On February 2nd of this year, we celebrate the fifth anniversary of This is LaVergne.com. My first post was called Welcome to LaVergne and I simply pulled information about how the city got its name,
The history of the City goes back to the 1700’s when the ancestors of some of La Vergne’s current residents settled in the area to begin their new life. The man the city was named after, Francois Leonard Gregorie de Roulhac de lavergne, eventually moved to Tennessee from France.
Relatively new to LaVergne, I wanted to get to know people. I looked around and was inspired by This is Smyrna… “Genius!” I thought. What a great way to get involved AND to do something I loved – writing. Even then, I thought our little site here could become an important source of news since there was no newspaper or other media dedicated solely to the city. Even in my little bitty home town of 3,000 people in Kentucky, there was a weekly paper … not so in LaVergne.
And so we began.
We’ve had some ups and downs in these last five years. It’s pretty clear this is not a drama-free zone, but that’s the nature of what happens when people are given the opportunity to exercise their first amendment right to free speech. Unless commenters tiptoed into the dangerous territory of causing Ivy and me possible liability issues, readers have had free reign to speak their minds.
Many people have gained our trust. I hope I earned yours in return because I applied for and today accepted the position of Public Relations Director with the City of LaVergne. Here are my qualifications for the position.
- B.S. in the communications field
- 15 years at The Council of State Governments
- 2 years as Research Associate publishing The Book of the States and supplementary directories
- 13 years as Communications Manager for the National Association of State Treasurers
- 10 years as lead staff of the College Savings Plans Network (where we lobbied and gained federal tax exemption on earnings for State 529 plans) and the State Debt Management Network
- lead staff in talking with national media about 529 plans
- conference planning of up to 12 events per year
- oversight of all written and electronic communications
- 1 year as Communications Specialist with the University of Kentucky in the Tobacco Research & Development Center
- And all kinds of other stuff that I’ll be glad to share with you if you ask, including real estate, newsletters, speech writer, web design, brochure design, award-winning writer, editor, publisher, and more.
What will this mean for TiLaV? First, we are very fortunate to have people in the city who recognize This is LaVergne can be used as an important communications tool for our town and its residents. This is LaVergne lives on. My friend and colleague Ivy is taking over as the lead administrator of the site. Our other writers will continue their interesting and informative posts, as well.
Like the house guest who won’t leave or the bad song stuck in your head, I’ll still be hanging out here. However, my role will be different. Effective January 31st, my posts will be news from the city as the Public Relations Director. If there are other things I want to write about and they do not conflict with my new position, I’ll speak up. (For example, I will continue to post lame pictures of birds and flowers… hahahaha…)
Ultimately, residents found a voice through This is LaVergne and we’d love more writers to volunteer to keep that voice loud and clear.
Meanwhile, I thank you for your support these last five years, LaVergne.