Thursday, April 29, 2010

First VA CPAC jobs listed.

The new VA CPAC call center finally has listed some of the jobs on line. The open period for these 77 positions are from :Tuesday, April 27, 2010 to Thursday, April 29, 2010. They will be in Murfreesboro until the center opens then will move to Smyrna. Good luck.
SALARY RANGE: 31,315.00 - 40,706.00 USD /year
OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 to Thursday, April 29, 2010
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0503-05
POSITION INFORMATION: Full TimeCareer/Career Conditional
DUTY LOCATIONS: 77 vacancies - Murfreesboro, TN
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens
Please note this.
WORK SCHEDULE FOR THIS POSITION: Monday thru Friday -- Second shift, until the Mid-South CPAC occupies its new facility in Smyrna, TN. then work schedule converts to first shift.
The time for these jobs are running out so please see if you qualify and apply and I hope you get the job.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

We Build People

This sounds like a blast, and expect a lot of the county candidates to be there glad handing making the rounds.
The first-ever Taste of Smyrna will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at StoneCrest Medical Center. The event, which features a sampling of signature dishes from more than 20 restaurants and a variety of entertainment, will raise money for the North Rutherford YMCA’s annual We Build People campaign.
Participants include BlueCoast Burrito, Breaking Bread, Buffalo Wild Wings, Byrd Dog’s, Cheddar’s, Cheeseburger Charley’s, Cabot Vermont, Coca Cola, Famous Dave’s, Hilton Garden Plaza, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Jo’s Custom Catering, Krispy Kreme, Legends, Living Truth Christian Center, Morrison’s, Mi Tierra, Raz’z, Smoothie King, Thida Thai and Zaxby’s.

Live music will be performed by recording artists modern rock group Beekin, along with singers Pam Vallejo and Tara Gess.
This sounds like it's going to be fun and a place to meet people.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Local school auction

The Smyrna High school sports program could use some of your support.
Smyrna High's Football Team is holding their 2nd Annual Spaghetti Supper and Auction, Saturday, May 1st @ 5pm tickets $5. We had a blast last year with Paul Johns and Ray Lee as guest auctioneers. Donations are needed for the auction. Contact Coach Morton at or Coach Williams at
I pulled this off of facebook, so if you have more details just leave them in comments.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Music at the Mill- The first band

This information was sent out by Scott Stern, the publicist for the Nick Carver Band and I thought you might like to know who will be playing.

SMYRNA, TENN. – Murfreesboro’s Nick Carver Band will kick off the opening concert of Smyrna’s new summer concert series, “Music at the Mill,” on Friday, May 21 at 6:30 PM in Gregory Hill Park. This open-air concert is free and open to the public. Gregory Hill Park is located at 390 Enon Springs Road, Smyrna, Tenn. 37167, and food vendors will be onsite. The “Music at the Mill” concert series is produced by the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department, and sponsored by the Smyrna Independent Merchants Association.

In a little over one year’s time, the Nick Carver Band has become one of the most popular cover bands in Middle Tennessee, performing Classic Rock, Southern Rock, and Country Music favorites while also serving up a dose of original music. Fronted by lead singer Nick Carver, the band has performed at Nashville musical landmarks such as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the Wildhorse Saloon, and Cadillac Ranch; as well as clubs in Murfreesboro, Franklin, Lebanon, Manchester, Shelbyville, and more.

“With their musical talent and energetic performance-style, the Nick Carver Band is a perfect choice to launch our new ‘Music at the Mill’ summer concert series” said Jeff Marler, Athletic Coordinator, Town of Smyrna Parks and Recreation.

“We are excited to make our Smyrna debut by opening the ‘Music at the Mill” free concert series,” said Carver. “We hope everyone will bring their friends and family out to Gregory Hill Park for an evening of music, dancing, and celebration.”

In addition to Carver, the Nick Carver Band is comprised of drummer Mark Cardwell, bass guitarist Taylor Lonardo, fiddler Rob Mineo, keyboardist Michael Sharp, and lead guitarist Jason Tyler.
You can also drop by their Facebook page.

Music at the Mill

SIMA, the Smyrna Independent Merchants Association is sponsoring Music at the Mill this summer. A sort of companion to Movies in the park I feel. Here is the flyer page from the parks and recreation website with information for those interested.

Music at the Mill

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Airport art show cancelled

The airport art show that Christina Cudworth was working so hard for has been put on semi-permanent hold by the airport.

From the bad news email
As John and I have reviewed your proposal, we realize that Art in Smyrna Airport could potentially be quite an undertaking. We also realize that we do not have the mechanism in place to proceed at this time. All of our Airport work is governed by an Airport Master Plan that’s approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the TN Division of Aeronautics. I’ve researched a number of airports and how they handle their art showcases. All of them have an Airport Arts Master Plan (Plan) that delves into the community history, vision and passion, and the art exhibited is a reflection of the community. We feel that our own exhibits should do the same.

Over the next months we hope to draft a Plan for consideration by our Board of Commissioners. We plan to enlist the help of MTSU’s aviation department to assist with writing/designing this Plan. While I would not presume to know how our Board will react to Airport Arts, I would expect them to appoint members to an Arts Commission who would then implement the various facets of the Master Plan.
They included this line.
We believe a well-thought-out Master Plan is the best way to set goals and methods to achieve them so that our community can be as proud of our art exhibits as they are Smyrna Airport.
A government bureaucracy just cannot do something right, they need a master plan to know it is right.

Well I am greatly disappointed and it is only midweek.

Local contest

Regal Furniture Company is having a contest that is no small potatoes
Regal Furniture Company Join our email list at for your chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree through April 30th
That would really make spring cleaning a breeze. Just toss your old furniture and get new stuff.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Candidates forum in Smyrna

The Murfreesboro Post is announcing a forum for candidates for bart Gordons open seat that will be held in Smyrna.
Voters in the 6th Congressional District of Tennessee now served by retiring Rep. Bart Gordon will have a chance to question candidates hoping to win that seat at a forum set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at the Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna.

“This is a chance for anyone in the district to probe those asking for the opportunity to represent them in Washington,” Rutherford County 9.12 Project Tennessee member and forum organizer Mishelle Perkins said.
It should be noted that all CONSERVATIVE candidates who have qualified will be invited, so there is a slant to this forum.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Art Forward

News from the area of art in our town.
Art Forward is having a free art forum every Friday until the end of April. Bring a chair maybe a table and their medium of choice for some FREE studio time. 15 years and up please! Fun and artist fellowship for free!
Where: 701 President's Place Smyrna (next to Tokyo Steakhouse)
When: 8pm-10
Contact: Chris (615)482-3157
If interested give her a call and enjoy.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New offering from 'This is Smyrna'

Craigslist is a wonderful tool and a great example in what the Internet can offer people. To make it a hint easier to use I have gone and added to the left a separate section titled "Smyrna Craigslist" with search link results already programed in. If you wish to find what is for sale in Smyrna just click on the 'items for sale' link and the Smyrna results will come up, so will items in the 'free' link, and job openings and people looking for jobs or offering services.

This way you do not have to go through several pages of clicks to get to the Smyrna specific results that would help you the most.

I hope this helps you and if you find another Craigslist search result you feel should be added please drop me a line.

Do you have teens? II

The Smyrna library could use your children...Honest!
Smyrna Public Library is looking for teens ages 12 to 18 to volunteer for its annual Summer Reading Program.

The library is located at 400 Enon Springs Road West. In addition to reading, the program includes special guests, such as musicians, dance teachers and zookeepers.
For more information, contact the library at 615-459-4884.
This could be a good way to keep your chitterlings busy and out from underfoot.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Do you have teens? I

For those who have teens and feel they might be interested in hosting a visiting exchange student in the Smyrna/Zama sister city program applications are available.
Applications are available for teens interested in hosting a student from Smyrna's sister city of Zama, Japan.
Applications to host a Japanese delegate are available at Town Hall, 315 S. Lowry St., or online at To participate, Smyrna students must be between the ages of 14 and 19 and live within city limits. The application process includes an interview with the Sister City Committee, as well as an orientation.
For more information, contact Peppers at 615-459-9742 ext. 2135. Her e-mail address is or
More information can be found here on the town website.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wow.....this is shocking

I follow the reported police reports in the local newspapers and have noticed the larger crimes that have recently occurred. The robbery of the Raza Latina to the daring ATM robbery. The problem with growing bigger as a town is that the crimes grow bigger and more violent.

I'm glad the reporter mentioned that the employee was back at work.

AARP career fair

For those interested there is going to be a job fair in Smyrna this Wednesday.
[the] AARP has teamed with Employment Guide to offer a “Helping Experience Work @ 50+” career fair on Wednesday, April 14, in Middle Tennessee to aid job seekers in polishing resume-writing and job hunting skills - and connect them with employers who are ready to hire.

AARP Tennessee Community Outreach Director Tara Shaver will present a workshop several times throughout the day on “The Power of Promoting Yourself @ 50+,” which includes tips on creating a personal brand, a 30- to 60-second “elevator speech'' to hook potential employers and tips for “dressing for success.” Times will be posted at the event
Information on when.
Nashville Career Fair in Partnership with AARP
Date and Time: April 14, 2010
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Facility: Town Center Banquet Hall
100 Sam Ridley Parkway
Smyrna, TN 37167 Contact Information:
Email Contact:
Good luck.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Burned BBQ

Bad news Smyrna.
"Around 2:45 p.m., fire crews responded to Bob’s Barbecue on Enon Springs Road West. Fire Chief Bill Culbertson said a grease fire got out of control in the rear portion of the kitchen.
It could cost up to $60,000 to repair is they need to tear down the wall.

We lose the BBQ festival and now this. I smell a conspiracy.

Thanks to Sergio of Dreaming Ink Tattoo for the photograph.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Final county candidates

The deadline has past and the final candidates have been listed on the election commission website.




I will admit I was surprised at the last minute petitions of Tony Campbell for 10, Terry Ward for 11 and Robert New for 12th district. They waited until the last three days to get their petitions, and file to run.

Also we have in our town the position of court clerk to vote on.
That's not all. We have school board and road board...but. I will admit a lack of knowledge on who the road board and school board candidates are as I cannot find a map of the districts. I do not even know who represents my area. The election commission website is a bit bare in a few important areas in my view.

SGN Music Awards 2010

The SoGospelNews is hosting their annual SGN Music Awards Celebration April 13, 2010 at 7:00pm at the Smyrna River of Life church. (no functional website)

It is free and open to the public. If you're in the mood for religious based music then plan ahead and enjoy yourself.

Smyrna River of Life Church
596 Sam Ridley Parkway West
Smyrna, TN‎
(615) 459-2533‎

Thursday, April 1, 2010

ATM robbery in Smyrna

Smyrna has entered the big times with its own ATM robbery last week. I got this video from the SPD and thought you might like to see the ATMs viewpoint of a robbery.