Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Can you help the SPD?

The Smyrna Police Department are looking for a young man and could use your assistance.

The Smyrna Police Department is requesting help from our friends in the media in locating a runaway juvenile. Christian Laymon, age 17, 5’00”, 145 lbs., brown hair and blue eyes with a scar on his upper lip, has been missing from his home in Smyrna since Dec. 15th. There is a possibility that he is in the company of his mother Karen Konstantynowics whose last known address is in Portland, TN. Christian is in the full custody of his father. If there is anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Christian please contact Detective Lieutenant Jeff Duke at the Smyrna Police Department at 615-459-6644.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Movies...need I say more?

Another fun event from the Smyrna Public Library this coming Wednesday.

My favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Story. Dare I hope that this is one that they will show?

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Nutcracker Story time

One of the many great events that the Smyrna Public Library puts on is about to happen, and the little dancer in your life is invited. Wednesday December 12th is the day, so get ready for a lovely time.

Please feel free to have your children wear their favorite dance costume!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

No to Anonymous

There have been two comments on this blog in the last few days that specifically were 'attacks' against a Smyrna resident.

This is not the place

It really is that simple. If you have an issue you'd like me to look into please write it out and message me, or email me. If these issues you have written about are worth writing about, please contact me...otherwise you are wasting the few seconds it takes me to delete them, and those few seconds are precious to me.

Long comments that are attacks do not fit in here unless some evidence to back it up with and research. If a person has a beef with someone else making anonymous comments is not the way to be taken seriously. Internet attacks and trolls are not welcome.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

FLUXX at the local library

The Smyrna Public Library has some great events for the youth. Here's one for the 12-18 crowd if your kid or kids are into card games.

Smyrna Public Library
400 Enon Springs Road, West, in Smyrna, Tennessee 37167
Phone: 615-459-4884 FAX: 615-459-2370 
Fluxx 4.0 
The card game with ever-changing rules!
The card game with ever changing rules! It starts out simple, with just the Basic Rule card: draw one card and play one card during each player's turn. But New Rule cards quickly make things chaotic.

Even the object of the game will often change as you play, as players swap out one Goal card for another. Can you get the Rocket to the Moon before someone changes the goal to Death by Chocolate?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Help the SPD.

If you can identify this person please contact the Smyrna Police Department.

The Smyrna Police Department needs the communities help in identifying a suspect in a car theft. On December 1, 2012 at 9:20pm a 2003 Chrysler 300 silver in color was stolen from a convenience store in Smyrna. Video shows the suspects enter the parking lot in a late model white Chevy Malibu. A black female wearing a black and green letterman jacket, blue jeans, tennis shoes get into the victims vehicle and drive away. If anyone has any information on this case or the identity of the subject in the picture we are asking them to contact Detective Rick Hall at the Smyrna Police Department at 459-6644.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mobile Health Unit for December

Here is a local resource you might want to know about. This is a service of the MTMC in Murfreesboro.

The Mobile Health Unit Collaborative is a reflection of MTMC's Mission which calls us to "improve the health of individuals and communities" and to have "special attention to the poor and the vulnerable."  This Collaborative effort helps achieve access to health care, helping overcome barriers and obstacles.  MTMC, as a faith-based institution, is motivated by the principles of Human Dignity and the Common Good.  These same principles are shared by our collaborative partners:  The Guidance Center, Primary Care & Hope Clinic, Saint Thomas Corporate and Community Medicine, and Saint Thomas Emergency Services and Event Medicine. 
The Mobile Health Unit is in service four days per week.  We are available to serve during these hours of operation, and we are happy to answer questions at any time.

For those in Smyrna the service will be local on the following dates.

Primary Care & Hope Clinic
Tuesday, December 4th: Smyrna Middle, 8 - 3

The Guidance Center
Wednesday, December 12th: Smyrna Middle, 8 - 12

After the parade party

In the spirit of the holidays State Representative Mike Sparks is hosting a can drive and you are all invited.
Parade after Party with Representative Mike Sparks and friends. I have an after Parade event planned for Dec 2nd at 3pm at Jim N Nicks to hellp the Food Bank., feel free to drop in, just asking people to bring a can good for the Food Bank.
The event is at 3pm and it really is for a good cause. Food banks are hurting with the economy being as bad as it is and donations lagging behind need. Meet a great guy and make a difference in our community...of course you can always bring more than one can of food if the idea strikes you. Hint! Hint!


The town of Smyrna Invites you to their annual Christmas parade this coming Sunday for those who wish to have fun for the whole family.
The 38th Annual Smyrna Christmas Parade is a great way to begin the month of December.  Folks of all ages will brave the weather to gather along Lowry Street in anticipation of the arrival of floats, drill teams, classic vehicles, bands and, of course, Santa Claus.  “A Special Smyrna Christmas” is the theme for this year’s event. 
The Smyrna Christmas Parade will begin at 2:00pm and end at 4:00pm on Sunday, December 2nd.  The parade will be broadcast live on Smyrna’s television station Channel 3 on Comcast Channel 99 on AT&T’s U-verse system. The program will also be available via live streaming on Smyrna’s website,  

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Can you help the local SPD

The Smyrna Police need your help to find two people suspected of theft and credit card fraud.

The Smyrna Police Department is asking for the communities help. On November 25th a black male and a black female stole credit cards from an individual’s purse at Panera Bread located at 499 Chaney Road. They in turn went to Target at 803 Industrial Boulevard where they used these stolen credit cards on over $3,000 worth of items. These subjects were last seen in a newer model blue Ford Fusion or Taurus. We need the public’s help in identifying these criminals. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Detective Alan Nabours at the Smyrna Police Department at 615-459-6644.

Book fair right now

The Smyrna Public Library is hosting a book fair right now and you're missing it!

Please look at these pictures.

I hope you take a moment and look at these pictures to assist the Smyrna Police department in catching these criminals. Not just because they committed a crime, but more so for the fact that one of them brought along a child...now that pisses me off to no end.

The Smyrna Police Department is asking for our communities help. On October 10th, 2012 two (2) white males accompanied by a small female child entered Gil’s Ace Hardware at 415 Nissan Drive in Smyrna. These two male subjects proceeded to remove power tools from their packaging and conceal them in their clothing. In turn the males proceeded to walk out of the store without paying for the items they stole. They were last seen in a silver four door vehicle with black rims. If anyone in the community has information that could lead to assisting us in identifying these persons responsible, please call Detective Alan Nabours of the Smyrna Police Department at 615-459-6644.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Smyrna Christmas tree lighting tomorrow

The town website and I wish to remind you that tomorrow they will be lighting the town's Christmas tree.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Smyrna’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony is a great way to kick off the holiday season with family and friends. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27th, 6pm at the Smyrna Town Centre on Sam Ridley Parkway.  The festivities begin at 6:00pm.  The Smyrna High School Jazz Band will perform, and children will join in a sing-a-long. The Town Council will “flip the switch”, lighting the Town Centre Christmas Tree.  Santa is scheduled to make a brief stop at the ceremony. Children of all ages can pose for a photograph with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Camp Fire Cookout today

From the good people at the Parks and recreation Department.

Join us this evening from 5:00pm-7:00pm, Sharp Springs Park (Espey Drive entrance) for our Campfire Cookout.

Hot Dogs, Chili, Hot Chocolate & Coffee will be provided, along with campfire sing-alongs  and stories.

Following these activities, children & families will be able to enjoy smores, cinnamon twists and campfire cones over the campfire, followed by a walk by flashlight.  Bring the family and enjoy!  Sincerely, Monty

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nissan Pulls Plug on Battery Plant Grand Opening - Nashville Public Radio

This is an odd piece of news. The grand opening has been cancelled. No photo ops and little fanfare.

Nissan Pulls Plug on Battery Plant Grand Opening - Nashville Public Radio

Mobile Health Unit for November

Here is a local resource you might want to know about. This is a service of the MTMC in Murfreesboro.

The Mobile Health Unit Collaborative is a reflection of MTMC's Mission which calls us to "improve the health of individuals and communities" and to have "special attention to the poor and the vulnerable."  This Collaborative effort helps achieve access to health care, helping overcome barriers and obstacles.  MTMC, as a faith-based institution, is motivated by the principles of Human Dignity and the Common Good.  These same principles are shared by our collaborative partners:  The Guidance Center, Primary Care & Hope Clinic, Saint Thomas Corporate and Community Medicine, and Saint Thomas Emergency Services and Event Medicine. 
The Mobile Health Unit is in service four days per week.  We are available to serve during these hours of operation, and we are happy to answer questions at any time.

For those in Smyrna the service will be local on the following dates.

Primary Care & Hope Clinic
Tuesday, November 27th: Smyrna Middle, 8 - 3

The Guidance Center
Thursday, November 8th: Smyrna Middle, 8 - 12
Thursday, November 15th: Wherry Housing, 8 - 12

The Nutcracker

Our local theatre is offering a holiday classic and it looks like fun for the kids.
This is your chance to see The Nutcracker right in Smyrna at the beautiful Springhouse Worship and Arts Center venue. This special event is sponsored by Lamplighter's Theatre Company and will only be playing for two evenings the week of Thanksgiving.
November 19 & 20 @ 7:00 PM 
Tickets are for Adults are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets for children ages 2-12 are $10 in advance (a wonderful deal!) and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance online through Tickets Nashville or at the Welcome Center of Springhouse Worship and Arts Center on Sunday mornings. 
He only comes once a year. Don't miss it!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wilderness Walk Saturday

From the Smyrna parks and recreation department.

Smyrna Parks would like to welcome you to the Wilderness Walk that will take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 10, from 10am-12pm, Sharp Springs Park, Smyrna.

Enter through the Jefferson Pike entrance and we will be set up at the O’Connor Shelter.

Activity agenda is as follows:

10:00am – 10:30am:  TRPA Fish Presentation and Wildlife Demo Rachel Singer
10:30am – 10:50am:  Wilderness Walk (stroller friendly)
10:50am – 11:10am:  TRPA Fish Release
11:15am – 12:00pm:  Crafts & Lunch Provided

Bring your family out and enjoy! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Local Boy Scout Fundraiser

A local scout troop is hosting a fund raiser this coming Saturday for the local VFW lodge to assist veterans with disabilities and other needs.

In observance of Veteran's Day, the Scouts that are sponsored by Smyrna VFW Post 8422 will again distribute the "Buddy Poppy" at local stores.  On the morning (9-12) of Saturday, November 10, Cub Scouts and Webelos from Pack 842 will hand out poppies for everyone to wear.  That afternoon, (1-4), the Boy Scouts of Troop 422 will also give out these patriotic reminders.  All donations received will go to the VFW, for assisting local disabled and in-need Veterans and their families.

Smyrna locations are as follows:
Big Lots, Advanced Auto Parts, Kroger-Sam Ridley, Lowes, PX-Smyrna Base, Tractor Supply.
The use of poppies as a remembrance of war and veterans goes back to World War 1 and a poem entitled "In Flanders Field".

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bean Dinner this Friday

The Smyrna Lions Club and the Smyrna Senior Citizens are hosting a Bean Dinner this Friday, November 2nd from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Lifepoint Church (formerly First Baptist Church) at 506 Legacy Drive in Smyrna. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $6.00 each. That will get you homemade White Beans with Country Ham, Cole Slaw, Cornbread, Assorted Desserts and Tea or Coffee. Carry-outs are available. Please support these two groups and come out for a delicious lunch. For more info, please call Ed Garner at 615-415-2595.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Missing dog

A reader has had their dog run off and could use your help to find this fine looking animal.
Her name is Abby and she ran off from home on Monday. I live near the Stewarts Creek schools, near seminary, rocky fork and Almaville road. I really don't know how far she might have gone, it's been over 24 hours since she was last seen. 
Abby is a 15 month old chocolate lab, about 60 pounds. She is a little skittish around people but is not mean at all, and will probably run away from anyone getting too close.
Here she is on the left side.
Steve's email is(steve@smyrnaweather.net) and his cell phone is 615 - 579 - 1187 if you think you have seen her.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Reminder for the 27th - Halloween in the Park

Smyrna Parks and Recreation Presents Halloween in the Park Sponsored by Smyrna Gas Department Saturday, October 27th 3pm - 8:30pm Sharp Springs Natural Area Costume Contest Hayrides ($1 fee) Games & Food Pumpkin Carving Contest 70+ Vendors

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall Festival event Friday

I received this email from the director of the local Le Petite Academy here in Smyrna. The La Petite Academy is a large supporter of the Make-A-Wish foundation, and there corporation and individual locations have raised over 7 million dollars to help this great cause. If you have time please drop by, and remember that 100% of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish.
we are having our annual fall festival to support the Make-A-Wish foundation at La Petite Academy, 1212 Hazelwood Dr.Smyrna this Friday night, October 19th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Entry to the fall festival is completely donation based (meaning families can donate any amount they wish to gain entry to the fall festival). We will have games, prizes, and of course a LOT of fun! We also will be serving chili at the fall festival for $3 for an adult and $2 for a child. We are asking for prepackaged baked goods to be donated to our cake walk, those donations can be made at La Petite Academy any time on Friday. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the middle TN chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Thank you for your time and attention!


From the Parks and Recreation Department of the Town of Smyrna.

Join us this Thursday, October 18th, for CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Town Centre Fitness Center. We appreciate your patience during our locker room renovations and want to Thank You with fun, food, and door prizes throughout the day. See attachment for more details.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A bit of the old ultra-violence

Outside of the grocery store, church, and the occasional trip to a restaurant, most people do not take the time to find the fullness of Smyrna. There is so much more to our humble community then being a bedroom town and a historical site.

A good example is violence....yes I said that correctly. Smyrna is the site of a small gathering of fighters and if you make plans, you can go and see people kick the crap out of each other....legally. On the south side of town heading towards Murfreesboro is Hoopstown. Known for the site of amateur basketball and good health, it also was recently the site of a Mixed Martial Arts fight night, and another is planned for early next year. Last year the Murfreesboro Post did an article on the MMA fights that were planned. I missed those fights and this years fights.

Tirado likes to call himself a “hybrid” fighter, in which he could end the fight in many different ways including knocking them out by striking with the feet, knees, elbows or punches or using the ground game to put a submission move and making his opponent tap out. 
He will join several of his teammates from Nemesis Gym as part of the MMA fight card that will take place Saturday night at Hooptown USA in Smyrna. 

This years fight happened in September, and here are two videos from that night. I would warn you that the videos shows violent acts, but the subject matter should already imply that fact already.

The fights are put on by Rival Cage Fights and they already have another date scheduled for next year in February. I know that I will try to make it out there. Smyrna has a lot to offer people and this is just one facet of a rich community.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Violence in Smyrna

This morning the Smyrna Police Department released the following statement.
On October 13th, 2012 at approximately 6:41am the Smyrna Police Department received a call from a neighbor of 1224 Bolton Drive that an eight year old child had come to their home carrying a handgun and informing the residents that his parents were dead. The neighbor secured the weapon and officers on the scene took possession of the weapon when they arrived. Investigation has revealed the parents are Sharon Forbes, DOB 05-04-1978, and Adytia Ramotar, DOB 01-17-1975. (Adytia is pronounced Ah-did-tee-ah.) Detectives have concluded that Mr. Ramotar murdered Ms. Forbes and then turned the weapon on himself. Mr. Ramotar and Ms. Forbes had been married at one point in their lives, had divorced, and then were attempting to reconcile. Two children in the home were of the ages of 8 and 6 and were the biological children of Ms. Forbes and Mr. Ramotar. Another child in the home was a 2 year old nephew that was living in the home with his mother which is the sister of Ms. Forbes. The mother of the 2 year old was not home at the time of this incident. Mr. Ramotar and Ms. Forbes were natives of the country Guyana but were legal residents of this country. The Smyrna Police Department has never had any prior contact with either Ms. Forbes or Mr. Ramotar. The children are in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services and are being prepared to be handed over to family. Our investigation so far reveals the children did not witness the violent act in the home. 
As we were on the scene this morning numerous neighbors came forward showing support and concern for the family and the children. If any additional details come forward I will notify you as soon as I have them. Thank you. 

Right now our thoughts and well wishes should be with the care of the little ones.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Debate online with local people

This is from the Digital Director of the DNJ
Hey, Just wanted to let you know that we’re trying something new tonight on dnj.com. Underneath the livestream of the vice presidential debate, we’ll be live chatting. You can jump in and join the conversation. We’ll start at about 7:45. If you’ve got time tonight and you’re watching the debate anyway, please join in. It’s really easy and it will mean I’m not talking to an empty room.

Drop by and join the conversation.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Halloween in the Park...start making your costumes.

Smyrna Parks and Recreation Presents Halloween in the Park Sponsored by Smyrna Gas Department Saturday, October 27th 3pm - 8:30pm Sharp Springs Natural Area Costume Contest Hayrides ($1 fee) Games & Food Pumpkin Carving Contest 70+ Vendors

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Smyrna Fire Department Open House

The Smyrna Fire Department is also hosting events this coming week for Fire Prevention Week.
Fire Prevention Week is October 7th - 13th, and The Smyrna Fire Department is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in promoting “Have Two Ways Out!” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. 
The Smyrna Fire Department is hosting an Open House Sunday, October 14th, at Station #1, 401 West Enon Springs Road, from 1p.m. until 5 p.m. Join us for educational, family-oriented activities. Residents can learn more about the power of prevention and available technologies to protect their own families from fire.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Free is good, and can keep you safe

It is about to be Fire Prevention Week and a local business wishes to help you be safer...on their dime.
In collaboration with fire prevention week we are having the Enon Springs dept send a truck over to the Batteries Plus location on Sam Ridley where we will be giving out free 9 volt batteries to everyone who comes by. It is also going to be a celebration for our one year anniversary as a store and we are going to be doing free laptop battery analysis and possibly a free CFL light bulb give away to coincide with the battery give away. We plan on having snacks and beverages available 
The date is October 6th from 1-4pm 
Batteries Plus Light Bulbs   
I plan on taking them up on the laptop battery annalysis as I have an issue with one right now. Free services like this is a great way for businesses to draw in new customers, while performing a service for the community. I'm wishing them well this coming Saturday.

Take a moment and push the little button on your fire/smoke alarm, and if it does not wail at you, you have problems. A free battery can save a life...yours!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tilting at windmills

The Lamplighter’s Theatre Company will be performing for the next two weekends the classic "Man of LaMancha"
Smyrna, Tennessee-based Lamplighter’s Theatre Company’s presented Man of LaMancha for its very first major musical in 2005. The show met with enthusiastic applause, prompting one theater-goer to respond, “The impossible dream is seeing community theatre this good!”
Seven years later, Lamplighter’s Theatre Company opens its 2012-13 A Journey of Discovery season with the return of the beloved musical. Roonie Meek and Nathan Owen are back to reprise their 2005 roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza respectively, and veteran director Greg Wilson is back to helm the production once more.
In 2005 our audience was only starting to discover Lamplighter’s Theatre,” Wilson mused. “Those who were there are delighted at the prospect of seeing Man of LaMancha again. Some of the most moving and powerful music ever written for the American stage combines with the timeless wit and inspiration of the story of Don Quixote to create an unforgettable evening at the theatre.”
Man of LaMancha runs September 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 &16, 2012.
This show contains mature themes revolving around the excesses of the Spanish Inquisition. Parents may wish to consider whether young children should attend.
Lamplighter’s Theatre is located on the campus of Springhouse Worship & Arts Center at 14119 Old Nashville Highway, Smyrna, TN. Tickets are available at www.ticketsnashville.com. For more information contact Lamplighters Theatre Company at (615) 852-8499

Here is a performance of the song "the Impossible Dream" by Peter o'Toole in a the 1972 movie of "Man of LaMancha"

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Disaster Preparedness Seminar

Smyrna suffered one heck of a flood in May 2010. It devastated the central area of Tennessee and dislocated many Smyrna residents. It also caught a lot of locals unprepared as few knew how quick things can change from the normal to the chaotic. Stonecrest Hospital is offering to you the chance to get some education on being prepared and it is at no cost to you...free.
Disaster Preparedness Seminar 
Date: 9/13/2012 
Time: 1:30 PM TO 3:00 PM 
200 Stonecrest Blvd Smyrna, Tn 37167 
Phone: 615-342-1919 
Event Description: Smyrna, TN, August 30, 2012 — In recognition of National Preparedness Month, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is offering a free disaster preparedness training class on September 13th at 1:30 p.m. September is designated as National Preparedness Month, which was founded after 9/11 to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness nationwide. The theme for this year is “Pledge to Prepare.” This free training class will help attendees be better prepared for disasters by instructing them on how to develop a family disaster plan, create disaster kits, and the types of disasters that may affect them. The class will be led by T.J. Burke, emergency preparedness coordinator and emergency department RN at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. T.J. assisted in disaster relief during hurricane Katrina and in establishing a relief station at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport. Registration is required. Call TriStar MedLine at 615-342-1919 or visit TriStarHealth.com for more information or to make reservations. 
Directions: TriStar StoneCrest is located at , 200 StoneCrest Boulevard Smyrna, TN. The seminar will be held in the Medical office classroom

Movies in the Park - Friday

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Don't flush...seriously

A fact most people do not know is that while our water is tested for many things, it normally is not tested for drugs. In America over the counter drugs and illegal drugs are starting to show in our water supply.
A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. 
To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. 
But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.
Most people throw away drugs or worse, flush them to keep animals or kids from coming across them, but here in Smyrna the police department has an alternative that is safe, and anonymous ( for those odd pills you found that you really don't want to know what they are).
Drug Collection Box Available Smyrna Justice Center, 400 Enon Springs Road, East 
The Smyrna Police Department would like to announce the recent addition of a Drug Collection Box within the lobby at the Smyrna Justice Center. In an effort to provide medication disposal options for our citizens, this collection box has been installed so these medications may be properly disposed of without causing potential harm to the environment. 
“We encourage our citizens to come by the Smyrna Police Department and bring their unwanted or expired medications for proper disposal” said Sergeant Bobby Gibson. “Items that may be collected are non-narcotics, narcotics, over the counter medications, herbals, veterinary medicines and illegal drugs” added Gibson. Items that will not be accepted at this location include bio-hazard materials, items in liquid form or needles/sharps, unless they are in appropriate containers. 
The Smyrna Police Department would like to thank CADCOR (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County), the Cardinal Health Foundation and the Recovery Support Foundation for providing us with this important tool for medication disposal.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Busy day for the Smyrna Police Department

The Smyrna Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect in a stabbing. At approx. 10:25pm on August 11, 2012, we received a *911 call to 207 Moore Ave, Lot #19, Smyrna, in reference to a stabbing. It was determined the victim, Bryan Effler had been severely stabbed to his arm and through his right rib cage. He was lifeflighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery. He is currently in stable but serious condition. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined Mr. Eli Ian Collier, (50 YOA) was the one who allegedly stabbed him. Mr. Collier and his girlfriend, Sherry Jenkins, unknown white female, fled in a red Ford Focus, unknown license plate. All attempts to locate Mr. Collier have met with negative results. Mr. Collier has outstanding warrants and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information on Mr. Collier or the armed robbery suspect that was emailed moments ago are encouraged to call the Smyrna Police Department at 615-459-6644 extension 5146. Thank you.

From the Smyrna Police Department

At approximately 10:55pm on August 11th, 2012, an unknown white male subject entered the Quick & Easy Tobacco Shop, 1206 Hazelwood Dr., Smyrna, and robbed the clerk with a knife. The suspect is described as a heavy set white male. He was wearing blue jean shorts, a black long sleeve hoodie, sunglasses and had what appeared to be a black bandanna pulled over his face. As he was running away, he removed the hoodie and sunglasses. He appeared to have a short crew cut like haircut. He ran behind the business and behind a fence in the back of the business. It appeared he got into an unknown vehicle and left the scene. He was able to get away with two bags of cash.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Police press release

This is from the Smyrna Police Department.
At approximately 3:45 pm today, Smyrna Police responded to an ambulance assist at 9584 Old Nashville Highway in Smyrna, in reference to two small children who may have died after being left inside a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers discovered two children, ages 2 and 3, 1 male and 1 female, laying in the driveway beside a parked vehicle and the children were deceased. An investigation was initiated and ultimately, the children's mother, Samantha Harper, was arrested and charged with two counts of Especially Aggravated Child Abuse. Harper's photo is attached to this email and she is currently being held at the Rutherford County Detention Center. Other charges may be pending in the future. We are unable to release any more information regarding the case at this time.
I'm not going to put her picture here for several reasons, but the main one is compassion. Comments on Facebook on the pages of the news channels in Nashville have been good and bad, but some are bordering on evil. While the deaths are horrible, the whole story is not known and I'm not comfortable putting her face out for more hatred. I'm going to not follow this much more as after the first flurry of articles it becomes a game of rewording what has been said before over and over. Unless further press releases follow with new material, I'm calling an end for "This is Smyrna" and this horrible day.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Provided the .....what!

I received in the mail today my new voter registration card and was looking over it and noticed something. A sentence that made no sense right above where you sign your name. It read as thus.

"The above is entitled to vote on and after the issuance of this card, provided the"

That's it. Provided the...WHAT! Are we supposed to guess? I could not find my old one, but a call to a relative that still had theirs got me this.

"The above is entitled to vote on and after the issuance of this card, provided the registration has not become void"

Oops! This article said “131,000 registered voters will be getting a new card,” ...I hope they don't have to reprint them.

Smyrna police need your help

WE NEED YOUR HELP TRYING TO IDENTIFY THESE SUSPECTS On July 26th, someone broke into a vehicle at the Sharp Springs Park in Smyrna. The vehicle owner's purse, along with a laptop computer, was taken from the vehicle. Immediately after, the suspects went to multiple locations in Smyrna and fraudulently used the victim's credit card. I have some photos of the suspects as well as their vehicle, possibly a late-model Ford Explorer with a large white cargo carrier on the roof.

We are hoping that someone may recognize one of the suspects or their vehicle. If anyone does recognize either of these people or the vehicle, we encourage them to contact Detective Anderson of the Smyrna Police Department at (615) 267 - 5433.

Fish Fry- make plans

The Smyrna Rotary club has their Wings of Freedom Fish Fry scheduled and you are invited...if you buy a ticket.

Last year the Wings of Freedom Fish Fry raised over $60,000 and we honored local heroes and veterans that helped make our region great. Since 2003 we have raised over $400,000. As our community grows, so have the needs of many local non-profit organizations. The Wings of Freedom Fish Fry helps meet the needs of these local non-profit organizations. This year our event will be held on September 8th and we are honoring women in the military. With your support we look forward to making 2012 our biggest Fish Fry yet!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Guest Columnist Dawn White

Our fourth guest column is from Dawn White. Dawn is running to be the Republican representative for the November election for the 37th state house district.
Lifelong Conservative Dawn White on Obamacare

The recent Supreme Court decision on Obamacare demonstrates that now, more than ever, it is important to elect leaders at all levels of government who have proven track records as conservatives. Barack Obama’s federal government has crept into yet another area of our lives, uninvited and unwelcome.

In light of this decision, we must elect a new president and members of Congress who are committed to repealing Obamacare. Additionally, we need to elect state legislators we can trust to work to prevent its implementation in Tennessee. As State Representative, I will fight against the implementation of Obamacare in Tennessee.

Government can make conditions more difficult for businesses to grow, especially for small business owners who lack the resources to navigate complex regulations such as those under Obamacare. When I first started out in business, I was shocked by the hoops I had to jump through just to hire people.

As a small business owner, I know that Obamacare will have a chilling effect on job creators across the country, and will prevent many small businesses from growing and expanding as they otherwise could. Make no mistake about this: Obamacare is a job killer.

I want smaller, smarter government, not a “nanny state”. My opponent in the Republican primary has admitted that he voted for and supported Barack Obama; I wonder if this was the change he had hoped for.

I saw right through Barack Obama's promises of "hope and change"; I knew he would do his best to force his radical, liberal agenda on our country. This is exactly why it is important to elect leaders who have proven track records as conservatives.

I am a lifelong conservative Republican, and I will not fall for smooth rhetoric and catch phrases. Instead, I will make decisions based upon common sense and conservative principles. I would appreciate your support and your vote in the August 2nd Republican primary.

For more information or to join our campaign, please visit my website at VoteDawn.com or contact me at dawn@votedawn.com.

Friday, July 27, 2012

How-To with Annika: How to Pick Up a Chicken

Sadly our town has decided that Chickens are not part of what should be Smyrna....I disagree of course as 'backyard chickens' could be part of a greater and greener Smyrna.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Guest Columnist Robert New

Our third guest column from a local candidate is by Robert New. Robert is running for the new 37th District and hopes to win the Democrat primary in August and the following election in November.
Robert New RN
 My wife Linda, and I have been residents of Rutherford county for the past 23 yrs. I have been involved in local politics since I moved here. Have helped on several campaigns. Have ran for office in the past. I am currently a member of the Rutherford County Democratic Executive Committee.
I am a Registered Nurse. I have been a HealthCare professional for the past 37 yrs. I have worked in Intensive Care, in the Emergency Room, and Long Term Care. I have worked in Home Health care for the past 20 yrs, I am currently employed by a locally owned Home Health Agency. I have always preferred direct Patient care. This is where I feel I could do the most good. 
It is through my direct patient care with residents of Rutherford and surrounding counties, that I have become aware of more than just meeting their physical needs. My job has taken me into the homes of various socio-economic groups. I have cared for children, but mostly adults of all ages. My teaching has often included making referrals, connecting the patient with the right support groups, being a good patient advocate, and being their voice.  
I have been in the city, suburban, and rural areas, on dirt roads to see all my patients. Although they have various medical and financial needs, they also share many common needs and concerns.  
Our senior citizens and veterans hold a special place in my heart as I've enjoyed working closely with them.  
I am a licensed private pilot, A CPR instructor, a member of of the American Legion. I served in the Army. My wife and I have various interests. We enjoy going to Florida on the Gulf coast, upstate New York on lake Ontario, and over to Pigeon Forge.  
We attend Highland Heights Church of Christ in Smyrna and our oldest son's church, Hillview Community Church in LaVergne. We enjoy spending time with our family.  
What you have to say is important, let me be your voice, I will represent all the citizens of Rutherford County.  
I am running for the State House of Representatives District 37. I am concerned with the direction our state is going.  
The gains that worker, minorities, and women have made are under attack.  
I am committed to protect the rights of the poor, the weak, the disenfranchised, and the middle class. 
JOBS I will work hard to create new jobs. It is time to stop sending our jobs overseas! It is time to put Tennessee first, by giving Tennessee the first change at state and local contracts, so our tax dollars create jobs here.  
Healthcare Affordable Healthcare for all Tennesseans.  
Education is under attack! Our children and grandchildren deserve a good education. Our teachers need to be able to teach without all the added testing. Our children are our future and good teachers are our future also. The single greatest thing we can do for our children is provide them with a good public education.  
The American Dream used to mean something, if you put in a hard days work, you could expect good wages, benefits and a better life for your family. It's time our government served the interest of ordinary Americans again.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Guest Columnist Richard Garvin

Our second guest column from a local candidate is by Richard Garvin. Richard is running to win the August Republican Primary in August to run in the November election for the new 37Th district.

Dear Friends, 
"If you got a business, you didn't build that, someone else made that happen."
These were remarks made by President Obama last week as he was speaking to an audience concerning job creation.
I firmly believe President Obama is out of touch with the American people and the business community. His policies are killing small businesses like my family's medical practice in Smyrna, and causing families like yours and mine to suffer. This is one of the reasons why I will not be supporting President Obama this fall. We have to elect Mitt Romney in November. 
While my opponent seems to have my 2008 vote for Obama as a part of her platform, I've been talking with the good folks in our district about my plan to cut taxes and regulations on our small businesses, hold the line against ObamaCare, and keep our communities safe.
It's no surprise that my opponent has begun her negative campaign against me, but we can't let that stop us. 
Now more than ever, we need your support. If you would like to volunteer please fill out the form on our website or contact Corey@RichardGarvin37.com 
There's a clear choice in this election. We can go down the same road of the same political insiders or we can choose to discuss the issues our families are facing, stand up for God and country, and restore accountability to the capitol. 
During the course of this election Mrs. White has refused to debate, hold a forum, or attend a town hall. Three times she has refused and she continues to ignore the voters of the 37th district. We can't afford to send insiders like Mrs. White to represent us in Nashville when she refuses to even talk about the issues. 
Let's set a new standard in this election where we discuss the issues and share our solutions to the problems. The time for accountability and transparency is now and with your help we will win this election. 
Early voting has begun and will continue through July 28th. 
Stand with me on August 2nd.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Guest columnist Shannon Kelley

Our first guest column is by Shannon Kelley. Shannon is running for the US House district 4. We would like to thank Shannon Kelley for being our first guest columnist from all of the candidates that may end up representing our area and wish you well this coming election.

2nd Amendment - A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing [loss of morals] that we cannot be trusted with arms...?” Two centuries ago Patrick Henry asked this question of us. Even if we cannot be trusted with arms, as some would argue, does the Federal Government have the right to disarm us? William Blackstone, in Commentaries on the Laws states:
"The ... right of the [citizens] that I shall at present mention, in that of having arms for their defense ... [This is] the natural right of resistance and self-preservation when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression.... [T]o vindicate these rights when actually violated or attacked, the [citizens] are entitled, in the first place, to the regular administration of free course of justice in the courts of law; next, to the right of petitioning the [government] for redress of grievances; and lastly, to the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense."

The right of self-preservation or the defense of your life, liberty, or property is considered to be the first Law of Nature (Natures Law or God's Law). This is an inalienable right. The responsibility of Government is to preserve our inalienable rights, not restrict them. Chancellor James Kent is recognized by historians as "one of the two fathers of American jurisprudence". Kent declared:
"The municipal law of our ... country has likewise left with individuals the exercise of the natural right of self-defense.... The right of self-defense ... is founded in the law of nature, and is not, and cannot be, superseded by the law of society."
The founders understood the importance of having individuals armed and trained how to use such munitions in the event that their life or property is threatened either by an individual or by the government. Noah Webster famously warned:
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed - as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword because the whole body of the people are armed."

James Madison originally proposed "the right to keep and bear arms" be added as a textual addition to the Constitution in Article I, Section 9, which is the section of the Constitution that limits Congress's power over individual citizens. Early laws in the Colonies also reveal the necessity of an armed citizenry. In 1623, Virginia law required citizens be well armed before travel. In 1658, Virginia law required every household to have a functioning firearm in the house. In the new Plymouth Colony, 1623, each person was required to have a firearm, powder, and bullets at all times. In the Newport Colony, 1639, no person was to attend a public meeting without a firearm, by law.

Opponents of the 2nd amendment argue that the right to bear arms was meant to apply to the militia, or military, not the individual. The 2nd amendment is part of the "Bill of Rights", the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. Every single amendment in the "Bill of Rights" deals with an individual's right (1st - free speech, assembly, petition; 3rd - quartering of soldiers without consent; 4th - unreasonable searches; 5th - due process; etc.). Then what did the founder's mean when they used the word militia? Richard Henry Lee says:
"A militia ... are in fact the people themselves ... [and] are for the most part employed at home in their private concerns."
Samuel Adams said:
"The militia is composed of free citizens."
George Mason asked and answered:
"Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people.""

When we try to interpret the Constitution, the only meaningful method is to determine how the authors of the law, and the representatives who voted on the law, understood the law. Thomas Jefferson reinforces this method by stating:
"On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was past."

I conclude with some quotes from our Founding Fathers' on the subject of individuals rights to keep and bear arms:
"Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great-Britain, the British parliament was advised ... to disarm the people. That it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. But that they should not do it openly; but to weaken them and let them sink gradually." George Mason
"And what countries can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." Thomas Jefferson
"The right ... of bearing arms ... is declared to be inherent in the people." Fisher Ames
"[T]he said Constitution [should] be never construed ... to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms." Samuel Adams
"A free people ought ... to be armed." George Washington
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." Patrick Henry

Shannon Kelley
Candidate - United States House of Representatives
Tennessee, 4th District
Twitter: @kelley4congress

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Political outreach

It is close to the election and as I normally try to reach out to the candidates. I have sent each in either an email, a message through their website, or a message on FaceBook the following email. I hope they take the time to reach out to the voters in this medium.
I run the local community website "This is Smyrna" (thisissmyrnatn.com). Each election year I try to extend the offer to all candidates a chance to have a guest column on any subject. It would be published unedited, and can be of any length. It would also be published whether or not your opposition decides to take up this offer. 
Simply email it to me and it will quickly be published on the community blog, and notices placed on several facebook pages to draw attention to the column. 
Gunner Miller

Automatic job notices

The new Smyrna website has a nice offering in that when they post a new job, you can set it up to get automatically notified.

Job Email Notifications
The HR Department will be glad to notify you via email whenever any jobs are posted. Please give us your name and email address, and we'll send you an email notification of new postings. You can unsubscribe from this list at any time.

My view on the 37th state house district.

I’ve been a very bad boy and I’m so glad that Dawn White has put me in my place. Dawn White is running for office for the newly created 37th state house district in Rutherford County. To make it to “the final two” she has to beat her challenger Richard Garvin in the Republican Primary in August.

As all campaigns go there are the random slings and arrows shot at each other making claims and attempts to bolster their own views on certain subjects. For the most part this would have not gotten much media play except Richard Garvin made a request/challenge. He openly asked her to meet and they would have a public debate. Now on the surface this sounds simple and straight forward, but Dawn Whites’ reaction made it news worthy. She not only declined, but she stated that “To learn about a candidate, voters should not have to attend a staged event where they will only hear rehearsed political rhetoric and canned answers. “…so no debate.

The problem is that she is having events, and you can hear about them afterwards. She posts about them on her facebook such as “Enjoyed attending CASA of Rutherford County's event tonight”…sadly I’m not in CASA….or “Two great events tonight! It was wonderful to see friends and supporters out and about”…not sure what those are….”Great fundraiser this evening with business leaders and current legislators.”…I guess just poor tax payers like myself were not invited.  If you go to her web page at VOTEDAWN.COM you will find her event calendar totally bare. Why have it if you’re not going to use it.
Her outreach to the voters has been totally lacking outside of comments of going door-to-door, but what her views are seems more based upon how she views Richard Garvin’s.

Then today something funny happened. I found that if you question her you get in trouble….seriously! Her FaceBook page is the only real source of what she is doing and not doing. I decided to try to ask her some questions. In the middle of June I asked her a question about her comments on Richard and if she would have any open events for regular voters. I cannot quote them as they have been removed….without being answered. I found this out when I went to her page and noticed that I had been “unliked”, banned from commenting, and had my comments removed. What!

Now I wondered if I was the only one or if she had closed comments for all, so I asked an acquaintance to check it out. This person is still allowed to comment, but they mentioned something to me that really defines her campaign. Mayor Senna Mosley of Lavergne told my friend that “For some reason they think you are very tight with Garvin? I told her you were a wonderful person and very into politics. Garvin has pulled some very odd tricks on her and they are very careful”. My friend said that ”She told them who I am and that I'm legit. Surprisingly I've not been banned”

I’m not sure what it says about a campaign, or the candidate, that anyone who asks questions is banned, unliked, viewed as some sort of odd dirty trick from the opposition, but it does do one thing for me. It does show how they likely would run their office and how they would interact with their constituents. Dawn Whites campaign has gone full paranoid, does not try to reach out to the voters to answer questions, even seemingly avoiding them by leaving them in the dark, and is undeserving of representing our county.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Movies in the Park this Friday

Smyrna Parks Department is pleased to announce the makeup date for Movies in the Park.  The previously rained out movie Alvin & the Chipmunks 3; Chipwrecked, will be shown this Friday, July 20, Rotary Soccer Park, Smyrna. 

Gates will open at 5:30 and the movie will start at dusk.  Concessions will be open, kids train rides will be on-site and an inflatable game will be set up. 

Bring your blankets, chairs and enjoy the evening with your friends and family!  Sincerely, Monty

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Murder most foul

So far this year Smyrna has been free of murder.  Something that should be welcome news for everyone. Sadly that run of good luck has come to an end today with the discovery of a body at a boat ramp and arrests that followed.
At approximately 2 pm today, the Smyrna Police Department initiated a homicide investigation after the body of a man was discovered at the West Fork boat ramp in Smyrna.  As a result of this investigation, two people have been arrested.
- Ryan Allen Roe (20) has been charged with 1st Degree Murder, Tampering with Evidence and Abuse of a Corpse.
- Christina Rosa Magaddino (36) has been charged with Accessory to Murder After the Fact, Tampering with Evidence and Abuse of a Corpse.
- Both reside at G-105 Ashley Grove Apartments in Smyrna and Magaddino is Roe's mother.
- We are unable to release the name of the victim until proper notification of relatives has occurred.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Indoor grow operation

Smyrna was recently the site of a bust of a large grow operation for marijuana. The police have released some initial images from the building.

A joint agency operation between the Smyrna Police Department, Metro Police Department and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office resulted in the discovery of a very sophisticated, indoor marijuana grow operation at 783 Miller Estates Road in Smyrna.  This operation used a sophisticated hydroponics system that could produce approximately $250,000 worth of marijuana for resale per year.

All materials related to this grow operation were seized and several weapons as well as over $1000 in cash was recovered from the home.

Since this is part of an ongoing investigation, we are unable to release names of suspects at this time but there are multiple charges pending.