Roland White and Diane Bouska have been great Donelson neighbors for many years and they add to the diverse fabric of “Music City” in keeping the tradition of Bluegrass going strong.
Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
I am humbled and filled with deep gratitude for the strong victory last night electing me your next member of Metro Council for the 15th District.
I’m very proud to say that the confidence you have placed in me is not a statement of “now it’s time to get to work”, it’s a statement of “let’s continue the work we are doing on a greater and deeper level”. Just over the past month, the facelift of McGavock High School has begun, two Neighborhood Watch’s are being formed by new neighborhood leadership in Sunset View and Eva Mor Heights and the hard work and challenge of revitalizing the heart of Donelson’s business community continues. By electing me to be your next Councilman, you’ve given me the great honor of serving all our neighborhoods, schools, non-profits and businesses in Donelson. I love this community and will continue being an attentive, focused and dedicated public servant. I look forward to the years ahead and am confident of Donelson’s bright future.
One note – this election season is not yet over. As you know, there will be a run-off election on September 10th for Mayor and Council At-Large. Encourage your neighbors who may not be registered to do so by Monday, August 10. They will then be eligible to vote in the run-off. Head to www.nashville.gov/vote for all voter information.
With a grateful heart, I am sincerely yours,
Metro Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department will host a Traffic Safety Event & Share the Road Awareness Event at Centennial Park on July 25. There will be auto-theft VIN etching, shred-it and pill drop-off services and more. See flyer for details.
The 2015 Music at the Mansion at Two Rivers Mansion series kicked-off with a great concert from the Nashville Symphony in June and the The Moonlighters in July. August 22 will be the 5th Anniversary of Nashville Blues Society being part of Music at the Mansion and will feature Eight O’ Five Jive and Markey Blue
First day of school is just a few weeks away on Wednesday, August 5. Head to Back to School Central for great information on the upcoming school year.
Great news for Pennington Elementary! There are a number of school improvement projects in this new fiscal year’s budget for Metro and Pennington Elementary is to receive $4 million for a much needed expansion. There is a new website for MNPS called MNPSConstruction.com where you can follow the progress of school construction projects.
The Texas Troubadour Theater in Music Valley has a variety of events from an Elvis show, church on Sunday morning and of course the Midnite Jamboree. It’s also available for rental. Check out their website for details.
Blues Vintage Guitars is a great business located on Elm Hill Pike and owned by Donelson-neighbor Gabe Hernandez. They offer a wide variety of guitars for sale and the inventory is available on their website as well.
The campaign is firing on all cylinders with door knocking, phone calls, a mailer and much more. Early voting started July 17 and will expand to include the Hermitage Library on Thursday, July 23 through August 1st. I will be there most all of that time to greet you. I’ve given this campaign all my energy and I need your help one more time encouraging each other to get out there and vote and let’s win this big! Here’s the full Early Voting Schedule:
My next Hearts of the People blog features our neighbor, Marylee Locey. She sets the bar for community service to both our “two and four-legged” neighbors. Thanks for all you do, Marylee!
Thank you again for all the continued support! If you received this newsletter as a forward or viewing it from social media, sign up at my website on the Get Involved page. Please continue to get the word out about Early Voting and encourage your District 15 friends and neighbors to be sure to vote!
A native of Illinois who has also spent some years on the west coast, Marylee Locey has lived in Nashville for over seven years and in that time has set the bar in this community with the love and support she has shown both her neighbors and the “furkids” of our families alike. Most have known Marylee from her tireless devotion to the Hip Donelson Lost & Found Pets group, but she has supported and volunteered with many animal shelters and rescue organizations ever since she was a child. Marylee remembers always having multiple animals in her life. Her first dog, Fritzie, was a retired K-9 shepherd who Marylee describes as her first sibling and remembers they “conquered the world together. He was my protector, my confidant and my partner in crime. He never left my side.” Advocacy for animals has always been part of Marylee’s life and some of her earliest memories are of bringing rescued animals home. She grew up in rural Illinois and remembers always bringing home a friend to fix up and care for. As a teenager wanting to make an even bigger impact in the lives of animals, Marylee saved up enough money to take a trip to Utah to see the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no kill sanctuary in the world. A major aspect of animal advocacy that Marylee learned is that the best way to reduce euthanasia rates at local shelters is to support spay and neutering. She has volunteered for several low cost spay/neuter clinics while attending college. Local Middle Tennessee spay/neuter clinics that Marylee has worked with and encourages everyone to check out are Pet Community Center, Nashville Humane Association’s ROVER and Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance.
Neighbors interested in learning about the inner workings of our Metro Nashville Police Department are invited to apply for the 31st session of the Citizen Policy Academy. Go here for more information and to sign up.
There will be a Community Meeting at the Hermitage Precinct on Monday, June 15th from 6:30pm – 8pm. The agenda will be about domestic violence issues. See flyer below for details.
Big news from Xerox! They plan to triple their Nashville operations and add 400 jobs to their Royal Parkway site. Check out this article here from the Nashville Business Journal about this exciting development.
Picture This has done a great wine tasting and art event on the “Third Thursday” of each month. They come to Donelson at 115 Cottage Lane on Thursday, June 18th from 4-7pm. See flyer below for details and come enjoy an evening supporting this great local business and artist Jim DeVault.
Everyone knows about the incredible turnaround that has occurred at McGavock High School, yet the outside hasn’t changed much at all since the school opened in 1971. As I worked to expand the mission of The Donelson Gateway Project to include beautifying figurative “gateways” into the community, we did three school projects at Two Rivers Middle School, Hickman Elementary and McGavock Elementary respectively. I’ve always wanted to do a large-scale project at McGavock High School, but knew it would take a dedicated planning and funding effort. Thanks to Gresham, Smith & Partners for creating the architectural rendering and for putting together the landscape design. We are well on way to raising the $10,000 needed for the landscape installation and are working with MNPS to address some of the maintenance / enhancement items that were suggested in the GS&P rendering. This is a milestone project for The Donelson Gateway Project and one that I have spent the past couple of years putting together. It will be a very special project to begin my first term as your next member of Metro Council for the 15th District. McGavock High School needs and deserves this investment and I’m very thankful for all of the donors who have supported this project. Special thanks to the early supporters – CMT, Dale & Associates, Hip Donelson, HJL Management, Metro Nashville Airport Authority and Piedmont Natural Gas. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit DGP’s website here.
We will soon we will be doing some phone banking, so if you’re interested in helping out with that or canvassing neighborhoods with me, please let me know. I have a list going of folks who have expressed an interest in helping out with this, so I’ll be in contact shortly.
I began taking this campaign into our neighborhoods door-to-door a couple weeks ago and started with Bluefields. I probably knocked on 250 doors in one afternoon. Thank you to neighbors in Bluefields for sharing thoughts and feelings about where we were, are and going in the community. It’s very helpful for me to hear directly from you. I hit every street except for a couple, but will get back there as soon as I can. If I missed you at home while coming around, I put a door hanger on your door that has all my contact info, including my cell number. Please don’t hesitate to call me.
Photo by John Rijsbergen
Michael Doster was among the first to come to my mind when putting the concept of this blog together, admittedly because he played bass in B.B. King’s band for 17-years. As B.B.’s health started declining and we received news that he entered hospice, I began digging a bit deeper into his music and watched some past performances I hadn’t seen before. Many of them had Mike playing on stage and are just incredible. I felt this was a fitting time to feature Mike and share his incredible story of playing with an international musical icon as well as other well-known and critically acclaimed musicians.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will be having their next Sheriff’s Safety Days on June 6 from 9am – noon at Donelson Bowl at 117 Donelson Pike with a number of great services for the community featuring safe disposal of items, shredding, fingerprint identification for kids and much more. See the flyer below for details. Thanks to Sherriff Daron Hall and all the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department for all you do for our community.
The next Larry Keeton Live Music Series event is coming this Friday May 15 at 7:30pm featuring “New Faces in Country” with Carly Pearce and Mamadear. Just $8 or $10 at the door. Get your tickets at the website or visit FiftyForward Donelson Station to pick them up in person. Food trucks will be on site and you its BYOB.
Donelson welcomed two new great businesses both located in the central business district!
The Bowtie Barber Club offers a unique experience for customers and they had a great grand opening celebration with free food and haircuts. The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber did an official ribbon cutting and Hip Donelson was there with a booth as well with many neighbors to support Keith & Ayla Weiser as we welcomed them to our community. Be sure to visit their website and check out the products and services they offer.
The Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) officially rolled out into all our MNPS Districts with our McGavock cluster included this past year and the initiative celebrated 5-years of service to our middle schools kids. Big thanks goes to our McGavock Zone Director Marielle Lovecchio who has put a lot of energy and passion into ensuring our kids have great after-school opportunities for continued enrichment. Here is a collage of kids in action over the past year.
This campaign has really kicked into high gear! It’s been a month of high energy and a lot of work, but it’s been very rewarding and the rest of the campaign will be more of the same all the way until August 6. I’m deeply thankful to each of you for your incredible support. I couldn’t do this without you.
Before I left for Memphis, I began to put up campaign signs and I was blown away with the response from neighbors who saw them going up and asked for one for their yard too. I am so thankful for this show of support and I actually ran out of my first batch of 125 signs, so I’ve placed another order and will get them to you just as soon as they are printed. If you’d like a sign, you can let me know by visiting my website’s Get Involved page here. Thank you!
Jack Kirby is a true unsung hero in Donelson and beyond. I had the pleasure of getting to Jack through Hip Donelson and our natural love of music and supporting artists bonded a great friendship. When I began to learn about Jack’s incredible history of being on the production staff of Hee Haw, filling in for musicians at the Grand Ole Opry and everything he did as part of a number of different teams making those shows big successes, my admiration and respect for Jack went even deeper.