Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas season is upon us.

It is almost time for the annual Christmas lighting ceremony. Smyrna has a great activity planned, so get the family together and go have some seasonal fun.

Smyrna’s Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony
November 22nd 6-8pm
Smyrna Event Center
100 Sam Ridley Parkway East


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Why’d the chicken cross the road?

Don't make me mad
This is something I hope gets passed by the council
 Chickens are on the mind of the Smyrna Town Council with several people in town saying the old ordinance is for the birds.
Except for property that is zoned agriculturally, most in town are unable to keep fowl in their backyards.
This is new ground, and councils normally don't like change. This needs to be done.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Help your kids get off to a good start in life

Schools teach math, but often the youth do not understand the money aspect of math and how it can make or break someone. Smyrna is offering up for your kids a class on money management.

Ages 5-18
Session 1 9:00-12:00
Session 2 1:00-4:00
Cost $5
At Rosenwald Community Building
Registration REQUIRED 


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A movie based in Smyrna

I have talked about the All Saints' Episcopal Church. I talked about the breakup of their old congregation in 2006 and in 2009 the farmers market the newer members were running.

It turns out the story of the struggles of their church is worthy of a movie that is in production.

AFFIRM Films is excited to announce that production has begun on our newest film, ALL SAINTS. Inspired by a true story and starring John Corbett and Cara Buono. Register to get all the latest news from AFFIRM Films: 
The movie was talked about back in September in the Tennessean, but it only recently came to my attention.

The true story of how refugees from Myanmar breathed new life into a floundering Episcopal church in Smyrna is being brought to the big screen.
The inspirational drama "All Saints" will star John Corbett of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Northern Exposure" as well as Cara Buono of "Stranger Things" and "Mad Men," according to Affirm Films and Provident Films, the entities behind the movie. It is inspired by what happened at All Saints' Episcopal Church about a decade ago.

It looks like filming is already over, and I had not heard of it at all. My google alerts must be set up badly.
Crews have been filming the movie in Nashville and Smyrna, including at the actual church on Lee Victory Parkway. Filming in Middle Tennessee was expected to wrap up by mid-October.

I hope they  arrange a film showing of the movie at the Malco or the refurbished theatre downtown. That would be a fun event.

What the hell!!!!!


Smyrna Police spokesman Bobby Gibson tells NewsRadio WGNS 69-year old Bruce Burgess of La Vergne was arrested last Wednesday as a result of an on-going investigation.
Gibson alleges Burgess placed a covert camera in the bathroom of his business, My Southern Charm, at 101 Gil Street. He also allegedly stored the digital information on a computer.

Around the World

Registration is needed, so plan early


Monday, November 7, 2016

Group of note

We rather get overloaded with the chant of 'charity' during this season. It ends up being a situation where you're not sure what to do, or even if what you're doing will have a positive effect upon anyone. A local chapter of a larger group has a way that allows you to have an action that makes a real difference.


Project Linus. This organization helps supply blankets to kids that need something of comfort when things get rough in their life.

Their national webpage's frequently asked question says this

HOW CAN I HELP?
Make a blanket and donate it to your local Project Linus chapter. They will take your blanket to a facility where it will be given to a deserving child. 
HOW CAN I MAKE A MONETARY DONATION?
We have several ways you can donate, with the most popular being that of paying online via credit card. Please visit our Donations page for more information. 
......
I HAVE FABRIC OR OTHER BLANKET-MAKING MATERIALS TO DONATE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Visit our Chapters page where you can find contact information for your local or closest chapter. Ask the coordinator if the chapter has a need for these materials. Most chapter coordinators are very grateful for them, and can put them to good use. Materials must be new, unused, washable, and free of contaminants such as mold, mildew and smoke. They should be cotton or cotton/poly blend fabrics. Cotton or acrylic batting is acceptable and yarns that are washable. Knits, double knits, and other fabrics not appropriate for a child’s blanket may not be acceptable. Contact your chapter coordinator for more information.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “HANDMADE,” AND WHY?
When we say “handmade” or “homemade” we mean something that is not commercially manufactured or purchased. Of course, home sewing machines, knitting machines, etc. are fine. It has always been the mission of Project Linus to donate only handmade blankets. We receive thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children. Over and over they express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. They really know the difference. Purchased blankets are nice, but handmade blankets are from the heart. If you do not have the time or ability to hand craft a blanket, perhaps you would consider a monetary donation. Visit our Donations page for more information.

To make a donation locally the information is as follows.

Make Blankets to Comfort Children with Project Linus 
Blankets can be dropped off at this location Monday-Saturday, from 10-5. When you have the blankets completed, please place the blankets along with your contact information in a bag or box marked "for Project Linus." If you can, please let Tina Wilke know when and where you drop them off. Murfreesboro has 2 drop-off locations: Quilt Connection- A Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 (615)867-0210 Mid-South Sewing Center- 266 River Rock Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37128 (615) 893-1800
Point of Contact
Tina Wilke
(615) 584-5799
TinaPLMidTN@gmail.com

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Local Harry Potter event

For the kids in your life, or maybe you yourself, the Smyrna Public Library is hosting a Harry Potter celebration.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wilderness walk for the family

This coming Saturday at Sharp Springs Natural Area the TWRA will be on site for a Fish Display, Animal Displays, and a Nature Walk

This is a FREE Event for the Family




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

****THEFT****

These four suspects ( three males one female) on 10/15/16 stole over $7000 worth of rental equipment from the Home Depot in Smyrna. They were in a Gray Minivan. Anyone having any information on these suspects call the Smyrna Police Department Detective Stephen Hannah at 615-267-5146.





It has started

The new Tech Campus in Smyrna has had its first class and it is the start of something big.
SMYRNA, TN — The new Tennessee Center for Applied Technology campus in Smyrna held its first class Friday, more than two months before it officially opens full time. 
The debut class focused on robot safety, part of the industrial electrical maintenance curriculum that will be offered at the training facility. It included hands-on training with robotic equipment donated to the school

Every Thursday should be Monkey Day

Another fun activity by the good people at Smyrna Parks and Rec.

Nov. 3rd @ Rosenwald Community Center
Time: 9:00 - 10:00
Preschool Ages 3 - 5 onlyReservations RequiredFeel free to contact Emily Morris with questions or to register at emily.morris@townofsmyrna.org or 615-459-9742 x2620