Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Traffic for the week will be BAD

Traffic will be a bear this coming weekend and the lead into the weekend. Here are the areas and times you need to know about.

Mural Competition submissions

The up coming events for the Smyrna Art Fest includes a mural painting contest. This is separate from the Art Crawl that had submission dates in May. This one has submissions that is in just one week.

Depot District Arts Fest
Mural Contest 
Would you like to contribute to the beauty of Smyrna? Add your talents in a big, big way? Leave a lasting mark on Smyrna?
If you’re answering yes, this is the competition for you. 
Your Artist’s Eye
The subject to paint is “The Town of Smyrna, TN through the Artist’s Eye”. 
Submissions – Paintings must be done on Luan Board/Underlayment in 4’x6′, painted in outdoor resistant paint. Artwork to be brought to the Carpe Artista Training Center Building at 101 Front Street on June 7th or 8th between 4 and 7 pm. 
Display – Boards will hang outside on the Depot District Fence for approximately two weeks for the community to be able to enjoy them during the month’s events. 
Selection – A winner will be chosen and commissioned to work with the Town Management to design and execute a large mural on the side of the Assembly Hall Building.
Best of luck!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Group of Interest in Smyrna

For pet owners there is nothing more worrisome as having a pet run away and you have no idea where they are or what is happening to them. A Facebook group, open to the public, called Smyrna Pets Lost & Found has been set up to help you

They are add free, free to post, and they run a tight ship there for those that need help.
LOST and FOUND pets ONLY!!!
All others will be deleted and/or banned, simple as that!!!
Like this one and drop by to see if you can help.

Don't forget Simply Smyrna

Don't forget that the Simply Smyrna is right around the corner, so keep that evening open on your calendar.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


The Town of Smyrna has 4 job openings, soon to be 3, and you really cannot get anymore local unless you work from home.

Banquet Wait Staff
Smyrna, TN
Part-Time - See Position Description
Category: Food Services
This classification is responsible for providing food service activities to patrons of Town Banquet facility and for maintaining the general cleanliness of the facility. Duties and responsibilities include serving food and beverages to patrons, bussing and cleaning dishes and utensils, and performing general housekeeping and sanitation responsibilities for the facility. Reports to Town Centre Banquet Captain. This position pays $3.00 per hour plus tips.
Posted more than 30 days ago | Closes in 1 month 
Firefighter Non-Certified
Smyrna, TN
Full-Time - $36,029.00 - $39,029.00 annually
Category: Fire & EMS
The purpose of this classification is to combat, extinguish,  and prevent fires; perform fire fighting activities that facilitate the protection of life and property. Duties and responsibilities include responding to fire alarms, extinguishing fires, removing people from burning structures; speaks to citizens and businesses about fire safety; maintains fire department facilities and equipment; participates in individual and group training exercises to maintain fire safety proficiency.  Under close supervision, reports to Shift Captain.  Current driving record To be considered for the position, you must submit a current complete driving record during this application process. You will be...
Posted 1 week ago | Closes in 1 day 
Utility Worker
Smyrna, TN
Full-Time - $24,110.00 - $26,521.00 annually
Category: Public Works / Maintenance / Construction Maintenance
The purpose of this classification is to perform manual labor related tasks for the Streets Department and the Town of Smyrna. Duties and responsibilities include mowing grass in medians, right-of-ways, and other areas designated by the Town of Smyrna; shoveling and looping asphalt, salting streets and parking lots, digging holes and trenches; picking up trash, limbs, and other debris; providing traffic control at constructions cites. Responsible for general maintenance of City Streets, State Right-Of-Ways, Drainage Systems, and Street Lighting. Reports to Supervisor, Streets Department.
Posted 3 weeks ago | Closes in 5 days 
Water Treatment Plant Operator 2-4
Smyrna, TN
Full-Time - Depends on Qualifications
Category: Water Treatment / Utilities
The purpose of this classification is to train to operate and maintain equipment in preparation for State Water Treatment Operator's examination. Duties and responsibilities include gaining experience as a Water Treatment Operator by monitoring plant operations and troubleshooting any equipment or issues, measures and calculate water composition; operates SCADA systems. Under strong supervision, reports to Lead Operator.  Depending on qualifications the starting salary range for: Operator II - Annual $28,313 - $31,144 Operator III - Annual $33,248 - $36,573 Operator IV - Annual $36,029 - $39,632
Posted 3 days ago | Closes in 1 week
Good luck for those looking for fulltime or seasonal work.

Golf for the kids

Golf might not seem like a great summer sport for the kids in your life, but I had nieces that were very active in summer golf programs in their teen years and they enjoyed the heck out of it. With that said, here is some information you might want to know about for this years youth golf programs in Smyrna. It is the First Tee program and it might be what you are looking for to keep your rugrats...spawn...kids that look like the mailman...darlings busy this summer.

The First Tee of Smyrna merged with The First Tee of Middle Tennessee effective January 1, 2016.  Combining the chapters will allow streamlining of administrative tasks and efficient use of coaching resources.  This will allow the development of spring and fall sessions and creating a three season The First Tee sessions at Smyrna Golf Course.

It is getting close to the program time, so drop by here for registration and to find out what you need to take part...besides money. ;)

Summer 2016 Birdie Class @ Smyrna Golf Course
06/06/2016 - 07/26/2016
Monday 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
Summer 2016 Eagle Class @ Smyrna Golf Course
06/06/2016 - 07/26/2016
Monday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
Summer 2016 PLAYer Class @ Smyrna Golf Course
06/08/2016 - 07/27/2016
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
Summer 2016 Par Class @ Smyrna Golf Course
06/08/2016 - 07/27/2016
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
Summer 2016 Smyrna ACE Class (MONDAY & TUESDAY)
06/06/2016 - 07/26/2016
Monday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

If you are interested please contact Joshua McDade at First Tee of Middle Tennessee. It looks like each program costs $58 per enrollment per youth.

Sorry. I cannot say the word 'youth' without this classic movie exchange coming to mind.

If anyone has any questions about the programs, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Thank You! 
Joshua McDade
Program Director @ The First Tee of Middle Tennessee

Friday, May 27, 2016

6th Annual Taste of Smyrna in one week

Another of the established events in Smyrna is the Taste of Smyrna event that offers you the chance to taste samples from a lot of restaurants you might otherwise miss, plus there is a lot to keep the kids busy.

Please come join the Smyrna Lions Club as we host the 6th Annual Taste of Smyrna on Friday night, June 3, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Parking Lot at Stonecrest Hospital in Smyrna. Lots of food vendors will be there for you to taste some of their best food!! There will also be musical entertainment and a Kid's Play Zone. What better way to spend a summer Friday night with your friends and family? Hope to see you there!!!

There is a cost to enter, Sadly not all fun events can be free.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Great Tennessee Air Show

The Great Tennessee Air Show is almost here and it worth the ticket cost.

2016 Great Tennessee Air Show Tentative Schedule

Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5
(schedules are tentatively the same each day)

8:00 AM Gates open, ground displays, Kids Zone, and exhibits open
11:30 AM Show opening
12:00 PM Flying begins with parachute jump with American flag and National Anthem

Performers (please note that the show does not release specific times for each performer)

U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Breitling Jet Team
U.S. Air Force F-22 Demo Team
U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight
U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team
U.S. Air Force Honor Guard
Geico Skytypers
F-4U Corsair
P-51 Mustang
BT-13 Vultee Valiant
Sean D. Tucker
Dan Buchanan

4:30 PM Flying concludes
6:00 PM Gates close

We suggest arriving in plenty of time before the performances are scheduled to begin. Also, please be aware that it will take some time to exit the parking lot after the event and patrons should allow time for exiting.
On May 12th I talked about Smyrna Heart of Grace as the Groups of Interest. They help feed kids for the summer and do a lot of good.

Their main event is almost here and you really should drop by to visit. They put a lot into this annual Yard Sale as it is their only event like this. This is not a small event, as they put a lot of time in before the doors are opened. Well it is right around the corner and you might want to drop by to find some good deals and to help some good causes.

This is their only fundraiser each year so they hope they will make enough money to continue the programs they offer all year long! Every dollar goes right back into the community.  
Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 AM
3002 Potts Crossing, Smyrna

Because of this I really hope you could drop by and see what they have to offer.

More summer camps

Smyrna Parks and Rec dept. has released a large list of summer camps for those interested.

Sign up for Summer Camps with the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center! Three different styles of camps to choose from.

Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center
Summer Camps

Children aged 6-12
Time:  9:00am – Noon
Locations: TBD
COST: $5 per person per day OR $20 per person for all 5 days
Reservations are REQUIRED.

June 27th – July 1st:
Whimsical, Wonderful WATER!
Click here to learn more about this camp, including registration information

July 11th – July 15th:
Critter Camp
Click here to learn more about this camp, including registration information

July 25th – July 29th:
Rock and Roll

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Splash pad, plus something new this year.

The splash pad opens in two days, so make plans for wet fun. Specifically the opening is at 05/24/2016 10:00 AM, barring weather issues of course.

The splash pad will open on May 24th! It offers guests a great opportunity to "beat the heat" of summer in our own backyard and avoid the traffic, crowds and expense of going to the beaches. Splash Pad at Gregory Mill ParkScheduled to Open for the Season on Tuesday, May 24th!
390 Enon Springs Road East
Hours of Operation:Monday - Thursday:  9am -11am Groups and Daycares only                                  You must call ahead (615) 459-9773                                   to schedule your time ($45 fee)Monday - Thursday:  11am - 6pm (Open for Gen. Public Use)Friday - Sunday:       10am - 6pm _____________________________________________New this season at the Splash PadPrivate Evening Rentals6:15pm - 8:15pmThursdays - Saturdays
For more information and to reserve your spot, call Kirsten at (615) 459-9742 ext. 2612 or send her an e-mail.

Renting the splash pad sounds like an awesome birthday party opportunity .

Thursday, May 19, 2016


One of the railroad crossings here in Smyrna is closed. Seems the arms went down and are now stuck in the down position...Ooops!

The release said 
 Estimated time for the crossing to be operational: 10pm Thursday. Avoid this crossing area until at least that time. The RR Crossings at Enon Springs Rd and Washington St are working fine.

Images by the Town of Smyrna.

I like money and free food

Well free if you win the contest.

Smyrna Depot Farmers Market at Smyrna Railroad Depot. 
The 50th person to come through the Market and tell me the "Market Secret", will win a $25 cash card to use at the Market. 
Come by the SiMA tent at the Simply Smyrna Event, Friday, June 3rd 5pm-9pm, and ask for the "Market Secret".
See you June 3rd and 4th!!

Assist the SPD

Normally the releases I post here are for credit card fraud, shoplifting and such, but it is rare that violence or the threat of violence is part of the release.


On May 2, 2016, at approximately 10:50 am, a 56 year old woman was walking through one of the breezeways at the Verandas apartment complex in Smyrna. A black male between the ages of 18 to 25, wearing dark baggy blue jeans and a white sweat shirt ran up behind the victim and knocked her to the ground. The suspect stole her purse and began running toward a black Nisssan Murano that was waiting outside the main gate of the complex. Two citizens that were working nearby, intervened and were able to get the woman’s purse back. The suspect was accompanied by two black males, a black female, and possibly a second black female. Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact Detective Robert Monroe at 615-267-5455.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Programs for seniors

The Parks and Rec department is hosting its first Senior Bird Walk....for Senior citizens that is...not old birds.


Senior Bird Walk
Date: 05/25/2016 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Location: Volunteer Park
Eighth Avenue
Smyrna, Tennessee 37167 
Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center is now programming exclusively for SENIORS!  Join us on our first SENIOR program!  Birds are most active during the early morning hours of Spring!  We'll stroll a wooded path as we search for as many feathered flyers as we can find, using both our eyes and ears.  Bring binoculars if you have them and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Location:  Trail behind Gregory Mill Park - Meet at Smyrna Justice Center, 400 Enon Springs Rd. East
Contact Janet York for more information:  janet.york@townofsmyrna.org  or call (615) 459-9742 x 2616.

Family Campfire

This looks like fun for the kids, and the biting bugs are not out in numbers yet.

Summer books for the kids

The Parks and Rec dept. is kicking off their summer reading program.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Summer Food program

Murfreesboro.com posted on their website information on the summer food program and sites. It looks like Smyrna has three sites.
The RCS School Nutrition department will once again offer the Summer Food Service Program, which will be held Monday-Friday May 31-July 29, 2016. The program will not be open July 4th.Meals will be provided to all children 18 and younger free of charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal serviceThe federally funded food program is provided each year in high poverty areas to ensure area children have access to a proper nutrition while school is not in session.

Three job listings in one day

Looks like La Tavola Ristorante Italiano on Front Street is also looking to hire.

Not sure how many positions need filling, but you never know until you apply.

Hello Everyone!
We are currently looking for full or part time servers.
An ABC card will be required. Knowledge of Italian food is a plus but not necessary. Please give us a call with any questions.
Also looking for part time or full time dishwasher

Another job listing

Our local Panera Bread is looking for people to fill some positions. Not sure how long they will be hiring, so apply soon. This also looks like a good job for the summer when classes are out. Good Luck.

Panera Bread Smyrna - Line Cook, Prep Cook, Cashier Oppty's-NOW HIRING (499 Chaney Road) 


Join the Fast-Paced Fun at Panera Bread!
Full-time and Part-time Opportunities available at:
499 Chaney Road - Smyrna, TN 37167 

Customer Service Associates
Our customer associates know what our customer wants and deliver it -- fast, accurate and with friendly service. We hear and sense customer needs and keep our manager and fellow team members informed. We take pride in every aspect of our work and perform it with energy and enthusiasm. We are strong team players, with a commitment to continuous learning, who provide quality service and products to our customers through true craftsmanship. 

Production Associates (Kitchen Help)
Prepare menu items in a fast and accurate manner
Contribute to a positive team-work environment
Are committed to providing quality service
Enjoys working behind the scenes
Understands the value of providing true craftsmanship

We offer our teams a place where we take care of you, your family and your community!
Flexibility in your work schedule
Variety of health and related benefits
A rewarding place to work that gives back to all
Wholesome food
Paid vacation
KinderCare tuition discounts
Family tuition discounts with College for America
Discounted meals during your shift

Customer Service & Production Associate Job Requirements:
Some food service or retail experience preferred
Minimum age -- 16 years of age
Must understand and practice basic food safety

Job Fair Thursday

While not in Smyrna, there is a job fair planned for Thursday in Antioch.

This Thursday Advantage Solutions is hosting a job fair at the Antioch Goodwill center. We are conducting interviews and hiring people right there!  

To learn more please call or email me right away to secure your spot!!! 

Must have weekend availability, be over 18, able to stand up-to 6 hours, and able to interact with the public.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Event reminder

As reservations are required, I am giving a second heads up on this fun kids event. Call and reserve today.

Recreation and Reading
We’re kicking off Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center’s Recreation and Reading Program—a program designed to get everyone active AND actively reading!  At each “Recreational Reading” Program, we will read, create, and play. 
Today’s two-hour program is all about astronauts. We will have an interactive read-aloud, create a craft related to our book, and then go out in the park and train like an astronaut (so be sure to wear your tennis shoes). Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend—regardless of age, reading ability, or physical agility. 
Time:   10:00am–12:00pm    May 21        
Location:  Volunteer Park Volunteer Park Pavilion, 8th Ave.
Reservations are REQUIRED!
Contact Valerie Lay:  valerie.lay@townofsmyrna.org or call (615) 459-9742 x 2620.

Groups of Interest in Smyrna

One good thing about Smyrna is the fact there are people active to keep the history alive in Smyrna. One of these groups are the Friends of the Johns-King House (Liberty Hill)

They describe their groups as..

Welcome to the Friends of the Johns-King House. Built in 1807 by prominent Tennessee political figure - Col. Robert Weakley, (Weakley County TN). The historic Johns-King Home is likely the oldest surviving private home in modern day Smyrna, TN. The house was a witness structure to the Cherokee Trail of Tears of 1838, and a Confederate hospital during the Civil War. The Friends of the Johns-King House is a Tennessee state chartered non-profit organization, formed for the purpose of promoting the purchase, restoration, and preservation of the property as an educational resource and to encourage the future development of this very historic home as a historical interpretive center for northern Rutherford County and Smyrna TN.
Drop by and see what is happening to this historical site.

Friday, May 13, 2016

A local summer camp

 Here is one of the local summer camps that is happening here in Smyrna.



Sign up now 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.
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

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I was viewing the stats for the blogspot part of the This is Smyrna websites, and one of the items the stats shows are search words. Now for the most part they all look like nice words to find our community online...but what the feck people!

  • dates of carnival in smyrna tn
  • mother's day specials smyrna tn
  • new businesses coming to smyrna tn
  • simply smyrna 2016
  • smyrna tn
  • was there ever nuclear plant in smyrna, tn
  • when is the carnival on sam ridley smryna tn going to open
  • willie's wet spot smyrna
I'm not sure what I posted in the past that would drive "was there ever [a] nuclear plant in smyrna, tn" searches my way.

So let the information go forth that Smyrna, is nuclear free....but that is what they would want you to believe.


A message from the Smyrna Town government.
Come join us at 530 today at Smyrna Event Center (formerly Smyrna Town Centre) for a come-and-go Public Open House to share your views about what needs to happen along Lowry Street! Spread the word!

Tri Star Music and Arts Festival

A nice community event is going to be happening next month, and it looks like it might be real fun to go see. Being hosted by Smyrna Arts, it looks like they have a nice lineup of performers.

Tri Star Music and Arts Festival featuring:
Cumberland Blue
Everyone Leaves
The Young Fables
Mountains Like Wax
Pocket Science
Jude Smith
The Still, Small Voice
My Politic
Cold Creeks
Native Tongue
The Verge
and exhibits by local artists.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CDT)

Groups of Interest in Smyrna

One of the more impressive groups to me is Smyrna Heart of Grace. It is a non-profit organization that is there for the children, often in ways you might not suspect.

A good example is this post of theirs.

We have added another school to get weekend food! If you aren't familiar with this, many local schools have students that rely on food from school during the week, so on the weekend they might go without or not get enough. We supply individual bags that they can take home on Fridays, with food for the whole weekend. No child should have to go hungry!

They also host a large annual yard sale as a fundraiser.

We are planning on having our annual yard sale fundraiser soon, and are accepting items for it now. It's always a huge one, with a great turnout. If you have any items you would like to give for our sale, please let us know.
Remember, every dollar will go to help local families in need!
This is really a group more poeple should know about. Even if you can only donate items for their yardsale, know that every little bit helps.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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There is a job fair coming up soon and you might find the job you need.

Multi-Employer Job Fair
Tues., May 17, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m 
Labor Finders seeks to fill several general labor and construction positions in Murfreesboro and the surrounding area. Pay rate range varies. Please apply in person. 
Speedway seeks to fill several customer service representative and food service positions in Murfreesboro. Pay rate is $8.50 per hour. Please apply in person. 
YMCA Fun Company seeks to fill 8 child care positions in Rutherford County. Pay rate range is $8.00 - $9.00 per hour. Please apply in person. 
Goodwill is hiring! Join the team and change lives. View current job openings and apply online anytime at giveit2goodwill.org or during business hours at Career Solutions.  
Bring your résumé, photo ID and Social Security card or birth certificate. Dress for success. Be ready to interview. 
Murfreesboro Career Solutions
2955 S. Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37127
For more information, contact our office at 615.346.1818.

Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park are about to start. Here is the flyer for the first one, for the Friday June 3rd show.

I have a reminder post setup already for June 1st to give you time to get the kids ready for fun.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

For the nature lovers in Smyrna

Birds head south for the winter, but they head north for the summer, and there is a program to celebrate their return, and you might learn a thing or two about our feathered friends. These are 2 events, one in Smyrna and one in Murfreesboro, both on 05/14/2016

Smyrna Parks and Murfreesboro Parks are collaborating to celebrate the return of our feathered friends who have flown south for the winter!  Make plans to join us for this festival and take part in the many activities and stations spread throughout the morning.  Fun for the whole family – games, bird hikes, story trail, migration rally, educational activities and crafts.
Time:  7:00am – Noon 
Location:  Fort Bragg Trailhead, Murfreesboro
Contact Rachel Singer for more information:  rsinger@murfreesborotn.gov  or call (615) 217-3017.
Time:  10:00am – Noon
Location:  Lee Victory Park Shelter #2 (by the restrooms and playground)  110 Sam Ridley Pkwy East
Contact Valerie Lay for more information:  valerie.lay@townofsmyrna.org  or call (615) 459-9742 x 2620.

Love me!!!

Our PAWS of Rutherford County Pet of the Week is Star. Star is a 5 year old, American Bulldog mix. She was brought to the shelter on 4/25. View all of the adoptable pets at paws.rutherfordcountytn.gov.

Be on the lookout.

The police are busy today, and have someone else that they would like you to keep an eye out for when out and about.

On 14 April 2016 at approximately 5:32 PM the below shown individual entered the Kangaroo store located at 1880 Almaville Road and made a purchase of a $500.00 Vanilla Visa gift Card and other items using a stolen credit card. He left that location and went to the Kangaroo located at 796 Nissan Drive and purchased another $500.00 Vanilla visa gift card, fabreeze fabric softener and a pack of Newport cigarettes. He used the same stolen credit card to make this purchase. This individual also made purchases at a kangaroo in Arrington TN for over $500.00 and a Publix in Murfreesboro for $801. Anyone who may recognize this individual is asked to contact Detective Allan Nabours at (615) 267-5434.


The Smyrna Police has a self defense class planned that you might be interested in for the ladies.

The Smyrna Police Department will be hosting a women’s self–defense class in January. This class is for women only and it is based on the
RAD-SYSTEM of self-defense. RAD (RAPE, AGGRESSION and DEFENSE) is a self-defense program designed to enhance a woman’s natural desire to RESIST rape/aggression as well as enhance the human natural “fight or flight” response when dealing with aggression. The entire 12 hour course is broken down into 4 separate, 3 hour classes. The course is designed to teach students techniques for physical defense as well as techniques for preventing a potential attack through “situational awareness” and trusting their “sixth sense.” Women will also have the opportunity to test their newly learned skills in a controlled environment during a training simulation with an aggressor.
The dates for the class are May 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th (Tuesday and Wednesday nights) from 6 pm – 9 pm.
Mother/daughter student teams are strongly encouraged.
Minimum age is 12 years old without a maximum age for participation. Juvenile students will need a parent/guardian release.
Cost for the class is $25.00 per household.
For more information about the RAD system of self-defense, you may go to www.rad-systems.com
Anyone interested in taking the January class should contact Sgt. Bobby Gibson at (615) 459-9742, ext. 2536 or via email at bobby.gibson@townofsmyrna.org

Help the local police

The Smyrna Police could use your help in identifying this individual.
On 05/02/2016, an unknown white male stole a trailer from Tennessee Awning on South Lowry Street. The suspect was driving a red and white, small S-10 pickup truck with custom wheels on it. It also appears to have what looks like lawn mowers in the back of it. The suspect was wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact Detective Rick Hall (615) 267-5012

Saint Thomas Mobile Health Unit

The schedule for the Saint Thomas Mobile Health Unit have them dropping by on the following date

Friday, May 13th:  Stewarts Creek Middle School, 9 – 4

Ministry in Motion, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s Mobile Health Unit, is a part of Saint Thomas' mission to help serve the poor and improve the health of disadvantaged individuals and communities. It exists to help provide healthcare to individuals who can not afford it. A faith based institution, Saint Thomas is driven by its Christian principles to help serve those in need.
Ministry in Motion is in service 4 – 5 days a week. If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Kathy Ferrell at kathy.ferrell@sth.org or call (615) 631-7739.

Reminder for the other dates will come two days before their next visit. Thanks all.

Lowry Street Revitalization overlay

The Town of Smyrna is calling for feedback on the Lowry Street Revitalization Overlay Study. They are having an open meeting on what you feel about this and what your ideas on what could be done.

The public is invited to share its vision of Lowry Street in Smyrna! 
Take a peek at the project's Facebook Page:

Now I will admit a little confusion on the subject for several reasons. The first is that I had thought this had been addressed in the 2007 Comprehensive plan. In fact the Comprehensive plan said this
Lowry Street Gateway Strip commercial development dominates the Lowry Street corridor. The numerous driveways, haphazard signage, and scattered parking lots create a chaotic atmosphere. This corridor is important because it is the gateway to the heart of Smyrna and leads to its historic center. Most users enter from the north from the Sam Ridley Parkway interchange or directly along Lowry Street. The Lowry Street gateway should accomplish the following objectives: 
Signal to drivers on Sam Ridley Parkway that they are passing over an important gateway and provide information to direct them to the heart of the town.  
Create a defined gateway at the Sam Ridley Parkway overpass announcing to motorist traveling south on Murfreesboro Road that they have entered the gateway to the heart of Smyrna.  
Establish a streetscape that promotes pedestrian activity.  
Extend the greenway system and provide connection to future Sam Ridley Parkway multi-use trail. Create a more aesthetically appealing and consistent environment that reinforces the identity of the are

They even included photo-shopped images of what they sought for Lowry.

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In fact you can see they even said what type of shrubs as to create "changing landscape as people pass through the corridor."

The images on FB have some desciptions of what they are going to be doing

Our initial work on this study involves first taking an inventory of the study area...see this map (above) of the corridor with the historic districts that lie in the corridor identified. More to come!

Here is another map (above) of the existing natural resources within the Lowry Street Revitalization Overlay Study area, part of understanding what is there right now as the study moves forward.

Take a look at this map of the existing utilities along the Lowry Street Revitalization Overlay Study...another part of identifying what is currently in place in the corridor.
I wish them well. They are going to get a lot of negative feedback. Smyrna rises and falls on how well Lowry looks. The two interchange strips serve a purpose, but lowry connects the two wildly different ends of Smyrna.

The Town of Smyrna, TN, has begun the Lowry Street Revitalization Overlay Study to identify the possibility of a new mixture of uses and improve visual conditions for a three-mile stretch of Lowry Street. Please like and follow this page to provide your thoughts and ideas about Lowry Street and find out about public meetings to learn more.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Groups of interest in Smyrna.

I'm one that does not feel I want to corner the market on Smyrna activities, so in the near future I will be sharing some lessor known  Facebook pages that you might find yourself interested in.

Todays is the Smyrna Photography Club. I will admit their profile image of palm trees and a seaside sunset is lovely,and dang if I cannot find where it was taken in Smyrna. Maybe near Percy Priest. ;)

Not sure how active they are, but every group starts off slow and few in numbers.

Sam Davis home event

The Sam Davis Home is hosting their 4th annual Wine on the Veranda event. They're looking for guests and for people that wish to set up booths.

Sample the wines of the world at the Historic Sam Davis Home's 4th Annual Wine on the Veranda, set to take place Friday, May 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm!
Voted one of the favorite charitable events for the 2014 and 2015 DNJ Ruthies Voters Choice Awards, this is sure to be an event you don't want to miss!

Our generous wine sponsor, Lipman Brothers has carefully selected wines from some of the best wine producing countries in the world, including Italy, France, Spain and more. In addition, guests will enjoy food samples from local caterers and restaurants, live music by Eight O’ Five Jive, and a silent auction.

Your ticket grants you admission to the event and admission for a tour of the Sam Davis Home and Museum on the following Saturday, as well as a souvenir glass for tasting to take home.

A special VIP event will also take place from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. VIP's get a more personalized tasting experience, a Riedel glass to take home, as well as access to the 6:00-9:00 event.

Food will be generously provided by Jim 'N Nick's BBQ, Five Senses, Maple Street Grill, La Tavola, Legend's Steakhouse, JoJo's Fruit Tea, The Hamery, Jo’s Custom Cakes and Catering, and more! Savoy Events Catering will provide samples for the VIP event.

Event sponsors include Lipman Brothers, Sassy Southern Weddings by HYPE Events, Smyrna's Divine Wine and Spirits, Rutherford County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Gil's Ace Hardware, Bridgestone, Howell Enterprises, Raborn Insurance Agency, Bill Hayes - State Farm Agent, Tracey Binkley Group - Morgan Stanley, Franklin Synergy Bank, This & That Vintage Thrift, Hylabrook Antique Mall, Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority, Joi Sherrill - Keller Williams Realty, Barbara Vincion, Bill & Carol Davis, Paul & Cathy Lamb, Dr. Bill & Trish Nash, Ben & Margie Weatherford, and a generous anonymous donor.

To express interest in being a food vendor or a sponsor, please contact the SDH Events Manager at events@samdavishome.org. Tickets are limited and can be purchased by visiting www.samdavishome.org or stopping by the SDH Visitor Center during normal business hours.