24 Days Til Christmas, Out and About

December 1, 2012
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Happy December 1st LaVergne!  We are now 20 days until the end of the world. Failing that, we are 24 days away from Christmas! 31 days from the New Year.  And what have we done this year?

There’s some really good street news.  Chaney Road has been repaved and the nasty intersection at Chaney and Old Nashville Hwy has been repaired. That’s a pretty darn good Christmas present all in itself, but we also got part of Fergus paved, Sanford paved, and a few formerly battered side subdivision streets are now done. There’s a long way to go, but what a great start!

There’s some really good crime-fighting news.  Six arrests were made yesterday at the big yellow building – the former Crowder House Motel that’s now … we’re not really sure. Is it apartments? Is it a commercial building? Here’s a link to the story on Channel 4 that shows the suspects being loaded in the police cars: Police Say Business May Have Been a Front for Drugs. I read some sarcasm somewhere about the police using military vehicles. Here’s a little enlightenment for those confused about that. When the military no longer needs their equipment, municipalities can request them to be donated for use by police departments. I say kudos to LaVergne for taking advantage of this opportunity.

There’s some fun Christmas lights news.  Have you seen the snowflakes lining Murfreesboro Road?  They look SO MUCH better than those other poor, dilapidated lights we used to have.  Remember the soldiers and Santas and snowmen with half their lights out? Even though we missed the lights last year, it’s good to see the city took the year off so it could save ahead to buy nice ones for this year and future years!

There’s some playground news.  The city council approved at it’s November meeting that workers move forward in organizing a playground project for Lake Forest.  They are looking to do a “community build” and will need to raise about $100,000 to make it happen.  The type of playground they’re talking about are those fantastic, beautiful ones that have features like boats, forts, climbing walls.

If you’ve always wanted to get involved but didn’t know where to start, this would be a good opportunity.  They will need help with fundraising, childcare and food during the build, volunteers to actually build, tools, materials, and more.  To sign up, you can email info @ lavergnetn . gov and they’ll let you know when the first meeting is.  And it’s about time both for Lake Forest to have a playground and for YOU to get involved!  ;0)

The second annual Parade of Lights – LaVergne’s Christmas parade is a week from today. I saw yesterday that people have until Monday at 3:00 p.m. to submit their entries. Because it’s a night parade (Saturday, Dec. 8th at 6:00 p.m.), if you enter, you’ll want to light up your vehicle, signs, marchers, cars, whatever.  You can find battery operated lights at most any discount or department store.  So if you’re a member of any church, local organization, or have your own business, get to it!! It’s FREE to enter.  If you can’t fax the form, you can always slide it under the door or tape it to the door of the Parks & Rec Building located next to the convenience center on Sand Hill Rd. Here’s a link to the information that includes the entry form, rules, and liability release:  Parade of Lights.

Overdue books? Owe money? Bring in food to the LaVergne Public Library between now and December 15th to get up to $1 off your fine. The library asks for the food products you donate to be undamaged, unexpired, and non-perishable.

And finally, a reminder.  Please consider putting a blue light in your window, on your porch light, or lamp post this Christmas. It serves as a memorial to police officers who have been killed in the line of duty AND it acknowledge that our law enforcement officials put themselves in danger every day simply by going to work.  Here’s a link to the story on Channel 2: Fallen Officers Honored with Project Blue Light.

Happy weekend!

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