Let’s Chat… Christmas Parade, Burn Ban, and Sheriff

Let’s chat about the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY.

GOOD STUFF

It’s time to plan for the annual Christmas parade in La Vergne – the Parade of Lights.  We started this parade in 2011, so this makes it the sixth annual event!  The theme this year is “A Star Spangled Christmas” … appropriate since the unveiling of the city’s Veterans Memorial Wall and in a presidential ReindeerDogelection year. The parade will be at 6:00 p.m. and start at Veterans Park, ending at City Hall. The Fire Department always does an incredible job decorating the equipment they put in the parade. Our La Vergne royalty also have beautiful floats, as do other city departments.  I personally would like to see more of our local business enter a float (Bridgestone, Ingram… we’re looking at you!). You have the funds to do something spectacular so time to give back to our community!!  🙂  I also want to see more local churches jump in. ‘Tis the season after all!! If you want to enter a float (FREE!), contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (615) 793-3224 or email jwilson@lavergnetn.gov.

BAD DROUGHT

La Vergne and most of middle Tennessee were already under a burn watch. It has now intensified to a full blown ban on burning. Where fire pits and camp fires were previously okay, now… NOPE.  Here’s what Fire Chief Rick McCormick posted on numerous Facebook sites:

The City of La Vergne is issuing a NO OPEN FLAME BAN on ALL outdoor burning within the City limits…..this does include grills, pits, camp fires, bon fires , etc. The ban is in effect immediately and until further notice.

This is the time – for the safety of life and property including our fire fighters – to be extra vigilant and super careful with open flames. And by super careful, we mean NO OPEN FLAMES. kaithanx.

OH THE UGLY

Sheriff Arnold. Oh my. It looks like the courts just suspended the Rutherford County Sheriff without pay while he is in jailed and awaiting trial for a 14-count federal indictment. Who’s in charge of the Sheriff’s Office now?

The suspension makes Chief Deputy Randy Garrett acting sheriff until the Rutherford County Commission can appoint an interim sheriff, who could serve either until Arnold is acquitted or the next election could be held.

It’s also nice to know that professionals like La Vergne’s former assistant chief Keith Lowery are part of the leadership team for the county law enforcement agency. What are your thoughts on JailCig-Gate?

THANKSGIVING

So we don’t end on a sour note, we also want to make everyone aware of the massive undertaking by the city’s police department – with help from fire and other community volunteers – to gather food for our families and senior residents in need for Thanksgiving. They also feed these folks at Christmas and bring toys and clothes for children. Want to help out? The city is looking for donations of turkeys and other food items. Please don’t empty your shelves of nasty food (IMO) that you’ll never eat like a can of artichoke hearts, canned tamales, or three bean delight. It would be MOST HELPFUL if you could donate money – give $5 or $10 or $20 (or more!). Or go to Firehouse Subs in Smyrna on Tuesday, November 22 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. for the community fundraiser. Or volunteer to adopt a family. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Call the non-emergency number of the police department at (615) 793-7744 for information, or drop off what you can at the station behind City Hall.

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