Monday, February 28, 2011

Storm damaged churches hold Sunday services

Nashville Zoo holds job fair

WKRN Channel 2 Posted: Feb 27, 2011 2:59 PM CST NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Zoo is hosting a job fair to fill available summer positions. The job fair will be held on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Zoo's Croft Center. Summer job opportunities include cashiers, cooks and warehouse attendants among others. For more information on the job fair, visit the zoo's Web site.

Buying a home losing appeal

TN bill would toughen workers' comp law

Earthquakes in Arkansas felt in TN

Metro election season opens

Severe weather possible Monday

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Breaking News- Tornado Warning Issued In Parts Of Middle Tennessee

Channel 5 News Posted: Feb 27, 2011 5:03 PM CST NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for parts of Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson and Houston Counties. The warning was issued at 4:27 p.m. Sunday, and was set to expire at 5:15 p.m. Locations under threat of tornado include Ashland City, Vanleer, Slayden and Charlotte. The NWS said Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. The storm cell was located about 8 miles north of McEwen, and moving east at approximately 50-60 miles an hour. The storm cell was expected to track over northern Davidson County toward Hendersonville by 6 p.m. NewsChannel 5 meteorologist Charlie Neese said atmospheric conditions were ripe for tornadoes Sunday afternoon and into Monday morning. The greatest chance for severe weather has been forecast from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Neese said the threat of tornadoes was greater than that of severe weather that moved through the area late Thursday night. That storm produced two confirmed F-2 tornado touchdowns in the Percy Priest area of Davidson County and in Lebanon.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Council Woman Warns Storm Victims To Beware Scams

Click on link to see video: Council Woman Warns Storm Victims To Beware Scams: "Storm victims are only just now beginning to start cleaning up after Thursday night's weather, and now may have to worry about yet another problem." News Channel 5 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Storm victims are only just now beginning to start cleaning up after Thursday night's weather, and now may have to worry about yet another problem. As if surviving a tornado wasn't enough, now folks are forced to dodge criminals who are trolling for construction work even though they don't have a license. Metro Council Person Vivian Wilhoite represents the area of South Nashville where the tornado hit. She showed up Friday morning to make sure her constituents were well-equipped to handle the aftermath of last nights storm. Wilhoite said she immediatley noticed dozens of people combing the neighborhood, claiming to work for insurance agencies or construction companies and offering to repair roofs or remove trees. The problem is, Wilhoite said many of those people are either lying or unlicensed and only looking to take advantage of storm victims. "They are beneath the dirt of the Earth to take advantage of people during these types of times. That is just not right," said Wilhoite. Wilhoite spent much of the day reminding people to work directly with their insurance agents, and always call your agency to make sure the person standing in front of you is who they say they are. She said instead of paying someone to help clear debris or do other work, check with Metro first. Often times, the city will offer many services for free. On Saturday, Metro Public Works and the Sheriff's department will be in the area helping to clean up.

Council Woman Warns Storm Victims To Beware Scams

Friday, February 25, 2011

What Steps Should I Take After Storm Damage?

POSTED: 2:42 pm CST February 25, 2011 UPDATED: 4:46 pm CST February 25, 2011 Channel 4 WSMV News Check TheConractors' Licenses Before Hiring Reporter Caroline Moses contributed to this story. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Middle Tennessee and Kentucky residents woke up Friday morning to the aftermath of tornadoes, heavy rains and strong winds that slammed the region late Thursday night. The National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes hit Antioch and Wilson County. It's been said that storms "bring out the good in people." It's also been seen that some people try to make a buck. Storm victims told Channel 4 as early as 3 a.m. Thursday men offering deals on home repairs were already knocking on their doors. Friday was cleanup day for Shannon Spiller and most of her neighbors. Their homes were torn apart by fallen trees, leaving entire bedrooms exposed. “The roof fell in on my garage, and the door was all damaged,” said Spiller. Almost as soon as Spiller and her neighbor Rossie Dominguez woke up Friday, people were knocking at their doors offering to repair their roofs. “They come from, like, 3 in the morning to knock on the doors to maybe prepare the roofing and all this stuff. They come so early,” said Dominguez. “They just happened to be working on roofs in the neighborhood? It’s, like, yeah, right,” said Spiller. Dominguez said 10 different people stopped by her home, begging to make a deal in some cases. “They are saying they are going to do, like, more price lower from everybody, the agents and all that stuff,” said Dominguez. It's exactly why Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite is walking the streets with a warning for her district. “There are folks out here looking to do work just to get paid,” said Wilhoite. “You may get stuck with a bill. You don’t want that.” Wilhoite said there is no way to stop these people from approaching victims after a disaster. But families do have the power to research certified contractors and make sure their insurance will cover the work. “It’s not very good to trust somebody just coming to your door,” said Spiller. As residents start the first steps accessing the damage their property suffered, there are steps they should take to protect themselves. First, victims should contact their insurance carrier or agent and find a copy of their policy and read it. They should make a thorough inventory of missing or damaged items for their adjuster. If possible, they should take pictures of damage both inside and outside from different angles to document before repairs are made. Property should be secured and protected against more rain or other damage as much as possible, without making permanent repairs. The adjuster needs to be able to see and document the extent of the damage. Keep receipts for purchases and expenses toward protecting property from more damage. The claims-filing procedure in a victim's policy should be followed. The company's dispute process should be followed if there is a dispute. Many large companies have quick-response teams that go into heavily damaged areas to quickly process a lot of claims. Other companies won't send anyone out until they're called. Victims should call their companies to be sure. Call the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance at 800-342-4029 with insurance issues or the department's Consumer Affairs division hotline at 800-342-8385 for noninsurance issues. Only licensed contractors should be hired. Go to or call 800-544-7693 to verify the Commerce and Insurance licenses of home improvement contractors and other professionals. To See Photos and Videos connected to this story Click Here

2 Churches Damaged By Storms In Antioch

Posted: Feb 25, 2011 7:07 AM CST ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Thursday night's storm damaged many homes in the Percy Priest Lake area including two neighboring churches. A tornado siren can warn you of what's coming, but nothing can prepare you for what a fast moving storm can leave behind. Tim Alexander is pastor at Smith Springs Church of Christ and has seen better days from the front of his sanctuary. "I realized when I turned the corner it was worst than I thought," said Alexander. Members of the congregation saved what they could from a place that is much more than just a building. "My parents were married here. I was married here with my wife. I saw my wife for the first time in the 6th grade over there in that isle," said one church member. With a third of the roof ripped away, water caused some serious damage inside. Members of Priest Lake Presbyterian Church may have lost their house of worship, but definitely not a place to worship. "We've got a gym and we'll probably set chairs up in and worship in there," said Paul Burns with the Priest Lake Presbyterian Church. It's that faith that will keep the church members going. To see Video Click Here

Thursday, February 24, 2011

District council member Vivian Wilhoite preps at-large campaign

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 9:05pm By Joey Garrison Vivian Wilhoite is hoping her serving two terms as a district councilwoman results in a successful campaign to fill one of five countywide at-large seats. Wilhoite, who has represented the Antioch-area District 29 on the council since 2003, told The City Paper Wednesday she plans to run as an at-large candidate in Metro’s upcoming August election. Wilhoite picked up qualifying papers last Friday. She said she plans to officially announce her candidacy soon. “I have a great love for public service and being able to address the issues of the community,” said Wilhoite, who cannot run again for the District 29 seat due to term limits. “We’ve had some tough issues, but we have a lot of work to do.” This won’t be Wilhoite’s first countywide election. Last May, Wilhoite competed against a crowded field of candidates in the Democratic primary for Davidson County Juvenile Court clerk. She finished second, mustering 16 percent of the overall vote. David Smith, the winner, finished with 49 percent. Wilhoite could face some stiff competition for an at-large seat. All five of the council’s current at-large members — Megan Barry, Tim Garrett, Jerry Maynard, Ronnie Steine and Charlie Tygard — are eligible to run for re-election, having been elected to their seats in 2007. Other candidates eyeing an at-large seat include Ken Jakes and James Maxwell. Wilhoite said she’s not targeting any of the current at-large candidates — though if she wins, one of them would effectively be voted out. “I’m vying to be the chosen public servant,” she said. Meanwhile, three candidates have picked up petitions to run for Wilhoite’s open seat on the council. They include former school board member Karen Johnson, who also lost in the recent Juvenile Court clerk race, as well as Ricky Lee Martin and Arnett Bodenhamer. Metro candidates have until May 19 to qualify to run.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Metro Students Will Makeup Snow Days On March 11, 14

Channel 5 News Posted: Feb 22, 2011 4:00 PM CST Updated: Feb 22, 2011 7:02 PM CST NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro School board decided on Tuesday night that students will make up two snow days on Friday, March 11, and Monday, March 14. March 11 was originally scheduled as a teacher inservice day; the 14th would have been the first day of Spring Break. Parents, teachers and school administrators packed the school board meeting on Tuesday night to hear the decision. This announcement follows an automated phone survey with parents asking their opinions on Monday night. Metro Schools Seek Feedback On Snow Make-Up Days The district wanted parents to have a say on the revised schedule. Board members said they felt they did what they felt was best. "Hopefully we won't have to do this in the future. Hopefully we'll make sure that the calender is sort of set, and we can make plans accordingly, but I do appreciate your outreach," said school board member Mark North Other options included: •Going to school on Saturday, April 2 •Extending school days by 30 minutes from March 21 through April 6. Another factor considered was TCAP testing. Teachers hoped to get in missed study time before those tests roll around in the spring. The school district already added on three days to the end of the school year: May 27, May 31, and June 1.

Dream Centers at Hickory Hollow gives mall community focus

Dream Centers at Hickory Hollow gives mall community focus

Dream Centers at Hickory Hollow gives mall community focus

Metro Nashville may raise pension vesting from 5 to 10 years

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Dollar General in District 29

Come on out to the new District 29 - Dollar General, 3600 Anderson Road (@ Mapco Plaza @ near the intersection of Anderson & Smith Springs Road) Grand Opening is being planned for next week. But beginning today, Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 4pm, Sharon Biggs, Manager and the Dollar General staff are working hard to have the store opened today. Come out today and show our corporate neighbors a lot of love. You can stock up for President's Day Holiday!!! Expect more Grand Opening information to come soon! Gratefully, Vivian Council Lady Vivian Wilhoite - District 29 Phone: 589.2003

Monday, February 7, 2011

New job lets recession victim work with Temple 'family'

Taxpayers in Tennessee missing out on earned income tax credit

AOL buying Huffington Post for $315M

Davidson Business Calendar

Edge-O-Lake retail reverts to lender

Hello Neighbors: Here is some FYI I read last week. Thought some of you would be interested. This is the strip mall located on Murfreesboro Road. It has the Fish Wings, Subway and Papa Murphy's Pizza located there and is just across the street from Kmart. Gratefully, Vivian

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Nashville State zeroes in on Antioch campus

Nashville Business Journal Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 7:16am CST Nashville State Community College is zeroing in on possible locations for a long-awaited Antioch satellite campus. The location would put the school closer to a huge chunk of its student population. reports that the school is considering two spots near Hickory Hollow Mall: a former Best Buy building and a former Dillard's building. Metro Council tonight will consider a plan to give the school $1 million to help with the expansion. That would come on top of $7 million granted by the state.

Antioch woman charged in tax fraud conspiracy with prison inmates

Nashville eminent domain cases no longer go to one judge