Friday, December 29, 2006

Getting involved

Last night I took a major step in getting more involved in my community. At the bottom of the town of Smyrna's webpage of Boards, Committees and Commissions is a PDF link to a committee application.

Well your humble blogger filled one out, and submitted it to Michele Elliott, the town attorney. She said she would get it to the proper person.

I talked with Gerry Houser, a member of one of the city boards, and he said this is the best time of the year to submit the application.

Wish me luck.

A more ethical Smyrna?

One of the items mentioned in last nights town workshop was an adoption of a Model Code of Ethics. This is in response to a few well publicized arrest in the state government, and that said governments desire to look good. Seems all municipalities in Tennessee will need to formalize a set code of ethics.
.......each city must adopt its own code of ethics as part of a state mandate handed down to the local level on the heels of statewide ethics reform approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this year.
The deadline for adopting the code of ethics is July 1, 2007, and any members of a governing body that don't have this legislation in place by that deadline are subject to ouster, according to the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), a group affiliated with the University of Tennessee that advises cities and counties.
The codes the city is looking at adopting can be found here.

This new ethics code has made a need for a new committee. Michele Elliott, the town attorney, said the best makeup would be 5 people. These issues would be addressed in the coming months as new board and committee members terms start on April 1st.

A missed question

At last nights town workshop a representative of Comcast addressed the council. He talked much about the new high speed system that they were introducing, and the 3 for 1 package.

Mr Dover asked about the phone system and if it is set up to work well with the 911 system. The Comcast representative replied that they were required to have it 911 capable.

This is the point a question was missed. A rather important question.

The 3 in 1 package from Comcast has TV, Computer, and Phone, all in one. The phone that you may need to dial 911 with one day. The phone that may, or may not work when the power goes out.

Telephone companies are "required to have emergency power. Telephone exchange rooms usually have arrays of lead-acid batteries for backup and also a socket for connecting a diesel generator during extended periods of outage.". Many of us have had the power go out and still be able to call family members to inform them we are ok, or to see if they are.

I contacted Comcast service and they informed me that their modems have a battery that will allow up to 8 hours of phone service after a power outage, and the battery can be upgraded to a full 16 hours. So it looks like you will have a short time to make any needed 911 calls. How this 8/16 hours compares to the telephone companies services is something to keep in mind when making the choice of companies to go with

The Mayor mentioned Vonage(?) as that is another online phone service. I believe M has that and could address if it would still work during a power outage.

The technology of today may be more user friendly, but it also opens windows for problems to occur.

To smoke, or not to smoke?

That is the question. The problem is that the ability to decide the answer for yourself could be limited.

The idea of a smoking ordinance has been thrown into the ring by city council member Yates and it has inspired me to write what may be one of the longest This is Smyrna, Tn post's yet.

Near the bottom of the city agenda for the Thursday night work shop was this short line.

Let's get one thing out of the way to start with. I don't smoke. One of the bad habits that I have no desire to pick up.

Now let's get to the meat of the issue.

The customer is always right...or at least mostly. Why? Because the customer is the one that will willingly put their money in your till, and at the end of the day that translates to profit. The history of the market place is full of tales of businesses that did not deliver what the customer wanted. New Coke comes to mind.

Smoking in a restaurant and what the customer wants should be the only thing that matters in the discussion of a smoking ordinance. If the customer wants it, then you should balance that with your ability to make money and keep customers.

A fine example would be Waffle House on Nissan Blvd. People can correctly assume Waffle House will be smoke filled, and they are mostly correct.

Except on Sunday Mornings.

Sunday mornings people are on their way to, or from church. Dressed in their Sunday finery. The last thing they would want to do is to go to church smelling of cigar and cigarette smoke. Thus on Sunday morning Waffle House goes totally smoke free. They know that their customer base changes, and they change with it. Less smoke equals more customers.

The market place demands it. They answer..Willingly.

They do this freely because they want more business. No regulation was needed.

Now Mr. Yates did not imply a desire for a full smoking ban. An idea that other cities have enforced on their businesses. He implied a regulation for smoke free sections.

The problem with any regulation is the second it becomes law, there occurs insurmountable problems for truly small establishments. For example there is a small pastry shop just off of the town center. It has about 4 tables. What if it was a smoking establishment? Will a costly partition and air system need to be built for just two of the four tables? This would normally be followed by an amendment to the regulation that a restaurant must be of so many seats.

Not all restaurants are small though and all suffer low profit margins

The common myth is that 90-95 percent of restaurants fail in the first three years. Thankfully that is a myth. The real numbers are much lower.
The highest failure rate was noted during the first year when about 26 percent of the restaurants failed. About 19 percent failed in the second year and 14 percent in the third year. Cumulative failure rate for the three-year period (1996-99) was 59 percent.

Among franchised chains, the failure rate was 57 percent over the three years and among independent restaurants, the rate was 4 percent higher - 61 percent.
With a three year failure rate of over 50%, I find it bothersome that a government will have these businesses spend profit on an ordinance such as this.

In life I work on the on/off view of choice. If I don't like the TV show, I turn it off. I have no desire to turn your TV off. I want you to do that freely. If I don't like the atmosphere of a restaurant, I don't go, but I would not try to make the restaurant change for me. They should do that themselves, freely, to get my business.

There are a few restaurants in town that I don't eat at. It's not because of the smoking issue, it's because their food is horrible. One has food overpriced and badly made, and the other produces food that reminds me of a certain brand of canned food that I abhor. Each in their own way, have not delivered to me the service that would make me want to return.

That is the problem with all restaurants. They have to supply a product in an environment, that would make me want to return. Two have failed. If your pass/fail grade for a restaurant is a well ventilated smoking section then those without have failed. Their loss of customers is also a loss of profit.

A smoking section should not be decided by an ordinance, but by profit. The market place is evolutionary. Restaurants not willing to evolve with the times, die. No ordinance is needed to perform this function.

As I mentioned previously in this post Mr Yates had only received 4 emails. As a strong believer that the people's will should be heard, I ask that you email him your views. I'm not asking for emails against the ordinance. I would like you to email him no matter what your view is. As you should be an informed voter, he should be an informed politician.

Monday, December 25, 2006

A FULL service gas station

A local lady found out that some gas stations offer full service. Sell you gas, sell you oil, give directions, and even deliver children.
A Smyrna mother found out just how convenient a local Kangaroo gas station was when she delivered her child there yesterday.

Inez Jimenez was hoping to make it to the hospital when she began going into labor. With her husband out of town on business, she got her oldest daughter to drive.

But they only made it as far as the gas station, where newborn Danae was born in the parking lot.
Her lucky day was who worked there.
Assistant manager Robbie Brown served on the rescue squad for four years and the manager was once an E-M-T.
Big thumbs up to the Kangaroo station.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Merry Christmas!!

I want to take this time while I have a minute and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Let this time be spent with loved ones and remember the reason for the season! Enjoy the day everyone!

Support the local food bank!

The Smyrna Bowling center is having a special going on right now to help the Smyrna/Lavergne food bank. Here is the deal gang....Bring in a can of food and for each person that brings in a can they get a free game and free shoe rental. What a great deal!! The availability is Monday through Friday from 7am till 4pm based on lane availability. Bring the whole family in for food fun and good times while the children are out for the two weeks!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

This Could Be A Game

Like where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

Well, in response to Mark, I have to tell you what I've been up to. First of all, I currently live in 1023 sq. ft. That is five people living in 1023 sq. ft. There should be a law against that. Not to mention my cats...

Any who, I closed on a house. One that provides me and the four others living with me with the room that we need. Soooo... on top of karate, a full time job I've been trying to get things in order for my big move, which really hasn't happened yet. I've made several trips over to the new house, toting boxes in my economy car, up and down the stairs but the bulk of this will occur on Friday and it may be a few days before I have internet service back up.

On Monday, I had to take time out and go get a physical. As it turns out, I had something abnormal with my EKG. This came as no surprise to me. I scheduled the appointment after noticing a flutter and pause in my chest from time to time. I know there is something wrong. I am supposing that I have an irregular heartbeat. I think my anemic condition may play a part. Any ways, I have an echo cardiogram(?) scheduled for the end of January and the doc says I can continue to work out so I feel a little better for that.

Now, all this being said, I've been really, REALLY tired. I'm sure a lot of this is from work, karate and the move but I think a little bit of it may be my condition...

I'll keep you posted. Thanks for thinking of me.

where's Mrs. M?

It seems to me that our lovely hostess has vanished. We havent heard from her in awhile. DO you know where she is? I know!! My mother saw her just last week. Hope you are well Mrs. M. We miss you and cant wait for your return!

In other news.... I want to take this time while I have a few minutes and wish all of our residents of Smyrna and Lavergne and very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! I have been very busy working and getting ready for the holidays that I havent posted mUch on here sorry gang! Remember the reason for the season and dont drink and drive for our pride in blue is waiting to arrest you!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Another one falls

10%. That's what I am willing to pay to help support a small business. If I can get item A at Walmart for $1, and an equal product is available at a small business for $1.10, I likely will go there. Nothing against the big box stores, but I really want a small business to succeed.

Earlier this year a small vegetable market closed down. Likely no reader here noticed it. Smyrna vegetable Market was located across the street from Big Lots. Hidden in the strip mall as the tattoo shop and sub shop. It was run by a soft spoken immigrant to this country.

Maybe that store was a small part of his American Dream. The business of America is business. The store's goods were mainly aimed at the newer citizens of Smyrna, but the vegetables were for any culture. I found the service there very friendly. His special orders of banana peppers and extra Jalopenas helped me prep for my summers canning.

Sadly I knew his stores time was short. Outside of a few occasions, I was the only one there when shopping. No business means no profit. Near the beginning of the summer I went by to buy some needed onions. I was welcomed by an empty store. Not surprised, but very saddened.

Yesterday I noticed another new business closed down. Right next to Smyrna Video, on Hazelwood Drive, was a shop that sold medical "scrubs" and uniforms. The inside is now hollowed out and being refurbished for another "new" business.

I have been so impressed that the bloggers in the Middle Tennessee area have really put their support behind one of our own, and his good BBQ.

What I would like to do is highlight a new "small" business in Smyrna each week or so for the readers of this blog. Then you can drop by, give it a once over, and maybe you will find a new place to do business.

If you want a business mentioned, drop me a note. I'll be starting with a business this weekend.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I'm in the news

I'm all a flutter. I was contacted by Mealand Ragland-Hudgins of the Daily New Journal for an article on the Light neede by the Y. Well she kindly quoted me for the article.
Gunner Miller said it doesn't make sense for there to be a signal at the entrance of Gregory Mill Park on Enon Springs Road East, but not one at the YMCA.

"It's used a lot less than Sam Ridley Parkway," he said. "If you're leaving the Y and you're trying to cross over Sam Ridley and somebody's trying to turn into the Y, you'll have three or four cars there and all they're doing is blocking each other's view."
The whole article can be found here.

Today the DNJ, tomorrow the world

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Two men enter. One man leaves

The overused line from the Mad Max movie thunderdome came to mind when I read this article.. Seems TWO church groups claim one building, and tomorrow may get very interesting.
Members of All Saints' Church in Smyrna remaining after the rest of the congregation split to form St. Patrick's Anglican Church will cross paths with their former brethren Sunday.

Both congregations are claiming rights to the same church facility at 1401 Lee Victory Parkway.

The Rev. Ray Kasch of St. Patrick's and former head of All Saints', said he got a call from the Rev. Bertram Nelson Herlong, the Bishop of Tennessee, telling him that Herlong would be holding an 11 a.m. service for members of All Saints' at the Smyrna church.

"I said, 'Bishop, there is nobody left at All Saints'," Kasch said. He said Herlong told him he was going "to do it anyway."
Short of a witty remark making light of the situation, I do hope they can work this out. This blogger almost wants to be there for the fireworks.

Dogma, and religious schisms, create emotional times.

In Case You Didn't Know

The moon outside tonight is quite large though not full and quite beautiful.

Thursday, December 7, 2006


Breaking news from the D.N.J THE Smyrna police chief quits today and gives no reason all we know is this so far!!

SHS Winter Guard Make Headlines

Smyrna High School Winter guard are at it again. This time with a new theme, new song and a go for it attitude. This month they are featured on the Winter Guard International December Calendar.

Smyrna High School first appeared at the WGI contest in 2005 with there performance of "FEVER" in 2006 with there performance of "CATHEDRAL"

Here's a tidbit from the site
Smyrna High School is pleased to announce their 2007 program, "Beautiful Day." They will be performing to the music of U2 by the same name. Utilizing colors of sunlight and sky, it promises to be inviting at the least. With 11 cast members, each will take on much responsibility. "We hope to entertain and communicate with our audience, of course, but we would like to continue the tradition of growth in terms of training and design. Both students and staff have agreed to face this challenge head on." says Jennifer.

I would like to wish this group of artistic and energetic students the best of luck this year!

Monday, December 4, 2006

Beer board meeting

I decided tonight to drop by and see how the beer board works. Up to now I have only been to the city council meetings. Figured I would expand my horizons some.

At first I was very disappointed. No samples at the door. Hey! A man can have hope.

In all only three beer licenses were dealt with. One for a saloon who's name escapes me.

The other was for the New convenience center that will be part of Home depot. I posted about this "test store" in September. Being built now, it opens on January 18th.

The other beer permit was for Gil's Market. Seems one of the owners recently died and that required the permit to be updated. One problem. No one from Gil's market was in attendance tonight to step up to the podium for an updated permit. The night almost ended with a letter being sent to Gil's informing them that they no longer can sell beer. A short recess was called and one of the owners of Gil's was contacted. They dashed to the board from Murfreesboro during another recess, and "saved" their license.

The board inquired if I was their for a beer board issue. The town attorney told them that I was from the "This is Smyrna, TN" website. A couple of the members said they would check out our blog.


Thus ends the tale of my beer board visit.

Plan for the future of Smyrna parks

One thing most of us can agree on is that Smyrna's parks are second to none. It's one of the first things I noticed when I moved to the Smryna area a few years ago and I've been pleased to watch the growth and expansion of the parks over the past couple of years.

A plan was presented to the City Council Thursday evening to keep our parks some of the best around, as well as to expand the current number of parks over the next 14 years. The plan includes the building of an $11 million dollar indoor recreation center.
To be included in a comprehensive park is an eight-field baseball complex,
a "Miracle Field" for the ABLES Recreation League, a soccer complex with eight
to 12 fields, a splash pad similar to the one at Gregory Mill Park, nature
trails, pavilions and playgrounds. Work there would be completed in three
phases, with most of the work starting in the 2007-2008 budget year.

Also considered by the Town Council was the renovation and expansion of the Town Center, turning it into an indoor community center as well as the expansion of Lee Victory Recreation Park on Sam Ridley Drive.
A draft of the 2006-2020 master plan created by Barge Waggoner Sumner and
Cannon calls for adding 25,000 square feet of space to the existing
35,000-square-foot Town Centre facility.

The banquet rooms where clubs, college classes and other special events meet will remain in place, but the racquetball courts, fitness area and aerobic rooms will be renovated. A double gymnasium is also planned, as is a new children's pool and concession stand. The document shows the existing outdoor pool will be renovated and designed for adult use.

Renovations would not begin until 2008 and would be completed by 2010. The cost would be around $6 million dollars.

Smyrna Y seeks traffic list

The Smyrna YMCA is asking members to sign a petition to get a traffic light installed at Sam Ridley Parkway and Mason Tucker Drive.

If you're a YMCA member, you might want to drop by and sign the petition.

As I said a few weeks ago, a light is definitely needed for this intersection.

Car burglaries in Smyrna

The DNJ has an article this morning about a rash of car burglaries in a Smyrna neighborhood. Details from the article:

A string of car burglaries was reported last week in a Smyrna neighborhood.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputies Ray Roberts, Heather Greenwood and Pat Garrett responded to Shirley Road around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Roberts spoke with Thomas Keel and his wife, Donna, who told him that someone had broken into their 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, as well as the garage and the home at 301 Shirley Road, according to a report. A DVD-VCR player, a camcorder and a brass tea set valued at $50 were taken.

The report stated that the Keels and their 16-year-old daughter were asleep in the home when it was entered.

While Roberts was talking to the Keels, the neighbor at 305 Shirley Road, Kenneth J. Concilla, alerted the officer that his garage window had been broken. His 1993 GMC Sonoma pickup truck was gone, and an AM/FM radio was removed.

Tim Poteete, of 356 Shirley Road, told Officer Greenwood that his 2003 Silverado truck had been "rummaged through" over night. He had left the truck unlocked.

"When he got ready to go to work ... he noticed items in his glove box in disarray," Greenwood said.

There was a gym bag in the truck which had been opened, the report said. A Sirius Radio receiver was moved, but it was not taken. It did not appear at the time that anything had been stolen.

Detective Ralph Mayercik believes that those who burglarized the vehicles may be amateur, based on what was taken and what was left.

"Whoever it was, they were pretty bold to be entering one of the homes," he said.

Poteete further reported that his wife, who is a school bus driver, mentioned seeing a vehicle at the end of a road next to the Poteetes' driveway as she was leaving that morning. The vehicle had its lights off, except for the flashers, according to Poteete's report. When the driver noticed her, the lights came on, and the car drove off traveling toward Baker Road, he stated. She could not provide a description of the vehicle.

While Greenwood was driving through the neighborhood, she noticed a car door open at 309 Shirley Road. A box of books was lying on the ground next to the car. According to the report, Greenwood spoke with Veronica Hartman, the owner of the car. She stated that the box belonged inside the car. Although the car had been looked through, Hartman reported it appeared that nothing had been taken from the vehicle.

Chris Gabrielli, at 341 Shirley Road, reported to Officer Garrett that someone had opened his unlocked car sometime during the night while it was sitting in the driveway. A stereo face plate and three compact discs were stolen. Gabrielli told Garrett he recalled hearing a neighbor's dog barking, which seemed unusual, but he did not look outside to see why.

A box was later recovered from a ditch across the street from the Keels' home that belonged to Hartman containing a glass and a box of matches.

Other items belonging to some of the victims were found several yards down the street. Mayercik is still investigating these cases.

"If anyone has any information about these burglaries, please contact me at the Sheriff's Office," he said. He may be reached in the Rutherford County's Detective Division at 898-7916.

Saturday, December 2, 2006


Smyrna High School Bulldogs are the newest state champions! CONGRATULATIONS!

Here's the write up in the online Daily News Journal.

Go Bulldogs!

This is it! The big day! Wanting to send our good tidings to the Smyrna Bulldogs for their championship game tonight! YOU CAN DO IT! Gooooooo Team!

The Daily News Journal reported on the bonfire last night. Read about it here.

Friday, December 1, 2006

A 'sign' of the times

A local Smyrna resident is in the middle of a situation that calls to mind a question. Should we not do something because it might 'offend' someone?
A Tennessee woman put up a controversial reminder to the person who she said ran over her dog, and some have found it offensive.

Ginger Crawford buried her 5-month-old puppy in her back yard, but she built the memorial in the front yard so every driver can see it.
Crawford claimed drivers do slow down now to read her sign, and some of them find it offensive.

"If it were our dog that got outside and got killed, it would be devastating to our family, but I don't think I would be putting a sign out there saying 'Was it you?' that did that," said passing driver David Wills.
If you get offended by something, does it give you the ability to silence them?
The article has a survey and the numbers are running
6% Yes, and she should take it down.
5% Yes, but it's up to her when she's ready to remove it.
89% No, it's not offensive.
I'm rather pleased that only 6% of the people feel she should remove the sign.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Shardai Cousino

There is a call for help going out to residents of Smyrna, LaVergne, Rutherford County, and middle Tennessee. A school counselor at Smyrna Middle School has brought to our attention the special needs of Shardai Cousino. This eighth grader was born with a rare skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa that creates very painful, blister-like sores over her entire body. At the age of five, Shardai was also diagnosed with Polymosytis, a muscle deterioration disorder, that aggravates her ability to manage the skin disorder.

According to the Smyrna Middle School web site,
Last year, after getting to know Shardai and her family and learning more about the extensive demands of caring for her on a daily basis, two Smyrna Middle School faculty members decided to nominate Shardai and her family for Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Shardai and her family could benefit greatly from having the extra space and medical facilities that are necessary to meet Shardai’s physical needs. We need your help to make this dream a reality.
The website goes on to to ask everyone to send an email to with “Please Build a House for the Cousino Family in Smyrna, TN” in the subject line. In the email, please ask ABC to build a house for the Cousino family in Smyrna, TN. Feel free to add your own message about why you think this family is deserving. Also, if you would be willing to help build the house or to donate materials/supplies, please include that in your email as well.

If you have questions, contact:
Jennifer Hood
School Counselor
Smyrna Middle School
615-904-3845 ext. 24707

Please everyone, send the email. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Our Condolences

On behalf of This Is Smyrna, TN, I would like to offer condolences to our friend and blog contributor, Michael a.k.a. Big Orange Michael.

Michael lost his grandfather today. I'm happy that you have fond memories of your grandfather and you have such a special family during this time of loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Yes, We'd Like a Bookstore, Please

Hello Smyrna Powers That Be. The citizens of Smyrna have spoke and they say we'd like a bookstore. How 'bout it?

And, by the way, does anyone know of a good doctor in Smyrna (the hospital, really) that would be good for analyzing and dealing with irregular heartbeats?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

An event not to miss...

Although this isn't in Smyrna I would like to share this event with everyone and let you know its one of the best in the state since it is held at night.

There is an event coming up tomorrow evening in Cookeville that is one everyone should not miss. The city of Cookeville will hold its Christmas parade. This parade is one I remember growing up and watching. They have the parade at night and all the floats, cars, and everything else is lit up and wow its beautiful to watch. The parade last about 2 and 1/2 hours and the streets will be lined with thousands of people from near and far. Please if you have the time to make the 1 hour trip it is well worth it. Here is some info from the Cookeville paper.

Nov. 27

CHRISTMAS PARADE: The 40th Annual Cookeville Christmas Parade will begin 7 p.m. at corner of 6th St. and Washington Ave., goes to Courthouse Square then right on Broad St. and ends at the Cookeville Depot. Leslie Town Centre will serve free hot chocolate and popcorn at 5:30. For info., call the Chamber of Commerce, 526-2211.

Smyrna is growing

85 new jobs are going to be created in Smyrna.
Federal-Mogul Corp.'s expanding auto-parts distribution center here is searching for the same thing other plants want — a dedicated workforce that understands safety.

"I want people with a good work ethic," said General Manager Jeffrey Aquila, who oversees a current operation of about 300 employees at the 300,000-square-feet distribution center. "This area is a tough area to compete in (for workers). It's dynamic with a lot of different cultures. It has a pretty good labor pool."

The company is creating 85 new jobs as it soon launches another safety-emphasized distribution center to package and ship its brakes and chassis for authorized Ford dealerships.
A warehouse job may look low on the scale of money making jobs, but the pay looks good.
The company pays hourly wages that average $13.70 per hour with a benefit package that's worth about 33 percent of that.
Understand that the pay they list is average. From custodian to Warehouse manager. They average them ALL.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Almost There

The Smyrna bulldogs are just one game away from a state championship. The bulldogs beat the undefeated Ooltewah friday night with a 28-25 win.

Saturday December 2nd, the Smyrna bulldogs will have a rematch with the Ravenwood Ravens at MTSU's Floyd Stadium at 7:30pm.

The bulldogs lost to Ravenwood during it's regular season with a score of 15-12.

Here's the article from the Tennessean

Friday, November 24, 2006

New local blog

I have created a new blog for the Smyrna Bowling Center, so go check it out and leave comments about what you like and dont like.

I am sorry.....

I want to take this time to say I am sorry for giving everyone some miss information about a post I did a few weeks ago about the movie theater coming to town.Malco is still coming but I have found out that now THE ROXY will be joining us as well. This new movie house will be behind the Sonic on Team blvd. I just dont understand though how can 2 movie theaters come to our town and survive? This will be hurting some of the other local businesses that are all ready here. Like the skate center and the bowling alley. I do welcome new things coming to town but 2 theaters is just crazy. let me hear your thoughts!! go read more here about the movie theater wars happening now in Smyrna Tn.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

For These I Am Thankful

I am thankful that I have a decent mind and am of fairly good health. I'm thankful the lump did not turn out to be cancer. I am thankful for that every day of every year since told.

I am thankful that there are people more intelligent than I working in technology and science and am given hope that one day we will know a reality that has no fear of cancer. A reality where pain is treatable.

I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and that my children also appreciate that.

I am thankful to have access to technology, books, podcasts...

I am thankful for the readers of this blog and the contributors as well. Thank you for all that you do and contribute.

I am thankful that tonight my children will not go to bed hungry nor will they be cold.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Shopping for "Christmas for the Children"

Just one day before Thanksgiving, it's time to talk briefly about Christmas! We have received approximatley 100 names of children in Smyrna and LaVergne who are benefiting from our "Skate for the Children" and other fundraising efforts throughout the year to support the "Christmas for the Children" program.

I have picked up my family list - EIGHT children to buy for. We usually don't open it up for people other than agents to buy the gifts, but because the blogging community was so helpful I would like to invite your help. I plan to go shopping for the children on Sunday, December 3rd at KMart on Murfreesboro Rd. in Smyrna at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to help, please let me know.

If enough people are interested in helping, I may be able to get more names so you'll need to let me know if you want to be involved in this. After we buy the presents, we'll go back to my office and wrap them. Each child will get one complete outfit plus a toy. KMart is giving us a 10% discount and we are tax-exempt, so the children should be able to have a nice Christmas.

The kids I have so far:
FIVE GIRLS: Ages 12, 6, 13, 3, 2
THREE BOYS: Ages 11, 8, 9months

I will call their Mom before December 3rd to get their sizes and to hear what the kids need and/or want for a gift. Thank you Smyrna for any help!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Graebel Moving Company In LaVergne

I'm considering using Graebel Moving Company in LaVergne, TN. City Search gives them a 7.3. Anyone have any experience with Graebel?

An odd twist to the story

This is Smyrna, TN, and most of the citizens of Smyrna, have followed the ongoing story of Analyce Guerra. Anyone with a child has likely said a small prayer that she be safely found.

News of an event that is a bit disturbing came to my attention.
The father of a missing Smyrna toddler was arrested last week on charges of sexual battery of a child, Smyrna police said.

Metro police arrested Nehemias Guerra on a warrant charging him with sexual contact with a child and transferred him to the Rutherford County Jail, Smyrna spokesman Sgt. Bobby Gibson said.
The father was never in any of the news reports I saw as the story unfolded in passing. I thought he was out of the picture. Not sure how this changes the whole situation, but it is distressing.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Movers Needed 12/22

I'm moving in just a few short weeks. I've been trying to juggle all things and find a mover. My last moving experience wasn't all that pleasant. I can't recall the name of the company right now but they showed up late and had alcohol on their breath. They literally drove away leaving me only five minutes before the new owners of my previous dwellings showed up.

I've contacted Two Men and a Truck but the deal with them is that they start charging as soon as they leave Franklin and don't stop until they get back to Franklin. I live in Smyrna, for crying out loud, and that is just too much money down the drain in travel time to and from Franklin.

Since my last mover hiring experience was not so nice, I need some help. I've been on and don't get a warm fuzzy feeling about any movers on there. Can any of you offer some suggestions for reasonably priced, decent and nearby movers? I'd be willing to rent the truck and hire help or simply hire the help and the truck. Please let me know.

November Show Finally Loaded

Sorry for the delay. Life got in the way. Sometimes that's the way it goes. But here it is, the November Show!

The delightful Kathy T. did an awesome job of capturing the show attendance. Excerpt below.
More fun was had at the monthly Middle Tennessee Blogger & Podcast Meeting today. Big turnout... the Divine M, John H, Malia, Shauna, Heather & Ivy, Gunner & Elizabeth, Chip, and a surprise visit from Terrie B. and her friend from Minnesota. I have a sinking feeling that I'm forgetting someone...

Since she is planning on having the Christmas Party on December 9th I think we should use that as the date of the next Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting. What say you, members?

More show notes later.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Warriors Beaten by Bulldogs

The Bulldogs finally did it. 18 attempts in previous seasons, the Smyrna Bulldogs beat the Riverdale Warriors 9-7. This is the second time the Bulldogs have played the Warriors this season. The first time two rivals played, Smyrna lost 49-0.

This win takes Smyrna to the semi-finals. The Dogs will host Ooltewah Friday, November 24 at the Robert L Raikes Stadium. Ooltewah has 13-0 record. The winner of this game will go against the winner of the Ravenwood-WhiteSmith Game.

Here is what the Tennessean reports And the DNJ

Congratulations Bulldogs!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Restaurant Health Inspections

Here is a report on local restaurants and what they scored with the health dept. More place listed here

SMYRNA, TN 37167 11/16/2006 ---- 84

HARDEES #1422096
SMYRNA , TN 37167 11/16/2006 ---- 89

China Cafe Restaurant
500 Enon Springs East Rd
Smyrna, TN 37167 11/14/2006 ---- 88

SMYRNA , TN 37167 11/14/2006 ----- 82

Smyrna, TN 37167 11/13/2006 ---- 91

SHONEY'S #1313
SMYRNA, TN 37167 11/16/2006 ----- 91

Events coming up this next week in the area...

The city of Smyrna will be lighting the Christmas lights at the city hall on Sunday. The festivities start at 4pm and there will free refreshments and Musical performers include Susan Meredith beer, the Thurman Francis Orchestra, Rock Springs Bell and Children's Choir. The lamplighter Theatre will also perform a scene from Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol."

Also Santa will be there for picture taken which is also free to those that attend.

I always enjoy the Christmas lights every year for they make our city beautiful, so go and watch them turn the lights on with the family on Sunday afternoon

Side note: If you have eaten your turkey dinner on Thanksgiving and want to go do something afterwards the bowling center will be open at 3pm and will stay open 24 hours until Sunday night. You can come out and bowl after dinner or if your going shopping early stop by and bowl with us.

New Years Eve events:

The bowling alley will be open this night with specials so check out the blog for more info to come.

The Smyrna Skate center will also be open for a Super Late Night Skate. The hours for this night at the rink will be 7pm till 3am so drop the kids off at the rink and then bring yourself to the alley for a cold beer and a round of bowling.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Don't Be Silly, Of Course You're Invited

A little reminder, ladies and gentleman, that this Saturday is the beloved Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting. Why not come and hang out with a delightful and diverse group of strong willed, loud spoken and sometimes rude but mostly kind group of people, or a close approximation thereof... Just kidding. Come and hang out with us, we're not zombies, really. Okay, Michael is an orange zombie. Don't be frightened, come on out and get your voice heard in a podcast.

Meet us at Espresso Joe's in Smyrna, TN at 2:00 PM.

Espresso Joe's Coffee Co is located at:
901 Rock Springs Rd.
Smyrna, TN

Soldiers' Insight Shows Bravery, Kindness

An article in today's Daily News Journal featured two local soldiers who served in Iraq in 2006. They shared information about their service that you don't usually read or hear about in the regular media reports. For example, Capt. Lyn Graves of Smyrna described going into Iraqi villages and handing out candy, school supplies, toys and clothes. He also said election day is huge in Iraq, with entire families going to the polls.

These experiences of our military personnel actually on the ground in the Middle East is a fascinating look into a democracy still in its infancy.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

OJ (And Not The Acidic Persuasion)

Yep. Did you hear that O.J. Simpson is putting out a book that is about how he "hypothetically" killed Nicole and her boyfriend.

What say you on this subject?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


That is right the chick-fli-a is now coming to Sam Rdiley. It is located next to Wendy's. I saw the sign today and they are working on the location now. Also I believe the Home Depot is set to open on Nov. 16th. alot going on in this great city of ours. Also the Smyrna Bowling Center is now open 24 hours a day 7 days a week so if you get bored at 1am come on over and see us. I am working at the skate center and bowling center now so there is no excuse that you cant come by and see me!!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Christmas decorations are rolling out

Driving around Smyrna this weekend, I noticed our annual Christmas deocrations on all the telephone polls are slowly appearing. I saw they run from 24 to the Lowe's on Sam Ridley and there was one, lonely snowflake in betweeen Lowe's and Y.

I'm sure the snowflake will be joined by other decorations in the coming days.

So, I guess it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Smyrna.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Community Yard Sale November 18th

Meadow Wood Apartments will be having a community yard sale on Saturday, November 18th from 6:30 AM until Noon.

Meadow Wood Apartments is located at 600 Nissan Drive in Smyrna, TN.

Do you have an event that you would like to have publicized? Drop us a line at dailydiablogger AT gmail DOT com.

Don't forget about the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group meeting on Saturday, November 18th beginning at 2:00 pm at Espresso Joe's in Smyrna, TN.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Jobs in Smyrna or LaVergne

Someone I know is looking for a low stress, uncomplicated job in Smyrna or LaVergne. Know you of any job openings that fit this description?


It Isn't Blogger Bunco

No, it isn't blogger bunco though there will be bloggers there. And you're invited.

Next Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM is the date and time of the next Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting. Come on out to Espresso Joe's and meet some of Middle Tennessee's Bloggers and Podcasters. MTBPG members provide a network of support, knowledge and encouragement to one another.

We have some special guests coming all the way from South Carolina. If you have a topic that you would like to discuss, let me know.

Looking forward to meeting new members and visiting with the old. It has been little more than a year since this group formed. I can recall having met Bad Bad Ivy and Chip for the first time. If you can believe it, I knew nothing of NiT when I created the group! Imagine that.

Espresso Joe's Coffee Co is located at:
901 Rock Springs Rd.
Smyrna, TN

Friday, November 10, 2006

Smyrna defeats LaVergne

The Smyrna Bulldogs rolled over LaVergne tonight in the second round of the TSSAA playoffs, 24-0.

Smyrna's record on the season is now 10-2 with a rematch set for next week with regional powerhouse Riverdale.

Earlier this year, Riverdale beat Smyrna.

Next week's game is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at Riverdale.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Stuck On The Tracks

I drive home by way of the round a bout on Front Street. I've been thinking about the lady who recently died in the horrible collision up near Crosslin Lumber. James had said that there was rumor that her car died and I thought, well, get out! Tonight, for the first time in my travels home, I encountered the train.

I can't tell you the number of times that I've seen cars stop on those track while waiting for the light to turn. I absolutely refuse. And so, tonight, I waited and to my surprise the lights came on and the bells started dinging and I promise you it was only 8 to 10 seconds before the train came speeding by. So, I can certainly understand how one might not have time enough to get out of the way of a moving train if your car were to stall and die on the tracks.

Please use caution when crossing the tracks. I was horrified, really, when I realized how quickly the train came.

Veterans day events !!

Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Veterans Day Ceremony:11 a.m., Smyrna City Hall, 315 S. Lowry St., Smyrna. After the ceremony, everyone is invited to the Post Home, 10157 Old Nashville Highway, for a get-together for all veterans and friends from in and around the community. Food will be served, and a table will be set up for veterans to display medals, citations, commendations and more. For more information, call 459-9832.

Scouts to distribute "Buddy Poppies" in observance of Veterans Day: Cub Scouts and Webelos from Pack 842, and Boy Scouts from Troop 422 will be present at local stores to hand out poppies for everyone to wear. Sponsored by Smyrna VFW Post 8422. All donations received will go to VFW Post 8422 to assist disabled veterans and their families

also going on for the writer in you....

Smyrna Writers meeting:1 p.m. second and last Saturday each month. Open to all area writers, giving you an opportunity to network, share ideas and trade information. Smyrna Library is located at 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna. Call 459-4884 for further information.

Inter-county rivals to meet in the playoffs

Smyrna and LaVerge clashed in week zero of the high school football season and now they will meet again in the second round of the playoffs.

Smyrna hosts LaVerge tomorrow night in the second round of the TSSAA playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.

This time the stakes are bit higher. Winner advances to the third-round of the playoffs, loser ends the season.

Should be a good game. Let's hope they keep it clean on and off the field.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Politics in Smyrna

It's 8 in the morning and some election returns are in.

Smyrna City councilwoman Mary Esther Bell did not win in her run for the 34th House District.
Voters chose Republican Rep. Donna Rowland to represent the 34th House District for another two years, turning back Smyrna Councilwoman Mary Esther Bell’s stiff challenge.

With only one precinct to report (Stewartsboro Elementary in Smyrna), Rowland led 12,834 to 10,392. At a victory party at Maple Street Grill, Rowland thanked those that supported her, as well as her husband, Preston.

“I feel great,” she said. “I’m excited the voters of the 34th District have allowed me to represent them. I’m honored by that.”
From the Tennessee Division of Elections numbers are in for the two state constitutional amendments.

The first amendment was to define marriage for us.
Constitution Amendment #1

Shall Article XI of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

SECTION___. The historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one man and one woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state. Any policy or law or judicial interpretation, purporting to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one man and one woman, is contrary to the public policy of this state and shall be void and unenforceable in Tennessee. If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry and if such marriage is prohibited in this state by the provisions of this section, then the marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state.
This passed with over 80% aproval. Our county voted 79.7%(48326) for, and 20.3%(12291) against(pdf link).

The second amendment to be voted on was a property tax break for the elderly.
Constitution Amendment #2

Shall Article II, Section 28, of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee be amended by inserting the following language immediately after the fourth paragraph:

By general law, the legislature may authorize the following program of tax relief:

(a) The legislative body of any county or municipality may provide by resolution or ordinance that:

(1) Any taxpayer who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older and
who owns residential property as the taxpayer’s principal place of residence shall pay taxes on such property in an amount not to exceed the maximum amount of tax on such property imposed at the time the ordinance or resolution is adopted;

(2) Any taxpayer who reaches the age of sixty-five (65) after the time the ordinance or resolution is adopted, who owns residential property as the taxpayer’s principal place of residence, shall thereafter pay taxes on such property in an amount not to exceed the maximum amount of tax on such property imposed in the tax year in which such taxpayer reaches age sixty-five (65); and

(3) Any taxpayer who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older, who purchases residential property as the taxpayer’s principal place of residence after the taxpayer’s sixty-fifth birthday, shall pay taxes in an amount not to exceed the maximum amount of tax imposed on such property in the tax year in which such property is purchased.
This also passed easily. Our county voted 82.7%(47756) for and 17.3%(9981) against(pdf link).

A subject of interest to me was the package sales for Smyrna. From the Rutherford county election board it looks like it has failed.
Voted: 8641
To permit:48.7%(4215)
Not to permit:51.22(4426)
I'm a bit disappointed in this vote. I was even in the process of preparing a statement to the city coucil if it had won. I guess the nanny's won this battle.

This election is over. The phone calls will end and the signs will disappear. Finally.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

This Really Is Smyrna, TN

Check out Microsoft's Mapping Site. This is Smyrna, TN. To see in 3d, you must use Internet Explorer. Otherwise, click on the birds eye view. The image quality is pretty impressive.

Black Friday is Just Around The Corner

Black Friday, the day when most retailers move out of the red and into the black, is just around the corner. Usually Wal-Mart has some significant sales but according to all that I've read, they didn't do as well last year as they thought they would and have decided this year that they would get a head start on some of their blow out sales.

Also, in case you didn't know Wal-Mart will not have layaway this year. I can remember long lines on Black Friday for those waiting to put their bargains in layaway.

I've been in Wal-Mart a couple times the last few days and haven't seen any blow outs. Anyone spotted some good deals? Let us know.

Welcome one of our newest citizens!

We always take about things going on in the city of Smyrna but never really say anything about the people! I am going to from time to time mention some of the people in our great city. Our newest citizen was born not long ago and I dont know the family but want to welcome the little one to Smyrna with open is more info on this baby......

Bently Michelle Herron

Ben and Dana Herron of Smyrna announce the birth of a daughter, Bentley Michelle, at 5:56 p.m. Oct. 25. Born at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, the baby weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Her grandparents are Dan and Cathy Hooper of Smyrna, Steve Herron of Mt. Juliet and Julie Letzler of Smyrna. Her great-grandparents are Herb and Sammie Ward, Ellen Herron, Bonnie Arnett and Ruth Hooper. She has one brother, Steven.

Who called us?

With today being election day a plague of 800 calls to people attempting to get them to vote for, or against, a person or issue may slow down. Until next election.

These calls were mentioned previously by dailydiablogger. Supposedly CNN said some were being used to make others look bad.

I received a call a week or so ago and decided to follow up on who sent it. The phone message was automated and was a recording of our own Governor Bredesen. His recording asked me to support a certain politician. A politician I had no interest in.

Now who sent it is interesting. My caller ID said.
A simple Google search found me a link to A website just for calls like this.

What had been recorded, and mapped on the page for 800-260-9125 said it belonged to a company called TCG.

The people on the page even was able to identify suspects, and figure out who likely is making the calls.

If you get a call I would recommend going to whocalledus and checking it out.

Monday, November 6, 2006

Looking For An Apartment In Smyrna, TN

Are you looking for an apartment in Smyrna, TN? You might want to check this site out. Read what others have to say about their complexes. I know when I first moved to Meadow Wood Apartments it seemed like a nice neighborhood. There were community activities and activities for the children. There have been a number of things that have contributed to my dislike since then. For one, the missing child. Two, their have been numerous changes in management. Three, they come into the apartments a lot lately with very short notice. Four, there have been a lot of incidents recently where law enforcement officials have been called.

Don't take my word for it, read on.

Are you interested in becoming a contributor to the "This Is Smyrna, TN" Blog? Drop me a line at dailydiablogger at gmail dot com.

Don't forget that Saturday, November 18th is the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting. It will be held at Espresso Joe's in Smyrna, TN at 2:00 PM. Looking forward to meeting our newest members. Come on out if you are a blogger or a podcaster and get to know the people of the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group.

Those Annoying Political Phone Calls

I just heard on CNN a fellow suggest that those annoying calls from candidates are probably coming from their opponents. Chuckle. I know, it isn't funny for those of you who are the recipients of said phone call but it is a little funny.

Dear Smyrna, TN and La Vergne, TN

Tonight's drive home was pretty horrible. Please, please, please can someone get some better reflective material on the roadways? I know it exists.

Dear Mother of Spoiled Brat

Dear Mother of daughter's friend:

My daughter may wear jeans and a black hoodie but rest assured she does not smoke. As a former smoker, it is easy to detect the smell of smoke on one who does. Since you smoke, you no longer have the capacity to smell.

My daughter cried today because her friend is no longer allowed to talk to her. Seems that you, Mother of daughter's friend, found a cigarette wrapper in daughter's friend's trash and have come to the conclusion that my daughter is somehow to blame. Shame on you, mother of spoiled brat who throws herself onto the floor and spins around in circles if she doesn't get her way. Shame on you for making statements about the clothes that my daughter wears. Have you no other basis by which to prevent your daughter from having contact with mine? You should know that she makes all A's and B's and for the love of Pete and is a VEGETARIAN, which I know that you know. VEGETARIANS care about their health and the environment for crying out loud. If anything, my daughter's friendship with yours should have been a positive thing.

To my decent, non-smoking daughter, I'm sorry there are people like her in the world that will cause you to shed a tear from time to time. Be strong because you are a good person and in time, the real source will reveal itself to your friend's mother and then we will practice forgiveness.

Sorry fellow contributors. I had to let that out.

Do you have the need for speed?

If you have a need for speed and to drive crazy then you should not be in Smyrna Tn. We people dont like speeders or traffic violators. Also the Smyrna police dept doesnt take highly to the affect tha you will break the law! I have found a website showing where the police sit and watch for the violators. do go here for alittle more info.

Welcome to boom town

wow an article in the D.N.J ABOUT SMYRNA'S GROWTH

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Smyrna, TN Very White and Very Republican

Meet Neighboroo. According to Neighboroo, Smyrna is 62% Republican and 91.1% white.

The Heat is On

Smyrna wins another game. Friday night, the Bulldogs took on Coffee County. The final score was 47-21.

Next Friday, November 10, the Bulldogs take on the La Vergne Wolverines at Smyrna.

The Bulldogs have already won one game against the Wolverines. Can they do it again?

Read the full story here

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Oh, Yeah, I'm A Winner

Maybe you are too? I keep getting notifications from that I've won laptops and so forth. Maybe you should all email to see if you were lucky?

Power To The People

That's right! Another member added to the This Is Smyrna, TN blog. Welcome Dewayne of ChipTalks. He's got the scoop on things in and around Smyrna, TN.

Interested in being a contributing member of This is Smyrna, TN? Email me at dailydiablogger at gmail dot com. It is an unpaid gig at present time.

Don't forget that Saturday, November 18th is the next Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting which is generally held at Espresso Joe's in Smyrna, TN. 2:00 PM. Plan to be there? Drop us a line and let us know. Never been before? Come on out, we're a friendly bunch.

Saturday, November 4th, Wilderness Walk

Sharp Springs Natural Area is one of the most beautiful parks in the Smyrna area. On Saturday, the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department will host a nature walk from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM. There will be


Meet at the Patti King O'Connor Pavillion off the Jeffereson Pike Entrance.

Contact Jeff Marler at 459-9742 ext. 2622.
Thanks to the Smyrna Town Center for the above information and to the Parks and Recreation Department for all the great things they do for the town.

La Vergne driver license station now open

Great news for the Northern Rutherford county area. go here to read more


There is a meeting tonight at the Smyrna town hall at 7pm and there is going to be alot of talk about development. Here is a list of what is being talked about.

70-year-old woman killed in car-train collision in Smyrna

A fatal wreck today in Smyrna where a 70 year old woman died. go and read more at D.N.J

Traffic lights needed, part two

Reading Kathy T's last post, I realized there is another place in Smyrna that needs a traffic signal.

A light is definitely needed at the intersection of Motlow College Dr and Sam Ridley. For those of you wondering, yes this is the entrance to the Smryna YMCA. Across the street there is an entrance to a subdivision of homes that I'm sure could benefit from the addition of a traffic signal here.

Traffic on Sam Ridley goes at a good clip at most times of the days. Also with the shorter left turn lanes and lack of a light, it can make turning left into the Y at a busy time of day a bit precarious. Heaven forbid there be a few cars in front of you and no room for you to get into the protected left turn lane on either side of the road--either for the Y or the subdivision.

A light is definitely needed here. So if any of our city leaders are reading this, consider this the voice of one citizen asking for your help in this matter.

The Placement of Traffic Lights

We've all driven down Murfreesboro Road between LaVergne and Smyrna. Right after the Sam Ridley Parkway intersection is a road the T's into Murfreesboro Rd., Jefferson Pike. That's a very busy intersection, with people always trying to hop across M'boro Rd. as they turn toward LaVergne. This morning, there was a nasty wreck at that intersection, with two firetrucks, at least six patrol cars, and countless cars slowing down and shifting lanes as required by state law.

Further down the road is a bright, shiny new traffic light that allows streams of cars to safely enter onto Murfreesboro Road from the airport. Only, there are rarely cars at that intersection. I have seen a handful since the light has gone up, but again, it's very rare. I know the traffic light must have been either a price that Smyrna had to pay to get more airport grant money, or it could have been paid by a grant to build that beautiful, but lonely, entrance to the airport.

There are horrible crashes just a jigg up from that light. My concern is that this is a basic problem of government bureacracy - we sometimes get wonderful things, but more times than not, those things would be better used elsewhere. Do you think after all the feds or state officials make their inspections, etc., we could move that light up the road a bit to where it's really needed?

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Contribute to the Smyrna, TN Blog

Can't let Mark have all the fun. Would you like to contribute to the Smyrna, TN blog? Email me at dailydiablogger at gmail dot com.

November 18th Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting

Planning on being there? Let me know. Venue? What would you like. Generally we meet at Espresso Joe's in Smyrna, TN at around 2:00 PM. Still working for everyone? Drop me a line.

What's Going On In the World?

Has anyone heard about the bomb that went off at Paypal in California yesterday?

How about the reporters killed in Mexico?

I've noticed that Google has ads running for iptv experts. Oooohhh... This interests me to no ends. Go Google. I want to ditch the cable completely!

Smyrna, TN Shout Outs

Shout out to Amy of Bad Bad Ivy for her Granny video being picked on by Channel 5. Way to go.

Congrats to Mark of Drama Llama for exercising his right to vote for the very first time.

Friday is the second Blogger Bunco get together. Shout out to Malia for starting this and shout out to the lovely host, Kat Coble.

Did I miss anyone? Let me know.

So I Voted

I did. I hate the party system. That's all I'm going to say on this.

Mother saves herself, children from Smyrna house fire

A mother last night had the fright of her night on Halloween and its not a good outcome, at least for the house. Everyone is fine thank god but the house doesnt look so good. go to the D.N.J TO READ MORE!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Suggestions For 2007 Halloween In The Park

Halloween in the Park is fantastic, don't get me wrong, but I gotta tell you that I had a really enjoyable time at the movies in the park event that Smyrna Parks and Recreation put on. I think it would be great fun to have a Halloween movie in the park at sunset. Maybe even two screens, one for a scary movie and one for the kids.

What say you, Smyrna?

More Spooktacular Delights for Your Eyes

These people are too old to be trick or treating.

Stop by the J to the A to the G irl's newest blog to see more.

The Flu returns

Like a horror movie villan that will not die, the spectre is back in town.
StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna reported its first two confirmed cases of the flu this fall, an official said.

Human Resources Director Joe Hill Jr. said the patients came through the hospital's emergency department early last week.
Flu shots are being offered several places around town. A call to the health department may be in order for those more prone to the flu.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Murfreesboro, Smyrna airports receive TDOT grants

Good news for the Smyrna airport. Th D.N.J. is reporting this. I think this will help our airport alot and the money will hopefully get more businesses to come here and locate by the airport!!
If you want to learn more about our wonderful airport visit here!!

Did you know?

From time to time I am going to ask you "Did you know?" This will be some things about our great town of Smyrna.

Today's did you know is this......

We have our own celebrity living here in town and heR name is Roni Stoneman. Here is alittle about her from off the internet. ENJOY!

Veronica Loretta "Roni" Stoneman (born May 5, 1938) is a noted bluegrass banjo player and former member of the Hee-Haw gang having played the role of Ida Lee Nagger, the ironing, nagging wife of Gordie Tapp.
She is the youngest daughter of Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman, patriarch of the Stoneman Family, one of the most famous family groups in early country music. Drawing on his Southern Appalachian heritage, Pop Stoneman realized as early as 1924 the commercial potential of traditional music, and carved a career from it. That year, he wrote country music’s first million-dollar seller, "The Sinking of the Titanic." The Stoneman Family won the Country Music Academy’s "Vocal Group of the Year Award" in 1967. After Pop’s death a year later, Roni Stoneman, known as a virtuoso banjo player in both country music and bluegrass, pursued a musical career on her own.
In the 1970s, Roni reached a national audience when she joined the cast of Hee Haw, the most successful syndicated program and country music show in the history of television. She picked banjo and sang from time to time, but it was the character of Ida Lee Nagger that made her unforgettable to millions of viewers.
Roni continues to entertain at numerous state and county fairs each year, and recent appearances include the UCLA Folk Festival, the Florida State Fair and the International Sport Show in Canada. Her CD, "First Lady of Banjo," features various members of the Stoneman family.
Retrieved from ""

Sunday, October 29, 2006


I am so glad that the town of Smyrna and the city of La Vergne will soon be home to
Malco Thearters. This movie chain seems to be one of the best in the Memphis area and I am so glad they are coming here next summer. They say it will be a 14 screen theater and by the pictures it looks like it is very modern and kept very very clean. I havent been to a movie since FOOTLOOSE came out. I will go to this movie house since it is right down the street. What was the last movie you went to see? Visit the website and learn alittle about the new business moving here and when they open everyone come out for the grand opening!!!

Who Am I? Now Who Are You?

I came, I saw, I shot.


Just In Case You Missed It

I understand some are having Flickr problems. Are you? Anyway, here is another great shot from last night's festivities. Oh, and by the way, you know you've been blogging too much when someone asks for your address and your first response is a url.


I Grow Weary Of These Intrusions

For the second week in a row we've received notice from the office at Meadow Wood Apartments that investors will be coming by for random inspections of apartments. Last week we received the first notice on Monday. They came by on a Wednesday. Now, today we receive a letter dated 10/27 and this is clearly 10/29 that inspectors will be going into apartments at random again tomorrow!

How many times can they do this without it being considered unreasonable?

A Second Introduction

Hello! I'm Kathy T. and I want to also extend my thanks to M. for adding me as a contributing author to the This is Smyrna web log. Although I don't live in Smyrna, I do work here, spend my money here, have friends here, and am quite fond of this community. As stated in my profile, I am a girl scout leader, and several of my girls live in Smyrna. I am also heavily involved in my company's Christmas for the Children event which gives a helping hand during the holidays to the kids most in need in Smyrna and LaVergne. I'm very excited about the new stores coming to Smyrna - Kohl's, Target, movie theater, and more! I'm happy to see Raz's here and am anxiously looking forward to Home Depot's grand opening! In addition to spending time with my family and being involved in the community, I am also a realtor. From that focus, I ran some numbers just for Smyrna this morning!

Overall numbers show there is almost a SIX MONTH (5.93 months) supply of homes in Smyrna. This means that technically it is still a sellers market, but once the supply officially hits six months, it will shift to a buyers market. That means that if you are interested in selling your home, you must price it exactly right and it had better be in top condition in order to sell in less than six months.

Under $100,000
There are 8 homes currently available, and 55 have sold in Smyrna since January 2006. There is a little over a month supply in this price range.

150 homes currently available or pending, with 290 sold since the beginning of the year. The supply for homes priced in this range are 5.43 months.

With 143 homes now available or pending, and 266 sold over the last ten and a half months, we now have a 5.64 months supply.

More than $200,000
There are 126 homes available or pending in this price range. Buyers solidly have the upper hand in this price range, with an 8.64 month supply.

So there's a snapshot of the residential real estate market in Smyrna right now! Thank you for letting me share the numbers. It really is a privilege to be allowed to contribute to this site, so I will continue to strive for posts of value and interest.

Last Night's Favorite Photos From Others

Got photos from last night? Let me know. Here are some favorites from others.

From Chip Talks:

New Photos Posted

Today I spent time at the 2006 Halloween in the Park and later attended a Halloween party hosted by the lovely Jag of I'm About To Be Brilliant. There are new photos on my flickr account. There is a link at the top and then there is the badge in the lower right hand of this web page. Check it out. The picture below is my favorite creepy pic. There were some spots that were showing up on some of my pics but not on all. Not sure how to explain them. Anyone got any ideas?

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Mark your calendars

I found this and thought it would be ok to go ahead and post this so everyone can mark their calendars to attend and I know its still early but hey guys we have less than 60 days before Christmas and I havent a thing bought....

Smyrna Christmas Parade
Held at 2:00 p.m., Parade will leave the Soccer Park, travel north on Lowry Street, proceed through town, onto the ramp at Sam Ridley Parkway and conclude at Lee Victory Recreation Park. Contact: Smyrna Town Hall, (615) 459-2553 or email:

A reminder all!!

I want to take this time now to remind everyone to set your clocks back tonight before bed. Fall is now here, so we fall back on the clock and some of us get an extra hour of sleep tonight. As for myself I will be hard at work at 2am while most get to take that extra hour of sleep..enjoy it friends!!!

Friday, October 27, 2006


I want to say hello to everyone and give a great big shout out to M. For letting me have this wonderful opportunity to post here on a wonderful site as This Is Smyrna.

a little about me: I moved to Tennessee in 1980 and then moved to the Smyrna area back in 1984 and remember when things were a lot different back then. Sam ridley was just made into 4 lanes and I remember visiting here and watching Nissan being built. Times have changed and I am so glad to see this town grow. I am a single guy at the right age of 40 and love being around family and friends. I work at the Smyrna skate center as a custodial engineer.

We are going to have so much fun on this blog with the wonderful Mrs. M., Gunner, Elizabeth and Myself. I promise to bring you issues about our town and growth items that I see happening.

Once again I want to say thank you to M. for giving me this oppunity to post here

Time to change the batteries

The Smyrna Fire department has pointed out that this is a good time to change the battery in your smoke detector.

Eighty three percent of all civilian fire related deaths are a result of home fires, and on average, nearly three children a day die in these fires. An early warning can provide critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms double your family’s chance of getting out of a home fire alive, but only if they work.

So, when you turn your clocks back on October 29 make a lifesaving change in your household, change the batteries in your smoke alarms. This simple habit takes just a moment, but is the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire.

I regretfully have the phrase confused in my head.. Spring forward, and fall back, or fall forward and spring back. I just end up waiting for someone to tell me.

2006 Halloween in the Park is Tomorrow

The most anticipated event of the year is tomorrow. Well, at least for me and mine. That is Smyrna's annual Halloween in the Park. Wooo Who!

The Town of Smyrna has more information on their website at but here are some of the highlights.
  • Saturday, October 28th from 3-8 pm at the Sharp Springs Natural Area.
  • Food, Games, Contests, Vendors and Hayrides.
  • Regular hayrides from 3-6 and Haunted hayrides are from 6-8 pm.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Skate Center Rocks - Child Still Sick

I had karate tonight. Second class was cut because I was the only one who signed up for it. Dreary night. I had taken my oldest to the Smyrna Skate Center for the fundraiser. Bigger turnout tonight than the other night. I also donated $5 in Big Orange Michael's name and $5 in mine. Smyrna Skate Center rocks for being so generous.

I had posted yesterday that my son was sick. He was much better this morning and screamed at me that he wanted to go to school. Couldn't send him because, though he was feeling better, he had a slight fever. My husband stayed home with him today. When I got home he seemed much better but after I got back from this evening's festivities, his fever had returned. :(. Hopefully he will be feeling better soon.

My daughter took some photos of tonight which I will post to my flickr account very soon.

I want to say welcome to a new Smyrna blogger. If you are interested in being a contributor to the Smyrna blog, email me. There is a link at the top. This is a family read blog so no profanity, no hate, no evil or malcontent. My goal is to raise the profile of this community. To elevate it and to promote it and the good deeds of the citizens and businesses of this community.

Also, all you young people, I posted yesterday about this blogger scholarship. Check it out.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

What's Shakin', Smyrna?

I got myself a sick kid with a 100.5 degree fever. Joy.

Tomorrow is the Skate for Children at the Smyrna Skate Center. Get your butt over there and check out the silent auction goodies and other vendors that are going to be there.

Looking for contributing members to the Smyrna blog. If interested, email me.

Check out the first ever blogger scholarship! Woot!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting Recap

I would like to give special thanks to Paul Chenoweth of Chasing the Dragon's Tale for inviting the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group to be a panel of experts at Belmont University. On Saturday a group of MTBPG Members met at Jackson's in Nashville for lunch and then went to Belmont.

We were interviewed by the school paper and had opportunity to share our knowledge. If you would like to become a member of the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group, simply come to the meetings. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM. Now, you can listen to the podcast. This is the first time that I've worked on this without Michael so it may be rather large. I'll work on making it smaller over the next couple days. If you have suggestions, let me know. I'm also trying out the internet archive hosting.

Listen here.

I would like to say thanks to all those who came to speak. The following people were members of the panel:

Amy, better known as Bad Bad Ivy, the blogger behind "The Life and Times of One Hot Mama" and "Movin' On Up".

Elizabeth, who in her not-so-copious spare time she occasionally posts on her blog: "The Harelipfrog" and has been invited to post on "This is Smyrna".

, who posts on "No Quarters", "This is Smyrna, TN", and occasionally on "Say Uncle" and "Harelipfrog".

Katherine, of "Just Another Pretty Farce" that is read either by three hundred people a day or three people one hundred times a day.

Myself, of course, who blogs for "This Is Smyrna, TN" (and owns the domain, and .org), "Comment Tater" and "Warehousing and Distribution".

Malia, blogging on "Musings From Malicious", Malia finds blogging an intriguing outlet for the adventures and trials of being a parent and a way to express herself in a grown-up world while living in a decidedly child centered atmosphere.

, who began his Nashville famous blog, Big Orange Michael, close to three years ago with one mission in mind--to meet women.

Shout out to Kathy T., Mark, Chip and Christian.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Controversy Brewing At Smyrna High

There is apparently a controversy brewing over at Smyrna High over a student wearing a shirt that said "Gay Royalty". Now this is a blog and I've a full time job so do your own fact checking... However, sources say that the student refused to change and went home instead. Now that the student is back in class he is the ridicule and the subject of controversy.

According to my sources there is a My Space Smyrna High Forum where you can read all about this. The student has had to endure a myriad of insults including being yelled at in the hallways by those who are less tolerant. Doesn't the bible say "thou shall not judge"?

However, as a parent, whether my child were straight or gay I would not have them walking around with a shirt that says "heterosexual royalty" or "gay royalty".

Tolerance, people and a bit of discretion, please. I don't want my kid advertising their sexual preference on their clothing. What say you, Smyrna?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Country Ham Breakfast this Saturday

The Smyrna Rescue Squad will have a country ham breakfast on Saturday, October 21st, 2006. The cost is $6.

Find out more by calling 615-613-8631.

Located at:
203 N. Front Street
Smyrna, TN 37167

Monday, October 16, 2006

Holiday Shopping Is Just Around The Corner

Many of you probably already know that Wal-Mart is doing away with its layaway. Are you ready?

Black Friday is just around the corner. Get a head start here. Don't forget to support your community and contribute to the Christmas Challenge campaign.

Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group To Be Panel At Belmont on Saturday

Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group will be holding their October meeting at Belmont University as a panel of experts courtesy of Paul Chenoweth of Chasing the Dragon's Tale. Paul has LITERALLY been off the grid this past week.

At 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 21st, the Middle Tennessee Bloggers and Podcasters will gather in the Vince Gill Room of Belmont to meet with students and faculty for a little Q & A...

This event will be streamed to iTunes and I will also try to record as much as possible on my laptop.

There are some members who have expressed an interest in meeting for lunch at Johnathan's prior to the panel. Please email/leave comment or post on the Google Group forum if you would like to meet and head over for lunch. I have no idea where Johnathan's is.

Carpool anybody?

Tang Soo Do Testing on Friday and Saturday

On Friday and Saturday of this week, Smyrna Martial Arts will be conducting their quarterly testing.

Testing begins at 6:30 on Friday and 12:00 on Saturday. The community is welcome to come and watch. There is no charge for this. Come on out and have a great time. Each student gets to break a board during testing as well!

All you stalkers, I'm breaking my board Friday.

Classes and testing are held at:
100 Sam Ridley Parkway
Smyrna, TN 37167

Special Edition Podcast

Live from an undisclosed location in Smyrna, it's a super-deluxe special edition of the Middle Tennessee bloggers and podcasters group podcast featuring Big Orange Michael, M. of this is Smyrna, TN and Gunner.

In this short edition (for us), we talk about the Christmas Challenge being done by This is LaVergne, TN, our own thoughts on the Angel Tree challenge and our upcoming blogger panel this weekend (be there or be square!)

Michael raves about a local business and we all wonder where Gunner is--at least until he shows up late and gets in on the podcasting fun.

You can listen directly here.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Smyrna Skate Center To Host Special Skate Night For Fundraiser

Another night is planned at the Smyrna Skate Center to help raise money for the Christmas for the Children event. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 26th from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Smyrna Printing generously donated printing of over 8000 coupons to take to the Smyrna and LaVergne schools. Mark of Drama Llama has also confirmed a firetruck from the SFD will be there. In addition, the silent auction will be a part of and end at this event.

I also expect Christine Hooper, an Arbonne representative, will be there and is going to donate a portion of her sales to the charity. If you haven't got your spouse a gift for her birthday/anniversary or Christmas you are sure to find something that will please her in Christine's collection.

Thanks to Mark of Drama Llama. Stop by Drama Llama's to find out what will be auctioned.

Smyrna Skate Center
Located at:
1505 Plaza Drive
Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 459-7655
Web Site: