Compassionate, Interested Citizens of La Vergne

The weirdest thing is happening in our city. People who used to pick sides and who have passionately campaigned and spoken against each other have become civil. More than that, they (WE) are working together again.

IMG_6159Now they might not like each other as Matt Church and Debbie Heughan publicly said in a hilarious moment during the citizens forum last month. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t working together for a common good. And you know what? That’s how it should be.

Ms. Phillips whose home was flooded with sewage in November has said she believes there was a reason for her house to overflow. I’m not usually a supporter of the “bad things happen for a reason” theory (I’m still pretty angry at cancer for causing my brother-in-law’s death). But I do believe that Ms. Phillips may be on to something here.

Realistically, a greater power did not cause the city sewer to back up into her house and into her neighbor’s home. That was caused because the houses are located at a low point in the system, so when the system gets too full… well you know what they say. [Bleep] rolls downhill and they are at the bottom of the hill, so to speak.

But the [bleep] rolling downhill has caused a domino effect. One very vocal person, and then another, and then another… well we all started talking. And together our hearts have gone out to fellow La Vergnians who desperately need our help.

Alderman Tom Broeker, who has always been a caring leader, has met with a team of about a dozen people, including members of Box 100, members of the Rescue Squad, citizens, former mayor, former mayor opponents, and other compassionate, interested citizens of La Vergne to organize a fundraiser for those who have been poo-poo’d by some city leaders and other city officials. On Saturday, March 26 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Miracle Baptist Church is opening its doors for a Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for the repair of these homes.

Here’s a link to the event on Facebook. (Note: The time of the event says 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., but in the body of the description it says 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. We’ll just say if you get there after 4:00, you’ll be good.)

And about the event:

Friends of La Vergne, come out March 26th from 2pm – 8pm @ Miracle Baptist Church 5361 Murfreesboro Rd. La Vergne, TN., for a great spaghetti dinner to support two local families whose home was damaged recently with a sewer overflow. All proceeds will help these two families get back on their feet and repair their residences. There will also be baked goods for sale and a silent auction.

Multiple local groups and people have volunteered their manpower and services for this event but certainly could use additional help. If you can give some time, donate items such as boxes of spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, baked goods, or especially items for the silent auction to make this event successful it would be greatly appreciated.

I ask that you consider coming out for this worthy cause and just as importantly please share this invite with all your friends. Let’s collectively turn this into a positive. La Vergne residents have the biggest hearts and always step up to the plate for each other. Let’s come together once again and help the Phillips and Ford families. WE ARE LA VERGNE! Hope to see you there!

Maybe there is a reason for our literal [Poop] Happens event. Maybe in this case, seeing someone up poop creek without a paddle is what finally unites us as a city again. Visit the link to learn how you can donate items for the auction or food for the dinner or volunteer for the event.

It’s all hands on deck for this one. And we hope that as we are helping Ms. Phillips and her neighbor we are really helping ourselves be a strong community again.We can do this.


Box 100 BINGO Vendor Fair
Friday, March 18, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Building
Box 100 will be hosting a vendor fair. There will be free bingo and a silent auction. Come join us for fun and prizes!! Admission $5.00

City Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
FREE event, but get there early for games. The egg hunt begins PROMPTLY at 10:00 a.m. and last about 2 minutes so there are no do-overs if you’re late. Call Parks & Rec at 615.793.3224 for more info.

Percy Priest Lake Clean-Up
Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m.
Hurricane Creek Recreation Area
Dress appropriately with long sleeves, and boots. Gloves and trash bags provided.
Lunch provided after the clean-up (hotdogs, chips, drinks) (prepared by Box 100 volunteers).
Call 615.287.8658 to let Stormwater Dept. know you and/or your group will be coming.

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