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June School News

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.

McGavock High School Entrance

McGavock High School Front Landscape Plan

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June Campaign News

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.

Syracuse For Metro15 Door Hangers

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Michael Doster

Michael Doster

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.

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May Neighborhood News

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.

Sheriffs Safety Days - June 6, 2015

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May Non-Profit News

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.

The Larry Keeton Theatre - New Faces Of Country 

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May Business News

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.

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May School News

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.

 

Nashville After Zone Alliance - Donelson Schools News

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May Campaign News

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!

Jeff Syracuse for Metro Council - Campaign Yard Sign

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Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby

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.

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April Campaign News

March has been a busy month with petitions being released and campaigns across the county gear up for full steam ahead.  We had four meet & greets this past month to discuss Donelson and sign my petition.  Big thanks goes to my wonderful hosts – Al & Stephanie Pruitt Gaines in my neighborhood of Donelson Hills, Mike & Karen Cowell in Merry Oaks (with help from Naomi Regensburg), David & Maggie Sidlinger in Bluefields (with help from Lara Tucker) and Julie Buhler, Emily Nix and the team at Phat Bites for hosting a great after work birthday party and meet & greet!  It was a great time at each getting to know new neighbors and listening to your thoughts and concerns for our community and in your neighborhoods.  The Davidson County Election Commission gives you two petition forms with 67 blanks on them each.  You only need 25 valid signatures to be placed on the ballot, but I successfully filled up every blank and my sincere thanks goes out to each of you who came to one of the meet & greets, took time to meet with me or invited me to your home to sign it. 
 

Petition Signed and Delivered - Jeff Syracuse for Metro 15

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April Non-Profit News

The first-ever Larry Keeton Live Music Series launched on Friday, March 20 to a sold-out crowd at The Larry Keeton Theater for a night of blues and R&B.  Markey Blue opened the show with the Andy T – Nick Nixon Band following.  The dance floor was full the whole night.  This was a very special project from a team with Leadership Donelson-Hermitage Class of 2015.  They did a great job putting this together.  See the flyer below for details on the next two shows!

The First Ever Larry-Keeton Live Music Series

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April Neighborhood News

April Neighborhood News

At our quarterly Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s Aviation, Transportation and Infrastructure meeting at the Nashville Airport recently, we learned that the Music City Star ridership is up 20% from last year.  MTA/RTA is also in the early stages of planning a couple of side rails for long-term planning of increased use of the line.  That’s great news.  More great news is for neighbors participating or will be spectators of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon on Saturday, April 25, the Music City Star will run then as well.

I enjoyed being with Lincoya Hills neighbors on Saturday, March 14 for their annual chili cook-off and I also gave a presentation on the NashvilleNext process. 

Great job to our Maplecrest neighbors who are hard at work clearing out a very visible in their neighborhood at Maplecrest Drive and Fairway Drive.  The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office did a great job of cutting the brush down that had been growing for years, now neighbors are working to clean it up even more and will begin a beautification project. (pictured above)

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April Business News

One of the biggest news stories of the month was the announcement of SmartSpace bringing 370 jobs to Donelson!  Automated Health Systems is a new company coming to Nashville and Covance brings 120 jobs from downtown relocated to Donelson.

A great new business started by neighbor Christopher Hodges is Heirloom Archaeology, LLC.  Christopher helps return lost artifacts that reconnects generations in families.  It’s as fascinating business and the recent stories of his success are found on his website and Facebook page.

You may have noticed construction occurring over at The Crossings next door to CareSpot.  That will be Yats, a Cajun Creole restaurant chain from Indianapolis that looks delicious.  They’ll have an open deck area as well on the side of the building.  They should be open this summer.  I spoke with the owner and they’re excited to be part of the community.

At my campaign kick-off last September, I mentioned that Ryman Hospitality Properties was working towards the Grand Ole Opry House being added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Normally this designation is reserved for properties that are 50-years or older, but the Grand Ole Opry House at 41-years is being added early because of its significant contributions to culture and arts.  The Grand Ole Opry celebrates 90-years this year and has a Birthday Bash Weekend scheduled for October 2-3.

 

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April School News

Metro Nashville Public Schools was granted a waiver from the Tennessee Department of Education for snow days that we took during the rough snow and ice storms last month.  View this article for details.

You may recall the McGavock High School Baseball concession stand burned down last year in an arson attack and then the clubhouse was ransacked last month.  A strong community came through in helping the baseball boosters replace the concession stand.  They can use our continued support.  If you’d like to help the team and booster club, checks can be made to McGavock Baseball Bullpen and sent to the school at 3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214.  You can also follow the efforts of the booster club via Facebook here.

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Leon Rhodes

Leon RhodesOne of the thrills of doing this blog is the time I get to spend researching artists and listening to their music. I revisit some music I hadn’t heard in a long time and I always discover new music too. Donelson is full of wonderful neighbors who are immensely talented, have incredible stories about where their music has taken them and are musical heroes of mine. Leon Rhodes is in a class of his own. His musical talent is truly a gift from God. He never had a lesson and doesn’t read music, but his playing showcases him as one of the true masters of the guitar. His older brother had a guitar while growing up and he would pick it up and play it every chance he got. At ten years old, his dad sold his bed to buy him his first guitar. Although the guitar has always been his main instrument, he can play anything with strings. Leon has also played drums and sang at various clubs in the early days of his career while in Dallas, Texas. He would later also sing on albums with The Texas Troubadours and while part of the staff band at the Grand Ole Opry.

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February Neighborhood News

The Metro Nashville Police Department’s Citizen Policy Academy has sign-ups through February 17.  It may already be full as it fills up quickly, but visit this link to get more info.

Metro Public Works Brush and Leaf Collection begins soon for our area.  They begin in the Pennington Bend area.  Note: The Brush Crews sometimes go into the next zone when finished with the prior zone to stay ahead of demand in case of storms or equipment issues. They will run the entire zone again starting on the scheduled date.  Visit the link above for the brush do’s and don’ts.

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February Non Profit News

We have a new non-profit organization in Donelson!  GROW Enrichment is an educational program offering garden-based learning using skills in natural sciences and teaching a wide variety of subjects through hands-on activity.  Started by Maplecrest neighbors Jonathan & Ginger-Rose Krueck, they are beginning classes soon and have a GoFund Me campaign to help them get started.

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February Business News

As you’ve noticed at the intersection of Lebanon Pike and Donelson Pike, our new CedarStone Bank Donelson Branch is coming along nicely.  It will be a beautiful building and should be open by August!  Check out the rendering below.

New CedarStone Bank in Heart Of Donelson

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February School News

Great big thanks to McGavock Elementary Principal Lance Forman for his dedication to all the students, teachers, and staff.  He has been a wonderful Principal at the school and has now accepted a new opportunity as Principal of the brand new Smith Springs Elementary School  Congratulations to Lance and we wish him well!  I’m excited that Jason Taylor has been named the new Principal at McGavock Elementary I had the pleasure of getting to know Jason when Joey attended Dodson.  He will be a great leader for the school.  Congratulations and welcome, Jason!

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February Campaign News

Check out these great new push cards that I’ll be handing out at events.  Thanks to Jerry Dunaway for the design and Andrew Hensley with Purple Chair Studio for the photo of Bo and me in front of the Two Rivers Mansion.

 

Jeff Syracuse For Metro Council District 15 - Jeff's New Calling Card

Election Day August 6, 2015 - Vote For Jeff

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