Housekeeping Announcements for TiLaV

New Year, fresh start!  After talking with our writers, we are trimming our numbers somewhat but growing in other ways.  I want to express my appreciation to Michael, Fortune Cookies, GingerSnaps, Chef Eleni, and Biane for their contributions these last few years and say I’m delighted they’ll continue to stop by now and again with comments and conversation!  I extend an open invitation to each of them that if they ever want to come back, you will always be welcome.

Those who are staying include Chip, View from the Lake, Ivy, and Cricket.  I know time is a precious resource for them so when they do write, I’m tickled.

Finally, we do have a new writer for the site and it may take some of you by surprise.  Mike Slinker has confirmed his invitation to give updates on a couple of exciting project he’s working on.  The first is to establish a community center for LaVergne in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club, the Police Athletic League, and even the senior citizens center.  He is working with county and city officials to try to move this forward and we are hoping that a facility like this would include a gymnasium and … drumroll … a SWIMMING POOL.  (You know that’s near and dear to my heart.)

The other project is helping to develop a communication portal that will tie-in our own site TiLaV with the Hob Nob people, local businesses, and our city business (meetings, etc.)  This is LaVergne may be just a link on the bigger site, but Mike and I will definitely keep you updated on the details as we know them.  For a look at what Hob Nob is, here’s the Murfreesboro portal.

Leadership for this city comes in many shapes and forms.  I am happy that we have Senna on our board to ask tough questions and serve as the voice of reason.  I am pleased we have residents like Mike who have the courage to run for office and – even in defeat – to move ahead with ideas that will benefit the residents of this town.  And I am quite proud that we have this web site that energizes the people in our community to discuss issues, good ol’ boys, share photos, and – frankly – almost serve as a modern-day newspaper.

And speaking of leadership, I want to extend an open invitation to our elected officials (Mayor Erwin, the aldermen and alderwomen) to write for this site if they so desire.  If they don’t want the official role of  “author,” I do welcome any submitted columns or articles they wish to share.

Now stay off the roads if you can, keep warm, and enjoy this snowy day.

Let’s open this thread and hear your thoughts!

5 comments for “Housekeeping Announcements for TiLaV

  1. blah blah
    January 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Kathy, you ought to try and get one or two city employees to write on the site as well. People that are in the know. Problem is they may feel too threatened to say what they really think because the "leadership" of La Vergne looks at this site.

  2. January 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I only know one person in a leadership position who acknowledges reading this site. I would LOVE for someone to volunteer… they could write under a pseudonym. I don't want posts to be hearsay, though… we leave that to commenters!

  3. January 31, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Good morning readers of TILV.

    I just wanted to let you know that Mayor Erwin does read your site and is aware of all of the comments recently made. He thanks you for being so active and caring about our community.

    Also, I wanted to give everyone an update on the recycling programs which are being offered in La Vergne.

    I have heard from five or six companies (in Mt. Juliet and Rutherford County) and they have sent me the information you want to know.

    I wanted to wait until February to gather all of the information and present you with a concise package of those you can contact.

    Once again, thank you for being patient with me. I am — as are our city employees and leaders — here to serve the public.

    If I can help in any way, feel free to contact me at amayes (at) or call me at 615-207-4678 (my cell phone). I will help you to the best of my ability.

    Of course, feel free to continue to post your concerns and comments on our website — or e-mail our Mayor and Aldermen with your concerns or comments.

  4. Steve
    February 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

    For the record, Rotary is trying to help with the community center. This is NOT something that slinker is doing by himself.

    If he's trying to take credit for this, who knows what else he'll take credit for.

  5. February 3, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I'm glad the Rotary is working on this, as well as Mike and anyone else who is able. I know LaVergne has a ton of other issues that need to be addressed, but I also believe that by giving the city's residents something to do – teenagers for example – it'll help keep them out of trouble. I'm really excited about the possibilities and hope everyone can get behind it – whether it takes two years or ten years!!

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