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Donelson Non-Profit News April 2016

The inaugural Donnie Whitworth Memorial C.A.N.S. (Challenged Adults Needing Support) Walk-Push-Run event will be September 24th at Two Rivers Park.  A group project of a team in Leadership Donelson-Hermitage’s Class of 2016 is organizing a kick-off event on Wednesday, April 27th from 6-8pm at The Larry Keaton Theater with light hors d’oeuvres and wine.  It’s a free event, so come out and hear what this walk is all about, share your favorite memories of Donnie and get excited about raising money that will benefit The Shelby Foundation, a Donelson-based non-profit organization dedicated to making the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities better.

The Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market kicks off the sixth season on Friday, May 6th!  It promises to be another great season of healthy food, wonderful vendors, music and much more.  It runs every Friday from May – October 4-7pm.

The Tennessee Songwriters Association International will host their 2016 Taste of TSAI Sidewalk Party on Saturday, April 23rd from 5-9pm.  Live music, food, vendors, door prizes and more.  See poster below for details.

2016 Taste Of TSAI Sidewalk Party

Congratulations to The Donelson Gateway Project for securing assistance via a Metro Beautification grant for 45 trees that were planted on DGP sites, as well as other areas around Donelson.  Visit DGP’s website here for a few pictures.  There will also be a clean-up of all sites on Saturday, April 16th at 9am.  Head to one of the main sites and pitch in to help keep Donelson looking great!

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Donelson Neighborhood News - April 2016

There are three sidewalk projects coming to the heart of Donelson.  A community meeting was held last Fall about the project to connect Stanford Montessori to our Donelson Library.  Two other projects that are coming will be on Lebanon Pike connecting Bluefields Avenue to Graylynn Drive and one on JB Estille Drive connecting Lebanon Pike and Old Lebanon Pike.  Come learn more about these projects at a Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30pm at Donelson Church of Christ in the chapel.  Thank you DCoC for hosting us!

The Nashville Civic Design Center and Transit Now Nashville are hosting a Ticket To Ride event on the Music City Star on Wednesday, April 20th, riding from downtown to Donelson on the 5:45pm train.  We will then walk up to Phat Bites for an event to promote transit and Downtown Donelson’s future.  See flyer below for details.

Music City Start Ticket To Ride

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Donelson Council News - April 2016

Dear Friends,

This may be my longest newsletter yet!  Lots of good things are in each section.  Be sure to visit the Neighborhood News section about an important Community Meeting on sidewalks coming to the heart of Donelson and a lot more important information on great neighbors doing good things for Donelson.

McGavock High School graduate and MTSU student Robert Bagwell contacted me to ask if he could feature me in a personal profile video project.  I was honored.  It turned out really nice and of course my favorite part is how Joey is featured.  Check it out here.  Another personal profile that Robert did featured Donelson’s own former MNPD Chief Joe Casey.  Check that out here.

Mayor Barry will deliver the State of Metro address on Friday, April 29th at 11:30am at the Ascend Amphitheater downtown.  The administration has requested everyone RSVP here to get a count of those attending.  McGavock High School Marching Band as well as other performances will occur as well.  The Mayor presents her budget proposal to Metro Council after the address.

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Donelson Non-Profit News February 2016

The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion and the Metro Historic Commission selected Encore Interpretive Design to manage the master planning process for the Two Rivers Mansion, 1802 House and 14-acre property.  This is an exciting time for this historic crown jewel of Donelson.  The community is invited to a kick-off of the process on Wednesday, February 24th at 5:30pm at Two Rivers Mansion.  Come learn how you can be part of this process and what deliverables to expect.

The American Legion Post 88 has been working hard on a plan to beautify and enhance the War Memorial triangle site that has been there since 1970.  Thanks to an architect team at Lose & Associates for helping put the vision to paper.  We’ve now presented it to TDOT and are awaiting their assessment and approval, which I hope to receive so plantings could be done this Spring.

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Donelson Business News - February 2016

Three new restaurants are headed to the area. 

1) Mission BBQ will be the first Tennessee location and is coming to Opry Mills.  It should be open by this Spring. 

Mission BBQ Coming To Donelson

 

2) Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits is coming soon at 420 Donelson Pike. 

Bojangles Coming To Donelson

3) Jimmy John’s is coming soon to 457 Donelson Pike in the renovated small retail strip.

Jimmy Johns Coming to Donelson

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Donelson School News - February 2016

The beautification and facelift of McGavock High School continues with new lettering on the building.  The original McGavock High School lettering was taken down, sandblasted and repainted white.  It was rehung above the North Entrance to help guide visitors towards that entrance along with new entranceway signage as well.

McGavock High School New Lettering

 

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Donelson Neighborhood News February 20016

Congratulations to Bluefield’s neighbor Lara Tucker, who was appointed by Mayor Barry to the Housing Trust Fund Commission.  Congrats as well to Natalie Corwin for being named one of the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2016.

If searching for good seasonal or part-time work, Metro Parks is having a job fair on Saturday, February 20th at McCabe Golf Clubhouse.  See flyer below for more information.

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Council News - February 2016

Dear Friends,

This year is a big voting year for all levels – local, state and national.  The first is our presidential and county primary election on March 1st.  Early voting has already begun.  See the below flyer for the full schedule.Early Voting Schedule Davidson County Election Commision

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Donelson Non-Profit News January 2016

The Buchanan Log House will host their 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off next Saturday, January 30 from 3-6pm.  Cost is only $10 and it benefits the Hip Donelson Lost & Found Pets initiative.

Chili Cook off Buchanon House - January 30 2016

The Larry Keeton Theatre presents Sunset Blvd. Don't miss Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical tells the tale of aging, famed silent movie star, Norma Desmond, eternally living in the past and waiting for her next starring role, when she crosses paths with a hapless screenwriter.

Starring the one and only, Ginger Newman!

Show runs February 18 - March 5, 2016

Sunset Blvd At The Larry Keeton Theatre - February 18 March, 2016

 

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Donelson Business News - January 2016

We have four new hotels in the works for District 15!  Three of them all are zoned for it already – Music Valley Drive, Elm Hill / McGavock Pike and Ermac Drive in Century City.  Another on Perimeter Place in Century City will have to go from IWD (Industrial) to a SP (Specific Plan).  It’s currently an undeveloped piece of property near Piedmont Natural Gas’s headquarters.  All four projects are positive developments and further highlight how important our district is as a “Hospitality Gateway” for Nashville.

Donelson has a new business that’s a School of Music – Rock Zone!  Located at 2541 Park Drive, they offer an after-school program, private lessons and more.  Check out their website here for more details and contact info.

School Of Music Rock Zone in Donelson

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Donelson School News January 2016

The Metro School Board has restarted the search for a new Director of Schools.  The Nashville Public Education Foundation has put together a survey for residents to provide feedback on the process.  Click here to complete the survey.

In mid-December, EnviroScapes installed the landscaping at McGavock High School and it turned out great.  It will look even better in the Spring when it blooms.  Check out this video below that Channel 5 News did from their helicopter. 

I’m hoping Metro Schools will have the funds in next fiscal year’s budget to continue the work of rehabbing the white horizontal stripes across the school.  The “McGavock High School” lettering was recently taken down to be sandblasted and painted white and will be rehung above the North Entrance with new accent bars and new signage designating the two entrances.  Finally, the concrete work will be redone this year to improve the walkways around the school that are crumbling.

McGavock High School Landscaping

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Donelson Neighborhood News January 2016

With the cold weather here, our neighbors across Davidson County experiencing homelessness are the most vulnerable and need help.  The Metro Homelessness Commission has an opportunity for volunteer opportunities.  See the below flyer for details and contact information.

Metro Homelessness Flyer for Extreme Cold Weather Events

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Council News - January 2016

Dear Friends,

The new Star Wars movie was a fun part of the Holiday Season for many families.  I certainly enjoyed taking Joey to see it and having an engaging and philosophical discussion about this very timeless story.  It’s also an excellent analogy for how 2016 began – faster than light speed!  January has flown by but it has been an incredibly productive month.  I have been working very hard on a number of initiatives.

I want to begin this newsletter with acknowledgement specifically to our Music Valley / Pennington Bend neighbors and businesses, which have seen the 2015 Holiday Season traffic as the most challenging one yet.  As the Middle Tennessee region continues to grow, we can only expect it to increase and we need to take proactive action on.  Councilman Claiborne began the effort this past summer by bringing together many Metro and State departments and agencies, businesses and neighbors to meet and discuss the increasing challenges.  Metro Public Works did hire a consultant to analyze traffic flow and propose possible solutions.  While a couple of those proposals were implemented, we learned that we need increased resources and better coordination to successfully achieve improvement.  My primary concern is public safety when our roads are gridlocked and emergency vehicles have a difficult time reaching our neighborhoods, hotels and other tourist destinations.  I’ve engaged the Mayor’s Office and Metro Departments to begin early this year to assist in developing a plan that puts public safety first, improves traffic flow and helps ensure all our businesses can benefit from the positive economic impact from the tourist activity the area receives.  I will keep everyone informed with any new developments with this effort.

There was a big turnout for the 32nd Annual Donelson-Hermitage Chamber Christmas Parade and I enjoyed being a judge along with School Board Member Anna Shepherd, Councilman Kevin Rhoten (District 14) and DH Chamber 2016 President-Elect Sharon Kipp.  A very special moment in the parade is when the Music City Young Marines stopped at the Judge’s table and presented me with a U.S. Flag.

Young Marines - Donelson Christmas Parade

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Donelson Non-Profit News - November 2015

Opening Thursday, December 3rd and running through December 20th, The Larry Keeton Theatre presents the Middle Tennessee premier of A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, a nostalgic trip back to the days of live radio broadcasts featuring comedy and drama, peppered with holiday musical favorites plus new songs in the swing style.  Dinner seating for the holiday meal begins at 5:45 pm with curtain at 7:00 pm Thursday- Saturdays and seating at 12:45 pm with curtain at 2:00 pm on Sunday matinees. Dinner/Show Tickets $21 for children 12 and under, $30 ages 13 to adults.  Call 615-883-8375 or visit www.thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

Cast Of A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol at The Larry Keeton Theatre

 

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Donelson Business News - November 2015

Great news about a new tenant at One Bridgestone Park, former home of the International Academy of Design & Technology (who has now moved to the Music Valley area).  The Tennessee Board of Regents will be moving in to the former original Bridgestone headquarters and make it their own HQ.  This will bring 112 jobs to this building and be great for our area restaurants and retail shops.

The Nashville Business Journal announced the 2015 Corporate Giving Awards and Smart Space was a winner among many great companies.  Congratulations to Smart Space President Floyd Shechter and the whole team for a very deserving award!

Smart Space Award - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council 15th District

As Nashville and Middle Tennessee continue to create a master plan for mass transit in our region, the Music City Star is becoming more attractive in that the foundation is already built.  Mt Juliet and Wilson County are working to develop the areas around their train stations into true transit-oriented-development areas.  Our Donelson Station is the first train stop outside of downtown Nashville and could be a very tangible solution to offering more transit options.

Congratulations and welcome to The Dixie Drip mobile coffee shop with lunch, ice cream and more to the heart of Donelson on Old Lebanon Pike.  Upon moving to The Donelson Plaza area, neighbors have been raving about the great coffee, food and service with a smile.  Be sure to check them out.

Hip Donelson is hosting the second annual support of Small Business Saturday on November 28th.  Shoppers will be given a card to take to all participating businesses to be punched.  Those completed cards will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket with items from participating businesses.

Hip D Small Biz Saturday - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council 15th District

The 31st Annual Donelson-Hermitage Christmas Parade presented by the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce will be on Saturday, December 5th at 2pm.  It’s a community tradition and a great opportunity to showcase your business or organization.  If interested in reserving a spot in the parade, visit the Chamber’s website here.

DH Chamber Christmas Parade - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council 15th District

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Donelson School News - November 2015

The 37th Annual Music City Invitational Marching Contest was Saturday, October 24th and hosted by McGavock High School.  I was honored to be asked to present the Mayors Cups awards.  It certainly brought back strong memories of my days marching trumpet and being a drum major.  McGavock did a great job at their exhibition and all the bands gave memorable performances.  Congratulations to all the participants and winners.

MCI 2015 Mayors Cup Awards - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15

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Donelson Neighborhood News - November 2015

The Donelson Neighborhood Leader Breakfast at the Two Rivers Mansion on Saturday, November 7th turned out great and was an enjoyable and productive morning.  Melanie Moore with Legacy Foods catered a delicious breakfast and special guests were Senator Steve Dickerson, School Board Member Anna Shepherd, CM Holly Huezo (District 13), Commander Preston Brandimore and Sgt Jeff White from our Hermitage Precinct, Sharon Kipp representing the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber and Leadership Donelson-Hermitage, and Frank Trew, President of Hip Donelson.  About 25 neighborhoods across Donelson were represented and it was a great morning of sharing successes, challenges, opportunities and discuss a number of topics about managing change and successfully creating a strong communications network.  We also discussed the Metro Arts THRIVE program, our new Donelson-Hermitage-Old Hickory Community Plan, the upcoming Metro Police Christmas Charities and much more.

Donelson Neighborhood Leader Breakfast - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15

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Council News - November 2015

Dear Friends,

It’s nice to sit down and write this next newsletter reflecting on an incredibly busy couple of weeks that have been both productive and enjoyable.  I began a new job at BMI as an Associate Director of Licensing Customer Relations and am thankful for continued professional growth and opportunity to serve BMI’s songwriters, composers and publishers.  We had our third Metro Council meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd and it was also the National League of Cities conference that same week.  I’m looking forward to the Holiday Season approaching and hope everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy quality time with family and friends.

The National League of Cities held their annual Congress of Cities conference in Nashville during the first week of November and it was a great way to showcase our city’s success, thriving businesses, music and much more.  Attendees were Mayors and Council Members from all across the United States and was a great opportunity to share ideas and best practices.  I had the opportunity to bring Joey to the NLC Board of Director’s dinner where Emmylou Harris gave a wonderful performance after the dinner.  Joey got to meet her as well.  I love this picture of Joey with Emmylou taken backstage before the dinner and performance.

Emmylou Harris and Joey Syracuse - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15

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Donelson Non-Profit News - October 2015

Congratulations goes to Larry Keeton for being named one of the First Night Honors, recognizing individuals who have taken leading roles in advocating for live theater in Tennessee.  Larry was recognized for his work with his namesake, The Larry Keeton Theater.

Two great events coming up at Two Rivers Mansion.  The first one coming up is the 6th Annual Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday, October 17.  Early tickets are on sale now at their website.

6th Annual TN Beer Festival at Two Rivers Mansion

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Donelson Business News - October 2015

The 2015 Toast of Music City Awards were held recently and Donelson businesses were very well represented.  Congratulations to all the winners!  I hope I didn’t miss any, but the ones on the list I saw were:

I enjoyed the opportunity to welcome our new and improved Raceway service station at their grand opening ribbon cutting recently.  It’s a big improvement to the property and the staff were very friendly and wanted to the community to know they’re here to serve.

Raceway Gas Station Grand Re-Opening 

 

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