March 29, 2009

West Nashville Community Coalition Meeting

The next West Nashville Community Coalition meeting will take place this coming Monday, March 30th at 6:00 p.m. at West Nashville United Methodist Church at 4710 Charlotte Ave. (48th & Charlotte).
Lt. Pylkas and our community Metro Police liason, Sgt. Conni Tripp will be joining us and Neighborhood Resource Center's own Tiffany Israel and Blaine Ray will facilitate our meeting.

Please make plans to attend and invite neighbors.

Following is a proposed agenda:
West Nashville Community Coalition Agenda
6:00pm- Welcome & Introductions, Sherry Cothran Woolsey
6:10pm- January Meeting Updates (crime issues), Blaine Ray
6:30pm- Youth Engagement Panel Discussion, Tiffany Israel
7:00pm- Identify Next Steps, Tiffany Israel
7:30pm- Adjourn

Hope to see you there.

March 23, 2009

Neighborhood News - West Nashville in the News

Here is a link to an article about West Nashville in the Tennessean:

The current plans for the neighborhood are still in process and the first draft can be viewed here:

For anyone who is interested, there will be an Open House for the West Nashville Draft Plan TONIGHT at 6pm at the Cohn School Library.

Scotts Blog: A Few Items


Someone has been dumping a lot of tires in West Nashville lately. There is a collection in the alley between Georgia and Indiana by Morrow Road. But most aggressive offense is the 100 or so that was dumped behind the Church on 61st and Centennial. It's a disgrace and something needs to be done about it. But what?

You see it all goes back to the economy. A year ago you could take bad tires to Firestone and they would recycle them for free. Now it cost $2 a tire. So all the local tire shops have to dump them somewhere and where better than a quiet neighborhood.

Tires can be recycled, but right now it is not profitable. Can't we get some federal or state money from the stimulus to help with this problem?


Word on the street is that music producer John Rich, formerly of the group Big and Rich, has filmed a video at one of West Nashville's drinking establishments.

Johnny's bar on Centennial Ave. was rented out for $600 on March 17 so Mr. Rich could produce a video for his upcoming single Down in Detroit (or something like that) that should be on CMT soon. Apparently, it is a song about the recent recession and the wanted the foulest little honky tonk bar they could find. Well I've been to Johnny's (mostly to play guitar on jam night) and they sure picked the right location. I hear they closed part of Centennial and Kris Kristofferson and other stars were there.

I don't know if you're a county music fan, but just a few years ago Big and Rich were singing to the excess of being Big and Rich. Now he sings about the the poor working man in difficult economics times, while he builds a 70 foot high house on Love Circle. Thanks John, but don't come back.


The 51st Ave clean-up is slated for April 11. That is the same date of the Richland Creek clean-up and we will work together to have the maximum amount of trash to pick up. I am off the Friday before so we should be able to get a lot of trash picked up.

The Nashville Urban Harvest is looking forward to their best year ever. Volunteers are needed at any time.

RUN Meeting Minutes - March 12, 2009

The meeting was lightly attended due in part to the bad weather. The entire meeting was devoted to the emergency plan for West Nashville.

Billy called the meeting to order a little after 7:00. Scott Harris and Marah Hokensten form the Office of EmergencyManagement were the first to speak. Mr. Harris said we work behind the scenes and coordinate with State and Federal Offices. He said be prepared to live for 72 hours as a household.

He continued saying he is not too concerned with dam failure to the West Nashville area. He is more worried about tornadoes which could strike at any time of year but especially during the the spring. He recomended getting a weather radios which would tell the conditions as soon as he knew. He spoke of the sirens we hear every saturday at noon and said they only reach so far. He wasn't too worried about earthquakes as Nashville is built on limestone. He said the Crieve Hall Neighborhood group had walkie talkies and had very good local response. He couldn't name an evacuation route because he didn't know the nature of the emergency.

The next speaker was Marqentas S. Deaderick of the American Red Cross. She showed off an emergency kit the Red Cross has. She talked about the training they offer that Billy and Cynthia have been through. She talked about other training and where to call for help.

The meeting adjourned about 8:00.

Minutes submitted respectfully by Scott Gillihan