La Vergne, Tennessee

La Vergne, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing communities in Tennessee (and probably in the Southeastern United States). A few short years ago, the population was approximately 9,000. Today, there are more than 25,000 residents who call La Vergne "home" and it continues to grow. This blog is dedicated to keeping our community updated on current events, and serves as a guide for restaurants, entertainment, schools, and more. Welcome to La Vergne!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Awesome Home About to Hit Market

This is a total commercial, but I want to get this out to bloggers first. I expect to list a home in about three weeks in LaVergne. It's 2500 square feet, 3 bed, 2 bath on 1.4 acres. It has an in-ground swimming pool, a hot tub in the sunroom, a 3-car garage, and a barn with two horse stalls. It will likely go around $225,000. If anyone is interested, start talking to your lender now because it's in a highly desirable area of LaVergne and will go FAST.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

KUDOS to Dennis Waldron

Alderman Dennis Waldron has stepped up to the plate and is the first LaVergne official who has responded our blog. I think his heart and mind are definitely in the right place to keep this community growing in a positive, organized way. Here's the letter I received from him by email (sorry if the paragraph breaks are off - when I pasted I lost them):

In 2004, I was elected Alderman of the city of La Vergne. I knew it would be a great opportunity to serve my community and a huge responsibility to serve a fast-growing city of more than 24,000 citizens. Not to mention nearly 160 city employees. With my family roots going deep into the La Vergne area and serving on the La Vergne Planning Commission, I felt confident that I was up to the challenge.

My first year as Alderman, I worked with council members to balance the budget without a property tax increase and helped pass a number of improvements some of which are already completed and others which are to be completed in the near future.

I have worked hard to keep La Vergne headed in the right direction and have kept La Vergne’s best interest as my priority.

Dennis Waldron
City of La Vergne

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Scary Picture!

Here's a scary picture - it's the three contributors to this illustrious blog! Pictured (from left): Ivy, Kathy, & Chip. I think I need a cool nickname like Ivy and Chip have. But mine would probably rhyme with something like tick, blap, or coink. haha.

Our braintrust got together at the Pea-Pod Restaurant on a fluke this afternoon. Ivy got her chicken legs, Kathy got her chicken legs, and Chip had the chicken parmessan. We did run into one of our aldermen, Dennis Waldron... shout out to Mr. Waldron! I gave him our blog address and told him there are a lot of really great ideas here on how to improve our wonderful community (like a community pool, different name for new school, etc.). I'm hoping he'll check us out and comment! So say hello to us Dennis! :::Smile::: Mr. Waldron did tell me that there has been discussion over the years about getting a community swimming pool. We would sure love it! As we said in a previous post, we want one with a water park (fountains, etc. for the younger kids), deep enough for diving boards, and big loopity-loop slide that goes into the water. It could have a concession stand with snowcones, water, etc. (don't sell Baby Ruth bars though). We are ready! We'll even serve on whatever committee you put us on!

The PeaPod really is a nice place for friends to gather. Here's a slogan for them: Where Old Friends Meet and New Friends Are Made. The people there are so nice. I like that they bring you your drinks and refills. I like that the owner or manager (I'm not sure) comes around and asks how everything is. And it's good food (not the greasy spoon that Ivy likes, but she was out-voted). You should try it.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Another Heads Up on Missing Girl

Again, I'm copying the message below from our neighbors at This is Smyrna. I encourage our residents of LaVergne to either donate items for the bake sale, go to the bake sale, or BOTH. Having a child abducted or missing would be such a terrifying experience for any family. Let's do what we can to show our love and support for the Guerras.

Bake Sale/Yard Sale for Missing Smyrna Girl's Family This Weekend
The Meadow Wood "Kids" of the Meadow Wood Apartments complex at 600 Nissan Drive in Smyrna, TN will be having a Bake Sale/Yard Sale this Saturday to help raise money for the Guerra family. The Guerra's daughter, Analyce Guerra, went missing on Sunday night/Monday morning. If you are interested in donating baked goodies to the bake sale, please deliver them to the office no later than 6 PM on Friday.The Apartment complex already planned a yard sale but if you have items that you wish to sell and donate proceeds to the family, you can do that as well. Contact Meadow Wood Apartments office at (615) 459-8788.

Monday, April 24, 2006


I've copied this message from our neighbor blog, This is Smyrna


Michelle McManus coming to you live from Meadow Wood Apartments where a young girl has come up missing. Early this morning around 4:00 AM a phone call was placed to the Smyrna, TN Police Department. I can attest that they were here searching at approximately 4:15 for the missing girl.

Please pass the message along that this little girl is missing. Police are following up on leads. A candelite vigil is talking place as I blog. Please help. There's been an Amber Alert issued by Smyrna Police Department.

Analyce Guerra, age 1 (16 months) , has been missing since last night. Her mother, a local resident of Meadow Wood apartments, says that she put her baby to sleep last night and woke up around 4 A.M. to find her baby gone. If you have ANY news/leads/anything, please call Smyrna Police Department. Update: 7:30 PM. There's no coordinated effort this evening to search anywhere. I feel so ineffectual. I've searched myself... Apartments were searched. Hound Dogs were here. Infrared was used, as I understand. They've scanned a 4 mile radius. Still missing. They blocked off the apartment complex earlier. I came in and out without issue, however, when I got in.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Okay... A Post has Vanished

I'm posting this to test if it also vanishes. It didn't but my other one did, so here I go again. I put together my monthly real estate mailing earlier today. It was a cute one (If you want on my mailing list, let me know. If you're already on it, you'll get mail on Monday). But part of the mailing was pretty serious. I did a quick market analysis to check out the absorption rates/inventory of homes.

My findings: LaVergne, Murfreesboro, and Rutherford County are a sellers market with a 2.23, 2.12, and 2.87 month supply of homes, respectively. In Smyrna and Nashville, however, it is a buyers market with a 6.72 and 7.29 month supply. That means that if you price your home correctly in the sellers market, it should be sold within two months (other items factor in, of course like condition, new paint, new carpet, etc.). If you sell your home in Smyrna or Nashville, the buyers market, it could take up to 7 months (especially if you price it high).

I haven't done this analysis with other counties, but certainly could if anyone was interested (let me know what area you want to hear about).

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Blair Road

I hate traveling Blair Road. If you are at familiar with LaVergne's side of Blair, it's narrow, no shoulder, the edge is falling into the ditch. The road is curvy, has limited to no visiblity, overgrown trees. All of these combined make it a very dangerous road to travel. Especially in a bus! Now I keep saying I'm going to take pictures of this.

About two years ago, I was traveling down Blair Road and another bus(Daycare) wasn't willing to share the road. That bus hit my mirror and caused the glass to shatter. I was very upset. A few days after this incident, a dumptruck and I were on this road, I STOPPED! I'm not going to try and pass anything on Blair Road! The truck tried to pass me and went into the ditch. Rumor has it that I ran the truck off the road. Now how can I do that if I was stopped? Hmmmmm

Anyhow, if you don't have to travel down Blair Road towards Waldron Road then DON'T!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Some Fun in Sister City

My feet are very sore, but I'm happy thanks to sharing a funnel cake with my daughter. We went to the little carnival/fair next to the Smyrna Bowling Alley this evening. $20 will get you a wrist band for unlimited rides. Here are some photos:

The spider man ride spun people forward, then backwards. I understand it was the backwards motion that made some people queasy. No thanks.

I think this picture is just cool. I love how the ride operator and the flags are in focus, but everything else is out-of-focus flying by. It makes me wonder if that's not what the guy's life is like. He has country and work, but the places he travels to are a blur.

This black and white photo was a complete accident, but sometimes accidents are wonderful (uhm... like my daughter for example - haha). I liked this pic a lot.

This ride was so fast that my camera couldn't capture the cars. The next picture has a "ghost" image of one of the cars. Weird.

See the ghost image on the left side of the photo? I'm still blown away by these two pictures.

Okay that's all for now. I'll post some personal photos on my other blog if you're interested! Have fun at the carnival/fair!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher appreciation week is fast approaching. Teachers are some of the hardest working, most under-appreciated people I know. They truly are on the front-lines of how our country will be in 25, 50, 100 years. The minds they influence can and will become our future.

I am planning on donating some pens and paper pads for teacher appreciation week. Is there anyone else out there who can contribute? For example, if you work at a restaurant or know someone who does, can you give a $10 - $25 gift certificate for a lunch or dinner? Do you work at a car wash? How about a free car wash? Work at a movie warehouse? How about some free DVD's? Whatever you can do, we'd really appreciate it. Just post here what you can do and I'll post back how to make it happen!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Shout out to Style America

I just got home from having my hair permed. It had become hideously straight and I couldn't live with it anymore! I've been going to Style America (in the Food Lion shopping center) since I moved here and I just want to give a shout out to the women who work there. Robyn, a native of Michigan, is very talented. Jennifer, the manager, really knows her stuff. Pregnant Kristin is such a sweetie (she's due in August). And Nikole sure knows her way around a pair of scissors!

If you need to find a place where the people are nice, talented, and fun to be around, try Style America!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Gorgeous Day

Although a tad chilly, Sunday was a beautiful day in LaVergne. I haven't seen where any schools in Rutherford County are closed tomorrow due to Fridays devastating weather. We are so thankful that our little community dodged this one.

The flowers are blooming and trees are in full bud. The dogwoods are beautiful! Don't forgret, no school this Friday, April 14th for Good Friday. Last day of school is coming up! May 31st will be an "abbreviated day". Summer is coming! Yippee!

Friday, April 07, 2006

So far so good

We've been lucky so far.... I think everything has gone around us. We still have the rest of the night to get through though. There were 7 people killed in the Gallatin/Hendersonville area. I'm so sorry to hear about that. Again, stay safe LaVergnians. Or is it LaVergne-ites.

Stay Safe, LaVergne

We're surrounded by super cells right now that seem to be spawning tornadoes all around us. Stay safe, LaVergne. If you're in a mobile home, seek shelter elsewhere. If you're in a regular home, find an interior room with no windows and bring plenty of pillows and blankets to cover your head. It looks like Dickson County, Gallatin, southern Rutherford County (Eagleville to M'boro area) are being or have been hit hard.

Here's a picture - not sure where it is, but I pulled it off of Channel 5 website.

I've tried to get to the other news channels for photos. The photos on Channel 4 are fairly far from LaVergne, so I passed on those. This is on the Tennessean site as of 4:19 p.m.:

They closed schools early - a decision I agree with. Sounds like thunder all around us so I'm going to post and get the kids in a room. Best wishes, love and prayers. kathy

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Another One Bites the Dust

I am sad to report that Pizza 101 has closed for business. I drove by this evening (returning from daughter's baton lesson) and saw the giant CLOSED sign in the front window. We'll miss them.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Babysitter Has Openings

A friend of mine who was the cookie manager for our Girl Scout Service Unit (she's also the registrar) provides at-home daycare. She called me the other day saying that three of her kids have left, so now has some openings. If you're looking for a babysitter (in-home), let me know and I'll put you in touch with Denise.

Sunday, April 02, 2006


Just in case you don't have enough to think about:

On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

That will never happen again. Ponder that! :)

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