Nashville Ready Mix Proposes concrete Batch Plant - NorthEast Nashville's Katie Hill Community is Not Happy.
* notice of correction. I incorrectly quoted who is representing Nashville Ready Mix as Jessica Lucyshyn. Those statements were corrected below and now show the correct attorney representing Nashville Ready Mix as Erica Garrison with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP.
I debated to write about this on my blog, but hang with me through this. I then realized I am a community organizer and this is what I do. Plus I have a Pit Bull and an English Bulldog. The saying goes true " An owner makes a conscience choice when deciding a particular dog breed that reflects their own personality" :-) .I chose appropriately.
On December 22, 2014, I received a notice from the planning commission titled " Notice of Development Application Filing". ( see image) . The request states the applicant is requesting to amend the community plan and rezone properties to Specific Plan district to permit a new concrete batch plant. As I am sitting down for a hot cup of tea to read the mail, I suddenly stop in silence to process what i just read. What? A concrete batch plant?
This blog entry addresses the following -
The Confused Councilman?
I immediately decided to email My district 2 councilman, Frank Harrison. His response was " How did you find out about this?" and asked me to give him a call. RED FLAG.
After Christmas and all of my Toy Drive, I was able to sit down, and read through the additional notice I received stating there will be a community meeting on January 5, 2015 at the Nashville Ready Mix location at 605 Cowan. I then gave Frank a call to discuss what all of this really meant, obviously before I jump to any conclusions. But the notice was pretty Clear: Amend the community plan and rezone properties to Specific Plan district to permit a new concrete batch plant.
Below is the conversation Frank and I had on 12/28/2014 ( you can either read or listen - i am posting the recording in a separate blog - click here ). Either one of two things occurred, either Frank was lying to me, or really just has NO idea what is going on in District 2. Either way, what a shame. I had not intended on recording this ,but I was so busy that week, and quite honestly did it so I could listen back. I'm ADD and I miss things. If you would like to read the transcript, here ya go. I have highlighted a few important statement and my thoughs during this conversation are in green after i listened to the conversation over and and over again. ( or BS statements really )
Me- I am finally able to sit down for a minute and look at things. So I wanted to call you and see what you know about this concrete batch plant and re-zoning request that I received a notice on.
So there you have it. I felt disgusted after that conversation. This the first time I have ever first hand experienced the downside of politics. When I asked Frank Harrison his thoughts, he could not answer my question. Frank Harrison really just wanted me to go away. Well, sir, that is not going to happen. His reaction at the community meeting was quite opposite. He knew a lot about the plans to sound so uneducated about them when i was on the phone with him. I have since then spent days and hours doing research with some of my neighbors and found quite a bit of disturbing information about Nashville Ready Mix. I first went to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to see how well This company has complied with environmental standards, unlike what NRM stated in the Tennessean article just written last week. Please take a look at the following violations.
Next up - Nashville Ready Mix - Obviously not Environmentally Ready Mix.
This is a complaint Just recently in October and photos sent in from the individual who filed the complaint - TDEC Stated in the investigation " The failure to maintain appropriate sampling and monitoring records and the failure to have a site specific SWPPP meeting the RMCP permit requirements at the site are violations of the RMCO General NPDES permit, and the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act."
Below are more violations by Nashville Ready mix over the years. I can see why they have never really fixed any of their environmental problems. What is the consequences or fines for dumping concrete in the river, or not having a proper storm water pollution prevention plan? Nothing really.
If you do not wish to read through all of the violations above, let me give you the cliff notes version:
1. Multiple violations in regards to no Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans on Site throughout the years.
2. Complain in 2005 from a citizen that states cement solids were being dumped into the Cumberland River by a front end loader. The results of the investigation concluded that The General Manager of the plant did not even know if a SWPPP for the facility even existed. They also discovered materials had spilled over the walls of the storage bins.
3. in 2012, a complain was made by the city regarding large amounts of materials being tracked out onto Cowan Court. TDEC recommended a sweeper attachment to keep the street clean, yet Jeff Bryant, GM of NRM, decided that they would just "put measures in place to prevent the tracking of materials onto the street". Well, Mr. Bryant, your system hasn't worked very effectively. (See photos ).
4. May 2008 - A NOV/SWO was issues to James, Mark, and Steve Meadows, for grading/Filing without a permit and in a floodplain, inadequate EPSC, and illicit discharge. The penalty was $500. Are you kidding me? $500? This was actually at 1326 Baptist World Center Drive, where Meadows Excavating is located. But interestingly enough, I have NEVER seen a Meadows Excavating truck there, they all say Nashville Ready Mix. It is a huge lot filled with Nashville Ready Mix Trucks. I wonder if this is still going on today since Frank said they are just wanting to "part their trucks legally".
6. May 2011 - A file review indicated that Discharge Monitoring Reports for the following facilities were not submitted to the division since October 2007.
and the list goes on.
All of the violations above are all pretty much awful for our environment and negligent on the part of Nashville Ready Mix. It's obvious they have zero concern for the environment and could give a crap about the community or neighborhood. This is a photo of what it looks like in front of their property just a couple of weeks ago before the community meeting. Hmmm. Looks really nice and clean. I'm sure their attorney or PR person had someone clean it up since I looked yesterday and it wasn't as bad.
And last .. So Fast Foward ... Nashville Next... What?
On Monday January 5, 2014, my self, around 20 other Katie Hill Neighbors, Stephanie McCullough with Metro Planning, Erica Garrison with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP Jessica Lucyshyn, the Attorney for Nashville Ready Mix ( Gresham, Smith & Partners), Frank Harrison - District 2 Councilman, Scott Davis - District 7 Councilman, Walter Hunt - District 5 Councilman, and the GM for Nashville Ready Mix, all gathered in a little tiny room at the Nashville Ready Mix location on Cowan Street. Throughout the entire meeting I was completely confused. Does Stephanie McCullough work for NRM? Does Erica Garrison work for Metro? It was as if we were walking into a situation in which there was no reason to have a meeting. If you would like to hear the entire meeting, click here. This is what Frank Harrison stated half way though the meeting:
"Correct me if i am wrong Councilman Hunt ( who is on the planning commission) , there is no guarantee right now, so when this goes to the planning commission for rezoning and the SP, there may be some questions about the dust, concern about the contamination, or concerns about the proximity to the river and storm water, but all of the engineers at the planning commission are the ones who will be looking at all of this and they are the ones to decide if this is a done deal and if this gets done. So we could sit around here all day and discuss or talk about the pros and cons and what you think would be better or what you think would best, but still the bottom line is that the planning commission and engineers are the one who will determine and give the final ok if this SP and if the rezoning occurs."
Ummm.... So why are we here? Why did you tell me to come to this meeting and express my concerns to Mr. Meadows ( who wasn't even there). The entire room sat in confusion and verbally stated, "Why are we here again?"
The attorney for Mr. Meadows, Erica Garrison, had some very encouraging words as well (Sarcasm) -
This is an SP ( Special Project) so in a very real essence of the community , anything can be put on that site without any community input in the current IWD zoning. In terms as to what can happen on that IWD zoning, anything can happen on that property, there is absolutely no incentive to get community input or requirements to clean up the property, and I’m not saying as a threat, but I am saying that is just the current status of what it is, but under the new SP, if you want additional landscaping that is a conversation that we can have. A Batch plant is not something that everyone absolutely is going to love, but it is a necessary for Nashville and our economy and it is one of those things that we must have and if done in a sensitive way, for areas in which industrial is already there, it can be done very good in our opinion.
News Flash Ms. Garrison, we completely understand what is there now, and understand that Nashville Ready Mix doesn't give a sh*t about cleaning it up obviously. There is trash everywhere and they dump concrete in the Cumberland river. WE get that. And that gives us even more conviction in fighting this. What makes you, as an educated woman, come to the conclusion that Nashville Ready Mix is going to all of the suddenly follow the rules and regulations when it comes to protecting our environment and natural resources? You wouldn't like a concrete batch plant in your back yard spreading contamination, noise, and creating a safety hazard when your children are playing or walking home from school. Get a heart woman, and save your political correct answer for someone else besides me. It's sad to me that people will fight for something so blatantly wrong for a community AND the environment, to get a paycheck or push some hidden agenda. I understand what it is zoned as now, and have NEVER complained. I moved here looking at that dump. I didn't move here and work this hard for my community, to have my councilman, his back door political "good ole boys" system, or the planning commission to change the entire community plan to build a concrete batch plant in my back yard. And lastly Ms. Lucyshyn, no, not just anything can be put in the IWD zoning. Such as a concrete batch plant. If that were the case, the batch plant would already be there, but IWD does not permit Heavy Industrial for a purpose. And yes, its obvious that they don't have to clean it up or do anything with it, its a legal junk yard flowing into the Cumberland River contaminating our water and killing our wildlife. So your creative way to make the SP sound brilliant, doesn't work so well. Your SP would puts heavy manufacturing in an area. It's pretty obvious Ms.Garrison assumed she was talking to a group of Kindergartners.
Ironically, not all businesses or residents got notification of this meeting. Although there was one lady at the meeting in favor of moving the Nashville Ready Mix plant to Vashti. She works for Sound Check and name dropped all of the famous artist who store their equipment in her building and stated they would NOT store their equipment there if dust was a problem or even noise. This lady tried to compare Vince Gill storing his guitar in the building to the fruit distributors that would be storing the fruits and vegetables that feed the army and all of Nashville. Considering the doors being open in the 4 produce buildings surrounding the proposed concrete batch plant, contamination and pollution of food is a HUGE concern and could put these companies out of business and even worse, an epidemic of food contamination across the city of Nashville and beyond. Quite horrific to thing about right? I also researched more into Sound Stage, and ironically, Mr. Steve Meadows, the owner of Nashville Ready Mix, owns the property at 740 Cowan St. , in which Sound Check stores all of its famous and fancy equipment of the almighty country music empire. I wonder why she was even there? It is proposed to move AWAY from her, not in her back yard. She should be screaming praises instead of even opening her mouth. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that Mr. Meadows also purchased 411 Cowan Street for $1.25 million in September under the name of :
CI Partners, LLC
6E Monroe Street Suite 300
Chicago, ill. 60603
which is affiliated with:
Monroe Investment Partners
30W Monroe, Suite 1000
Chicago, Ill 60603
All in all, sorry lady, you are not a property owner, you are a renter. And even more, you are irrelevant in the conversation. Bye Felicia.... and bye Vince Gill or Amy Grant. I don't care ???
In conclusion regarding the meeting, it was basically to tell us what to expect and we could pick out what type of trees we wanted as the buffer, how in the hell do you buffer an 85 ft silo in the air? Following the meeting, I nearly cried for 2 hours. I felt so disappointed and saddened that my councilman felt as if this is something good for the community. After all of the hard work I have put into building my community, all of the Nashville Next meetings I have attended and given feedback on how we envision Katie Hill (with Frank Harrison sitting right beside me), and all of the community service work to build my neighbors up.
In the process of everything, I was told Frank Harrison is interested in running for the metro council at large position in the August elections. His seat is up for re-election for district 2 come August. Frank Harrison has stated to a couple of my colleagues " I would like to run for council at large if I don't get any bad press." I have also had 2 people inform me that the right amount to get this stop would be around $30-40k, as that is what would be needed to run a good city wide campaign to be an effective candidate for the council at large position. I have not been able to pin point the money part quite yet, but I will find it if it exist. I have already spent hours in the election commission looking at the contributions made to past 2 campaigns which include mainly of developers and real estate agents. There is nothing wrong with that in my opinion if they truly support him, and I cannot state factually if those individuals do or not. I also uncovered that Mr. Meadows was the former Potentate of the Shriners here on Brick Church Pike. Apparently the Shiners are pretty influential people, and ironically where we hold our Nashville North By Northeast meetings every month. No wonder my NNxNE colleagues won't back me up here and just want to sit back and watch.
Let me also say this, I have NEVER taken credit for starting Nashville North By Northeast United, but I will let you all decide who you think is responsible for it, and doing any of the work. I will also let you decide who is in this to build a community or who is in this for money. Wow, have I learned a lot. For example, Not one business owner showed up to the Talbot Family Cemetery Clean up ( which is NOT on Katie Hill, but part of Nashville Northeast) to actually work. One came for a photo op and then left. That was my test in showing who really cared, and no one cares, unless money is involved. It really was just something to talk about in the monthly meeting, and I am tired of being the only one who shares good news, or any news at all. I'm learning so much these days.
I have realized.... those of my colleagues I normally would depend on backing Katie Hill up, have stood silent. Either stood silent, or are completely in favor of the concrete plant. THIS MAKES ABSOLUTELY no sense, based on all of the past Nashville Next community meetings with UT and Georgia Tech students, as well as the community surveys. Why the hell do we even do these surveys? Is this just a ploy to make people think as if Nashville really even cares about what the neighbors want and money is the true factor in all of this?
Read these blogs also - I am apparently not the only ones questioning this and now I feel like I am experiencing this power crunch first hand.
"My considered suspicion of Nashville Next is often met with disbelief, defensiveness and frustration by those who enthusiastically participated in its process or those who believe it changes nothing about past community planning.
But Nashville Next has been the next stunt to lead neighbors into believing that they have influence over their community's character, when in reality they little. Planners shift paradigms and communities are thrown off balance. Market-driven developers, power-hoarding politicians and esoteric new urbanists have the strongest hold of the reigns of planning of anyone." - Mike Byrd, The Enclave
I realize that concrete is necessary to keep up with the growth in the Nashville community, but why move the plant a half a mile up the road into a FLOOD plain when we already know this company HAS ZERO respect for the environment or taking pride in the community or their property? Metro Planning has taken "all of the information we provided them at the community meeting and "all of the research from their engineers" and come to the recommendation to have the planning commission (board) approve the community plan amendment and the zoning change to SP to build a concrete batch plant. Sadly, we knew this was coming because it is a political decision, not a planning commission decision.
So in conclusion, I am getting to the bottom of this and i have started an online causes petition in which you can find here and sign. I am also going to be posting photos, recorded conversations and will link through to those as soon as I get them posted along with the latest photos I have taken of the current site.
The public hearing is set for Thursday January 22, at 4:00pm at the Sonny West Conference Center ( First Floor), 700 2nd Avenue S. I will be there and I am encourage all of those who are interested in making a statement about what we as citizens can do to get back our communities, please attend also. Everyone has told me I am crazy and i can't make an impact or change this outcome, but at least I will go down fighting for Katie Hill, and fighting for my city and whats right.
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Pretty Sad huh.... Well... I spent hours in the Library digging for documents, and still digging. Looks like this cemetery certainly has been neglected for years. I love the thrill of finding a piece of history or story about the Family. That is def. another blog. But...
This past Sunday, Matthew, along with a great neighbor from the Monticello community on Trinity Lane, decided to do an assessment of the cemetery before our clean up event on the 8th. of November. First of all, I must say, this is all so sad and heartbreaking, amongst the bittersweet feeling of paying respect to a seemingly respected and loved Nashville Family.
We Uncovered the following tombstones :
Ruth Greer Talbot (Wife Of Thomas Talbot)
Sara Green Fletcher (Daughter of Thomas Talbot) Sarah was the mother of 18 children!
Thomas H Fletcher (Husband of Sara) Thomas Served as Secretary of State from 1830-1832 The Obituary for Mr. Fletcher in The Whig r reads as :
January 14, 1845
Sudden Death of a Valued Citizen. We do not remember ever to have seen our community more shocked by the loss of a private citizen than on the announcement on Sunday afternoon thatThomas H. Fletcher, Esq., an eminent member of the Nashville Bar, had died suddenly of apoplexy alone in his office on the Public Square. He was discovered by his little son about 4 o'clock, on the floor, quite lifeless, having doubtless fallen from a settee upon which he was reading in a recumbent posture at the moment of the attack. He had complained of fullness in the head for several days previous and on Saturday exerted himself to an unusual degree, his illness considered, in a speech of two hours and a half before the Criminal Court of Davidson, in the case of the State vs. Merchant. And although he ate his dinner as usual on Sunday and was walking about within the hour of his death, the apoplexy is supposed to have been brought on by the physical and mental effort of the day before.
Mr. Fletcher was an old citizen of Nashville. His residence may be dated as far back as 1809. He served his country in the Indian campaigns of 1813. He then engaged largely in mercantile pursuits and being unfortunate, like hundreds of his fellow citizens, in the pecuniary disasters of 1818-19, subsequently directed his talents to the law in which he was eminently, we might almost say, pre-eminently successful. As a practical businesss lawyer, he had few superiors; as a criminal advocate - bold, shrewd and eloquent - he had scarcely an equal. His acquaintance with the politics of the country was very general and few men could trace their progress from the early days of the Constitution to the present time with more accuracy. And yet he had little or no taste for political pursuits though his ready talents would have adorned any station to which he might have aspired. At one period, he represented, for a session or two, the county of Franklin in the State Legislature, and at another, served as Secretary of State under a pro tem appointment from the late value and intimate friend, Gov. Carroll. But by these exceptions, he contented himself with the expression of his political sentiments in the private circles. His intimate knowledge of standards English and bellas lettre literature, imparted a charm to his fine conversational powers that made him at all times the agreeable social companion, while it enabled him, during his leisure hours, to amuse himself with occasional ------ ------- for the newspaper press. Our own columns have frequently been favored by his terse and attractive notices of the local interests of the city or the current amusements and incidents of the day. Nothing of this sort escaped his observation. If he found not "Tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones and good in everything." his pen, at least, made smooth the rough passages of life by imparting interest and amusement to what others of less universal benevolence, might have deemed unworthy their philosophy. We record his death with heartfelt sorrow. He was a personal friend of long standing. He was the friend of other friends; in short a golden link in the chain of society, the sudden loss of which, at this early hour can scarcely be realized, much less told in its full extent.
Matlida G Wilson ( Wife of George Wilson and after doing research last night, I read that Matilda was the sister of Ruth Greer Talbot. Matilda Married George Wilson on December. 6, 1813 Matilda was the nice of his first wife and daughter of Andrew Greer Jr. of Wilson County. She died August 31st, 1822. George Wilson is said to have been the creator of the Nashville Gazette, publishing the first issues on May 26, 1819. George Wilson was an ardent supporter of Andrew Jackson and enjoyed his friendship, too. One of his descendants has preserved the origin note from General Jackson, which reads the following: " General Jackson's compliments to Col. George Wilson, and requests the pleasure of his company to dinner on Monday the 13 instr. A Jackson, 10th of May, 1832. It is unknown as to why he was called " Colonel". George Wilson was a mason. He was one of the committee that, in 1813, framed the original constitution of the Grand Mastership of Thomas Claiborne, the first Grand Master. He served as Deputy Grand Master and Senior Warden in many years. In 1822, he was appointed as Deputy Grand Master by Andrew Jackson. His portrait as the M.W. Grand Master in the State Grand Lodge Building in Nashville shoes a fine, handsome face, with regular features of a 40 year old man. ( All info found the Tennessee Historical Magazine Volume 4 written by John Hibbery De Witt, Williams Alexander Provine, St. George Leakin Sioussat.
I am know trying to track down any decedents of Thomas Talbot. This is crazily fun. I think I have found 2 ... that are my age. I sure hope they don't think i am crazy when I send them a Facebook message, but here goes nothing.
333. Berry Watson Dickson (Dwight Bennett Dickson , Mary Katherine McGill , Lon Hogg McGill , Elizabeth M. Hogg , Mary Talbot , Thomas ) was born Nov 25 1953 in Heidelburg, Germany. He died Dec 16 1985 in Rocky Mount, Nash County, North Carolina and was buried in Buffalo Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Sanford, Lee Co, NC. Berry was employed in Railroad Engineer.
Berry married Jane Winfield Holler on 1980 in Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina. Jane was born 1956 in Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina.
They had the following children:
361FiKatherine Anne Dickson was born 1981 in Tarboro, North Carolina.
362MiiDavid Cooper Dickson was born 1983 in Tarboro, North Carolina.
363FiiiMyra Dickson was born 1985.
ALSO SEE SIMILAR POST ABOUT THE TALBOT FAMILY - CLICK HERE
I have been exiting the Trinity Lane exit for over a year now. After about 5 months, i noticed this fenced in area with grown up weeds surrounding 4 or 5 beautiful old trees. Jack Cawthon initially told me the Trinity Lane area was named Talbot's Corner and about 15 years ago he organized a cleanup of the cemetery that now sits oof of I-65 and Trinity Lane. As I became more intrigued with the history of Nashville North By Northeast, I did more and more research. As you may have read in a previous blog , I have a bit of a strange passion for preserving historical cemeteries, even since my youth. As a high school student I organized a clean up for a cemetery in my hometown that had historical significance to the Franklin/ Harpeth community. Why on earth would we not preserve the resting place of those who came before us? In my opinion, it is completely disrespectful to let these historical cemeteries become neglected. It hurts my heart to think that this was a place where their descendants could come to pay their family members honor and respect.
Once I started Reseaching theTalbot family, I learned so much (and continue to learn) about who they were and how they got here. I learned that Thomas Talbot, the head of the family, was a very interesting and important man regarding the history of Nashville and how we became who we are. I also learned that he owned the land in which my home sits. After learning many of my neighbors still have fruit trees in their yards, the pieces of the puzzle suddenly connected. Here is a little snipit of how the story goes: I found this article here
Thomas Talbot was born in Virginia and when a young man, moved with his father and brothers to the Watauga Settlement in what would become Tennessee, the first self-governing community in the United States. Along with his father and several of his brothers, he volunteered for militia service under John Sevier and was present at the Battle of Kings Mountain where he was wounded in the head by a musket ball. He served as the Sheriff for Washington County, North Carolina, a county that would become part of the State of Tennessee. When the citizens of the Watauga Settlement organized to form their own state government, Thomas Talbot was elected as the Clerk of the Senate for the short-lived State of Franklin. He married Ruth Greer, the daughter of another distinguished frontiersman, Andrew Greer. Together in 1785, they moved to Fort Nashborough which would in time become the city of Nashville. He purchased a large acreage north of the Cumberland River adjoining Eaton's station and extending from the Dickerson Pike to the river. Here in 1791 he built a large house and operated a plantation that included many fruit trees from which he made brandy. In 1804, together with his brother Clayton, he opened a tavern on the east side of the square that for many years would be a center of Nashville society and politics. Talbot's new tavern became the leading hotel of the city and it was here that a public dinner in honor of Aaron Burr was given by Andrew Jackson. In 1813, the tavern was the scene of the famous brawl between Andrew Jackson and John Coffee on one side and Jesee and Thomas Hart Benton on the other. Jackson was seriously wounded during this fight. Thomas Talbot was for many years one of the leading citizens of Nashville and died at his plantation home on 28 January 1831. Sometime before his death, he married Elizabeth Paw. All of his children were by his first wife, Ruth Greer.
Pretty cool huh? And a bit sad at the same time. How could a family with such impact on the Nashville community be somewhat forgotten? I even found an article dated back to 1964, where Talbot Feild ( presumably a deschendent of Thomas Talbot) wrote regarding the stones of the Talbot Family Cemetery have been destroyed, but burried there are Thomas Talbot, a Revolutionary Soldier, his wife, Ruth Greer ( daughter of Andrew Greer and sister to Joeseph Greer, Eli Talbot, and also the tomb of Thomas H. Fletcher and wife Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Ruth Greer Talbot. ( see pictures below of those tombs that I discovered)
Words written about Mrs. Ruth Greer Talbot:
Hard by the "mansion" where she lived, in the thick shade of a beautiful grove, in the valley of he little stream called " Page's Branch" , is the quiet burial ground in which is her grave beside that of her husband, Thomas Talbot. She was a woman of strong character, energetic, and industrious; the mother of eight children, and is described as " an affectionate wife, mistress, a kind neighbor and charitable to the poor" .
Wow. What I wouldn't give to have met Mrs. Ruth Greer Talbot. She is described in the Nashville Presbyterian Historical book as the type of lady I would want to know. I feel somewhat strangely connected to her because I fell in love with Page's Branch when Troy and I got lost picking up trash a couple months ago. What a beautiful little hidden water way through Nashville that I never knew existed, although I drove over it everyday.
As you look at the photos below, you will see that this important Nashville landmark is still neglected years later. It is my goal to organize a clean up crew to preserve this cemetery and honor the Talbot Family. I will be working on this the next couple of weeks, but I will need the support of the community in order to make that happen. I also would like the find a local landscaper or contractor who would be willing to donate possibly their time and supplies to re-build the fence surround the Talbot family cemetery. If you personally would be interested in lending a hand, landscaping tools, supplies or services... or have someone in mind, please reach out to me. This is a project I hope to complete prior to the end of July or August. I am hopeful we can give this family the recognition, honor, and respect they so rightfully deserve.
After nearly a year of organization and meetings, we were ready for Mayor Karl Dean to visit our group of community leaders, officials and neighbors. I remember in August of last year when Jack and I spoke and it was just the 2 of us talking about our vision and what we would like to see. I have watched my neighborhood visually change so much just the past 12 months. We had a room filled with over 50-60 individuals this past month to discuss the progress of Nashville North By Northeast and what plans to come in the future. I will continue to push forward regardless of what others do. Sometimes I get discouraged with what other people are NOT doing, such as maintaining their property and keeping up with their commitment to improve the area. This is NOT about money to me, but about community and preserving our neighborhoods and historical attributes, which i will write about in a future blog. But I am excited for our future! Non The less, here are some of the photos from our last meeting. I love meeting so many people interesting in revitalizing NASHVILLE NORTH BY NORTH EAST!
We had our first summer Katie Hill neighborhood meeting last Thursday. I was overwhelmed with the turnout of over 40 neighbors and community leaders. What was so amazing about the meeting was to look around at the different demographics. All ages, races, and income levels, in the same room, with the same goals of building and uniting our community of Katie Hill. What a blessing! We were honored to have Courtney Wheeler with the mayor's office of neighborhoods, the zone director for NAZA, the afterschool care and initiative created by Mayor Karl Dean, Sgt. Mitch Kornberg from the Metro Nashville police North precinct, and of course our great councilman of district 2, Frank Harrison. Frank kicked off the meeting talking about the importance of community engagement and as our councilman, he works for us. And we are very grateful for that! We came up with some great ideas regarding the children and our neighborhood and having a summer block party. I can't wait to see even more great things from Katie Hill. I love my neighborhood and everyone who calls Katie Hill Home sweet home!
Last week, Mayor Karl Dean announced a series of community meetings to solicit ideas from the public for an online encyclopedia of Nashville history and culture, which is scheduled to launch next year. John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center and former editor and publisher of The Tennessean, is serving as executive editor of the online project, called Encyclopedia of Nashville and Davidson County. Carole Bucy, who is the Davidson County historian, will help lead the project and serve as editor-in-chief. Upcoming community meetings include the following: ·Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at South Police Precinct ·Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. at Bordeaux Library ·Monday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at Green Hills Library · Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Goodlettsville Library ·Monday, July 14 at 6 p.m. at Hermitage Library ·Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. at Edmondson Library ·Monday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Madison Library · Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Casa Azafran · Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Bellevue YMCA (Fifty Forward area) I was happy I got to attend the Bordeaux meeting this past Tuesday. Nothing excites me more then being able to share the history of our Nashville communities, especially Katie Hill. If you've read any of my previous blogs you know I have been researching our Nashville North By Northeast communities for a while. And it has been challenging and fascinating at the same time. I'm so excited to connect with other people in the community who share the same love and passion for the history that has created the city of Nashville and what it is today. I plan on submitting an article for the encyclopedia about Katie Hill, Heaton's station/ Lock One Park. Exciting stuff and this is why I'm so thankful for a our great Mayor, Karl Dean, and Nasjville is the best place to live in the USA! Please check out one of the meetings if you have time , it's very interesting!
I love history. I inherited the appreciation of history from my father. The past year I have pondered on the question of .. " Who is Katie? " Katie Hill consist of the following street names: Katie St. , Fern Avenue, Bessie Ave. , Vester, Weakley Ave., Aline Ave, and few roads that are named, but no longer in service. I had heard of the last name " Haynie" from Matthew. He stated that the old beautiful home on the hill used to have this gorgeous roof and it stated "Haynie's Grove". So that is where I started. I decided today to head down to the Nashville Archives in Leau of a lunch break. I was approached by very helpful, knowledgeable individuals that helped me navigate through several of the old Nashville maps. Fern Avenue was actually the cut off for "Nashvillle City Limits" so many of the maps stopped right in front of the street. After finding the maps, one of the kind gentleman even found the Titles for the Haynies Grove site plan. AKA, the original Katie Hill. Here are some of the fun facts I have researched, and then I will tell you what more is to be done.
1. Fern Avenue actually was not fully Fern Avenue. According to the maps below, my home would have fern Avenue stopped pretty much in front of my home and changes into Highview Street. What an appropriate name right!?
2. The plots from the original plan in 1912 are literally still the same today. The neighborhood was literally designed in all 50ft wide lots to obviously build a community and small homes.
3. What I know about the Haynie's that could potentially correlate to a few of the street names:
- Joseph ( J. B. ) Haynie was Married to a lady named Lula S. Haynie (1864-1925). ( take a look at the 1912 maps, Weakley street actually turned into Lula Ave. They purchased the plot of land sometime around the 1898-1900. I found an old court docket regarding a lawsuit with the previous owner and liens of the property, but that is a totally different post. Very interesting!
-Joseph and Lula had one daughter. Her name was Bessie Hall. Bessie was married to a man named William Hall, and they later had 2 children.
-Joseph Haynie was the son of Kate Haynie. From what I can gather right now, Katie Haynie (1836-1910) is our Miss Katie Hill.
The family seemed to have been very small, but close. I found in some of the old directories online that JB and Lula owned a real estate company and in census documents, Mrs. Lula is titled a "saleslady" and a "dressmaker" . They later moved to Fatherland Street according to the census documents and all lived within the same household.
The other 2 families according to the maps that I am having a hard time finding anything on is the Weakley family and the Dodd Family. I originally thought Weakley may have been from the famous Nashvillian Pioneer, Robert Weakley, but I have a feeling it is someone that helped develop the little community.
I have been digging around ancestry.com looking for family history and it is so much fun. I also talked to Mr. Black, one of my older neighbors who has lived on Katie for 45 years and he shared some information with me about the family that actually built his home and the stories regarding why they are built the way they are ( small with cinder block frames )
Needless to say, as of right now, we still can't confirm 115% as to who Katie is .... But we are getting close, and I think she was a sweet housekeeper named Mrs. Kate Haynie.
Super cool stuff and I am just in love with the idea of bringing light to some of the history of our little hill. I want to know everything I can about our streets, our heritage, and how we came about. Dickerson Road was the first road in Nashville and we are sitting right off of it. Wonder where the name Fern came from? Maybe that is just the them along with Evergreen, and Burch? Who knows, but more history to come on Katie Hill.
We held our 4th Nashville North By Northeast United meeting on the 8th of April. It was a great meeting to discuss the happenings around our newly energized part of Nashville. I am amazed at the amount of involvement and engagement from at least over 40-50 people each time. We also have new people show up every meeting and I fond that extremely encouraging. I keep saying it, but commercial and residential have to come together to help improve our community. We all must maintain a common goal to encourage a safe community and begin to experience the economic growth that other Nashville communities are experiencing. I will continue to preach the same message of building a diverse and organic community of individuals who have the same vision as myself and people like Ross & Matthew. I am so thankful to have people around me who inspire me to speak up and spread our vision and mission here on Katie Hill !
One year ago today, I discovered this place. (See the blog post I wrote ) I rushed down yesterday afternoon to capture the sunset, especially before all of the leaves grow in. One thing from Katie Hill and this special part of Nashville is that the sunsets and the views change dramatically simply by the folliage and wonderful seasons we enjoy here in Middle Tennessee.
2 weeks ago, Julia Landstreet, Director of the Civic Design Center sent me an email. The email contained a link to a Bidgestone Re-Fuel The Cause Contest. Julia just thought of me and my community when she read the description of the contest and was nice enough to forward on to me and suggested I enter.
The Details of the contest :
Green spaces are good for the earth and good for people, offering a wealth
of benefits such as stress reduction, peace, a place for recreational activity
and enjoyment. Bridgestone Americas understands the health and
environmental benefits of green spaces, such as community gardens, walking
trails, playgrounds, etc. To help consumers embrace sustainability and become
Everyday Performers of green acts, Bridgestone is hosting the Fuel the Cause
Contest, which will create a green space in one U.S. community
compliments of a $25,000 gift from Bridgestone.
so I rushed home and started typing. I only had 500 words to say what I needed to about Lock One Park. I described the historical significance of the area and how I found it to be extremely sad that no one pays attention to it. I also explained as Katie Hill and our community grows, we really need some sort of green space for children to play and give familes an opportunity to enjoy green space. So 5 days later, I get an email stating that I make the TOP 12 in the country and in the running to win the $25,000 prize for Lock 1 Park! I about fell in the floor. What an honor and what an opportunity to transform this park, build recognition by partnering with such great company - Bridgestone, and preserve a Nashville forgotten historical landmark.
With that being said, pending a few documents being signed by Metro Parks (they have worked their butts off trying to get this paperwork in order... I cannot say THANK YOU enough to the people over at Parks & Rec) we will be in the running to win the e $25,000 for L1P! This is a public vote that will run from April 30th- Apri 31st. I will need EACH AND EVERYONE of you to help me with this. I need everyone and their momma, cousins, sisters, whoever, to go and vote for us online! I will send a link out as soon as it becomes avaialble from Bridgestone. Again, I am SO THANKFUL AND BLESSED that Bridgestone is doing this contest to give back to the community and I am even more thankful their contest people picked me and see the same vision I have for my community.
My heart is full of joy. I discovered this park 1 year ago today, and look how far we have come.
So the name has been set and board members appointed. WE ARE Nashville North By Northeast United, NxNE for short! Harvey "Mac" McDonald and Jack Cawthon (both key leaders in developing the Broadway and Downtown Nashville area years ago... What an honor to work with such great community leaders!) led our conversation and "brainstorming" on naming our new group compiled of Community leaders, business owners, and Metro Nashville officials a couple of weeks ago. We are excited to announce our unity among rhe four NxNE communities of Talbots corner, Katie Hill, Dickerson Pike Historic District, and The Brick Church Pike Business Park. Since our first meeting in August, we have been brainstorming and gathering community support from neighbors, businesses and leaders. The Nashville Northeast communities are engaged and ready for the growth and development that is occurring in our own back yard. With our communities literally being a "song ride away" from downtown, it is only evitable we transition into one of the most desirable corridors of the Metro-Nashville area. As we evolve, be prepared to hear about many great community engagement projects and clean up efforts, residential and commercial real estate opportunities, and the over-all opportunity to become a part of something truly special in Nashville!