Friday, May 27, 2011

Join Vivian for a Meet, Greet & Fundraising Reception

I ask you for your vote and your support

Dear Friend:

I want to be your chosen public servant and I need your help. To succeed in this effort, we need to mount an aggressive campaign. There are 5 positions and I will work diligently to earn your vote for Metro Council at large. This campaign will also require a strong and organized grassroots effort. Visit my website of There you can request a yard sign, donate, sign-up to volunteer or host a fundraiser. Of course if you have a question or a comment, you can also email me. I ask you for your vote, your support and I invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

I pray that you and your family have a safe and eventful Memorial Day holiday!


VivianJoin Vivian

for a Meet, Greet & Fundraising Reception

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hampton Inn & Suites - Green Hills

Belle Meade Room

2324 Crestmoor Road

Nashville, TN

Action Line: Metro will hold electronics recycling event at LP Field

Middle TN jobless rate edges higher in April

Medicare fraud penalty increased

Nashville prosecutor launching investigation into absent court clerk

Voters to decide TN fairgrounds' fate

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I am grateful, always!

Thank you to everyone that attended the downtown meet and greet at the Viridian on Thursday, May 12, 2011. I am grateful always and appreciate the hosts, guests, friends and downtown residents that stopped in to say hello, show support and learn more about me and my bid for Council at large. The inclement weather did not hinder the support for the "Vivian Wilhoite for Council at large" campaign; nor for the vision to invest in future and existing neighborhoods, economic development of jobs and small business, and education.

While we believe that it take votes from you to win, you must agree that in order to reach voters with mailings, signs, radio ads and possibly television ad, your donation is critical, We cannot do this without your help. Visit today to make your donate today, sign up to volunteer, host a fund raiser, or request a yard sign. We can win with your help.


Vivian Wilhoite

Friday, May 20, 2011

Metro races pull big crowd

Volunteer Group Helps Parents Cope With Loss Of Child

Breaking News - Road Closed, Businesses Evacuated After Ammonia Leak

Channel 5 News
Posted: May 20, 2011 12:53 PM CDT

Updated: May 20, 2011 1:15 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several businesses have been evacuated after an ammonia leak on the west side of downtown Nashville.

HAZMAT crews were called out to the scene at Charlotte and 11th Avenue North just after noon. Part of Charlotte was closed.

SkyCam video showed the leak was near an area where an old meat packing building was being demolished. Officials said the work caused the leak.

The Greyhound bus station and nearby Porter Paints were evacuated. Officials said no schools in the area have been evacuated.

There have been no reports of illness or injuries.

Drivers have been advised to avoid the area.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

4 cars smashed in Walmart parking lot scuffle

Lawmaker says Amazon sales tax bill to be delayed

Associated Press - May 18, 2011 3:25 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Republican state representative from southeastern Tennessee said a legislative leader is withdrawing a bill that would require to collect sales taxes on transactions in Tennessee.

Rep. Kevin Brooks told the Cleveland Daily Banner that the bill sponsor, House Finance Chairman Charles Sargent, agreed to delay the measure to the 2012 legislative session. is building distribution centers in Bradley and Hamilton counties in southeastern Tennessee and has opposed the legislation.

Sargent declined comment Wednesday when asked by The Associated Press but said there would be a discussion at an afternoon committee meeting.

A spokesman for said he was not aware of Sargent delaying the legislation.

Information from: Cleveland Daily Banner,

Survey finds laws needed in Tenn. to fight sex trafficking

Posted: May 18, 2011 11:27 AM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A study released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found that law enforcement officials want better state laws and training to find and stop human sex trafficking in Tennessee.

The agency on Wednesday released survey results from agencies across the state and found that 85% of Tennessee counties have investigated at least one human sex trafficking case over the last 24 months.

Seventy-two percent of counties reported at least one case of minor human sex trafficking

There were 16 entities that reported an excess of 50 cases and eight that reported over 100 cases of minor cases of human sex trafficking.

The majority of respondents, or 79%, say they are not adequately trained to handle human sex trafficking cases, according to the study.

Human sex trafficking is the slavery of women and children forced to perform various sex acts for money at a variety of locations across the state for the purpose of making money for their captors.

Tennessee has seen a number of high-profile sex trafficking cases, including a multi-state ring linked to Somali gangs.

The General Assembly last year directed TBI to analyze the problem and develop recommendations.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Teachers at 2 Metro schools say they feel unsafe

Posted: May 18, 2011 12:46 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nearly two-thirds of teachers polled at two Metro high schools don't feel their school environments are safe, according to a survey recently conducted by the Tennessee Department of Education.

More than 57,000 educators statewide took park in the TELL Tennessee survey, billed as the first statewide opportunity for teachers and faculty to provide input on a host of educational issues.

The results were released earlier this month.

Teachers were asked to rate how strongly they agree or disagree on a series of matters including the statement, "The faculty work in a school environment that is safe."

At Hillsboro High School, only 35.6% of teachers responded that they agree the faculty works in a safe school environment. The percentage of teachers was just slightly higher, 37.7%, at Cane Ridge High School.

The numbers were better countywide, with 89.5% of the teachers polled agreeing they work in a safe school environment.

The most positive responses were from teachers at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School, where 100% said their environment is safe, and from teachers at Hillwood High School, where 98.8% agreed they work is a safe environment.

Across the state, 94.3% of teachers say they felt they work in a safe environment.

Visit to view the complete survey results.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Historic Gran Dale Manor

Look out for date - Community Open House

It has been a real pleasure to work with the Waynick family on the Historic Gran Dale Manor. As the council representative, I have avail myself to do what is necessary to help where they needed me. What an honor! Soon, we, the community, will formally recognize the Waynicks hard work and you will have the opportunity (if you have not already done so via the recent events held already) to thank them personally. Be on the look out for a open house date that is being planned with the Waynicks, coming soon.

Why the dirt? An Explanation from an on-site worker

Some of you have contacted me to ask about the big, big piles of dirt at the old Publix location (across from First Tennessee Bank) on Murfreesboro Road. It's dirt for sale! That right, dirt for sale, according to one of the workers on the site. I understand that the giant wall behind the old Publix building was damaged in the May flood and is now being repaired. The repair required some in depth digging out of soil affiliated with the wall and that is the piles that you see. It's a great time to buy some dirt.

Vivian Wilhoite's
Office Hours at First Tennessee Bank

Join me on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 9-10 am

Lights on Nashboro Blvd

In the area where I live, we (all Nashboro associations) have been working to try to light up this very dark area. I was able to get Nashville Electric Service to establish lighting where there were none at the entrance of Flintlock from Nashboro Boulevard. We continued to work on lighting on Nashboro Boulevard. Some neighbors did not want the wooden poles that Public Works were prepared to install. Some wanted the underground lighting. Our association chose to pay for the underground lighting that Public Works would not do. On April 20, 2011, I sent an email to the Nashboro Village residents to let them know what the mini flags were on Nashboro Boulevard. The mini flags have now become beautiful, decorative light poles. Put on your shades, because the lights will be bright and nice. Below is excerpt from my April 20th email.

"Hello Nashboro Neighbors: I have been asked by a number of residents what are the mini flags on Nashboro Boulevard all about and what is being dug-up. A couple of weeks ago, I confirmed with Public Works that the installation of the wooden poles lights project was still temporarily on hold. Why? I had heard from a number of Nashboro neighbors that wanted the needed lighting but did not want the wooden poles. I felt that it was necessary to hold up on the project to get a consensus from the community. Needed lighting on Nashboro Boulevard has been an important request for a number of years now. In the meantime over the last year, our Masters Association was attempting to work a deal with Metro or maybe do the project without metro.

Our Masters Association* for Nashboro Village have taken the steps necessary to install the needed lighting on Nashboro Boulevard with underground wiring. They have made the right decision in the interest of safety while keeping the anesthetics of our community looking beautiful. I spoke with the contractor that was hired by our Masters Association, Dayton E. Wauford. He stated that the lighting poles will be very nice with underground lighting. He expects the poles should be up by mid May. The poles will be on both sides of the Nashboro Boulevard where they have identified the need for lighting. According to Mr. Wauford the old decorative poles that exist could be used."

It's Time for brush Pickup!

Area 4 Brush Collection - (District 29 is in Area 4)

Metro Nashville Public Works will begin Brush and Leaf collections in portions of your districts in "Area 4 "on May 24, 2011.

"Route 4 " Collection Dates for 2010-2011

Please have your brush out for collection by the following dates:

May 24, 2011

To ensure that your brush will be collected , you should have limbs and all other yard waste out and ready for pick-up on the date above. Place only limbs, branches and true yard waste by the curb for brush crews. Lumber, household trash and other types of debris found in your brush pile means it won't get picked up. Brush piles should not be placed close to mailboxes, utility poles, fences, trees or other stationary objects. The mechanical arm of the knuckle boom truck needs enough room to lift the brush pile up and into the trailer pulled behind the truck. Only the driver travels with each truck; no other crew members are there to move piles or separate items that don't belong in a brush pile.

Place leaves in biodegradable paper bags only; Paper biodegradable bags can be purchased at most hardware stores, Wal-Mart's, Target, Home Depot, etc. Public Works also has a supply of these bags available for purchase at the Omohundro Convenience Center: 5 bags for $3.00 and 10 bags for $6.00. Plastic bags will not be picked up.

Route 4 - Boundaries are between Lebanon Pike and Murfreesboro Pike. From Carroll Street to the Wilson County Line.

Reminder - The Alliance of District 29 Great American Clean-Up - Saturday May 14, 2011

We are extremely thankful to the Smith Springs Church of Christ with all that they have endured from the storm. They have allowed us to have the clean-up in the parking lot as they have done for the past 6 years.

On this Saturday, from morning to noon, we will clean up our district, and provide the following services:

7 am - 8 am
Volunteer to remove illegally placed signs. (But you can start today if you like)

8 am - 12 noon
Throw away large furniture items

Swap and shop up to 11am

Donate lightly used clothing to Goodwill

9 am - 12 noon
Have sensitive documents shredded for FREE!

12 noon to 1 pm
Food, fun and fellowship

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Join Vivian for Council at large at the Viridian

Save the date to

Meet Vivian!

At the Viridian
(415 Church Street)

for a meet, greet and fundraising gathering

Thursday, May 12, 2011
5:30pm - 8:00 pm

More information to come! Donate today at

Donation of $50 $100, $250, $500, $1000 or any amount is appreciated!

To be a host for this event....Email Fonda Douglas, treasurer

Thank You!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Join Vivian for Council at large at the Viridian

Save the date to

Meet Vivian!

At the Viridian
(415 Church Street)

for a meet, greet and fundraising gathering

Thursday, May 12, 2011
5:30pm - 8:00 pm

More information to come! Donate today at

Donation of $50 $100, $250, $500, $1000 or any amount is appreciated!

To be a host for this event....Email Fonda Douglas, treasurer

Thank You!

Nashville Skin Care Clinic Administers Free Cancer Screenings

Channel 5 News
Posted: May 01, 2011 7:14 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Skin Cancer is an epidemic in the U.S. with more than one million cases diagnosed a year. News Channel 5's Safe and Sound report tells you where to go for a free check.

The screenings start Sunday and will go through the end of July at Gold's Skin Care Center in Green Hills. Signs of sun-damaged skin are not always obvious and can get worse over time.

To schedule a free appointment, call 383-2400.