Thursday, April 6, 2017

Southeast Egg Hunt & Festival this Sat, Upcoming Community Meeting on Zoning Change for Development, Jobs for Teens in our Community and more

Join Opportunity NOW today in our area of Southeast Nashville for an on-boarding event with Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation! Multiple Opportunity NOW representatives will be available to answer your portal questions and guide our Teens through the process to get plugged into a summer program, internship, or a job!

For more information visit the website and facebook pages below

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Trustee office providing assistance for tax relief tax freeze applications Sat March 18 at First TN Bank in District 29

Please share with others who would be able to take advantage of the convenience of the Trustee's office providing help to our area seniors to fill out paperwork at a location in our district.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Groundbreaking for Smith Springs Park and Community Center rescheduled for February 17

District 29 Community Meeting to meet New Owner of Abandoned Shopping Center off Murfreesboro Road, February 27 at Mt Zion Baptist Church Antioch Location 6:30 pm


Monday, February 27, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
(Antioch Location)
2261 Murfreesboro Road
There will be a community meeting to welcome the new owner, and the commercial realtor for the abandoned shopping center at 2528 and 2532 Murfreesboro Road and 2618 and 2621 Lakevilla Drive across from Taco Bell.  The new owner would like to get your ideas on what you would like to see in the space.

This is a very important meeting and I hope you will make plans to attend. 
Facilitated by
Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson
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Community Meeting Districts 28, 29 and 33 on Metro Property Reappraisal and to learn of deadlines for Metro Tax Freeze and Tax Deferral Programs


Monday, February 13, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Smith Springs Elementary School
3132 Smith Springs Road

There will be a community meeting for residents of District 28, 29 and 33 to discuss the 2017 Metro Property Reappraisal - Property Tax Assessor Vivian Wilhoite's Office, and Metro Tax Freeze & Tax Relief Program & Deadlines - County Trustee Charlie Cardwell's Office.  Representatives will be available to provide you with updates and answer any questions.

This is a very important meeting and we hope you will make plans to attend. 

Facilitated by

District 28 Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher
615 878-5653

District 29 Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson
615 977-6721

District 33 Councilman Sam Coleman
615 641-5168

Free Teen Driver Awareness Class Set for February 18

                                                     February 8, 2017


          Registration is still open for the Metropolitan Police Department’s FREE Teenage Driver Awareness Class for high school aged teens, scheduled for Saturday, February 18th, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  This popular course will be held in the community room of the MNPD’s South Precinct, 5101 Harding Place.  It is open to all high school aged teens, regardless of county of residency.
          The class, taught by Nashville police officers, will not offer behind the wheel training, but rather will focus on impaired driving, distracted driving and overall traffic safety.         
          Persons interested in signing up for this program may do so on-line at this link:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Last Public Comment Opportunity That Will Decide Where Sidewalks Will Go In Our City Wednesday January 11, 2017

Draft Plan Outreach Strategy

The public will have the opportunity to submit feedback that will help to refine the draft WalkNBike plan.  Please share the below meeting time for tomorrow, Wednesday January 11, 2017 in your communications channels, and encourage neighbors to participate in the process.
 Wednesday, January 11th: MNPD South Precinct (5pm to 7pm), 5101 Harding Place
  • March 7th: Presentation to Metro Council in Council Chambers (3pm to 4pm)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Trash and Recycling Information for Inclement Weather Conditions today

Good morning,
Due to hazardous road conditions, all Metro trash and recycling services have been suspended for today. We plan to resume pick up Saturday, pending road conditions. Depending on the road conditions some pickups may not occur until Monday. Please advise your constituents to leave there containers out on the curb/alley until they have been collected. Thank you!
--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: McCoy-Jones, Stacy (Public Works)
Date: Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 11:31 AM
Subject: Trash and Recycling services
To: Council Members <>

District 29 Community Meeting Thursday January 19, 2017

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! District 29 and Southeast Nashville Celebrates the Holidays!

I hope each and everyone is enjoying a peaceful, joyous and blessed filled Holiday!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Thank you to everyone for your care for others throughout our district and city this year.  Your  volunteerism for our Annual Events and Cleanups is so appreciated greatly.  It is what makes our Community so Great! Helping others and looking out for our neighbors is what makes our area of the city so special.  I wish you and your family continued prosperity and love.


Pictured below is his beautiful home
Our Annual Christmas Holiday Event held each year at the beautiful lakeside YMCA Camp Widijiwagan was again a huge success.  Thank you to our incredible committee of volunteers Ms. Sue Paugh, Delishia (Dee) Porterfield, Rene Mercer, Phyllis and Leon Stinson, Lorinda Hale, Emily Hale, Alma Sanford, Brandon Harden, Cynthia Dirkson, Marilyn Metz, Mike Hassell, Karen VanCleave
Graphic Designer - Jessica Coleman,
DJ - Jaye Roberts, J.F.E.V.R Enterprises
Entertainment - John F. Kennedy Middle School Students
Photography - Sarah Weiss, Mike and Karen VanCleave

Our event could not have been possible without our sponsors: THANK YOU!
Mayor Megan Barry, Vice Mayor David Briley, J.R. Andy Herrell with Crye Leike Realtors, District Attorney General Glenn Funk, Judge Steve Dozier, Juvenile Court Clerk David Smith, Judge Allegra Walker, Circuit Court Clerk Richard Rooker, Judge Lynda Jones,  County Clerk Brenda Wynn, County Trustee Charlie Cardwell, Judge Rachel L. Bell, Judge Randy Kennedy, Judge Amanda McClendon, Judge Kelvin Jones, Councilman At Large Jim Shulman, Councilman At Large Bob Mendes, Councilman At Large John Cooper,
Attorney David Waynick, Dr. Shawn Joseph, Hon. School Board Member Will Pinkston, Hon. School Board Member Tyese Hunter, Angelo's Picnic Pizza, H&T's Homecooking, Homestyle Bakery, Bell Road Church of the Nazarene, Duke & Misty at Antioch Shell, Ben Freeland - Freeland Chevrolet, Global Crossings, Shineworthy Tea, Holiday Inn at the Crossings, Omni Nashville Hotel

Grand Prize Winner -
Omni Package - Alexander & Beverly Parker of Nashboro Village
Pictured below
(They plan to use this for Valentines Day!)

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Council Recommends Metro School Board Require Seat Belts on Buses
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro council members unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night recommending school board officials require new buses be equipped with seat belts.
The topic about adding seatbelts to school buses has been a popular topic after November’s deadly Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six elementary school students.
Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson said this topic has been discussed in the past.
“It's been a long-term conversation throughout the years but because of budget reasons it has always been off the table but I think that due to this tragedy that we just saw in Chattanooga, it has revised some of those conversations and the thinking of parents asking are my children safe,” Johnson said.
Metro School officials estimated seat belts would add $12,000 to the cost of each new bus.
School officials also said Metro will need to buy more buses because two children can sit on buses with seat belts compared to three.
Officials pointed out that every bus costs Metro $40,000 to 50,000 to operate each year.
Johnson said funding from the federal and state level will help.
"I think that there will be funding available to local municipalities and when that time comes I think we need to seriously consider factoring that in and looking at where we are at that point and then making a decision based on that funding and the local funding as well," she said.
Anna Shepherd with the Metro school board said keeping students safe is a no-brainer.
“It's tragic that it took six little babies to die that we're talking about this more seriously today than we were a year ago. A lot of times we are reactive instead of proactive and so if we can be proactive on this I think it's the right thing to do,” Shepherd said.
She said she knows council members realize equipping buses with seatbelts comes with a price.

“They know that we come to them for a final approval of our budget and so it's my hope that they will approve that expense for us without taking it away from another area.
Both Shepherd and Johnson agree you can’t put a price tag on the safety of children.

Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson Elected to the National League of Cities Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH – Karen Y. Johnson, Councilwoman, of Nashville, Tennessee, was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) board of directors by NLC’s membership at the group’s annual business meeting this month at the 2016 City Summit in Pittsburgh. Johnson was elected to a TWO-year term and will play an important role as a leader of the nation’s largest and most representative membership and advocacy organization for city officials.

“I look forward to serving on NLC’s Board of Directors and helping to represent our city and other local elected officials in advocating for protection of local authority and addressing city legislative priorities important to NLC members,” Johnson said.
In her role on the Board, Johnson will meet throughout the year to guide NLC’s strategic direction and set the organization’s advocacy priorities and operational goals. Board members are selected by a 15-member nominating committee, and are confirmed by a vote by NLC’s membership.
“The National League of Cities board of directors serves a critical role in guiding our organization’s priorities and policies,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC). “I want to thank the members elected to the board for their service to our organization, and look forward to working with them during an important year for the nation’s cities.”
Around 3,000 local leaders and staff convened in Pittsburgh from Nov. 16-19 for the annual 2016 City Summit (formerly known as the Congress of Cities) to network, discuss city priorities and learn best practices. Mayors, council

Karen Johnson
Karen Johnson
members and city staff participated in informative workshops, took mobile tours and attended education sessions at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Selling cars in front yards now illegal in Davidson County

Selling cars in front yards now illegal in Davidson County

Posted: Nov 15, 2016 6:21 PM CST WSMV Channel 4

Councilmembers Karen Johnson and Brenda Haywood Join Mayor Megan Barry to serve Thanksgiving meals at the Nashville Rescue Mission

Erika Kurre - Lunch time at the Nashville Rescue Mission today. About 1,500 people fed and they were SO grateful. #thanksgiving #givingback