Thursday, October 24, 2013

Event reminder

In two days StoneCrest is hosting their big party to celebrate one decade of service to our community. Be there for fun and friends....and BBQ

TriStar StoneCrest 10th Anniversary Community Celebration
Date: 10/26/2013
Time: 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM  
200 StoneCrest Boulevard
Smyrna, TN 37167 
Phone: 615-342-1919 
Event Description: TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center invites the community to a free tenth anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. on the hospital campus. Festivities will include BBQ, music, family activities (including bouncies!) and commemorative photos. “Ten years ago, TriStar StoneCrest opened to a growing community in need of its own hospital,” said Mark Sims, CEO, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smryna, TN. “As we mark a decade of service to Smyrna and surrounding communities, we want to thank those who have supported us and who continue trusting us to meet their own and their family’s healthcare needs.”  
Directions: The event will be on the TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center Campus near the foundations. Plenty of surface parking is available. TriStar StoneCrest 200 StoneCrest Blvd. Smryna, TN 37167 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New business in town

I'm leery about posting new sales positions on the site where you have to have a party or something to sell items. I always get a painful peer pressure vibe from such gatherings. I do on the other hand enjoy the heck out of putting up information on new businesses and new professionals in town.

One such person is Callie Leasure. She recently graduated from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a certified personal trainer, and she is more proud to put herself on her brochure of what she can do, and would like to do for you.


That is a one year difference for her.

She said in an email to me that..
I am a certified personal trainer who has a passion for health, nutrition and fitness.  However, at one time I wasn’t always following a healthy lifestyle.  In the past year and a half I have lost 100 pounds and I still have a few more pounds to lose  I know firsthand what it is like to struggle with being overweight, eating right and exercising. 
I also know what a great sense of accomplishment you get when you reach goals you thought you would never be able to reach.  With my professional knowledge and personal experience, I can help you accomplish those goals of living a healthy lifestyle.  I am proof that it can be done!
She has a Facebook page for those that might want to drop by there.

Her husband is Steve and he runs the website Smyrna Weather, for those who want to know the numbers down to the second.

If you have a need, give her a call.



Meeting about I-24

I'm not sure if the meeting will address the issue of the proposed new I-24 intersection with Smyrna, but some of you might like to know the details of this meeting.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is conducting a study to identify improvements for the 185-mile Interstate 24 corridor from Kentucky State Line to I-75 in Hamilton County. TDOT will conduct a second series of public meetings to present the identified transportation deficiencies, discuss project rankings, final reports of study and receive comments from public and key stakeholders.
The second set of meetings will be held in separate locations in Region II and Region III of the state during October; each meeting will run from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The specific dates and locations of these meetings are listed below. During each meeting, there will be a formal presentation to provide the background and current status of the project. The public is invited to ask questions and make comments during the meeting. Information gathered during these meetings will be considered in the prioritization of potential solutions. Anyone with questions regarding the meetings should contact:
Joan Barnfield, Project Manager
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Suite 900, James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Joan.Barnfield@tn.gov
Phone (615) 253-2418
Fax (615) 532-8451
Meeting Locations and Dates:NashvilleTuesday, October 22, 2013Crossings Event Center5380 Hickory Hollow Pkwy.Nashville, TN 37013
A court reporter will be available to receive oral statements to be included in the project transcript. In addition, comment sheets are available for those who prefer to make written statements. Written statements and other exhibits to be included in the project transcript may be submitted within 21 days after the meeting date to the following address:
Project Comment
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Suite 700, James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-0332
Tdot.comments@tn.gov

The proposed and semi-planned intersection is either viewed as a good thing or a coming social and neighborhood disaster for Smyrna. This might be the meeting where you can give your views on it directly to the state.

Good luck.

So many colored dots.

What color dot are you? This is a hypothetical question as it does not need answering, but I found a website that visualizes the many colors of Smyrna. Smyrna, in a phrase I use, is white bread. Yes there are people of other ethnicities, but for the most part this is a Caucasian community and it is hard to argue against that point.

If you look hard you can find some of the ethnicity that I feel makes a community better. There is a small Buddhist run restaurant in town and if you go there at the right time you will see a metal serving tray out by the bushes. When I saw it the tray had a few bowls of noodles, a couple of bowls of fruit and a small sweet. When I asked the hostess she said it was an offering for the spirits. White bread doesn't do that now days.

There are of course white churches and black churches, but there are also churches populated by Karen refugees from Myanmar. The All Saints Episcopal Church one time they had a great garden behind their church along Nissan blvd that was tended by these refugees.  I’m not sure if they still do it, but it is something to look into if interested.

Now to know they are there is different from seeing them and getting to know them as people. That is a step that is up to you, but you can visualize them through the modern science of cartography…map making. The website "The Racial Dot Map" is something that I find fun to look at and see how the numbers look.

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This is Smyrna broken down with about 25,000+ small dots, each one representing a person. It is pretty close to reality with just a small issue of the Nissan Plant. It seems that they have about 100 dots evenly scattered across the Nissan Plant area...I hope Nissan knows they might have illegal squatters.

The numbers and information used to create this grand map is from the 2000 census. At the time Smyrna had a population of 25,569. We are currently up to 40,000 plus and rising.

Wiki gives the ethnic breakdown as this.

87.23% White
7.82% African American
0.29% Native American
1.21% Asian
0.08% Pacific Islander
1.81% from other races
1.56% from two or more races
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.31% of the population.

Somewhere in this one dot per person map there might be a dot for you. I find the patterning interesting as you can see the fields, the largest apartment complexes, and the general neighborhoods that are going towards a non-white majority.

Take a moment if you wish and find a restaurant that puts food out for the spirits or has food that is hard to pronounce. Find the richness of Smyrna one colored dot at a time.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A decade in a few weeks

Stonecrest hospital has been active and up for business for a solid decade in a few weeks and they are having a party...and you're invited.

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center invites the community to a free tenth anniversary celebration on Sat., Oct. 26, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. on the hospital campus. 
Festivities will include BBQ, music, family activities and commemorative photos. Free parking is available. 
“Ten years ago, TriStar StoneCrest opened to a growing community in need of its own hospital,” said Mark Sims, CEO, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smryna, Tenn. “As we mark a decade of service to Smyrna and surrounding communities, we want to thank those who have supported us and who continue trusting us to meet their own and their family’s healthcare needs.”
It sounds like fun, and as someone that has been in their ER two times in those ten years, I can say the service I received was superb.

Details as follow:

TriStar StoneCrest 10th Anniversary Community Celebration
Date: 10/26/2013
Time: 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM  
200 StoneCrest Boulevard
Smyrna, TN 37167 
Phone: 615-342-1919 
Event Description: TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center invites the community to a free tenth anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. on the hospital campus. Festivities will include BBQ, music, family activities (including bouncies!) and commemorative photos. “Ten years ago, TriStar StoneCrest opened to a growing community in need of its own hospital,” said Mark Sims, CEO, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smryna, TN. “As we mark a decade of service to Smyrna and surrounding communities, we want to thank those who have supported us and who continue trusting us to meet their own and their family’s healthcare needs.”  
Directions: The event will be on the TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center Campus near the foundations. Plenty of surface parking is available. TriStar StoneCrest 200 StoneCrest Blvd. Smryna, TN 37167 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Local job fair this week.

Here is a job fair in Murfreesboro for those that do not mind a short commute to work. It is being hosted by state Senator Bill Ketron.

Rutherford County Job Fair
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Blackman High School
3956 Blaze Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hosted by Senator Bill Ketron
Contact Debbie Mullins at 615-202-9855
I don't have much more information than this, so I wish you luck and hope it works out for you.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Free this coming Sunday

Sam Davis home is hosting their Birthday party with a free day...and you're invited.

SAM DAVIS HOME AND MUSEUM
Celebrate Sam Davis’ Birthday! Visit the Sam Davis Home for FREE.

SMYRNA, Tenn.- Help Sam celebrate his birthday with a visit to the Sam Davis Home & Museum on October 6, 2013 with FREE admission and family fun from 1-4 pm.

Families will experience a day in the life of Sam Davis through games, toys, storytelling, chores, and hands-on activities. Families will learn how to play games such as Graces and Croquet, make a 19th century toy, and learn a lesson from the McGuffey’s Eclectic Reader. They will also have the opportunity to learn about 19th century toys with our “What? No Batteries?” program and hear stories about Davie Crockett and other legends that Sam would have heard and have the chance to practice gathering eggs from live chickens before leaning about the anatomy of an egg.

Free admission. Please contact the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341 or visit www.samdavishome.org for more information.

The Sam Davis Home is located at 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna, TN 37167 and is a non-profit, historic house and museum.  For more information, including hours and admission rates, please call (615) 459-2341 or visit the website at www.samdavishome.org.
Free is good!