Monthly Archives: October 2012

Storm Stories: Praying for the East Coast

October 29, 2012
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hurricane sandy

Let’s all keep the people in our prayers over these next few days who are dealing with the severe weather, including wind, wind driven rain, flooding, blizzard, and snow.  This storm is frightening to watch from hundreds of miles away, so you can only imagine how awful it must be for those who are living through it. The worst weather I’ve experienced have been a massive ice storm and the flooding of 2010 right here in LaVergne.  During the ice storm, you could walk outside and listen to branches snapping and trees falling.  Then in May two and a half…

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Stone Soup: Halloween Edition

October 27, 2012
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trail 2011

Another Saturday is upon us, but this one is very different from last week’s with these ~~~cold~~~ temperatures blasting us! With weather having such an important role in our everyday plans, it’s a good time to tell you about LaVergne’s own local weather forecaster, Richard Long.  Richard does daily updates for Box 100, offering advice on weather that could specifically impact life in LaVergne. You can find his weather forecasts online here at Box 100 Weather, or follow him on the organization’s Facebook page where he also posts his weather updates. You will also see Richard at Trail of Treats…

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Saturday’s Stone Soup

October 20, 2012
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Let’s throw a bunch of stuff in the pot and see what we can cook up this Saturday in LaVergne! Early Voting Early voting is underway! If you are a registered voter in Rutherford County, you can stop at any polling place in the county to cast your vote.  We urge people to be informed before voting – call the candidates, read what they have to say, and most importantly be aware of the emotional contagion phenomenon. *Anger and resentment are the most contagious of emotions. If you are near a resentful or angry person, you are more prone to…

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The Real Deal on Non-Profits

October 18, 2012
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The Real Deal on Non-Profits

Hoo boy is campaign season in full swing or what? We have been out-of-breath trying to keep up with moderating our Facebook site as people seem to be taking great joy in expressing their opinions, some of which are true, some half true, and some … well some are just outright lies. Our Facebook page blew up last night when an accusation was made against the mayor. It was proven incorrect and – thankfully – the person who *insisted* it was true finally retracted the statement and apologized.  Remember the saying that perception is reality?  Well guys, perception is NOT…

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Election 2012: The Endorsement Post

October 16, 2012
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For several years, the editors of This is LaVergne have written endorsement posts for candidates seeking local office. This year’s endorsements are written based on several factors, including: 1) The record of their service to the public while in office, if applicable, 2) The quality of their responses to our survey questionnaires, 3) Their professionalism in articles published in the mainstream media , and 4) The answers and statements they made during the candidate forum.  Honestly, we have also been following some of the online sources for information to see both what people in the community are saying and how…

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Candidate for Alderman: Dennis Waldron

October 16, 2012
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Dennis

These are the answers we received from Alderman Dennis Waldron when – as residents of La Vergne – asked him to answer questions that are relevant and important to us as taxpayers and voters. Question 1: What do you believe a municipal government should provide to its citizens? … Question 2: Last year, the city faced financial crisis, so property taxes were increased by 50¢. If you approve of the increase, please describe why.  If you are against the increase, describe your solutions that would allow the city to continue to operate (please be very specific on your details). ……

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Candidate for Alderman: Tom Broeker

October 15, 2012
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Tom Broeker

Question 1:  What do you believe a municipal government should provide its citizens? While a local or municipal government should provide many things, first and foremost it has the responsibility of providing safety and security for its residents. The obvious way of providing safety and security is through a strong, well trained, well equipped, and fully staffed emergency services. Appropriate and fitting legislation such as subdivision ordinances, animal control regulation among many others also provide security and order to a community. Additionally, a municipal government should be good stewards of the taxpayer dollars and funds. They should constantly be evaluating…

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Candidate for Alderman: Melisa Brown

October 14, 2012
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Brown

Question 1:  What do you believe a municipal government should provide to its citizens? The municipal government should provide safe neighborhoods with ample fire and police protection, well-maintained roads, sewer services, and clean water. This should all be done in the most economically considerate way possible. Question 2: Last year, the city faced financial crisis, so property taxes were increased by 50¢. If you approve of the increase, please describe why. If you are against the increase, describe your solutions that would allow that city to continue to operate (please be very specific on your details). Our residents are against…

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Candidate for Alderman: Kathy Hines

October 13, 2012
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Hines

Question 1: What do you believe a municipal government should provide to its citizens? Awareness, community involvement, codes to maintain, public policies, public services that are modern, safe community for families and visitors. Question 2: Last year, the city faced financial crisis, so property taxes were increased by 50¢. If you approve of the increase, please describe why.  If you are against the increase, describe your solutions that would allow the city to continue to operate (please be very specific on your details). You have a tax base that will support your community. If your population grows and your tax…

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This is Your Day Book and Spaghetti Lovers

October 13, 2012
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lady and tramp

And a good Saturday morning to you, friends of LaVergne!  It’s another beautiful day in our city, but especially nice for book lovers and people who want to live vicariously through the movie Lady and the Tramp. The LaVergne Public Library is holding it’s Fall Book Sale today between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  They usually fill up the kids’ reading room with row after row of books for sale.  The price? Whatever you think is “fair”!  Funds raised will be used toward library programs, so stop by and show your support. You will also see activity at the corner…

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