Thursday, July 30, 2009

Swearing-In Ceremony

The Swearing-In Ceremony for Tony Dover as Mayor will be at 3pm at the town hall and will be aired on local cable Channel 3 or viewed online here.

Screen Captures of the ceremony

Tony Dover, family and Judge Keta Barnes

Swearing in of Tony Dover

I am sad that Bob Spivey had to step down due to health reasons. He was a good man for the position he held and was doing a good job, but I also know that Tony Dover will has carried the role of Mayor well and that Smyrna is in good hands.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm going to be what! PART 2

I replied to MRMASHPOTATOESMOOTH and asked him if he was in the video, and that I did not feel I had anything to worry about being "prosecuted". I also was courteous to send him the link to this website. I'm nice that way. This afternoon I received the following email from him.
Smyrna Wallet Video
Just an FYI - you have sent out a video that don't show these two "innocent" people taking any money or even opening this wallet. This person has hired an attorney to sue the Smyrna PD as well as you for putting out a "Bogus" video. U may want to delete it before you get in more trouble than it's worth.
I feel my reply to MRMASHPOTATOESMOOTH this afternoon says it all.
Please send me the name of their attorney or have their attorney contact me please.
Looks like I might need to perform a little research on my protections as a blogger.

This seems to be getting interesting.

I was going to take it down as the police have taken down their video from their website, but threats and me do not get along well. If I take it down now MRPOTATOHEAD will feel he has won, but I have no desire for MRINSTANTPOTATOES to have any victory. I'm conflicted on how to deal with MRPOTATOFLAKES.

Any advice?

Mayoral Updates

Here are links and a small quote about the resignation of Mayor Bob Spivey.

"I am proud of our accomplishments since my election as Mayor in 2001, and I leave office knowing that in some small way, Smyrna is better because of my efforts,"Spivey wrote, citing the construction and opening of StoneCrest Medical Center and Motlow College.

Vice Mayor Tony Dover, now in his second term on the council, will be sworn in as mayor at 3 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall. He will serve the remainder of Spivey's term, which ends in November 2010, the same time as Dover's current term was to end. [LINK]

WSMV Article
WGNS Radio

Breaking News....

This just in from WKRN our mayor has resigned because of health problems. more to come later when I know more!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Smyrna police investigating kidnapping

Last night near dowtown Smyrna there was alot of police traffic around 10pm. Well come to find out this is what was going on.

According to a transcript of the dispatch call, a woman living on Hicks Lane called police around 10 p.m. after her family received a call from her 14-year-old son who said he’d been kidnapped and put into a black car. The boy said he was taken from Fairway Mobile Home Park on Sam Davis Road and that those who took him demanded he give them three ounces of marijuana or they’d kill him.

This article is published on Smyrn AM by my good friend Mealand from the Daily News Journal

I have always wondered where in the world are these parents and why are they not held accountable as well? As a home owner in the area I am now thinking about buying myself a gun to protect my property since it was already tagged back in Dec. of last yr. I can understand that teens get bored but this is a federal offense to kidnap someone. I feel that there must be more to this story than this teen is telling officers. Maybe the truth will come out soon and we can all rest at night. We as homeowners don't need this in our neighborhoods for it hurts our home values which are already hurt by the economy. Parents please act like adults and raise your children right!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pimping myself...and others

The 2009 Ruthies are up and it was brought to my attention that this year I am in the running in the category of "Best Newspaper Columnist"

There are several specific categories for the Smyrna/LaVergne area

Favorite Place for a Quick Lunch - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Restaurant - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Dentist - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Doctor - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Drug Store/Pharmacy - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Place to Get a Haircut - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Auctioneer - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Banker - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Elected Official - LaVergne
Favorite Elected Official - Smyrna
Favorite Employer - Smryna/LaVergne
Favorite Place to Worship - Smyrna/LaVergne
Favorite Florist - Smyrna/LaVergne

and we did not forget the important category of......drum roll.......

Favorite Real Estate Agent - Smyrna/LaVergne

Yes dear readers. Our friend and co-blogger- and sister-city blog administrator Kathy Tyson from This is LaVergne is listed in this category so drop by and vote for her also.


I'm going to be what!

I posted last week a video of a crime that occured in the local Subway Shop here in Smyrna Tennessee. I did it as a service and did not think much more of it.

This morning I get an email through YouTube that says this.

your gonna get prosecuted for this video so i would take it off if i was yuu
Yes. I have upset MRMASHPOTATOESMOOTH in some way.

It seems MRMASHPOTATOESMOOTH has a myspace account and he is local....LaVergne to be specific. Sorry sir but I'm not in the mood to be intimidated by anyone. The video stays up.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Guest column

Hello and welcome to a new guest columnist on This is Smynra. Mike Sparks is the 11th District county commissioner for Rutherford county. He has agreed to do some semi-regular columns for us on subjects that effect Smyrna and the local area. So give him and his introductory column a big welcome.
"Where California goes, so goes the Nation”

The old adage of “Where California goes so goes the Nation” certainly seems to be a reality these days. The state has had little leadership at the wheel, steering around illegal immigration, increasing bureaucracy, increased taxation and more frivolous wasteful spending. Many programs that have been put it not place have not even made a positive difference. All the while, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger can still find time to take a vacation at the cost to taxpayers. California, once the pride and hope of America boasting the world’s 6th largest economy is financially bankrupt and bankrupt of ideas on how to solve their problems. Their failed policies should give other states, cities and counties “clues” on what “not to do”.

California, land of energy, agriculture and a wealth of human capital, has been broken under the weight of a staggering $42 billion deficit. With its “socialist” policies of high income and sales tax, 3 million undocumented residents and the states excesses in spending and government regulation have lead to the state’s demise. California has lead the nation in spending on public employee benefits under the protection of big unions, where prison guards make upwards of $100,000, even one school superintendent received a $28,000 pay raise while the system faced a $16 million budget shortfall, cut support staff, management positions and eliminated bus routes (Why am I reminded of Marie Antoinette’s infamous phrase “Let them eat cake”?).

Mayors, City managers, County Commissioners, School Board members, Alderman, Planning Committee members and even newspaper Editors and Editorial boards as well as many others need to watch California closely and see the mistakes they have made. “A Chicken in every Pot” only leads to an overburdened society heavily weighted down with the burden of taxation, increased regulations on businesses which create jobs (no wonder businesses and taxpayers are fleeing California), increased spending, welfare and promising every citizen everything from health care to college has ultimately lead to California’s demise. Thomas Jefferson once stated “I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious”.

Winston Churchill stated “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things” I realize I can be a critic, even in Sunday School class when I point out the “hypocrisy” that we see daily and fail to do something about it. Republicans, Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives, white collar & blue collar, black & white, rich & poor need to come together and find ways to solve our problems. These problems are all of our problems aren’t they? I say get involved in your community, mentor a child, donate to the food bank, write a letter to the editor, reward someone anonymously for doing something good, offer encouragement to those that are having a tough time, plant a positive seed that will take root and “pay it forward” to others.

I often think of past leaders with wisdom like Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Winston Churchill and even Christ himself and wonder what they would do to solve our problems. Would they “turn over the money changers tables” when they saw hypocrisy? When $10,000 and $25,000 “Fat Raises” are handed out to the highest paid employee yet the low man who is struggling daily to put food on the table and is told “its not in the budget”. Think about it. Would it not be smarter and wiser to help those at the bottom who will in turn spend that small raise back into the community, have less attrition, thus less expense on retraining. While I will argue the “man at the top” isn’t going anywhere, after all he has the best job he will ever “be given”. What will he/she do with that $10,000 or $25,000 raise? Take another vacation? Buy more stocks and bonds? Yes I know I’m ranting, but we have got to get “common sense” government of the people and by the people. In Proverbs 29:18 states “Where there is no vision, the people are perish“. In the next few weeks and months you will increasing see and heard more of California’s ailing problems, let us pray that our Country, State and County doesn’t follow their lead.
I have extended invitations out to a few of our readers who have subjects or interests that you might want to hear about, and to some local politicians. I hope to receive more guest columns on Smyrna subjects or local interests in the near future to give "This is Smyrna, TN." a more rounder feel.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gardening Success!

See? I grew a cabbage. Sauerkraut time!

Of course... this rich Smyrna soil has yielded up a lot more than that. I pulled in baskets of potatoes yesterday... and the tomatoes and cucumbers just keep coming.

Today I planted beets and cabbage again, hopefully for a fall harvest. My complete area under cultivation is about 25' x 40'. Not bad, but I do wish I had more space. I'd like an acre or so... but what can a poor suburbanite do?

(Oh... and by the way... those of you who have anonymously suggested I'm a "disgruntled Republican" because of my criticism of government spending, let me put your minds at ease. See? I have an organic garden. That means I CAN'T be Republican. Truthfully, though... I'm basically a libertarian. I believe individuals have a right to their own lives with little interference from the State. And spending other people's money is just plain evil. My guess is we have about 100 days or so until the next phase of the crash. Bush and Obama are both equally culpable [and economically clueless] and I couldn't care less whether a D or an R won the last race. The real problems are the Federal Reserve and the Bankers. That's all. Now... let's talk gardening!)

Anyone have any tales to share?

Monday, July 20, 2009

I was right and I wish I wasn't

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a 'For Sale' sign in the windows of Swafford Sporting Goods. My wife and I debated wheather it meant "For Sale" the property or "For Sale" the store entity.

Sadly it looks like it might have been a belated attempt to save the store by having new blood take it over as it has announced its closing.
But nearly four years later, Swafford says he’s closing up the shop due to the struggling economy, the growing number of chain stores and lack of business.

The store’s last day will be Friday.
“It has been a losing situation the whole time. It’s been a downhill ride,” he said. “I haven’t had a paycheck since I left the sheriff’s department.”
You hear statistics on how many small businesses close down in the first few years, but add into that an economy that has every one fearing the wolves at the door, and you get this.


While not in Smyrna, it is close
Tire World/La Vergne Rotary/DARE Car Show July 25, 2009
Held at Veteran's Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Contact: Baker Raborn, (615) 459-4145
Sounds like fun.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Do not read this post

This is a bad idea and I do not recommend it to anyone.....snort!
What’s the one thing that every home has? A garbage can! We don’t pay attention to them, which is the strength of this design: it’s unlikely to be noticed even in the most nosy, urban area. For 2 small large fowl or bantam hens, the stealth coop is easily moved around your yard and comes with everything your chickens need: a nesting area, a waterer, a feeder, and a discreet, predator-proof run.
Is something so small really feasible? Likely not, but like I said. This is not a good idea...So I'm glad you did not read this.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Car Wash

The Smyrna High School Band is hosting a car wash to earn money for new uniforms
Car Wash Fundraiser for the Smyrna High School Band
Where: A&W/Long John Silvers in Smyrna
When: Saturday, July 18,2009
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm.
Cost: $5.00 per car
Any Donations would be greatly appreciated as well because we are currently trying to purchase new uniforms.
Drop by and let the youngsters do the work for you. That's easily worth $5.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Housing Numbers for Smyrna

My pal Gunner asked me to provide an update on the housing numbers for Smyrna like I do for the LaVergne site. First - and I won't pull any punches - it's been a difficult year for real estate in Smyrna (heck, for all of Rutherford County, Middle Tennessee, and in the entire country). Difficult, painful, sobering, and necessary.

It's been necessary because for at least three years housing prices were growing out of control. To protect the confidentiality I owe my clients, I'll use my own home as an example. We bought our home for just under $170,000 in 2003. By 2006, it had gone up in value to $210,000 ... $40,000 in three years is really insane. I assure you it's not worth that amount now ... closer to the $175,000 or $180,000 mark that it would've been had the market not soared out of control during that three year period.

Meanwhile Smyrna's overall housing market HAS SLOWED in terms of the number of sales. Here's how we look...

Homes currently for sale in Smyrna: 348
Number of homes for sale priced at $150,000 or less: 116
Number of homes for sale prices at $150,001 or more: 232

Least Expensive:
Dellwood Drive (Zero Lot), 960 square feet, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, $76,500

Most Expensive:
Rock Springs Road (potential commercial), 2008 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 5 acres, $1,500,000

Homes Closed since January 1, 2009 in Smyrna: 216
Least Expensive since January 1, 2009: $8,500, condemned home on Church Street that had to be torn down (originally listed at $24,900)
Most Expensive: $740,000, Hidden Valley Farms, 5065 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 full, and 2 half baths (original list price $799,000)

Homes Closed from January 1, 2008 to July 9, 2008: 313.

You can see the market dropped (without officially crunching numbers) by about 1/3 in the number of homes sold.

As I said on the LaVergne blog, it’s a great time to buy. However if you don’t have to sell I’d say hold tight, though it may be years before we get back to the prices we had in 2006 and 2007.

Finally, remember if you're a first time home buyer (defined as not having owned a home in the last three years), you may be eligible for the $8000 first time buyer tax credit. In addition, all of Rutherford County is now eligible for the 100% loans through FHA. Talk to any local lender and they can give you more details.

Note: Home pictured is located at 10007 Langford Court in the Potts Crossing subdivision is listed at $198.700. It will be open next weekend for open house from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., hosted by Celia Clifton. In addition, the home across the street at 10008 Langford Court will also be open, hosted by SQ Willis.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

This weekend has a lot of things that could keep you busy.
Parks and Recreation will host a screening of Kung-Fu Panda at Rotary Soccer Park, off Mayfield Drive. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $1 per person. Movie begins at dark, but inflatables and concessions will be avaialble beforehand.(Youtube Trailer)
and if you're wanting to get wet.
Second Annual Boat Day & Fourth Annual Water fest July 11th

This event is free and open to the general public. Join the Town of Smyrna and the Stones River Watershed Association for an opportunity to try out a variety of canoes and kayaks, either solo or in tandem, while on calm water surface. Experienced paddlers from the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association will be on hand to demonstrate skill and safety requirements. Minors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Located at the Stewart Creek Recreational Area, west side of Weakly Lane, just north of the Smyrna Town limits. Adjacent to the boat ramp on the Corps of Engineers property. Everything begins at 9am and runs till 1pm. Contact Greg Upham at 355-5701 or by email at for more information.
Looks like fun.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Meeting that you might want to attend

With the issue of Nissan in the air the company and Department of Energy will have a meeting tonight you might want to attend.
The U.S. Department of Energy will conduct a meeting Thursday to obtain public comments regarding preparation of an environmental assessment for its proposed action of issuing a federal loan to Nissan to support construction of its battery manufacturing and electric vehicle production project in Smyrna.

The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Smyrna Room at the Smyrna Town Centre, 100 Sam Ridley Parkway East.
I have some questions on their lithium-ion batteries that I would like answered.

A big heartfelt Thank You......

I am a new home owner as most of you already know and last month during a storm here in Smyrna we had winds that split a tree that is in the right of way near my back yard. The tree split where the big branches grew apart and it was just Entangled in another tree. These trees are a part of the old neighborhood and I hated to see this happen for I enjoy them in my back yard and they bring me many evenings of nice cool shade. Well I had called several tree removal services and they quoted me a high price which I could not afford at this time. One gentleman told me to leave it but since it was in the easement of my property I should try to call the city and ask them. Well I had already done this and the one lady told me it was on my property and I would have to deal it myself. I thought hmmmmm maybe I should just let it fall and see what happens. The cost to have it cut down would be the same as my deductible and why spend the money now? Well this morning as I was sitting on the couch I noticed a truck in my back yard and thought WTF! I went outside and this nice man told me someone from the city came out to look at this tree and they decided to have him cut it down at the city's expense. Why do you ask the city pay for it? Well the tree is hanging over the side street here and this street is very busy with people speeding up and down it and if the tree were to fall someone could be killed or even worse me! I sit in the back of the house most of time. I just want to take this time to say Thank You to the city of Smyrna of doing this and making things right. The tree is maybe one foot off the street as for the others that sit here too. The easement should be the city's responsibility and I am glad they saw this as a hazard. Once again THANK YOU!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

And they're off!!!

Tonight is a big night for the package liquor board with their applications and we have three contenders.
Certificate of Compliance Applications:
1. Smyrna Wine & Spirits, 800 Isabella Lane (Lee Tashie Partners)
2. Sam Ridley Wine and Spirits, Inc., 611 President Place (David Lee Nettles)
3. Smyrna’s Divine Wines & Spirits, 291 Sam Ridley Parkway, Suites 100, 105 and 110 (Shirley Eilene Hasan)
Two of the addresses are within throwing distance of Home Depot, and the other looks to be in or near the new strip mall on the corner of Sam Ridley and Weakly lane.

Interesting viewpoint

A Tennessean news article says that the large number of possible jobs might not be as glorious as some are hyping.
Nissan's plans to create up to 1,300 jobs to build electric cars and batteries don't necessarily mean more overall employees at the Smyrna factory.

More than 5,000 workers, including about 4,000 employed by Nissan, remain at the plant after voluntary buyouts, and it's difficult to say what the net gain or loss will be by 2012 when the company expects to launch production of the EV emissions-free vehicles, a Nissan official said.
It will create new jobs, but the article implies the number of NEW hires might not be there.