Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: Online Resources for Missing Persons and How You Can Help!

Tip of the Hat to Michelle Malkin for running this information or link on her blog.

If you know of someone missing in the hurricane, please check out the NowPublic.com website. It has a missing persons board.

If you want to help but are not sure of how to do it, there are plenty of ideas available on Michelle's blog. Please help in whatever capacity you can. Bloggers who are actually in the midst of the devastation are telling you what they need.

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Aftermath of a storm

Gas prices have risen forty cents a gallon in Smyrna since Monday.

As I drove past the Kroger gas on my way home, I noticed no cars there...a bit unusual since cars are usually lined up two deep and they were five deep on Monday. There were orange cones at each station, making me think they ran out of gasoline in the tanks. I've heard a rumor going around that due to the disruption of shipments and oil prices we could run out of gas by this weekend at stations in the area. Again, that is just rumor and I don't know it to be true.

Our prayers are needed for those families who have lost so much. Many of them may be staying in our area, having fled the devestation. And don't forget there are a lot of relief operations set up to take donations for assistance. And let us also not forget that it's not just now that people will need our help--it will be needed in the days and weeks to come.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Tropical Storm Katrina

Tropical storm Katrina is affecting middle Tennessee and Smyrna today. Lots of rain, tornado warnings and potential flooding are just some of the things that we can expect to see today.

Rutherford County schools have closed for the day.

For a list of other closings and coverage of the storm, you can surf over to Channel 2's web site which has special coverage.

If you'd like to make a donation to help out with relief and recovery from the storm, you can do as the Red Cross's web site.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Get Out of Our Town!

In case you hadn't heard, Saturday was a pretty unusual day in the town of Smyrna, Tn (read Wednesday, August 24, 2005 -News :: Smyrna, TN Soldier's Funeral May Turn Into Circus)...

According to the story published here, citizens had comments such as this:

"If they were protesting the government, I might even join them," Danny Cotton, 56, said amid cries of "get out of our town" and "get out of our country."

Read up on the full details here.

This story was also written about here and on BigOrangeMichael.

If you are interested in being a contributing member of the This is Smyrna, TN blog, give me a buzz at dailydiablogger@gmail.com. This blog is not to replace the local newspaper but to offer an option from a citizen's perspective. It is a means by which the residents of Smyrna, TN can connect to each other and sometimes the nation. Only prerequisites: first you must live in and love the town of Smyrna, TN, no discrimination, content must be pg13 and must be of value to the citizens of Smyrna, TN. Administrator reserves the right to remove members who violate this policy. On occassion, this blog does reach out nationally to help find missing persons.

Have a great day.

Are you a Smyrna, TN Blogger or Podcaster? ThisisSmyrnatn.blogspot.com is forming a Blogger's/Podcaster's Discussion Group. Plans are to meet once a month to discuss blogging, tools of blogging, css, podcasting and anything else of interest. Email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com if interested.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Innovation :: A Look Into the Future

Have you checked out my other sites we love section? Most likely not. I can't let another post go by without bringing these links to your attention. I'll select my favorite innovations. First, we'll start with the monolithic dome.

Travel to certain parts of the country and you may see things dome homes in some communities. In Smyrna, TN, however, I think it would be cause for front page news... Dome construction is not only more sturdy than regular contstruction but can also be more energy efficient, allowing for greater circulation throughout the house. If you've never considered an alternative home building idea, this one begs for attention. Dome construction is most likely not for everyone but it is a great start at "thinking outside the box".

Next, the skycar... All I can say is, I want one! Now! The price tag, last I checked, was well over 200k... Don't think I'll be buying one anytime soon but if ever I were to win millions in the lottery, rest assured, I'd have my skycar parked right next to my dome home, in its own dome hanger, of course.

Finally, another one of my favorites is the litter kwitter. Seen the movie Meet the Fokkers? Think it would be cool to teach your cat to use the toilet? Oh, yeah! Again, the price tag is a bit hefty right now but I am hoping that they'll begin distribution in the U.S. before long cutting down on such a heavy price tag. I'm so ready to ditch the litter box.

How about you? Any favorites? Are there any innovators in the town of Smyrna, TN? Comment me and let me know about your product! Perhaps we'll feature it here.

If you are interested in being a contributing member of the This is Smyrna, TN blog, give me a buzz at dailydiablogger@gmail.com. This blog is not to replace the local newspaper but to offer an option from a citizen's perspective. It is a means by which the residents of Smyrna, TN can connect to each other and sometimes the nation. Only prerequisites: first you must live in and love the town of Smyrna, TN, no discrimination, content must be pg13 and must be of value to the citizens of Smyrna, TN. Administrator reserves the right to remove members who violate this policy. On occassion, this blog does reach out nationally to help find missing persons.

Have a great day.

Are you a Smyrna, TN Blogger? ThisisSmyrnatn.blogspot.com is forming a Blogger's Discussion Group. Plans are to meet once a month to discuss blogging, tools of blogging, css and anything else of interest. Email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com if interested.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

News :: Smyrna, TN Soldier's Funeral May Turn Into Circus

Reports have it that Pastor Fred Phelps, a Baptist minister from Kansas (tip of the hat to Bigorangemichael), will be in the town of Smyrna, TN on Saturday to protest the war in Iraq at none other than the funeral of a local citizen and soldier who lost his life three weeks ago with two other Tennesseans. Pastor Phelps' message include slogans like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and believes that men and women are dying because of God's wrath and vengeance for America's "acceptance of homosexuality."

Regardless of your position, it seems to me that most people would agree that this kind of lunacy is completely inappropriate and can only diminish the credibility of this Pastor and his followers.

To further complicate the matter, Bigorangemichael reports:

Local conservative talk show host, Steve Gill caught wind of this and this morning took to the airwaves calling on the Southern Baptist convention to condemn Phelps' actions and to rally a group to go out and protest Phelps' protesters. From what I caught of Gill's rhetoric, he'd like to have 1,000 listeners out Saturday to show support.
So, all eyes on Smyrna, TN this weekend. Perhaps the people of Smyrna, TN can give the families peace during their time of grief. I, for one, will not be looking for a story at this event.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Missing Person:: 8/24 Alexis Holmes Update

8/24/2005: Missing Teen Found. Tip of the Hat to Terrance.

According to News 2, Alexis Holmes, who has been missing from the Hermitage, TN area for a week, may be with a man she met on the internet in a chat room. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the police at (615) 391-5708.

Missing: Alexis Holmes
Age: 13
Brown Hair and Brown Eyes
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 160
Missing since August 12

Last seen in Hermitage, TN.

Please post this on as many blogs as possible.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

News :: Missing Person

Missing: Alexis Holmes
Age: 13
Brown Hair and Brown Eyes
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 160
Missing since August 12

Last seen in Hermitage, TN

If you have seen Alexis Holmes, please contact the police at (615) 391-5708.

Please post this on as many blogs as possible.

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In the News:
Police Ask For Help Finding Runaway Teenager

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Restaurant Reviews:: Cozumel Restaurante Mexicano

Cozumel Mexican Restaurant located at 277 North Lowery in Smyrna, TN is one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants. You can always be sure to get large portions and the food is great. Try their chicken taco salad (among other fines menu items). Green peppers, onions, seasoned chicken, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes and of course, cheese all in a shell. Yum.

I'd also like to say that Hector was a fine waiter. He took great pride in his work as was obvious with the way that he bagged chips. You are probably asking yourself - how in the world could bagging chips demonstrate that someone takes pride in their work? You'll have to see for yourself.

Anyway, for great Mexican food at a fair price, you should visit

Cozumel Restaurante Mexicano
277 North Lowery
Smyrna, TN
Phone: 355-9406
Hours: Sunday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

Are you a Smyrna, TN Blogger? ThisisSmyrnatn.blogspot.com is forming a Blogger's Discussion Group. Plans are to meet once a month to discuss blogging, tools of blogging, css and anything else of interest. Email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com if interested.

Would you be interested in blogging for ThisisSmyrnatn.blogspot.com? You must live in and love the town of Smyrna, TN. If interested, email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Football: Smyrna edges LaVergne

The Smyrna Bulldogs opened the 2005 football season with a win last night, defeating cross-town rival LaVergne, 22-20.

For a complete wrap-up of the game, check out this article from the Daily News Journal.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Smyrna, TN Revitalization Project Underway

It appears that the Smyrna, TN revitalization project is well underway. As I drove down Lowery today I noticed the lovely street lamps that have been put up near the freshly plowed soil along Front Street. If you don't know about the revitalization project, you should check out the Town of Smyrna's website at www.townofsmyrna.org.

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Football: Smyrna vs LaVergne

Week zero of the high school football season kicks-off tomorrow evening as Smyrna travels to LaVergne for a classic showndown between these two rivals.

Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Included here is the entire season schedule for the Smyrna Bulldogs.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Bloggers Discussion Group Forming

Are you a Smyrna, TN Blogger? ThisisSmyrnatn.blogspot.com is forming a Blogger's Discussion Group. Plans are to meet once a month to discuss blogging, tools of blogging, css and anything else of interest. Email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com if interested.

Would you be interested in blogging for ThisisSmyrnatn.blogspot.com? You must live in and love the town of Smyrna, TN. If interested, email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com.

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Restuarant Review: Breaking Bread

While I have the privilege of living in the great city of Smyrna, TN, alas, I must admit I don't work there. For me, the biggest negative of this is that since I work in downtown Nashville, I am too far away to commute down to have lunch at the Breaking Bread on the town square in Smyrna. (But believe me, this thought has crossed my mind on numerous occasions...I just don't think my bosses would go for a two hour lunch..)

When I first moved up to Smryna, my parents took me to Breaking Bread for their Saturday morning, all you can eat breakfast. For a mere $7, you get pancakes, eggs (cooked how you want them), thick, crispy bacon, sausage, a chicken nugget, grits, hashbrowns, biscuit and gravy and your drink.

You walk in, take a seat and the always kind staff takes your drink order and asks how you want your eggs. Then, food starts hitting the table. You get one serving of each item to start with and can request refills if you want more. Let me just say this--Breaking Bread has Shoney's breakfast buffet beat hands-down. The food is great, the service is always beyond measure and the value is great. I've been on numerous occasions, taken friends there who have visited from out of town and the conclusion is always the same--Breaking Bread's Saturday morning breakfast is great.

Breakfast is served Saturday mornings until 11 a.m. (I forget what time it starts...I want to say 7 or 8 a.m. but I'm not sure). If you've not tried it yet, come hungry. Forget the Adkins or South Beach diet and just enjoy a good, hearty country breakfast.

I also know that Breaking Bread serves breakfast off the menu Monday through Friday and lunch and dinner five-days a week. I've not yet been able to try any of their other food, but if it's half as good as the Saturday morning breakfast, then it will be superb.

Definitely recommended.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Intergalactic News :: Blog Beams Into Space

Today I attempted to have http://thisissmyrnatn.blogspot.com beamed into space. You can visit http://bloginspace.com to learn more about this way cool site.

Naturally, I invited extra-terrestrial's to participate in the discussion and told them how lovely the town of Smyrna, TN is. I hope that you will agree.

If you are interested in posting job openings for your business in the town of Smyrna, TN or in becoming a contributing member of this blog or wish to publicize news or events, I encourage you to comment me or email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com.

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Sunday, August 7, 2005

Events :: Smyrna, TN Blogger's Discussion Group

I would like to dialog with local bloggers to guage interest in forming a discussion group. Coldfusion has a Coldfusion user's group and so does Dreamweaver. I know there are some local bloggers in the Smyrna, TN area and I'd like to draw them out and bring them together. Any interest? Purpose would be to learn from each other, network, discuss technology and gain an understanding of how each person is applying available technology to their creative endeavors.

If interested, please let me know. Comment or email to dailydiablogger@gmail.com.

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Thursday, August 4, 2005

News :: Missing Person

8/20/2005 - Sadly, Latoyia's remains were found approximately 13 miles from where she went missing.

I know this is not Smyrna, TN news but as someone who briefly experienced the anguish and fear of having a loved one go missing, even if only for two and a half hours, I gladly post this information and would hope that if ever I should be in the same situation, someone in another state or locale would do the same in return.

Pictured left is Latoyia Figueroa (picture from goddessofmanynames.blogspot.com). Latoyia is 25 years old, black female and PREGNANT. She has been missing from her Philadelphia home since 7/18/05.

If you have any information, call the Citizen's Crime Commission at:
215-546-8477

Visit Richard Cranium's website to learn more about the Latoyia Figueroa reward fund. Kudos to Richard for his efforts.

Also visit thesmedleylog.com to view more information about Latoyia.

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