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.
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!
Near the 2620 Building is an island that has served as a Veteran’s Memorial for many years. The American Legion Post 88 Ladies Auxiliary has maintained the site and thanks to efforts of Brian & Mary McClanahan and Girl Scout Troop 1421, you may have noticed some changes and landscaping improvements happening to the site. They look forward to continuing their work this year. Also, the community Christmas Tree is always a welcome sight for travelers on Lebanon Pike through Donelson. Thanks to JVI Secret Gardens for donating the tree, Larry Keeton with Dicks Petals & Flowers for donating the decorations, members of the board of Hip Donelson for decorating it, and Councilman Phil Claiborne for coordinating it all.
The Buchanan Station Cemetery just off of Massman Drive is a foundational historic site for Nashville. All that remains of what was once one of the first settlements in Nashville’s history is a cemetery that reminds us of the amazing story of how these pioneers came to what is now Nashville in the late 1700’s. For a great account of this story, read the story here from historian Mike Slate’s website. A Friends group was formed to preserve and restore this cemetery and could even one day be a trail stop on a future part of the Metro Greenway. The group is working with the property owner to transfer it to Metro Parks and has raised $11,000 of the $17,000 needed to install a fence around the cemetery. If you’d like to help the group meet their goal, contact Joe Cathey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridgestone’s announcement to consolidate offices and expand their headquarters in a new tower downtown that will create over 600 jobs was one of the biggest announcements for 2014. The 15th District is home to Bridgestone’s current headquarters and will be through 2017 while the new tower is constructed. This also presents a great opportunity to find the next company to move into their current building and create even more jobs.
By now everyone has noticed that Johnson’s Furniture isn’t at 2620 Lebanon Pike anymore. They’ve moved to Elm Hill Pike. I’m excited that the new owner of the building is SmartSpace, who have done great things in Donelson by restoring buildings and giving them new life and beauty as well as filling them with great companies that provide solid career opportunities as well. Thanks to SmartSpace President Floyd Schechter for sharing these renderings of what we have to look forward to seeing after the rehab is complete! To inquire about leasing, contact Anthony Caduff at 615-251-8900. The building will now be called the 2620 Building.
I hope all the kids enjoyed their break and are back to working hard. Congrats to all the many students at McGavock Elementary for meeting their academic goals. Here’s a great picture from Twitter of the goal wall overflowing.
Check out these two great blog entries from McGavock High School students that highlight what great opportunities our kids have there. Click here and here to read them.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is starting an annual parent survey. I took it in less than 10 minutes. It’d be great to give a lot of input from Donelson parents and grandparents who have kids in our schools.
Save those box tops! Even if you don’t have kids in our schools, it’s an easy way for the whole community to support them. To search which schools collect them, visit this link and you’ll also note the goal set for each school and what they have earned so far. Let’s help them all meet their goals!
I’m very happy to announce that starting Friday January 9th, the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center will open its first ever satellite counseling location in Donelson! They will have a financial coach located at the Donelson Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 2731 Lebanon Pike on Fridays from 9am to 3pm. To make an appointment, please call the FEC number at 615-780-3620. This is a FREE one-on-one service that provides professional financial counseling and methods to reduce debt and build assets. Since launching in March 2013, the FEC has helped Nashville neighbors reduce over $900,000 of debt and increase savings of over $200,000. Please pass this on to your family and friends that could benefit from their services.
The house was packed with friends and neighbors for our “Pizza & Planning” meeting during the afternoon of Saturday, December 12th. Thanks to all that came! We enjoyed Fletcher’s Pizza and put together a strong campaign that will carry us to victory this August.
We added a YouTube Channel! Big thanks to Jamie Jean with Train Productions for creating the video of the campaign kick-off. I added a few other videos that I hope you enjoy.
There’s a new edition of the Hearts of the People blog, featuring our very creative neighbor Stephanie Pruitt, who was also recently appointed to the Metro Arts Commission! I also have a new edition of my Soul of a City blog, featuring the music and talent of Donelson's own Carol Grace Anderson.
My sincere thanks to everyone who came to my campaign kick-off at the historic Grand Ole Opry Studio A. The turnout was incredible and I’m blessed with the strong show of support from so many already! This year has been very successful in building a solid foundation for the campaign and I’m excited about fully launching it next year.
If you haven’t visited my website yet, I invite you to check it out. I’ve expressed my thoughts in the About section regarding what the campaign is about and detailed what areas I will focus on as your next member of Metro Council for the 15th District in the Issues section.
I hope you enjoy the two blogs I created – Soul of a City and Hearts of the People. It’s always a joy for me to share music with others and talk about the people of Donelson who are making a big difference in our community. Stay tuned for the next editions coming soon.
Below will be the core sections of my newsletter that I will be sending out regularly. My disclaimer – There is a great deal of wonderful things going on in the community and I’m sure I will miss highlighting something. Please don’t hesitate to let me know about something going on in your neighborhood, our schools, non-profits, or business that I can feature. I want everyone to know as much about our great community as I can fit in one newsletter!
An event that I encourage you to put on your calendars is at McGavock High School on Monday, November 10th at 6pm. The “preferred future” that has been created through the NashvilleNext process of updating the Nashville General Plan is ready for the public to give final input and learn how it will impact our Community Plan for Donelson-Hermitage-Old Hickory. I’ve been at the very heart of this process over the past couple of years and am excited for everyone to see how important Donelson is being recognized as part of Nashville and Davidson County’s next 25-years of growth, development, and preservation.
Big thanks go to neighbors in Bluefields for all their efforts at landscaping and beautification this Fall and congrats on another successful Low Country Boil.
Thanks to the Lincoya Hills Neighborhood Association for hosting a candidate forum recently for the State Representative District 60 race.
Congrats to Maplecrest Neighborhood Association on their formation this year and two very successful block parties. The one this past Spring was the largest neighborhood block party I had ever been to.
The Donelson Hills Neighborhood Association invites all neighbors across Donelson to their year-end meeting on Tuesday, November 11th at 6:30pm at Donelson Heights United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall. The special guest speaker is Metro’s first Vice Mayor, George Cate! Also in attendance will be our 2015 Mayoral candidates, so come learn about the fascinating history that created the first combination city/county government in the United States and those that are now working hard to lead us into the future.
Many have asked what they can do to help with the campaign and I’m so thankful for the support. In addition to financially supporting the campaign, there are a number of ways you can help.
- Share this newsletter with your friends and encourage them to sign up for them on my website. I look forward to putting them together regularly.
- As mentioned in the beginning of this newsletter, I have two blogs on my website and the whole online experience wouldn’t be possible without the talents of Peter & Vicki Beare at Bear Web Design.
- Like and share my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. I post community news, events, and music industry related content.
- Follow this link to let me know if you’d like to put a sign in your yard or at your business, host an event, help with canvassing, or anything else.
- Make sure your voter registration is up to date! Go to the Nashville.gov page here for more information.
I’d like to invite you to come to my house at 222 Graeme Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 on Saturday, December 13th at noon for pizza and planning. There are a number of specific things to work on for next year and it will be a great opportunity to put some strategies and plans together. Let me know if you’d like to come over so I can order enough pizzas and drinks.
Thank you again for all the support, words of encouragement, and energy you’re putting into this campaign! We’re off to a great start. See you soon.
Beginning Monday, November 3rd, Metro Nashville Public Schools expands the school choice options for the 2015-16 school year. The Optional Schools Application is now online. For the first time, families with rising ninth and tenth graders have expanded options to choose their school and course of study as well. In addition, the Nashville Metro Transit Authority StrIDe program allows 9th-12th grade students to ride MTA busses for free. Visit each link for much more information.
At the beginning of this school year, the Nashville After Zone Alliance expanded to the McGavock cluster of middle schools. Metro 3 created a great video, which talks about NAZA’s after school program activities.
Congratulations to the McGavock High School Band for making it to the finals in the 2014 Contest of Champions! McGavock also did a great job of hosting the 36th Annual Music City Invitational Contest on Saturday, October 18th. Ironically, that day was also my 20th High School Reunion in Marietta, GA. Our class attended the homecoming game and as a former drum major, my band director (still there!) offered me the opportunity to conduct the fight song again. I still remembered after 20 years! It was a great time. Music programs in our schools offer incredibly rewarding experiences for our kids and create memories for families that last a lifetime.
The Donelson Gateway Project’s annual Fall Work Day will be on Saturday, November 8th at 9am. Most of the help is needed at the Briley Parkway site, but we will be working at the Tollgate (Stewart’s Ferry) and Stones River Bridge sites as well. We will be spreading pine straw and planting winter color.
The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion will host their annual Holiday Historical Tours on December 12th, 13th, and 14th. This is an excellent opportunity to see the continued restoration progress and visit this unique historical treasure in Donelson decorated for the Holidays.
FiftyForward Donelson Station welcomed new a director, Angela Bryan, just over eight months ago and she is doing wonderful things at keeping our community center thriving and active. The 28th Annual Donelson Fall Festival & BBQ fundraiser was a big success and included live music, children’s activities, a haunted theater, much more, and of course fantastic BBQ. Congratulations to Angela and all involved in making it a success. Coming up will be a Holiday Craft Fair on December 6th during the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Christmas Parade. Contact Angela at email@example.com to reserve a booth.
Over the past couple of years, Donelson’s renewed economic development has shown promise and progress. The redevelopment of The Crossings shopping center bringing new restaurants and businesses, to sidewalk infrastructure improvements, and new businesses in the community have been welcomed signs of an improving overall economy and renewed investment in Donelson.
The new life and vitality at the old Two Rivers Ford building when Ace Hardware moved in to the space along with Phat Bites, which became host for the weekly Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market, has been a real destination for both neighbors and visitors this summer. The Market will return next May. A wonderful addition to the Market has been the CedarStone Bank Entertainment Stage. I’m thrilled to have been involved in helping book music and my thanks go to CedarStone for their sponsorship that has allowed us to make that happen. You may have noticed that construction began recently for their new branch at the intersection of Donelson Pike and Lebanon Pike. It is a welcome sight to see on a piece of land that has been empty for many years. Just a few months prior, Wilson Bank & Trust opened their doors to a brand new branch on Donelson Pike next to JVI Secret Gardens.