a 2-4 hour period of time. The truck arrives at 8 a.m. and food will be distributed from 9 a.m. until about Noon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Story Time

Story time this week at the Smyrna Public library is going to include a big bird. While he's not Sesame Street Yellow, he is weather proof Black and White. Yes. I'm talking about Snowbird, the area weather bird.

The time is at Thursday, June 23 at 10 AM. It should be noted that the library is hosting two events on the 23rd, It really is a grand resource for our community.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Groups of Interest in Smyrna

Charity begins at home, but should not end there. Thomas Fuller

Smyrna has one of the better small town Food Banks that I have seen. The Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank (FaceBook Link). They are active and they offer help through simple kindness. With that said, I highly recommend that you take a moment and read about this fine group of people.

Our Mission
We pledge our services to feed as many hungry people in our community as we are able, and to make the residents of Smyrna and La Vergne aware of the need for food assistance by their neighbors.  
Our Work
The Smyrna-La Vergne Food Bank (SLFB) has been working to end hunger and build up a community response to food insecurity for more than 30 years. Last year alone, we provided more than 74,000 meals worth of food products to families in economic and food crisis across our service communities.

Each client receives a grocery cart full of food consisting of perishable and non-perishable items such as milk, eggs, bread, meat, cheese, baby food and diapers, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, and even pastries and snacks. We are the community-based distributor for federal commodities, operate an Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and even provide personal care items like shampoo, toothpaste, adult sanitary products and more.

​ Hunger and food insecurity are often not the only challenges our clients face. Many of our clients lack the skills or education necessary to gain or retain employment, and many of those employed work for wages far below sustainability levels for their families. We often refer our clients to GED, ESL and adult reading classes, along with referrals to financial counseling, utilities and rental assistance, insurance access and other community-based resources. Our goal is to reduce the number of families needing emergency food by working together with other agencies to provide the education, skill sets, and supportive resources needed to help transition our clients out of the cycle of poverty and into independence and sustainability.
The last part where they say "We often refer our clients to GED, ESL and adult reading classes, along with referrals to financial counseling, utilities and rental assistance, insurance access and other community-based resources.". This is the truest meaning of the term 'giving them a hand up'.

Movies under the Stars reminder

This weeks Movies under the Stars is Alexander.
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

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dance show for the kids.

The Smyrna library is really putting some work into their programs this summer. Tomorrow they'll be having a dance group from 615 House of Dance to show kids different moves and to also entertain.

The event is Thursday, June 16 at 10 AM at the Smyrna Public Library and all are welcome.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Groups of Interest

Today's Groups of Interest is Volunteer Rutherford. They are a group that gives you event information, but also tries to show you the many places and causes that you can individually or as a family take part in helping.

Our mission is to build a stronger community through encouraging volunteer service and helping connect the citizens of Rutherford County to opportunities in which they can meet critical needs and make a difference. 
The Volunteer Rutherford website is the most comprehensive resource of charitable organizations in Rutherford County. In addition to a listing of charities and service organizations to connect residents to service that matters to them, the site also has listings of current donation/volunteer needs, non-profit events and a page to celebrate those who serve through our Volunteer of the Week program. 
Volunteer Rutherford is an independent company that has no official affiliation with any specific non-profit organization.  All information on this site is being provided for infomational purposes only.  Please confirm all information with each individual organization and be sure to confirm accuracy of events with the organizations before attending. 
While we will have listings of fundraising events on our event calendar, the Volunteer Rutherford website and FB page are focused strictly on volunteerism and NO DIRECT FINANCIAL ASKS are allowed on the website or FB page.

Boat Day & Waterfest Service Project

Another nice event is coming up in a few days and it looks like fun. For kids that have never gone out on the water, this would make for a great day...and it is free. Free is almost always good.

This Rotary Club has helped with logistics for this event for sereral years. Volunteers help with check in, fitting life jackets, and help people in and out of boats. The following is a brief descrtiption:
"Citizens of all ages are encouraged to visit the water quality and boat safety exhibits and enjoy the tranquil lake water in either a canoe or kayak, or both. Canoes, kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be available, and life jackets are required to be worn. All young children must be accompanied by an adult on all boats. This event is FREE! " 
Saturday, June 18 at 8 AM - 1 PM

Monday, June 13, 2016

International Folk Fest: Germany

The Smyrna Public Library is hosting a Folk Fest and you are course welcome to visit. 

Tue, June 14, 10am – 11am
Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road West, Smyrna, TN, United States

Join us as we welcome the Kinder- & Jugendtanzensemble Neuenhagen dance troop to the library. Their dancers have preformed all over the world, winning many honors and awards in their travels. Now they are coming to the Smyrna Public Library!
This event is for all ages, and is free and open to the public.

Movies under the Stars reminder

This weeks Movies under the Stars is Paddington.
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, June 12, 2016

Event Reminder - Day after tomorrow

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

Tuesday, June 14th:  Smyrna Middle School, 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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Saturday Family Movie

Today (Saturday) the Smyrna Library will be hosting a family Movie. No cost, and you can take the time to expose your children to the joys found at the library.

I'm not sure which movie it is, so I guess you'll need to go to find out. Ha. The old bait and switch. You go for a movie, they trick you into getting books and bettering your self. So dastardly.

Local Job Fair

This coming Tuesday there will a job fair in Murfreesboro in the morning. Polish off your resume and good luck. One place is looking for 100 people. Dang that is a nice number.

Multi-Employer Job Fair
Tues., June 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Allied Barton seeks to fill 30 security guard positions in Tullahoma and Clarksville and surrounding areas. Pay rate is $8.00 - $8.50. Please apply in person.

Speedway seeks to fill 4 cashier and food service positions in Murfreesboro. Pay rate is $8.50 per hour. Please apply in person.

AFEEA seeks to fill 100 sit down forklift positions in Smyrna. Pay rate range is $9.25 - $9.75 per hour. Please apply in person.

Surge Staffing seeks to fill 50+ production, warehouse, forklift and print press positions in Smyrna, Nashville and Spring Hill. Pay rate range $8.00 - $11.00 per hour. Please apply in person.

At Home Health Care seeks to fill several patient care attendants, CNA and LPN positions in Rutherford and Cannon County. Pay rate range is $10.00 - $10.50 per hour. Please apply in person.

Goodwill is hiring! Join the team and change lives. View current job openings and apply online anytime at or during business hours at Career Solutions.  
Bring your résumé, photo ID and Social Security card or birth certificate. Dress for success. Be ready to interview. 
Murfreesboro Career Solutions  
2955 S. Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37127
For more information, contact our office at 615.346.1818.