Saturday, February 28, 2009

Transformers: More than Meets the Eye!

In the midst of today's rain a loud explosion ripped through the air.

CrrrraACK-BOOM!!!

My wife spotted flames out our window. A transformer had blown less than a block from us (actually, I think the same location blew apart recently and was repaired) and was happily belching flames into the air, despite the damp weather. Within about two minutes, Smyrna's firefighters were on the scene.



I stepped outside to take a couple of pictures. I was told by one of the gentlemen from the Fire Department that transformers are filled with oil, hence their amazing power to burn... and burn... and burn...



It's probably been close to an hour and it's still on fire. I asked him if they could just drop a box of baking soda in there and be done with it. The firefighter laughed and told me "No, we just watch it and wait for the electric company. They'll let it burn out, then repair it later."

Yes, I know. It's a slow news day.

-DG

Friday, February 27, 2009

BAD NEWS!

The news from the Sam Davis home is simply bad.

Anyone looking forward to showing their skills on the grill or smacking their lips at the Sam Davis Home’s annual barbecue contest will have to find another event.

That’s because the historic home’s board of directors chose to cancel the 2009 Tennessee Heritage BBQ Festival. The event had been held on Father’s Day weekend for each of the last five years and attracted teams from all over the South. The event was popular because of its sanction by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS).

“It’s supposed to be a large fundraiser because it takes a lot to pull off. We just weren’t seeing the income from it with all the work that we put in,” said Anita Teague, the home’s executive director.
This was a big draw for our town and was good for a lot of area businesses. This stings now but hopefully next year or the year after they will restart it when the economy gets going. If not maybe some other local place in town could sponsor it. It is bad no matter how you look at it.

Tennessee Heritage Barbecue Festival link (noise alert)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chicken Wednesday - Day late and a chicken short

Last week I introduced the readers to the idea of a chicken tractor. Well this video for our Chicken Wednesday is a close up of one tractor with details on construction and how the chickens live.



In England Chicken tractors are called Chicken Arks.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Two items not there

The town council's workshop Thursday will most likely be adding two items to the agenda for the March town council meeting.

8.
Consideration of an ordinance relative to the amendment of Town of Smyrna Municipal Zoning Ordinance, Article II “Definitions”, Section 2.020 “Definitions” and Section 2.036.22 “Activity Type-Retail Sales of Alcoholic Beverages”, and Article V “Zoning Districts”, Section 5.052.2 “C-2, Highway Service District”, Subsection B. “Uses Permitted” related to retail sales of alcoholic beverages. First Reading.

16.
Consideration of an ordinance relative to the amendment of Town of Smyrna Municipal Code, Title 8 “Alcoholic Beverages”, Chapter 3 “Retail Sales of Alcoholic Beverages” to add an ordinance authorizing the sale of packaged liquor in the corporate town limits. First Reading.
These two items are the result of the town election and the voters approving the sale of package liquor.

Now what is miissng you might ask? This specifically. 'This specifically' is me complimenting the town on posting online the changes and full text of the Subdivision regulations and the changes.

Now the issue of package liquor sales was hot (and still is to many), and there are still questions on what the new ordinances will look like....but unlike the changes to the subdivision regulations, no text of these are online. This oversight can be changed if you simply drop by this webpage or this one and send an email...or two...or three to ones who might get a copy of the proposed text out for our viewing. It would take just a few minutes and would be a great help to getting information flowing.

small edit. needed to change "tonight" to "Thursday".

Monday, February 23, 2009

March 3rd deadline

The February workshop has announced that they will be concidering for appointment to town councils and committees. This will be added to the March town council meeting. The deadline to get your name in in March 3rd.

a. Appointment of five (5) members to the Beautification Committee to serve two (2) year terms ending 2011.
b. Appointment of one (1) member to the Board of Zoning Appeals to serve three (3) year term ending 2012.
c. Appointment of two (2) members to Citizens for Sister City Relations to serve three (3) year terms ending 2012.
d. Appointment of four (4) members to Parks Advisory Board to serve two (2) year terms ending 2011.
e. Appointment of three (3) members to Planning Commission to serve two (2) year terms ending 2011.
f. Appointment of two (2) members to Project Assistance to serve three (3) year terms ending 2012.
g. Appointment of three (3) members to serve three (3) year terms ending 2012 and two (2) members to serve one (1) year terms ending 2010 to the Board of Adjustment and Appeals.
h. Appointment of two (2) members to the Beer Board to serve four (4) year terms ending 2013.
i. Appointment of four (4) members to Storm Water Advisory Committee to serve two (2) year terms ending 2011.
j. Mayor to appoint one (1) member to Historic Zoning Commission to serve five (5) year term ending 2014.
k. Appointment of three (3) members to Industrial Development Board to serve six (6) year terms ending 2015.
l. Mayor to appoint one (1) member to Smyrna Housing Authority to serve five (5) year term ending 2014.
m. Appointment of one (1) member to Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority to serve five (5) year term ending 2014.
There are a lot of openings, and while most people re-apply as I will, there will be some open seats for newbee's. This will give you a chance to make a difference in town.

A few committes and boards do have some limitations such as this.
Project Assistance Board – The Project Assistance Program was created to provide financial assistance to citizens in the areas of utility services. The board consists of seven members including the Director of Utilities, the Police Department Community Services Coordinator and five members affiliated with benevolent organizations in the Smyrna/LaVergne area. Term of service is three (3) years.
I plan on reapplying for the storm water advisory committee and also have an idea to apply for the Beer board. Why? I feel the beer board might be exapnded to more than the 5 current members if it is given the task of being the regulatory board of the new package liquor sales. If I do not get appointed I will at least have an application in if they do expand in the near future.

The application and information on each board and committee can be found on this page.

Viewing the changes

In what is a lovely turn of events the town of Smyrna has put online in full the changes they are going to be making to the subdivision regulations. One of my biggest gripes was the lack on knowledge and availability of the codes during the 2007 recodification debacle. Now they not only have it online, they have a copy online that shows the changes down to the specific word.

This image that you can click on shows how they are doing it.



They also have several PDF's of material so everyone can be up to date on the changes in full.

Subdivision Regs. Rough Draft
Subdivision Regs. draft
*Additional Proposed Changes
Summary of Proposed Amendments
The copy in the image is from the "Subdivision regs. Rough draft" that had a file titled "messy". Messy my foot. It showed the individual changes and is exactly what is needed in an open government.

This is a great step in the right direction and I'm glad to see it. Thanks Smyrna.



Hello Smyrna. it looks like a lovely cool week ahead. A bit nippy, but not cold enough to make you miserable...

In town news they only have two meetings scheduled.

Planning Commission: February 24, 2009 - 5:00 PM Subdivision Regulations Workshop
Next Town Council Workshop is: February 26, 2008 -6:00PM
In local events

Food
Cooking Up History at Oaklands Historic House Museum
February 24, 2009
Oaklands Historic House Museum is "Cooking Up History" by offering an individual cooking demonstration and tasting where attendees will receive first-hand instruction by Murfreesboro's favorite chefs. Tonight's program will feature the chef from Maple Street Grill. The cost for the night is $25 per person with the proceeds to be used for educational programs at Oaklands. Reservations are required. Contact: Oaklands Historic House Museum, (615)893-0022
Fantasy
The Wizard of Oz
February 27, 2009 - February 28, 2009
Held at the Center for the Arts, 110 West College St, Murfreesboro. 7:30 p.m., Admission: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for children. Contact: Center for the Arts, (615) 904-2787
A bit lite on events this week.

Of course if you have an event or grand opening or something of the sort you wished posted, please email me and I'll check it out.

Bouncing kids

A new kids specific business is going to be opening soon here in Smyrna.

Jeff and Regina Lucas are preparing to open a family friendly entertainment alternative in Smyrna.

Jumper’s Playhouse, an indoor inflatable party and play center, is tentatively set to open April 1 at 6600 New Nashville Highway near Flex Gym and Grand Slam.
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The large play center features an obstacle course, a slide, an inflatable basketball game, an inflatable toddler area, a bounce house and a bounce house with slide.
With the new movie theatre it will become easier for parents to plan fun activities locally instead of having to drive to Antioch or Murfreesboro.

Titans

A Titans player will be making a visit to Smyrna High School this week.

Titan defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch will visit Smyrna High School Wednesday, Feb. 25 for a ‘Titans of Taste’ pep rally.

Smyrna High is a grand prizewinner in the third-annual ‘Titans of Taste’ milk cap contest, which challenges Middle Tennessee students to collect Purity milk caps and emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
The visit is part of a prize that includes $5,000 in health and fitness gear for the school.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tennessee's Sovereignty

For anyone concerned about the various power-grabs and runaway spending by the Federal Government, it looks like there may be some hope. Tennessee is joining about 20 other states in looking at a return to its 10th Amendment rights as a sovereign entity.

These two resolutions were just introduced this week:

HJR0104 - by Campfield

General Assembly, Statement of Intent or Position - Affirms Tennessee's sovereignty under the tenth amendment to the United States Constitution.

http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HJR0104

HJR0108 - by Lynn

Memorials, Congress - Urges Congress to recognize Tennessee's sovereignty under the tenth amendment to the Constitution.

http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HJR0108

In case you're not familiar with the Constitution, it strictly limits the power of the Federal Government. The idea is that the states are better ruled locally by the people that live in them! The 10th Amendment reads "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

If you're interested in freedom and in opposing national ID cards, privacy violations, spending, draconian tax laws, etc., it's a good idea to let your TN representative know your feelings. The Constitution does a wonderful job of affirming individual rights. Getting back to it sounds good to me!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dance! Competition

Hello This is Smyrna! A friend asked me to post this on her behalf. If you can make it, please do!

If you're looking for something different to do this Saturday, please consider attending SpotLite Dance Studio's Third Annual Competition Team Showcase. This is a fundraiser put on by the studio's team to help defray their competition costs. SpotLite is in Smyrna and about 95% of the students are from Rutherford County. Check out the website . . . you might know some of the team. It's www.myspotlitedance.com, then click on "SpotLites."

The team's dancers range from kindergarten up through high school and will be performing jazz, lyrical, modern and hip-hop solos, duos, trios and group numbers. This is an amazingly talented group of kids and they could really use your support . . . the economy has hit us dance parents, too! There will also be a raffle with some great prizes.

The shows are at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 21st, at Blackman Middle School. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Ticket sales are allocated to each dancer and if you don't know any of the kids participating, the money will just be deposited in a general fund and equally divided among the team members.

I promise you, it will be a wonderful show, and who knows . . . it might even get your own kids interested in studying dance, whether or not they want to participate at the competition level!

Chicken Wednesday

Chicken Tractors!

No. While the name might bring forth images of chickens drag racing down South Lowry in souped up John Deere tractors you are wrong....but the image is a bit funny.

Chicken tractors are for people who have a small number of chickens. Instead of a fixed coop, they have a mobile coop. This allows you to move the chickens around and have them 'care' for other parts of your lawn.



This gallery of tractors at City Chicken shows the wide range of sizes and models for those interested...who do not live in the Brentwood clone town of Smyrna. It also shows the neat clean nature of backyard chickens that goes against the worst case scenario that town spoke of when I brought the issue in front of them last year.

They also have a page of laws that shows Tennessee is far behind the home movement to care for, and produce neighborly your own food. Nashville has a very sensible law.

Nashville, TN. Has an unlimited chicken law assuming “No person shall keep chickens within the metropolitan government area in such a manner that a nuisance is created” and are kept penned, no “fowl at large.”
We should feel shame faced that the words "the Nashville government is more sensible then ours" has a chance to be said. I mean come on people! Nashville!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Gang fight at Sharp Springs park

In what could foretell an increase in local gang activity I recently heard of a gang fight at Sharps Springs park in Smyrna that was videotaped. You might want to watch it but the violence is simply horrible. I blame the problem on LaVergne...

A Little Piece of Heaven in Smyrna

A lovely picture from a little known spot here in town.




This week in Smyrna is short and too the point.

Parks Advisory Board: February 17, 2009 -6:00 PM
Storm Water Advisory Committee: February 17, 2009 - 7:00 PM
Board of Zoning Appeals: February 19, 2009 - 5:00 PM
In local events
Pride and Prejudice
February 20, 2009 - February 22, 2009
Held at the Lamplighter's Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Highway, Smyrna. For the Valentine season, enjoy Jane Austen's magnificent love story, presented by the Lamplighter's Theatre. Tickets: Adults-$10, Seniors (55 and up)-$8 and children 4 to 12- $5. Contact: (615) 534-0148

The Wizard of Oz
February 20, 2009 - February 21, 2009
Held at the Center for the Arts, 110 West College St, Murfreesboro. 7:30 p.m., Admission: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for children. Contact: Center for the Arts, (615) 904-2787

Cooking Up History at Oaklands Historic House Museum
February 24, 2009
Oaklands Historic House Museum is "Cooking Up History" by offering an individual cooking demonstration and tasting where attendees will receive first-hand instruction by Murfreesboro's favorite chefs. Tonight's program will feature the chef from Maple Street Grill. The cost for the night is $25 per person with the proceeds to be used for educational programs at Oaklands. Reservations are required. Contact: Oaklands Historic House Museum, (615)893-0022
Well that's it for this week.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A possible Civil War site in Smyrna

A possible Civil War site maybe located right here in Smyrna? Since I moved here in ’99 I have heard from the locals of Confederate grave sites, a hospital, and camp site being just a few hundred feet from my farm. I never thought much of the stories, but, I enjoyed them none the less. Recently a series of event have led me to think that there is some truth to the stories. That first event was the conformation of what I thought was an unrelated story, that of a large cave located on the backside of the hill my farm is on. I’ve found that cave (actually what I found are the GPS coordinates to the cave from the States registry). Near the cave are a series of small half moon shaped rock walls, which leads me to the next event, I viewed a painting of a Civil War camp in which the tents had the same small rock walls around them. I told this to one of those locals and he told me that there is an artesian well near the camp and that the Confederate soldiers would harass commerce long the road from Smyrna and Nolensville. So I went back to the site and found the well and noticed that the site overlooked Rock Springs Road, which was the main road to Nolensville at that time.
So how where do I go with this? I haven’t much in the way of free time to research this myself, but would hate to see the site bulldozed over without being investigated first. Did I mention, the site is slated to be developed very soon? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chicken Wednesday

This is the premiere edition of "Chicken Wednesday" where I will post a link and quote from a good article on backyard chickens...or post a good video like today.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Change of news already

Nissan has announced the following.

NEW YORK — Nissan says it has no plans for additional job cuts in the U.S. following its announcement of 20,000 job cuts worldwide.

Nissan North America spokesman Alan Buddendeck says the company has made the cuts it needs and does not expect “extensive further job actions” in the U.S.
This will make a lot of people in Smyrna happy.

Council agenda

For those who might be interested here is the town councils agenda for the February 10th meeting this month.

2009-02.10TCA




Hello Smyrna how the heck are you doing this fine Monday? Not counting the people who work at Nissan who likely will be suffering a long year until final figures are given out on layoffs I hope most of you are having a good day.

I'm an odd critter. I've never suffered from the "Mondays". I enjoy the start of a week. My bad day is almost always Thursday. The day you say "@^$#^#$ I still have another day to go before the delight of a restful weekend". Thursdays suck, Mondays are cool.

Let's get down to business. The business of town meetings

Project Assistance: February 10, 2009 -5:00PM
Next Town Council Meeting is: February 10, 2009 - 6:00 PM
Just two meetings this week.

Locally we have the following

History I
Century Farm Spotlight: The Butler Farm Program
February 12, 2009
Held at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, 225 West College Street, Murfreesboro. 7:00 p.m.,Hear the story of the only Century Farm in Rutherford County founded by emancipated slaves. No admission charge. Contact: Heritage Center, (615) 217-8013
History II
Calligraphy and Victorian Courting Customs Class
February 12, 2009
Held at Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 North Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro. 9:00 a.m.-12 noon. Admission: $15.00, Feel the romance at Oaklands in the 1800’s when sweethearts were chaperoned, candies with printed messages were exchanged between boys and girls, and couples danced at elegant soirees. Home school students, ages 10-14 years old, are invited to attend this special class on calligraphy and Victorian courting customs. Reservations required. Contact: Oaklands Historic House Museum, (615) 893-0022
Theatre
Pride and Prejudice
February 13, 2009 - February 15, 2009
Held at the Lamplighter's Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Highway, Smyrna. For the Valentine season, enjoy Jane Austen's magnificent love story, presented by the Lamplighter's Theatre. Tickets: Adults-$10, Seniors (55 and up)-$8 and children 4 to 12- $5. Contact: (615) 534-0148
Sam Davis home
Sweetheart's Delight: Dinner and a Movie at the Sam Davis Home
February 13, 2009
Held at the Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. $50 per couple, reservations required. 7:00 p.m., An award-winning Audrey Hepburn film will be shown in the Henry King Theatre. Contact: Sam Davis Home, (615) 459-2341
Protection from Rape
Smyrna Police to Offer RAD - Rape Aggression Training Class - Self Defense For Women

Smyrna Tn - The Smyrna Police Department is offering Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) classes in February. The class is free and consists of 4 three hour classes and will be held on Feb. 10th, 11th and Feb. 17th, 18th. These are Tuesday and Wednesday of two consecutive weeks in a row. Class will be at located at 644 Fitzhugh Blvd Fire hall #2 from 6pm to 9pm.
I hope you have a good week everyone.

What impact

Nissan in the last couple of years have had payouts to lower the number of workers. That was when the economy was simply shaky. Now that the economy is suffering a full scale seizure the worst has happened.

Today Nissan announced that there would be 20,000 workers worldwide laid off. As of now the specific site of those layoffs are still unknown, so a lot of people in Smyrna are worried...and rightly so.

A Nissan spokesman in Franklin says the company is not yet saying if its job cutting will include employees at plants in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Nissan spokesman Fred Standish said the locations will be announced "hopefully very soon."

Japan's third largest automaker announced Monday in Tokyo that 20,000 jobs are being cut by March 2010 as the company deals with its first annual loss in nine years.

About 12,000 of the job cuts will be in Japan, including group companies.
That means 8,000 elsewhere and that means Smyrna likely will get hit with a few of those numbers. The layoffs will be done by March 2010, so do not expect massive hits immediately.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Summer camp

The school year is moving fast and some of you might be thinking of what to do with your children this summer. Well allow me to warn you that locking them in the basement for a month or two is illegal...so what then does a harried parent do?

Here locally there is a camp this summer that many might not know about and I thought you might want to know about it. Instead of rewriting what their brochure says I'll just post it here for you to look at.

Youth Inc. 09 Final



This was brought to my attention by Lori at Smyrna Tennessee History & Stuff who told a little of its background.
Did you know that one of the first foreign exchange programs in existence had ties to Smyrna? Interesting, huh? Back in 1950, Allen Dobson (a Nashville banker and philanthropist) started a program called “Hands Across the Sea”. It gave the opportunity to 22 European teenagers to spend some time in the Middle Tennessee area. This experience in American living was intended to promote international understanding and cooperation.

Previously, in June of 1945, Mr. Dobson had founded Youth Incorporated. At the time, camps were held near the current location of the Nashville airport. In 1955, due to airport expansion, the camp was moved to the Dobson’s summer home, Ridley’s Landing. 400 acres of farm land provided an outdoor camping experience for many mid-state area youth over several years.

There are multiple dates for the camp to fit the needs and schedules for all parents...and a lot better then a dank basement.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

If I had no bad luck

When I was younger the show Hee Haw had a song that could describe so well myself and vehicles in the last three weeks.

"Gloom, despair and agony on me-e!
Deep dark depression, excessive misery-y!
If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!
Gloom, despair and agony on me-e-e!"
During the last cold snap about three weeks ago my wife woke to find that her car would not start. Due to that she took mine to work...but never made it. Within 30 minutes we went from two vehicles to zero vehicles. Her timing belt and my battery needed replacing.

Tonight I decided to take Elizabeth out for some Waffle House grub. While there my truck refused to start and after she went and got her car we headed home. Within 4 blocks she had a flat (stem failed). Again on one of the coldest days of the year to date we go from two to zero vehicles.

My truck is likely a vacuum issue that has popped up recently, but it is money that we can ill afford.

If I had no bad luck I'd have no luck at all......

So backwards in our views

I like to describe the current town governments view of our future as the yard down the street. The one kept so neat and clean by the old retired couple... and at the same time rather uninviting in nature. Brentwood-lite is the term I use to bring it all into a nice package.

This sadly has made the town look towards a future that is different than mine. They see the nice parks, the pretty street lights and poles, and the improved services as a sign of their forward vision and success. Normally looking forward means the ability to look at ideas that might seem strange and that is lacking. Cleveland has such a vision.

Cleveland's City Council on Monday approved two measures aimed at reshaping the city's urban landscape.

One ordinance will allow residents to raise and keep farm animals and bees. It's a step, proponents believe, toward finding innovative uses for vacant land.
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Both were passed after intense debate. The "chicken-and-bees" legislation, as it became nicknamed, generated the most buzz, with several council members objecting to the plan. They cited concerns about noise and other complaints urban farms bring.
People want to produce their own food, if not for the price but for the fact they know where it came from and what went into producing it.
The ordinance allows residents to keep chickens, ducks, rabbits and beehives but not roosters, geese or turkeys. A typical residential lot could have no more than six small animals and two hives.
6 chickens sound like a sweet dream. Bee hives sound even better...but I have no idea if the current town codes ban them. Probably does the way they have damn near everything zoned, regulated and controlled.

The current view against urban farming and food production by the town pretty much shots any chance down of reform. Until a major change in council makeup happens the status quo will be viewed as just fine by them...and that is sad.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Early Gardening Suggestions?

Over the fall and winter, I've prepared plenty of space for planting. I have lots of mulch, good compost and raised beds.

But I'm still a little "iffy" on Smyrna's climate. I know some plants can't stand frosts, and others tolerate them.

Does anyone know when I should start my tomato/pepper/tobacco seedlings indoors?

And are there any crops I can put out this month? I read instructions on the seed packages that say things like "This selection prefers cool weather. Plant as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring..."

But the ground here can be worked almost all winter! Does that mean I can plant peas right now? Or kale? I'd love to get something started, but I really don't know when to start. I imagine March would be the safest... but hey, the ground CAN be worked right now, even as I type this...

I'm sure someone here knows! Thanks for any advice.

Forgive me

In the rush that always starts a year I forgot to post online the January/February Parks and Recreation newsletter. Well here it is and I promise to do better.

Newsletter January 2009



I am always impressed with the quality and layout of the parks newsletter.

Have a say

I feel that people should always have a voice when it comes to how are laws are made, and our taxes are spent. Therefore I'm happy to ask you to look into this meeting.

The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking citizen participation in the development of a comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

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Residents are asked to share their thoughts and priorities for making their communities more walk and bike friendly by attending several public meetings, including one from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 at the Smyrna Town Centre, 100 Sam Ridley Parkway East, or by visiting www.nashvillempo.org/bikeped.html or walkbikeforum.blogspot.com.
This is really something that should get your feedback.




Well it really is a lovely Monday and the week looks good for our town.


Beer Board: February 2, 2009 - 7:00 PM (pdf agenda link)
Sister City Committee: February 3, 2009 -6:00 PM
Planning Commission: February 5, 2009 - 7:00 PM
Just three meetings this week and as always I ask for a boycott of the beer board until free samples are given out.

Locally things look better


Culture
Chinese New Year Lantern Festival
February 06, 2009
Held at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad Street, Murfreesboro. 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Contact: Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, (615) 890-2300


Music ( I try to pick free events, but I have a strong love of choral music)
Middle Tennessee Choral Society Concert
February 08, 2009
Held at the Wright Music Hall, MTSU campus,Murfreesboro. The 38th season continues with a concert of sacred music featuring choral groups, organ and brass under the baton of Dr. Raphael Bundage. 3:00 p.m. Tickets available at the door. Adults $10, Seniors (65+) $9, Children under age twelve $8, Free for MTSU students. Contact:MTSU Choral Office, (615) 898-2849
The year has not gotten going full speed yet so things are still slow.

If you have events you wished publicized please email them too me and I'll post them.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tampa Bay Pro Pitcher coming to town next week

Baseball fans get ready to meet one of the locals best Pro baseball players coming up on Feb 7th at the Smyrna Bowling Center.

The David Price Benefit has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Smyrna Bowling Center. The benefit is to raise money for an endowment college fund at Blackman High in memory of Nathan Stephens. Stephens, a former basketball teammate of Price's at Blackman, suffered a seizure and died while playing basketball in August 2007 in Knoxville. He was 22.

Price, a former Vanderbilt pitching ace, was the No. 1 overall Major League Baseball draft pick in 2007. After making his Major League Baseball debut in September, Price pitched in both the World Series and American League Championship Series for the Tampa Bay Rays, getting the save in the title game of the ALCS against Boston to earn the team's first World Series appearance.

A silent auction wil be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be an autograph session starting at 10:30 a.m. with bowling beginning at noon.



Click here for more information on times and ticket prices