Friday, February 26, 2016

Crime takes no vacations

Looks like the SPD is after some more individuals. Click for slightly larger images

SPD is trying to identify the pictured suspects in reference to an identity theft and the fraudulent use of a credit card at Staples in Smyrna. The male and female pictured appear to be Hispanic. It is believed that they have used the victim’s information to “clone” a credit card and commit this crime. If anyone can identify them, please contact Detective Jason Anderson at 615.267.5433 or (We realize that the picture quality is not optimal, but it is all that is available).

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Be on the lookout

Smyrna is NOT a crime ridden community, but it might seem so by the numerous posts about police alerts. I do these to assist the police. They just pop up regularly, and one thing should be noted. Crime travels, and a quick drive from Nashville to here to commit a crime is not out of the realm of possibilities.

On 01/23/2016, these suspects passed counterfeit $50 dollar bills at Wal-Mart. Suspect one was a white male wearing a tan Native American style jacket with fringe on it. Suspect two was a white female wearing a camouflage jacket. They may be driving a dark colored, 4 door car.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of these suspects is asked to contact Detective Rick Hall at (615) 267-5012 or (615)459-6644.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Raptors in Smyrna

The great Tennessee Air Show posted the following information.
WE GOT THE RAPTOR!!! That's right, for the first time ever, the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor will be performing at the Great Tennessee Air Show at Smyrna Airport June 4 & 5, 2016. This rare appearance by the most sophisticated aircraft in the world is one of just 23 event appearances scheduled for the Raptor in North America this year. 
The Raptor joins the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Breitling Jet Team from France in what will be an unprecedented lineup at this year's show. Seats for this show will not last. Get your seats reserved today

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


The town of Smyrna has set up an online weather alert. 
Join us in the preparedness activity by visiting the Town’s web site and registering. By registering, you will receive information regarding tornadoes and/or floods and what you can do to be ready in the event of a tornado and/or flood disaster. 
Please make sure you register and let’s get ready for the Town of Smyrna’s Tornado PrepareAthon drill on April 8th at 10:00 AM
They also have planned a PrepareAthon for April you might want to get involved in.
Click here to receive e-mails each week of the PrepareAthon Campaign!  
The Town of Smyrna along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is teaming up for the 2016 PrepareAthon. America’s PrepareAthon! is a national, grassroots campaign to increase individual and community preparedness and strength through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. Throughout the year, schools, universities, houses of worship, businesses, and civic organizations across the country are organizing PrepareAthon Days in their communities to discuss, practice, and train for relevant hazards. These events and activities often happen at times when disasters are most likely to occur, or in conjunction with existing events, or weather awareness weeks. 
The Town of Smyrna hopes that this PrepareAthon will help citizens' families, work places, schools, houses of worship and community organizations to take the steps needed to be prepared in the event of a tornado and/or flood disaster.  Emergency preparedness is every citizen’s responsibility.    
On February 18th, we will start sharing safety preparedness information. Join us in the preparedness activity by clicking here to register.  By registering, you will receive information regarding tornadoes and/or floods and what you can do to be ready in the event of a tornado and/or flood disaster.  
Please make sure you register and let’s get ready for the Town of Smyrna’s Tornado PrepareAthon drill on April 8th at 10:00 AM. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Spread the word!

It has been over a year, so here goes. To help get the word out about this is Smyrna, could you share and link to the Facebook page or the Blog site?

Snip Snip II

Smyrna is pretty lucky that the efforts of many groups have kept the wild dog and cat population in control. Paws is making an effort to tomorrow with a spay day.
World Spay Day is tomorrow, February 23! Read below to find out what this means: 
"World Spay Day, a day that shines a light on the importance of spays and neuters, and the need for more affordable services, is this Tuesday, February 23. 
How can you help? You can help save animals’ lives, as well as make a positive impact on the community by participating in World Spay Day. 
Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Services (PAWS) is offering many opportunities for residents to receive spay and neuter services for free, NOW FOR BOTH CATS AND DOGS! 
On this day, come in to PAWS, as they will have a great supply of applications and information made available for those who want to help spread the word and/or fill out an application to receive the free service. 
To receive the service, the owner of the cat(s) or dog(s) must first fill out an application by coming in to the shelter or printing one from the PAWS website. They must also bring in a driver’s license or other proof of residency. There are no other requirements or restrictions.
Help your furry friends and the community, by coming into Rutherford County PAWS this Tuesday for World Spay Day. 
For more information contact PAWS or message us on Facebook. PAWS is located at 285 John R. Rice Blvd. in Murfreesboro."


Positions are limited and the camp is filling up fast

A local day camp for the kids that is into knowledge.
Murfreesboro, Tn 
camp STEM is a Middle TN based STEM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) founded on the principle that students want exciting, challenging, and life impacting STEM experiences. The camp is committed to demonstrating how STEM works in the real world by providing hands on activities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 
We believe that students learn best through hands-on experiences and that science learning should be both fun and memorable. Activities are tailored to individual needs in small groups. Advanced learners will also be mentally engaged through sophisticated small group discussions.  We also integrate Groovy Labs in a Box, which blends the Scientific Inquiry and the Engineering Design Process that allows children to create ingenious inventions, enhance critical problem solving skills, and have FUN!

Be on the lookout.

I wonder why Dyson seems to be a big target. Oh well. The police here could use your assistance.

Smyrna PD is seeking information on the pictured subject who was involved in the theft of a Dyson vacuum cleaner from the Wal-Mart in Smyrna. If anyone can identify him or provide any information, please contact Det. Jason Anderson at 615.267.5433 or

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Be on the lookout

With that shirt they should be easy to find.

On 2/7/16 in the parking lot of Target in Smyrna, these two subjects got out of this white car, and stole a purse from another vehicle. Any information on the identity and/or location of the two subjects please call Detective Marcy Gossett at Smyrna Police Department 615-267-5002.

Black History Month at Sam Davis home

I messed up and did not post this when I was planning on posting it for you. There is still the second date open for those interested.

Local Museum Professional to Speak at Historic Sam Davis Home Commemorating Black History Month 
SMYRNA, Tenn. – In honor of Black History Month, the Historic Sam Davis Home is hosting special, free talks on Saturday, February 20 and Saturday, February 27, 2016
Each date will feature two talks on different subjects by guest speaker Ashley Layhew. Layhew is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University and works for the Tennessee State Museum.  
At 11:00 am on each date, guests will hear Layhew speak on “The Life and Legacy of Sampson Keeble”. Keeble was born enslaved in Rutherford County in 1833 but soon became one of the wealthiest African American men in Nashville, serving as a businessman and as Tennessee’s first African American legislator in the 38th General Assembly.  
At 1:00 pm on each date, guests will hear Layhew speak on “The Long Road: The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee, 1860’s-1960’s”. The talk will highlight the work of Ida B. Wells, the Highlander Folk School, the sit-in protests in Middle Tennessee, and the early African American legislators.  
In addition to these two special events, SDH invites guests to visit the permanent exhibit “Recovering Their Story: African Americans on the Davis Plantation, 1850-1925” and take a guided tour of the historic home and grounds. Museum and guided tours are not included, but can be purchased the day of the talks.

The talks are free and space is limited. Advance registration is required to ensure seating and can be completed by visiting

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Registration is now open for 2016 Summer Camps at the Historic Sam Davis Home! Summer camps are open to children ages seven to fourteen. Camps are packed with fun activities that inspire and encourage a love of history and nature.

Regular tuition for each camp is $125. Sam Davis Memorial Association members receive $25 off the regular tuition price. To become a member, please click here. Before and after care is available for an additional fee.

Space in each camp is limited. Click here for more information and to register. You can also contact camp director Alex Collins at or (615) 459-2341.

Summer Camp Session Schedule
School of the Soldier  June 6-10, 2016
Science of History      June 20-24, 2016
Jane Davis Academy  July 11-15, 2016

Enhance this!

I want a minivan. A nice one. Heck. I want one that has those doors that you slide just an inch or so and they auto-shut their self. That would be so cool.

I do have one problem. I simply cannot get the money together to buy one as soon as I want, so I have an idea. I'm planning on building a nice Jacuzzi, and a minivan would look nice in the driveway. So. I and my wife will get raises. I'm not going to ask the boss as they might say 'no'. I'll skip them and go to HR. That'll work just fine.

Sounds wrong. That is how I see the local town government here and their recent way of saying they want more money to work on roads.

The government is one of the few organizations that can get a raise without asking their bosses...we call them voters. They skip the voters and go right to the State government and ask for income enhancements. A nice way of saying tax increase.

If I don't have the money to buy something, than how does it look to us the voters when the government is planning on 'improving' the local town centre, yet has a need for road funds. This is called messed up priorities. It's also called an election year.

If the road is so darn important, so dangerous, then you DON'T spend the money on a better pool or nature center, but on the roads. It sounds simplistic, but there it is.

What is really bothering me is the two fold game of words. They are using the phrase "enhanced" instead of the more honest "increased", and they also are not letting the citizens decide. I understand that you can go talk to the council, but I have only seen one time I feel that someone pointed out how bad an ordinance change would be, and they voted it down due to the voice of the people.

Please email the council at the addresses linked here and let them know you would rather have safe roads over an interactive show on wildlife and a pool. Also ask them to please use the correct term as that is making them all look bad.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Indoor Yard Sale

Come shop at our Indoor Yard Sale. We will have everything including lunch!


With your help, we have identified the suspect from the armed robbery that occurred on Feb. 14th at the Shell Station on Almaville Road. TERRY WADE MCNEESE has been identified and we have issued warrants for his arrest in relation to the armed robbery. He was last seen driving a silver/gray BMW roadster with a black top and temporary tag. He also is known to frequent locations in Smyrna, Antioch and Springfield.McNeese should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the location of McNeese is requested to contact Smyrna Police at 615-459-6644 or your local law enforcement agency.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Snip snip

The local Rutherford animal protection service is offering free male neutering for your cat, and they throw in a nice rabies hot on the side.

Happy Friday! Let's start off the weekend with some free cat neuters shall we? 

That's right. Rutherford County PAWS is now offering free cat neuters to Rutherford County residents, IN ADDITION to the free spays for dogs and cats! The appointment dates will be for March 10 and April 5 only, so fill out an application ASAP! PAWS has a goal of booking up to 100 cat neuters, 50 on each date, so please help us share this post. See flyer for more details. 

*Click the provided link below to see a list of all current opportunites for spays and neuters, and/or to fill out an application:

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Springhouse Theatre Company is putting on a performance of Jane Austin's Emma. A romantic comedy. It starts tomorrow, the 12th and runs until the 28th.

Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters. 
Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like."In the first sentence she introduces the title character as "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich." Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives; and her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray. (From wikipedia)

Tickets are still available, and is a nice way to enjoy the arts and be part of supporting the growing artistic community in Smyrna.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

They want to hear from you

Almost everyone has that spot in Smyrna. Where the traffic always seems to slow, and it looks like the lights/streets/lanes are almost made to upset you. Well now you can take a moment and point directly at that spot and let the Town Government of Smyrna know your feelings.

They have set up a public online spot where your voice should, or at least could, be heard.

Welcome to Smyrna's Transportation Plan public forum. We need your input! Please take this opportunity to tell us where we can improve on issues such as safety, congestion, bicycle and pedestrian travel, transit needs, and other transportation issues or concerns. Thank you!


I figure a close up of the towns favorite source of complaints it seems would fit in nicely, so here is Sam Ridley Pkwy.


Right now they have a workshop scheduled for 2/22 to address these issues.

The Smyrna Town Council and the Planning Commission will hold a joint workshop to discuss the Major Thoroughfare Plan and Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan updates.
Monday, February 22nd at 6:00pm
Large Conference Room at City Hall
315 South Lowry Street
Smyrna, TN 37167

They also have a survey for you to take if you wish to let them know your feeling in a little more depth.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I try to limit ads on This is Smyrna to going out of business sales, grand openings, and charity events...but I do feel one exception will be allowed. GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!!! Do you have a child selling cookies and want people to know about it, then comment here and hopefully some readers will drop by to buy some. I should note that I do not have any children involved in the scouts, but those cookies are so good that they border on sinful.