TheNews
March 7, 2013

Volume 24   •   Number 9


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• Tornado siren system expanded
• Limited parking on 12 South
• Youth league wants change
• Oak Hill looks to adopt business tax
• Taxing Matters with Jim Wilson
• Lipscomb National Merit scholars
• World Irish dance contest
• Metro/State Commentary with Horace Johns
• Cities cooperate on stream cleanup
• Consumers office urges credit check
• Notable women to speak at Scarritt-Bennett
• Speed barriers on Bresslyn
• Edwin Warner Park ropes course
• Community night at Predators game
• Glendale Elementary's annual Story Night
• Dru's vues, too! by Drucilla Smith Fuller
• Students qualify for Science Olympiad
• Bike share offers discount
• National engineering competition
• Calls stealing personal info
• State warns of corporate service records offer
• OBITUARIES


Tornado siren system is expanded


Jenny Upchurch

Associate Editor

When a tornado threatens Davidson County, warning sirens will sound a new alarm. As part of a 2 million improvement effort, the system will use a sound more like an air-rail wail than a schoolhouse beep.

“I associate that sound with danger, and that’s what we want people to think,” Scott Potter, head of Metro’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, said.

“When they hear it, I want them to go inside and check their weather radio or the TV.”

The emergency office announced the new sound —“like the bombers are coming in” — along with adding sirens. There will be 20 more sirens installed, bringing the total to 93.

Some will go in areas now without any; others will beef up areas already covered. The locations were added based on the 2010 Census.

Nineteen sirens are louder and rotate to reach more people in a larger area.

The sirens are being placed where people tend to be outdoors, such as parks and sports fields. All sirens will sound whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for anywhere in Davidson County. The sirens should not be the only alert people depend on, OEM staff said. Sirens are an outdoors warning system, not something to replace a weather radio or local television and radio, especially at night when most are sleeping.

“It is to warn people who are outside and drive them indoors to find out what’s happening,” Potter said.

Installation of the new sirens is expected to wrap up this week. Changing over the tone at all the sirens is anticipated by the end of April.

The $2 million cost is from a capital bond program approved last year by Metro Council.

Contact Jenny Upchurch at 615-298-1500 or email jenny@gcanews.com.

 


 

The American Red Cross has a Tornado App with lifesaving information in tornado-prone areas.

This free app — in English or Spanish — gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information on what to do before, during and after a tornado. The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area – even if the app is closed. An “all clear!” alert comes when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.

The Tornado App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

 

 


 

Traffic meeting is March 11
12 South visitors may see limits on parking

Ben Daniel
Staff Writer

Parking on three streets in the booming 12 South commercial hub could be put off limits to anyone but residents.

The Metro Traffic and Parking Commission will hear a request for permit-only parking on Caruthers Avenue, Gilmore Avenue and Montrose Avenue at 3 p.m. Monday, March 11. Residents say they are left with no place to park because customers for restaurants and bars along 12th Avenue South are filling those spots.

“Parking in our neighborhood or anywhere near 12th South is terrible,” a 12th Avenue South neighborhood resident Matthew Reebals said. “Permit parking could work, but I feel like it’s be hard to enforce it and where is everyone going to park? I already have to park at the church half of the time to get into my house.”

Bret Tuck, of Edley’s Bar-B-Que 2706 12th Ave S., say he understands the residents’ complaints but also believes working together will be the key because the restaurants and businesses have spurred the neighborhood’s popularity.

Metro Department of Public Works is also trying to identify sufficient parking for businesses, if the permit parking is adopted.

“The area’s businesses and neighbors have been meeting and working to identify if shared-parking could work to benefit the parties involved,” said Jenna Smith, a spokeswomen for Metro Department of Public Works. “There are several businesses, a church and dry cleaner who have different hours, and we want to identify these lots as shared spots so everyone can park everywhere instead of on these streets.”

The request is to place permit parking limits on the three blocks of Caruthers, Gilmore and Montrose Avenue off 12th South so that the entire lane of each of the streets is for residential parking 24 hours a day. Residents will apply for a permit, pay a fee and receive a tag that identify vehicles parked on the street.

Smith said that if there is permit parking, Public Works will work to inform people where they can and cannot park.

Contact Ben Daniel at 615-298-1500 or email bendaniel@gcanews.com.

 

 


Youth league wants change
Lights suggested for Warner Park ball fields

Ben Daniel
Staff Writer

The West Nashville Sports League is lobbying for lights to be added to sports fields in Edwin Warner Park off Vaughn Road.

Metro Parks and Recreation recently held a public hearing on the request. The issue is under study.

Lights were not included when the sports fields were planned in 2004. At that time, the Parks and Greenways Master Plan was to not include lights with those fields in the park but to pursue another site for sports areas.

However, league officials and parents at the hearing last month argued the lights should be placed at the fields because no site for athletic fields has been purchased, and the West Nashville Sports League’s continued growth over the past nine years has increased the demand for field space.

The Metro Council representative, Carter Todd, said at the hearing that he is in favor of the park board reconsidering lights at the fields.

“This is an important issue; I am in favor of lights here,” Todd said. “Back in 2004, we had these bright lights that shot up and kind of affected the stargazers and affected the people (in this area), and now with the improvements in technology, we have these environmentally friendly lights that shine down.”
The West Nashville Sports League, which took over the Lipscomb Green Hills Baseball League, has grown to nearly 110 teams. Lights to allow for a couple of extra hours of available practice time a day would have an enormous impact on the league, its members said at the hearing.

“I spent 20 years in the military and my kids have played baseball in four different states, and every state that we’ve played in has had lights on the field,” Tillman Payne, a WNSL parent, said. “I was completely shocked when we didn’t have lights on these fields, because baseball — just like any other great activity for kids — the more opportunity that they have to do it, the better experience they will have. I can’t see how this wouldn't be the best thing for the city and all of the families around here to have a little bit more opportunity to give to the kids.”
One person at the hearing expressed concern about the lights and their effect on other park users and wildlife. She said one compromise could be to install the lights but turn the lights off each night.

Scott Tygard, the Executive Director of the WNSL, presented a check for $75,000 towards the project to “show that we are a good partner with our parks system.”

At the hearing, Parks officials read the Metro Parks and Greenways mission statement as well as the mission statement of Warner Parks. Stating that while this is still the mission statement of the park, the officials said they will work with what concerns expressed at the hearing in rejecting or accepting the proposal.

Reach Ben Daniel at 615-298-1500 or email BenDaniel@GCAnews.com

 

 


Oak Hill looks to adopt business tax

Jenny Upchurch
Associate Editor

Oak Hill will likely put a business tax and license requirement in place by this summer.

The issue passed its first reading last month and will come back to the Board of Commissioners for final approval Thursday, March 21.

City officials say that this move won’t mean residents will pay more taxes and won’t mean new businesses are coming to Oak Hill. Instead, it will redirect business taxes already being paid to Davidson County to Oak Hill.

The move is prompted by the growing possibility that Oak Hill — and other cities such as Belle Meade, Forest Hills, Goodlettsville and Berry Hill — will lose a major source of revenue: the Hall tax paid on income from investments.

“The Hall tax is 40 percent of our revenues now, and there is a push in the state to end that (tax),” said Oak Hill Mayor Austin McMullen. Belle Meade also derives between 35 and 45 percent of its annual operating revenues from the Hall tax.
The Hall tax levies 6 percent rate on interest from bonds, notes and stock dividends.

Since Jan. 1, people over 65 with total income less than $26,200 for a single filer or $37,000 for joint filers are exempt from the tax.

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey wants to further cut the state's Hall income tax on investments. "I do think it's blatantly unfair that we ask citizens to save for their retirement, to put money back so you aren't living just off Social Security," Ramsey told reporters in January. "And yet when that time comes that you want to start drawing this money out of certain accounts, then you have to pay a tax on it. Well, that's just wrong."

Ramsey has said he wants to raise exemption levels for those over 65. He said that, over time, he wants to boost the exemption high enough so that it's "irrelevant to most people."

Bills in the Tennessee House and Senate (HB 0576 and SB0427) would prohibit any tax on investment income “derived from any stock in any entity doing business in Tennessee that is a bank holding company, a corporation that elects to pass corporate income, losses, deductions and credit through to their shareholders for federal tax purposes and the owner of a controlling interest in a Tennessee state bank or savings institution, national bank or federally chartered savings institution.”

Both are currently in committees.

McMullen said the proposed business tax and license is “to ensure that Oak Hill residents continue to receive the high level of services they expect without having to pay a higher level of taxes or fees.” The city’s Hall tax revenues help pay for services such as trash and recycling, brush pickup, paving and snow and ice prevention and removal.

Oak Hill does not have a commercial district other than stores within a church or private school so this would affect people with home-based vocations, McMullen said.

If approved this month, the tax will go into effect July 1. The state will collect the tax, then pay it to Oak Hill.

Contact Jenny Upchurch at 615-298-1500 or email jenny@gcanews.com.

 

 

 



Financial uncertainty only adds to divorce’s emotional stress

Kathy Lynch wrote an interesting article about what she called “gray divorce.”

That is what people call a divorce after age 50. Strange, isn’t it that people tolerate unhappy marriages for decades and then, when the children leave home, well, it is over? Having experienced a divorce in my life, at the age of 44, I can tell you that if you can avoid the experience, by all means do. It is difficult to understand how two people can be so much in love at the beginning of a relationship and then become such bitter enemies later in life. In other words, “Honey, I loved you so much I could have eaten you. Now I wish I had.” Sitting across a table fighting for possessions, children, alimony and child support is not a lovely way to spend a day.

Kathy writes, “According to a recent study by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, the last 20 years has seen the rate of divorce double for this age group [50 forward], with one in four marriages ending in divorce.”

There are many reasons for those statistics. Perhaps one reason is due to less social stigma regarding divorce in general. Maybe it is due to the changing roles of men and women in the marriage. No matter what the reasons may be, ending a marriage anytime but especially in later in life is complicated. The woven garment of love becoming frayed and raveled can be most disastrous. Kathy says, “…the intricacies of what is involved can be daunting.”

In addition to the emotional problems encountered in divorce, think of the financial implications. Financial consequences are complex and will impact almost every aspect of the couple’s lives. Children, houses, assets, debts, health insurance, retirement savings, Social Security, tax implications and more all need careful consideration before untying the knot.

Time is needed for clients to handle tasks that in the past were the responsibility of the spouse, such as maintaining the home or handling the finances. They may have had to return to work or are working longer hours. Also, clients over the age of 50 have less time - fewer years - to recover from any financial setbacks resulting from the divorce and to save for retirement.

Some steps to remember when preparing for a life- changing event, especially after the age of 50.

1. Prepare a budget. Life will change after divorce. Responsibility for finances will be thrust upon you. Prepare for the requirements to sustain life.

2. Consider retirement funds. The law allows withdrawals from tax-protected retirement funds beginning at 59½. If funds from retirement are required for current expenses, ask you lawyer to use a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO). What happens if retirement funds become the property of your ex-spouse? It's treated as a taxable distribution to you. This means you owe the IRS for money that actually winds up in your ex's pocket. Your ex will love this, because it's a tax-free windfall at your expense. On top of the income tax bill, you may also get stung with the 10 percent premature withdrawal penalty if you are under age 59½. This just adds insult to injury.

3. Health insurance may be an issue. Individual policies at age 50 and on are expensive. Negotiate a settlement that requires assistance with the cost of health care.

4. Disability insurance is also a consideration. What if you cannot work due to illness or injury? Consider a settlement that addresses those possibilities.

The reality of ending a long-term marriage may come as a surprise to some couples. The retirement they once thought possible may be postponed or not at the level of comfort previously imagined. But knowledgeable financial advisors can make a big difference in the lives of such clients by helping them achieve the best retirement outcome possible.

Finally, the biggest hurdle is emotional upset. Financial advisors can do little to relieve that burden. My suggestion to all who read this letter: When you see the marriage beginning to crumble, take desperate steps to solidify the relationship.

But if the marriage is doomed, think of ways to protect yourself from financial disaster on top of emotional chaos. And in all things, pray for families who are feeling the pain of separation and divorce. May God give peace and healing to all who have experienced the disruption caused by these broken relationships, and may He be especially present to the children in these families. Pray for God to help all involved deal with any feelings of rejection, loneliness and grief and, above all, to trust in God's power to heal and restore. (Psalm 34:17-19)

For more information, please call Wilson & Wilson, PC, CPA, CFE at 615-673-1330 or send an email to us at jim@wilsonandwilsoncpa.com.

 

 

 



Lipscomb Academy students named National Merit scholars

Lipscomb Academy seniors Chandler Montgomery and Rachel Ackerman have been named National Merit Finalists, an honor given to 1 percent of high school students who take the national PSAT and SAT college entrance exams.

Both have attended Lipscomb since elementary school.

 



Performances here this month
Girls compete in world Irish dance contest

Irish Stepdancers from the Nashville area will compete this month in the world championships in Boston.

The best dancers from all over the world will compete. The championship is being held in North America for only the second time.

The Kristin Butke School of Irish Dance, which serves the Nashville, Franklin, and Spring Hill, will send 42 dancers to Boston: 13 solo dancers, 4 dance teams, and a dance drama.

The group will have a World Irish Dance Showcase between 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church reception hall. This evening will include dinner and performances.

Proceeds will help defray the costs of traveling to the competition. Tickets for the Showcase are $25 for adults, $15 for ages 13-17, $5 for age 6-12, and 5 and under are free.

Two Nashville Irish Step Dancers have qualified to compete. Evie Kennedy, 17 , is a senior at University School of Nashville and Megan Mooney, 12, is a seventh-grader at Martin Luther King Magnet school.

Nashville Irish Step Dancers will perform at the “Grand Ole Opry” for the 14th year in a row on March 16 for the Opry’s St. Patrick’s Day show.

 

 




Cuts won’t be disaster if compromise sought

President Obama and Congress did not reach an agreement on the budget, hence, sequestration kicked in on March 1st. Up to the end, Obama, with a mostly supportive media, tried to make it seem like sequestration would be the end of America’s fiscal world.

Sequestration refers to automatic spending cuts that were agreed upon by Obama and Congress during the 2011 debt ceiling deal. The cuts left entitlements, the largest part of federal spending, practically untouched; however, the cuts are heavy for the military, raising serious concerns for our readiness and preparedness in the future.

In the past eight years, federal spending has exploded from a $2 trillion budget in 2005 to a $3.5 trillion budget in 2012, a 75 percent increase. During the next 10 years, the budget is projected to grow almost another 69 percent to $6 trillion annually. The sequester, now in effect since this past Friday, barely makes a dent by allowing a 67 percent increase.

The United States faces a mammoth debt crisis. Prior to the sequestration, we already had been hit by a credit rating downgrade, driven by massive spending increases. Instead of putting our nation on a path to a balanced budget within the next 10 years, Obama and Congress seem hell-bent on crippling our children’s future with higher interest rates, inflation, and even fewer jobs.

For the past several weeks, Obama has led a scare campaign about how a sequester will cause firing firefighters, police, and teachers. Does he really think we are naive enough to believe that a mere 2 percent reduction of spending in a $3.5 trillion annual budget will trigger an Armageddon meltdown? Cutting the obscene waste and fraud in federal spending would more than cover a 2 percent reduction.

So why is Obama persisting in trying to scare Americans into believing his dire predictions? Could it be that the Obama administration fears that the Obama tax hikes, forced through Congress in January, in addition to the massive number of regulations coming with Obamacare, will hurt the economy, possibly causing unemployment to spike and recession to begin again? Is Obama in damage control by setting up a scapegoat to blame — i.e., the Congress would not raise taxes again to fuel his massive spending? Only time will answer these questions.
The nation is not going down the tube because of $85 billion in automatic spending cuts as required by the sequester. First, 82 percent of federal assistance to states is exempt from it. For example, state Medicaid programs are set to expand, not contract. Moreover, state revenues have risen to their highest level since 2008. Second, funding to disadvantaged students and special education for those disabled students will not be affected, at least for this school year.

For now, airplanes will still fly, food will be inspected, schools won’t close, and police and firefighters will be around to protect us. Not surprisingly, despite all of Obama’s scary scenarios, only a small fraction of the $1.6 trillion scheduled for Obamacare is subject to the sequester. It looks as if Obama can spend money where he wants to, regardless of the crisis.

The sky is not falling yet. Obama and Congress have until March 27 to avoid any dire forecasts. Flexibility is needed. Republicans need to be willing to close tax loopholes. Democrats need to be willing to tackle entitlement reform. Obama needs to lead rather than campaign, like getting involved upfront instead of waiting late in the game with scare tactics and stop leaving Washington on vacation in the midst of a crisis.

 

 


Cities cooperate on stream cleanup

The cities of Goodlettsville and Millersville and the Stream Watch Committee are hosting a community-wide stream clean-up event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9.

Slater’s Creek, Mansker Creek, and Dry Creek are considered to impaired, urban streams that are in need of community action. Under the federal Clean Water Act, impaired waters are rivers, lakes, or streams that do not meet one or more water-quality standards and are considered too polluted for their intended uses such as fishing, wading or wildlife habitat.

The cleanup was to be March 2 but was rescheduled because of weather.
Due to the increase in volunteers in this event, the cities have arranged to have four entry point sites throughout the community.

• Mansker Creek – Ridge Hill Drive (Millersville)

• Slater’s Creek – Millersville Community Center on Louisville Highway (Millersville)

• Mansker Creek – Old Stone Bridge Road at Springfield Highway (Goodlettsville),

• Dry Creek – Dry Creek Road at Robert Cartwright Drive (Goodlettsville).
Bright yellow stream clean-up signage will indicate the entry point areas. Gloves, bags, t-shirts, snacks, and certificates will be provided.

For information, visit www.cityofgoodlettsville.org/streamwatch or www.cityofmillersville.com or call Karen Smith at 615-859-0880 or Amy Murray 615-859-2740.

 



Consumers office urges credit check

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Consumer Affairs Division is urging consumers to start the year off with a free review of their credit report.

Gaps in your computer’s security, a data breach at a company you patronize, even a failure to properly dispose of private information — all can lead to cases of stolen identities.

“Consumers can fight identity theft by monitoring and reviewing their credit report,” Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell says. “You may request your free credit report online, by phone or through the mail. New accounts opened with your identity will appear on your report, revealing any potential cases of identity fraud to you.”

Consumers who fail to stay current with their credit profiles risk being unaware of fraudulent credit activity being conducted literally in their names. “If you don’t check your credit report,” Cordell says, “it could be months before a creditor, fed up with nonpayment, turns the account over to a collector who tracks you down and demands payment for a loan or charges you’ve never even heard of.”

You can go to the Consumer Affairs website, at http://consumer.tn.gov, and click on “Get a Free credit report.”




Notable women to speak at Scarritt-Bennett

A noted Fisk University Alumnae and the daughter of legendary anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson will speak about the trajectory of their lives, their friendship, their passions, and the legacy they hope to leave behind at Scarritt-Bennett Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson will present “Living a Legacy: A Conversation Between Friends.”

Before assuming her current position as the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Johnnetta Betsch Cole had a long and distinguished career as an educator and humanitarian.

At 15, Cole began her college career at Fisk University through the school's early admissions program and went on to earn a master's and doctorate in anthropology from Northwestern University.

A powerful trailblazer, she has been the first female African American President of Spelman College, the first woman ever elected to the Board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, and the first African American woman to serve as Chair of the Board of United Way of America.

Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. She has taught at Harvard, Amherst, Spelman and George Mason University and also in Iran and the Philippines.

In her most recent book, “Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom,” Bateson presents people with the challenge to think about and approach their later lives with the full force of imagination, curiosity, and enthusiasm.

A book signing will follow the event.




Other traffic-calming measures remain
Controversial speed barriers are removed on Bresslyn Road

Jenny Upchurch
Associate Editor

A controversial feature of a traffic-calming program in West Meade and Hillwood neighborhoods has been removed.

Raised concrete barriers called chicanes were placed on Bresslyn Road to narrow the street to a single lane. Drivers must yield. The purpose of a chicane is to reduce speed.

But nearby residents said the chicanes made it difficult for them to exit and enter their driveways and left no space for guests to park alongside the street. They also claimed the chicanes hurt their property values.

The chicanes were part of a comprehensive 2011 traffic-calming program for the Hillwood and West Meade neighborhoods. It was different from other Metro traffic-calming programs because it was paid for entirely by money required from the developers of the Nashville West Shopping Center on Charlotte Pike. The owners provided $150,000 for a traffic study and fixtures to ease problems resulting from increased traffic with the shopping center.

In 2012, traffic-calming fixtures included the 30 mph speed limit painted on streets, solar-powered speed monitors to show drivers how fast they are going, and stop signs at some intersections. The traffic-calming fixtures were placed on four streets: Davidson Road, Brook Hollow Road, Hillwood Boulevard, and Bresslyn.

Of the 50 spots with traffic changes, the chicanes were the only ones that prompted significant criticism, said Mark Macy, at Metro Public Works Department.

“Overall, the traffic calming in this area has worked very well,” Macy said this week.

A six-month review of the traffic-calming showed average speeds had been reduced - although the speeds were still above the 30 mph limit. Accidents were also reduced.

The decision to remove the chicanes came after Metro Council member Emily Evans surveyed residents. Of the respondents, a large majority wanted the chicanes removed, Macy said.

Metro Public Works crews removed the chicanes in late February. The speed limit reminders will remain on the pavement as well as a traffic-calming sign, Macy said. There will not be anything constructed to replace the chicanes.

Contact Jenny Upchurch at 615-298-1500 or email jenny@gcanews.com.




Groups test teamwork on Edwin Warner Park ropes course

Ben Daniel
Staff Writer

There is a low ropes course in Edwin Warner Park that helps participants with skills of teamwork, communication and trust as well as giving groups a fun experience.

An Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 31, Marshall Sorenson, along with his fellow Scout members, built the course in 2011, and it is now available for people to use.

Metro Parks recreation and events specialist Lisa King believes that course participants will enhance relationships with others while also having individual opportunities to improve one’s self.

“Participants of all ages will be encouraged to build a trusting relationship with others while having the individual opportunity to enhance self-esteem, improve physical fitness and practice leadership skills,” King said. “ This experience provides the perfect opportunity for Scouts, churches, school groups, corporate groups and youth-serving agencies that are seeking challenging, team-building activities in a safe outdoor environment.”

The low ropes course is not available to the public for unscheduled use but is available to any group willing reserve a time.

Group sizes are limited to maximum of 15 participants and the minimum age for a participant is 10 years old.

Reservations for four hour sessions are $20 per person with a minimum of five paid participants. A certified guide will be provided to every group.

For information, contact Lisa King at 615-370-8051 or email her at lisa.king@Nashville.gov.

Contact Ben Daniel at 615-298-1500 or email BenDaniel@GCAnews.com

 

 

 


Donelson-Hermitage Chamber plan community night at Predators game

The Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a community trip to the Nashville Predators game at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12.

The event is open to the entire Donelson-Hermitage community as well as chamber members.

The chamber has reserved 100 tickets. The group rate will be for $34 or $44 for Upper Bowl seats. You can use this link to order tickets: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1400676-RkBpyzzDpV
Participants can ride the Music City Star train to and from the game, meeting at the stations in Hermitage or Donelson. You can purchase train tickets in advance from either Donelson or Hermitage Kroger Stores, or at the kiosk of the Donelson or Hermitage stations.

To contact the chamber, call 615-883 7896.

 



Glendale Elementary's annual Story Night

Glendale Elementary parent Veronica Uribe-Payne reads in English and Spanish at the school’s recent annual Story Night. This celebration, which builds enthusiasm for stories and books, is a family favorite at the school located at 800 Thompson Ave. Children attended in pajamas and lots of books were collected for Book 'Em. Students were entertained by the Nashville Library's Puppet Truck performance of Ellingtown, by the Hillsboro High School Improv Troupe's comical rendition of "Rindercella," and the musically accompanied storytelling of Principal Sue Clark.

 




Lt. Gov. Ramsey backs responsible gun rights

Who's afraid of the NRA? Certainly not Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. This year's guns-in-trunks bill, which passed the legislature with supermajority votes, replaced a far broader version that Ramsey helped block last year. This year’s bill, with a nod to the rights of property owners, grants businesses immunity if anyone is injured or killed by a gun stored on their property.

"The National Rifle Association came (in 2012) with a bill that was broad even for me, Mr. Second Amendment, that would allow anyone to carry a firearm in the car wherever they went," Ramsey said in a speech to Nashville Republican Women.

"Even I said 'This is going way too far. We want to make sure people are trained,'" he said. “We want to make sure they do the background checks and have that daylong class and have their fingerprints on file with the FBI; they should pay the state of Tennessee $150 and carry a plastic card in the back pocket. That's who we want (to carry guns in their trunks), not everybody.'"

Ramsey told the group, "So, we held the (unrestricted) bill up last year. Most folks know the NRA was not too happy about that. Ask Debra Maggart," referring to the House Republican whom the NRA targeted and who lost her seat for blocking the guns-in-trunks bill in deference to property owners.

Last session, the Lieutenant Governor, in a conversation with an unnamed NRA lobbyist, opined the guns-in-trunks bill "'needs to be limited to just gun permit carry holders.'"

(The lobbyist) said, "Well, I guess we could allow that." Ramsey responded, perhaps angrily, "You could allow that!" He said, "What I mean is, we won't fight it." Gov. Ramsey replied, "No, I think that's exactly what you meant. If it was anybody else, (I know the guy personally), you'd be out of here on your ear right now."

Pointing out that he led the charge on the revised 2013 guns-in-trunks bill, Ramsay said, "I do think people have the right to carry guns." He also sponsored, as a freshman senator, the 1997 bill allowing handgun carry permits for law-abiding citizens in Tennessee.

"We now have 371,000 people who, like me, like my wife, like my three daughters, have a gun carrying permit in the state of Tennessee. We have an impeccable record. If (all) 6.5 million people in the state of Tennessee were that responsible, we could shut down our prisons. That's how good it is," he said.



Students qualify for state round of Science Olympiad

Nashville-area schools are heading for the state Science Olympiad at UT-Knoxville on April 6. Volunteer State Community College hosted the regional competition, which attracted nine high schools and 10 middle schools. Winners are:

High schools are Martin Luther King Jr. in Nashville and Ravenwood High School in Brentwood

Middle schools are Friendship Christian School in Lebanon; Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet, and St. Bernard Academy in Nashville.

 

 


 

Kindergarten Registration

Parents can register their child for kindergarten in Metro Public Schools through Friday, March 8.

State law requires students to turn five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2013,
to register for kindergarten. This means some students who previously would have been eligible for kindergarten now won’t be.

There are two exceptions to this rule.

If a child turns five on or before September 30, 2013, he may enroll if:

•·He is enrolled in a public school Pre-K program

•·He is assessed and found to be academically, socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten.

Parents are encouraged to ask for this assessment at their zoned school if they feel their child is ready.

For more information, parents can call the Metro Schools’ Customer Service Center at 259-INFO (4636) or go to the website at www.mnps.org/.


 


Bike share offers discount

You can sign up for a discount annual rate with Nashville’s bike-share program between noon and 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, in Fifth Third Plaza near the corner of Fifth Avenue and Church Street. During the event, you can take a B-cycle out for a short demo ride.

Attendees who purchase an annual membership will receive a free B-cycle t-shirt. Also, anyone who rides a B-cycle from an outlying station to this event will receive a free B-cycle t-shirt.

 


Glencliff High, Donelson Christian
Students head to national engineering competition

High school students put their science knowledge to the test at the annual Engineering Day at Adventure Science Center.

The daylong event had real-life engineering challenges on a small scale.

• The 6th Annual Nashville Bridge Building Competition tested how light a structure a student could build that could hold the most weight.

Amir Athalla, a student at Glencliff High School, won this year’s Nashville Bridge Building Competition at Adventure Science Center. His entry withstood 24.947 kg of weight before the structure failed. He will go on to the international competition in Chicago this spring.

Camen Brusseau, a student at Donelson Christian Academy, won 2nd place and will also go on to the competition in Chicago this spring.

Local engineers with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Nashville Chapter sponsored and judged the contest.

Other special activities that day at Adventure Science Center included:

• High school Lego League teams showcasing their projects on a four foot by eight foot obstacle course presented by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).

• Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society displayed some of their larger robots.

• Nashville Amateur Radio Club Inc. demonstrated how radio communication is used to provide critical assistance during emergency situations.

• As part of the Great Central U.S. Shakeout activities, visitors learned about earthquake safety.

 

 


Medicare beneficiaries
Metro Police warn calls stealing personal info

Metro Police’s Hermitage Precinct is warning seniors and their families to be wary of what appears to be an attempt to steal personal identity information by bogus calls to Medicare beneficiaries in which callers threaten to terminate coverage or cut off Social Security checks if recipients refuse to provide requested information. This type of scam has occurred in Nashville and across the Southeast.

High-pressure tactics are used to obtain Medicare and Social Security numbers, bank account information, and/or private insurance information. Callers try to confuse people into believing they represent the government of private insurers.

Medicare will never call seniors asking for personal information, including bank account or Social Security numbers. Only give out this information if you initiate a call to Medicare.

With the mandatory switch to electronic payment of Social Security and other benefits, consumers need to be especially cautious of calls they receive about Medicare and Social Security—some may be sales calls and some may be scams.

 



State urges warning for clients
of corporate service records offer

Recently, I received a form by mail. It was a 2013 – ANNUAL MINUTES FORM requesting that my company complete the form to comply with what appeared to be an official State activity.

But I read the form carefully. In the body of the form was this statement: “Corporate Records Service is not a government agency and does not have or contract with any government agency to provide this service.” Preceding that statement, the form noted: “Corporate minutes may also be prepared by corporate officers or other agents.”

The Secretary of State of Tennessee, Tre Hargett, said “The company called Corporate Service Records has recently sent letters to a number of Tennessee organizations, mimicking scams in other states. The letter requests $125 for filing corporate minutes in compliance with Tennessee law. However, Corporate Service Records is not affiliated with the state of Tennessee.”

“The timing is particularly confusing, because the Tennessee Secretary of State recently sent out annual report notices. The standard fee to file a corporation annual report in Tennessee is only $20, and reports can be filed online via the Secretary of State's website.”

I sent an e-mail to Tre as follows:

“We received this by mail. It appears to be a State document, but is not related to the State Government. This will cause many people to pay $125 and give sensitive information, when it is not really required. Jim"

Tre’s response follows:

“Jim, Thanks for your e-mail. It is a scam. We have been issuing statewide alerts to try and warn businesses. Thanks. Tre”

The state’s official statement can be read on its website www.tn.gov/sos/. You may also call the Business Services Division at 615-741-2286 for more information.

And be reminded: “Be vigilant, the Devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Scammers too.

Read carefully and if in doubt call for assistance. It could save you money or at least the humiliation of knowing that the money could have been saved if you had only read the form critically and been alert.

For more information, please call Wilson & Wilson, PC, CPA, CFE at 615-673-1330 or send an email to us at jim@wilsonandwilsoncpa.com.

 

 


 

OBITUARIES

VARALLO, Mary "Eva" Reale, 96, of Nashville, died Friday, March 1. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Anthony Varallo Jr., her parents, Joseph and Lena Reale, and her grandson Frank Varallo IV. She is survived by her children: Frank A. Varallo III, Geny Marie E. Varallo, Veronica Varallo and James Edward Varallo (Deborah Garr); her grandchildren Christopher Michael Varallo (Tammy Roberts), Mark Gregory Varallo, Jennifer Claire Fuqua, Mary Edith Hedge, David Myers Brantley, Ernest Earl Wright, Todd Linn Varallo, James Anthony Varallo, Tim Allen Reed and Mary Kathleen Varallo; her great-grandchildren, Sloane Varallo, Morgan Elizabeth Fuqua, Jackson Cole Fuqua, Hudson Luke Carey, Abigale Christine Hedge, Savanna Marie Hedge, Zachery Davis Hedge, Sawyer Wyatt Brantley, Jacob Tyler Wright, Emily Elizabeth Wright, Morgan Hale Wright, Samantha Tynes Keene (Allan), Emilie Alexandria Varallo, Carolyn Veronica Varallo, Gracie Marie Varallo, Kennedy Isabella Reed and Elijah Hudson Reed; and great great grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, Sarahelizabeth Keene and soon to be Noah Keene.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, from 6 until 9 p.m. with a rosary service at 8 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 14544 Lebanon Rd, Old Hickory, Tenn. A Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Kibby, celebrant. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.

CORDOVA, Rogelio, died Sunday, March 3. He is preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Bonnie Rudolfo, and his grandson, Jose. He leaves behind four daughters, Alicia, Maria, Tina and Marcella; stepdaughter, Sharon; 13 grandchildren, David, Monica, Miranda, Adrian, Maria, Jessica, Jennifer, Mike, Angelica, Amber, Selena, Antonio and Jesus; four great-grandchildren, Carlos, Jadon, Kemiyah, Te'andre. Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, from 12 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m., at Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home, 2707 Gallatin Rd.

HOLLINS, Sr., Samuel David, 60, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., died on Sunday, March 3, at Vanderbilt Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Fox and Joyce Birmingham Hollins, and his sister Joy "Bittie" Hollins.

He graduated from Battle Ground Academy and the United States Air Force Academy. He retired from the Air Guard with the rank of major. After his military retirement, he became a captain and flight instructor with Northwest Airlines and later Delta Airlines.

He is survived by his wife, Carla Jane Hollins, son Samuel David Hollins, Jr., stepdaughter Kathryn Leigh Rowley and stepson David Samuel Rowley, sister Gay Hollins-Wiggins along with many cousins and relatives in the Middle Tennessee area.

A service was held at Marshall Donnelly Combs at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, with a visitation preceding service.

Memorial gifts are requested to be sent to Wounded Warriors or the American Cancer Society.

MAGINN, Leonard Joseph Estes, died on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Alive Hospice. He was preceded in death by his wife,Virginia Maginn. He is survived by children, M.J. Ayers-Maginn, Stephanie Ann Maginn and Rebecca S. Maginn, and seven grandchildren. Maginn served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1946 to 1948. He graduated from Vanderbilt University. As an electrical designing engineer, he did research and design for Aladdin Industries and Northern Telecom while teaching. He was a founding and lifetime member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and a member of Knights of Columbus. As a couple, he and his wife served on the Parish Church Council and renovation committee and organized many fundraisers. In 1995, He received a special Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II for service to the church. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 5, at the Cathedral of The Incarnation, with the Rev. Patrick Kibby celebrant.

ROLLINS, Joan Cole, 86, of Brentwood, a native of Shreveport, La., died on Friday, March 1. She retired from Belmont University in 1991 as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Religious Affairs. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Nashville for 44 years, where she served as pastor's secretary for eight years. She was preceded in death by Edward S. Rollins, her husband of 64 years; parents, Walter and Willie Mae Cole; and sister, Willie Mae Burnham. She is survived by six children and their spouses, Deborah and Scott Linn, Robin and Seth Ritter, Mark and Kandy Rollins, James and Charlotte Rollins, Bill and Lisa Rollins and Amanda and Jon Bosaw; 13 grandchildren, Alisa Linn Lane, Eric Linn, Heather Gerber, Zane Ritter, Joshua Rollins, Jonathan Rollins, Jeremy Rollins, Audra Owens, Joseph Rollins, Megan Bosaw, Trevor Bosaw, Beth Yablonski and Jon Yablonski; and 12 great-grandchildren, Ben Lane, Ayla Gerber, Meiya Rollins, Aidan and Neely Owens, Ava Rollins, Jordan Story, Alexius Story, Jaxson Baily, Jackson Rollins, Levi Rollins and Jack Lane. A service was held on Monday, March 4, at Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and a memorial service was held at First Baptist of Nashville on Tuesday, March 5.

HOWELL, Lillian Smith, 92, died Wednesday, Feb. 27. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Clement Howell. She is survived by sons, James W. Howell and Ralph E. Howell (Peggy); four grandchildren, Leila Cook, Della Davis, Jay Howell and Matt Howell; and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Bellevue Baptist Church, 7400 Highway 70 S., with the Rev. Mike Shelton offciating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to either Alive Hospice or Bellevue Baptist Church.

FOX, Emory Austin, 58, of Nashville, died Thursday Feb. 28. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Selena Fox. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Fox; children, Angela Fox, Emory Fox (Deserae Allen-Fox), Angela Jordan, Robin Austin (Cliff Austin) and Amara Jordan; brother, Freddie Fox and 6 grandchildren. Visitation and a memorial service were held Saturday, March 2, at Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home.

 




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