The NashvilleNext movement is moving forward, and there is a new way to get involved. And it’s happening right now.
Here’s a note from the folks running the show about the events happening this week through the end of the month.
Community input at public meetings around the city this month will help decide what our city should focus on as we create a plan for Metro Nashville’s future. Conversations in South Nashville and Madison this week have gotten the process started – join us at one or more of the events listed below and share what you would do if you were the “NashvilleNext Mayor.”
Childcare and snacks are provided!
- Monday, July 15: Crossings Event Center, 5130 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch – doors open at 5:30. map to the Crossings Event Center
- Thursday, July 18: The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Sholom, 5015 Harding Pike – doors open at 5:30. map to The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Shalom
- Tuesday, July 23: North Police Precinct, 2231 26th Avenue North – doors open at 5:30. map to the North Police Precinct
- Saturday, July 27, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Sonny West Conference Center, Howard Office Building (formerly Howard School), 700 Second Avenue South – doors open at 9:30. map to the Sonny West Conference Center
Please consider attending one of these events if you can. It’s a great opportunity for Nashvillians to get involved, assuming you want to or care about the future of our fair city.
Seriously though, give it a thought! I’m planning to try and hit the Thursday event this week.
America celebrated July 4th this past Thursday.
Let freedom ring, right? The above video was taken July 4th in Murfreesboro, TN at a DUI Checkpoint.
People may argue for hours about whether or not refusing to roll down a window any further was justification for the actions by law enforcement in the video. That’s not the point of this conversation.
I wish my generation would #StandForSomething that didn’t involve the systematic elimination of babies that are the result of poor planning, bad timing, any crime, incest, or simply an inconvenience to be dealt with.
We ought to be better as a society regardless of what is currently the standard of expectation for what life is. Just because something is law doesn’t make it a right thing. As a nation, we have come to this realization before. I continue to hope that we will move in the correct direction on the life of unborn babies in this country. Not because it’s easier than abortion. Precisely because it says more about us to eliminate abortion than it does to accept it.
We should endeavor to protect life, not destroy it. This should be our task.
The Belcourt is the best place to see a documentary film in Nashville. It’s not because it’s the flashiest movie complex, or because they have the best popcorn. Its the only theatre that consistently brings documentaries worth seeing to the Middle Tennessee area.
This past week, the Belcourt showed a documentary titled We Steal Secrets: the story of WikiLeaks. The documentary film walks viewers through the organization of WikiLeaks and how Julian Assange started the world’s largest secret-spilling operation. That weekend I was able to see Dirty Wars, another documentary film about covert operations around the world conducted by a clandestine group known as JSOC as covered by journalist Jeremy Scahill.
Since my buddy Crockett showed me the preview for World War Z I had been anxiously awaiting the film. For once, a “zombie” film where it didn’t appear the zombies walked slowly. A real leveling of the playing field. As I often do, I did a little research on the film and learned that the production had some serious issues with delays, re-writes, budget concerns, etc.
By the time the film actually hit the theaters last week, it felt like Hollywood was waiting for the project to crash and burn. It looks like the opposite occurred with the film grossing $111M in its opening weekend globally, $66M of which was earned in the USA. Crisis averted, for now. Read More…
The public trust is under assault. To be honest, I don’t feel very “secure in the Blessings of Liberty.”
I am trying to think of another White House administration that has had a worse 60-day period in my lifetime. Let’s talk through the growing-seemingly-larger-every-day list of issues affected the Presidency.
So, what’s the biggest scandal so far? Well, that’s tough to say. Let’s list a few…
This is a post about being southern, appreciating clever design, and the Old Try. Enjoy.
For many years I had personal concerns about having been born and raised in the south, and more specifically Tennessee.
Considering the following:
- Race relations: this obviously includes slavery, native American injustices (not limited to the Trail of Tears), the Civil War, MLK’s assassination, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Dred Scott v. Sanford, that we even needed the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, and many more…
- Dixie: Confederate flags, the KKK, “The South will rise again”, etc.
- Rednecks: both the stereotype and reality of a “backwoods” southern people
- Slang and slow talk: possessing an accent that absolutely identifies me as southern
- Other southern things: a love for old country and bluegrass, mom’s biscuits and fried chicken, honeysuckle, seersucker, linen, etc.
Due to most of the above, I actively worked to avoid mentioning my southern roots.