Posted by newsreporter on 29. December 2012 18:08
“B-Cycle” bikes are on the streets
Short-term loaner bicycles are now available at 20 locations around Downtown and its fringes, from Hillsboro Village to Five Points. Buy a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual membership and use a bike for an hour at no charge – details are at http://nashville.bcycle.com/
Warner Parks iPhone app offers information, GPS links
Friends of Warner Parks, a private organization which supports Percy and Edwin Warner Parks in southwestern Davidson County, introduced an iPhone app this week with information on the park, its plants and animals, and GPS-linked maps. It's free on the App Store - learn more about it atwww.friendsofwarnerparks.org.
Posted by newsreporter on 29. December 2012 17:44
Are You Ready for a New Year?
by Pastor Ed Evans
The celebration of the New Year 2013 is but an artificial line in the sands of time.
For God Almighty, who is beyond time, it has no meaning.
But for you and I, we tend to see it as an opportunity to let go of what lies behind us and stretch out into new ventures, new opportunities -- one more chance to get it right.
Are you ready for this new year that stretches out before us as a new start, a clean slate awaiting the great events to be written upon it?
Do you have your new calendars for the year 2013? Marked family and friends' birthdays upon them, anniversaries, reunions and conventions to attend, made new plans, new resolutions, have new dreams for what may be accomplished? A new year becomes a "line in the sand," doesn't it, requiring decisions to be made; deciding to do or not to do. Each new day brings new lessons from our Lord, new insights He would teach us, and we're a long way from where we need to be.
The crowd of disciples who followed Jesus Christ about found themselves at such a "line in the sand," although it had nothing to do with time, and everything to do with eternity.
This is how Oswald Chambers, in his book "My Utmost for His Highest," describes that event in his devotional for Dec. 29th:
DESERTER OR DISCIPLE?
"From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more." (John 6:66)
When God, by His Spirit through His Word, gives you a clear vision of His will, you must "walk in the light" of that vision (1st John 1:7). Even though your mind and soul may be thrilled by it, if you don't "walk in the light" of it you will sink to a level of bondage never envisioned by our Lord. Mentally disobeying the "heavenly vision" (Acts 26:19) will make you a slave to ideas and views that are completely foreign to Jesus Christ. Don't look at someone else and say, "Well, if he can have those views and prosper, why can't I?" You have to "walk in the light" of the vision that has been given to you. Don't compare yourself with others or judge them -- that is between God and them. When you find that one of your favorite and strongly held views clashes with the "heavenly vision," do not begin to debate it. If you do, a sense of property and personal right will emerge in you -- things on which Jesus placed no value. He was against these things as being the root of everything foreign to Himself -- "...for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses" (Luke 12:15). If we don't see and understand this, it is because we are ignoring the underlying principles of our Lord's teaching.
Our tendency is to lie back and bask in the memory of the wonderful experience we had when God revealed His will to us. But if a New Testament standard is revealed to us by the light of God, and we don't try to measure up, or even feel inclined to do so, then we begin to backslide. It means your conscience does not respond to the truth. You can never be the same after the unveiling of a truth. That moment marks you as one who either continues on with even more devotion as a disciple of Jesus Christ, or as one who turns to go back as a deserter.
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Posted by newsreporter on 3. October 2012 02:37
by Paula Szeigis
Ninth annual gala set for October 17th in Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN–Three music luminaries who have also distinguished themselves as humanitarians have been selected as the 2012 recipients of the prestigious Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award. Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Randy Owen will be honored at a gala cocktail reception and musical tribute on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
The Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award, named for the first executive director of Leadership Music, was created in 2004 to recognize a music industry leader who exemplifies the highest quality of leadership and leading by example. Daniels, Gill and Owen join previous Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award honorees Tony Brown (2004), Gerry House (2005), Emmylou Harris (2006), Frances W. Preston (2007), The Bradley Family: Owen (posthumously), Harold, Jerry, Connie and Patsy (2008), Garth Brooks, Jim Foglesong and Allen Reynolds (2009), Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson (2010), and CMA (2011).
“Individually and collectively Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Randy Owen are iconic leaders in the industry who have left an indelible mark on popular music over the past four decades,” noted Jeff Gregg, president of the Leadership Music board. “But it is their heart for service and giving back that has been the hallmark of their careers. Through their work with numerous charities, they have made a difference in the lives of countless people. To say that Leadership Music and its alumni are proud and delighted to honor these artists with hearts of gold who have brought such distinction to themselves and their music is a vast understatement.”
Fiddle-playing Charlie Daniels has been performing for over 50 years. His rebel anthems “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South's Gonna Do It” propelled his 1975 collectionFire On the Mountain to Double Platinum status. He won a Grammy Award in 1979 for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and the following year, the song became a major crossover success on rock radio stations, after its inclusion on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy. Daniels and The CDB have also earned awards from the Gospel Music Association, the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music. He is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, has been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame, and has received a star on Music City’s Walk of Fame. He has been honored by the Pentagon with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his support of military personnel and has been awarded the AmVet Silver Helmet award. In addition to visiting troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Korea, and elsewhere, Daniels started Operation Heartstrings a program that donated 100 Gibson guitars, as well as drums, keyboards, microphones, and more than 13,000 pieces of musical accessories to deployed service members in 2005. He continues to tour across the heartland of America and to perform for troops from Guantanamo Bay to Bosnia, Kuwait, South Korea, with repeated trips to Iraq for Stars for Stripes. Daniels has lent his talent and time to numerous charitable causes including hosting The Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic & Angelus Concert in Hudson, Florida, a benefit for The Angelus, a full-time residential facility and day school program for the severely handicapped; the Jason Foundation Golf Classic, an organization that targets teen suicide prevention; supporting Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon program with an annual benefit concert; and for years been a member of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board. A longtime friend of Tony Martell's and a prostate cancer survivor himself, Charlie has been a supporter of the T.J. Martell Foundation for many years and its numerous events supporting cancer research.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 2007, Vince Gill is widely recognized for his achingly beautiful tenor voice, award-winning songwriting skills and virtuoso guitar chops. Together, these talents have yielded him millions of album sales, 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards. In 2005, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. “Benefit,” as he is affectionately dubbed, is beloved for participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career, but it is his creation of the All for the Hall initiative, which urges fellow artists to support the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that is especially close to his heart. The All for the Hall LA and New York guitar pulls, multi-artist concerts staged by Keith Urban and Brooks & Dunn’s final concert have raised millions of dollars for the Museum. He was the Museum’s artist in residence in 2009. An avid golfer, he helped create the annual Vince Gill Pro-Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament (“The Vinny”) in 1993 in order to help support junior golf programs throughout Tennessee. His long friendship with Belmont University basketball coach Rick Byrd resulted in his Vince Gill Celebrity Basketball Game and Concert, which raised money for a dozen years for scholarships and program enhancements for Belmont’s athletic and music business programs. In 2006, The Academy of Country Music named Gill their Humanitarian of The Year. He has recorded with scores—possibly hundreds—of performers in all genres of music, among them Eric Clapton, Keb Mo, Barbra Streisand, Joe Bonamossa, Elvis Costello, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Gaither, Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, George Jones and Charlie Haden. In addition to his solo career, Gill is also a member of the Grammy-nominated band, The Time Jumpers.
For more than 25 years Randy Owen was the front man and lead vocalist of the legendary group Alabama. The band signed a recording contract with RCA Records in 1980, launching a career that to date has resulted in 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, 43 number one singles and over 75 million albums sold. Alabama received more than 150 industry awards including eight country music Entertainer of the Year honors, two Grammys, 23 American Music Awards, two People's Choice Awards and their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They were named the Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music in 1989, and Country Group of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999. In November 2005, Owen and his Alabama Band mates received Country Music’s highest honor, being inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame. When he’s not on the road performing, he’s been busy launching his online entertainment network on Altimarc.com and operating his successful working cattle ranch, Tennessee River Music. He also spends his time helping others. He has raised more than $400 million to date for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he began a national radiothon program in 1989. For the past 25 years, he has hosted the Randy Owen Celebrity Classic golf tournament, which has raised over $1 million for the Alabama Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, and he has also co-hosted (along with the group Alabama) an annual songwriters show benefitting John Croyle’s Big Oak Ranch for the past 15 years. Last year, Owen and Alabama organized and headlined two shows to aid 25 counties across Alabama that were devastated by the April 2011 tornadoes. The Bama Rising concert raised more than $2.1 million, and the Tuscaloosa Storm Recovery show raised almost $200,000. In addition, Owen also donates to various organizations annually through his June Jam Fund.
Leadership Music is an educational non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to nurture a knowledgeable, issue-oriented community of music industry professionals through an annual educational program and events. This is accomplished through the identification and exploration of topical issues in an annual series of off-the-record educational seminars (the Program), and continued alumni nurturing and education. Over the past 23 years, Leadership Music has graduated more than 900 music industry-related executives.
Posted by newsreporter on 22. September 2012 02:37
by Pastor Ed Evans
Andy Waynick, a Mt. Juliet resident for 40 years, passed away at 7:35 a.m on Thursday, Sept. 20. The cancer he had fought had returned and he had been first in Summit Hospital, and then in Alive Hospice in Nashville.
Visitation with the family has been arranged at Sellars Funeral Home, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, for 1 p.m., on Sunday, September 23rd. A graveside ceremony will follow at 2 p.m. in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, next to the funeral home. Andy and Ann Waynick raised their children in Donelson Christian Church on Lebanon Road, and in the days when love was most alive there, Andy was a strong supporter and good friend to the members of the congregation at DCC. This 81-year-old good friend, former helicopter pilot in the Vietnam Conflict, retired Colonel in the U.S. Army after 39 years, this Tennis Coach who led the Ravenwood High School Tennis Team to a Tennessee State Championship, will be sorely missed by so many.
Andy was the husband of Ann Waynick, father to Jerry Waynick and Kim Upham, and grandfather to Tiffany Upham. He was also one of the finest tennis coaches a lot of young people at Ravenwood High School will remember all their lives, an American patriot, and a good Christian friend.
In the forward to Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith's biography of John Stott, I came across this passage: "To write about him has been what a recent biographer of Gladstone described as 'an act of homage.' I have often heard warnings about such perils... I can only say that this man came nearest to my own conception of what constitutes a saint than any other I have known."
I recite that passage because when I first read it, I thought of my friend Andy Waynick; "this man indeed, came nearest to my own conception of what constitutes a saint than any other I have known.
The Lord blesses all those who obey Him, just as the master rewarded the obedience of his two faithful servants in Matthew 25:14-30. We, too, are promised a heavenly reward for our faithful service.
It is serious business to be a good steward of what God has entrusted to us. He wants us to invest in His kingdom plan rather than overcommitting time to earthly matters or overspending on the pursuit of pleasures. The Lord will hold us accountable for our disobedience.
It's in Galatians 6:1-10 we find the seven characteristics common to those obedient to God, tools of spiritual growth that will keep us from disobedience.
The first is godliness, for that person who walks in the Spirit will offer genuine wisdom based on Biblical principles rather than personal opinion.
Second is being trustworthy, for no matter what others share with you, you will be certain to keep everything in the strictest confidence.
Third is acceptance, allowing others to be themselves -- frailties and all -- and not trying to remake them into someone "perfect."
Fourth is the courage found in Eph. 4:15, lovingly confronting those we love with the truth, even when it hurts.
Fifth is forgiveness, building trust through mutual forgiveness as we, and others, make mistakes.
Sixth is being edifying, avoiding that over-critical attitude that makes others feel worthless, but instead building up those around you.
Finally, seventh, taking great joy in being an encourager, instead of someone with a checklist who prophesies the failure of others.
These are exactly the traits recognizable in Andy Waynick.
During the years when Donelson Christian Church was most alive with the spirit of love, Andy Waynick stood steadfastly as a great supporter, even coaching the church's youth baseball team in the church league. He was always there supporting. He never pushed his thoughts or opinions on anyone, but when asked, he offered gems of wisdom, poignant suggestions, never judgmental, always encouraging.
With my background of 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I recognized these characteristic standards of restraint and bearing as that of a military background. So I asked him, on one occasion, about his military service. Andy said simply he had served in the U.S. Army. That answered my question, so I did not probe further. I wish I had.
Only recently I learned Andy didn't just serve in the Army, he achieved the rank of Colonel and served his nation and the U.S. Army for 31 years.
I have served on the staffs of Generals, those who wear the silver stars on their shoulders. They are often the showboats, they stand in the spotlight and, for the most part, speak the party line.
But it is those who wear the Colonel's silver eagles who inspire and lead men to greater achievements that they ever thought possible.
That was Andy Waynick.
For seven years Andy taught and led youngsters in the sport of tennis, demonstrating for them the kind of discipline and concentration it took to refine a talent into a winning combination. In 2008 the team of youngsters he taught won a State Championship.
The older we grow, the more we become bereft of our childhood circle, the more we go to the funerals of our friends until there are precious few left.
Andy was 81. We had sometimes joked that so many of our friends had gone before us from disease, old age and such, that the longer God kept us here, the more likely our friends would think we didn't make it.
Well, we can be assured Andy Waynick "made it." For he loved his Lord, and no one keeps promises like our God, for those who love Him.
I had not spoken with Andy as much in the years since I retired from the church, but when I did, for all of his own failing health, he always wanted to talk not about that, but about others. He forever seemed to be concerned more about others, the old soldier looking out for his people. In that, Andy Waynick was right in step with his Savior, who urged us not to keep our eyes on our own welfare, but to love and care for others.
Perhaps now you understand why I say, "...this man came nearest my own conception of what constitutes a saint than any other I have known."
Posted by newsreporter on 24. August 2012 00:14
The Story of JL and Geraldine Farrar Long Morgan
by Ed Evans
On September 24, 1929, Walter and Amanda Hall Morgan gave birth to a baby boy. Walter had wanted to name the baby after the two grandfathers (John and Lee), but Amanda did not want to do that, so they compromised and wrote the letters "JL" on the birth certificate. JL was the youngest of five children, following Edith, Harold, Pauline and Hencil (Hank) who was 13 years old when JL was born. The family lived on a 100-acre farm at Peavine, Cumberland County, Tennessee. his father had many different jobs, mostly related to the lumber industry, though he worked as a star route postman for 10 or 12 years. As a sideline, his father was a moonshiner.
JL was the only graduate of the 8th grade from Peavine School and he we4nt to high school at Pleasant Hill academy, which was located between Crossville and Sparta. Students worked two hours each day ( and 4 hours on Saturday) to earn part of the cost of school. A civics teacher wrote a letter to his parents pointing out, in a negative way, that JL seemed to approve of moonshining. His parents were not upset with JL about that!
Following high school graduation in 1948, JL and two of his buddies decided to join the Navy. They signed with the recruiter who came to Crossville once a week, and went to Knoxville for tests and then to Nashville on an overnight Tennessee Central RR train for a physical. They all three volunteered for a three-year hitch, but the one who had initiated the idea had a bad eye and was not accepted. The other two were immediately sent to the San Diego Naval Training Center for boot camp.
Geraldine Farrer Long was born to Abram Wallace and Olva Myrtle Owens Long on June 22, 1929, in Palmer, Tennessee. She was the 20th of 12 children, having 8 brothers and 3 sisters. Her father was an electrician in the coal mines.
Gerri attended Pleasant hill Academy until her family moved to Crossville, and she graduated from Crossville High School in 1947. At one point after high school she took a job in the bus station. JL and Gerri met when he was riding the Greyhound Bus to and from Pleasant Hill Academy his senior year. They dated a few times when he came home on leave following basic training.
While JL was stationed out of San Diego, Gerri moved to Aberdeen, Washington, to live with a sister. She worked as a long distance operator with the telephone company. JL w4nt to visit her on leave, and they began to write regularly to each other. In late 1952 he managed to get some leave when his ship came into Port Chicago in the San Francisco area, and went up to Washington to see Gerri. They decided to get married and were able to get a license without the normal three-day waiting period when the local district attorney -- seeing JL in his Navy uniform -- vouched that he knew they were of good character. They found a justice of the peace that performed the ceremony on December 23, 1952.
JL went back to his ship and was able to rent a studio apartment and arrange for Gerri to move down to San Diego on Valentine's Day of 1953. Their first child, Rick, was born on October 9, 1953, and a daughter, Susan, was born on August 6, 1955. Two other younger children were stillborn, as Gerri had AB negative blood, which made carrying a child difficult. Rick is the father of their only grandchild, Elizabeth, born on November 3, 1995. Rick, his wife Patti, and Elizabeth, live in Alabaster, Alabama, while Susan and her husband, David Krauss, live in Murfreesboro.
During his 20 years in the Navy, JL was stationed on four different ships. His first assignment was as an electrician on the USS Prairie, a destroyer. From 1955 to 1958 he taught basic electricity in the training center in San Diego. in 1958 he was sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Center for 22 weeks for an advanced electrical school, during which time Gerri and the children went back to Crossville and with her mother.
In 1958, JL was assigned to the USS Los Angeles, a heavy cruiser, where he was a Senior Chief electrician. A year later the USS Rochester came up alongside, and they did not have a qualified senior chief electrician while JL was one of two on the USS Los Angeles. So JL was reassigned to the USS Rochester for about 18 months. During this time Gerri worked all summer as a waitress at Disneyland.
In 1960, JL applied for nuclear school and was accepted. He went to Vallejo, California (near San Francisco), for a six month training course and then to Blackfoot, Idaho, where they had a mock-up of the USS Enterprise. After six months of a combination classroom studies and practical training, JL was sent to the USS Long Beach, a nuclear powered cruiser, where he served as Enlisted Engineer Officer of the Watch.
While his earlier assignments had all be in the Pacific, the USS Long Beach sailed to the Mediterranean Sea before returning to Norfolk, Va., just before Christmas of 1963. He had visited Barcelona, Tripoli, Istanbul and other European ports. Upon returning he was due for a stateside assignment, and went on recruiting duty in Tennessee for three years. In 1967 he had served 20 years and retired from the Navy. They had purchased their home on Bonnavue Drive in 1964.
For ten years, JL worked for the State of Tennessee as the chief engineer of Clover Bottom Hospital and School. He was responsible for all the maintenance at that facility.
In 1977, JL took a position with Continental Insurance Company in the loss control department. Following six months of study time, he was qualified as an ASME boiler inspector (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and traveled all over Tennessee to inspect companies that Continental was considering insuring. he would write a report on each inspection, including recommendations of what needed to be done before Continental would agree to insure a company. One time he ordered the shutting down of a compressor that had been incorrectly repaired. While he only had the authority to cancel the insurance (which he did) when the owner refused to turn off the compressor, a telephone call to the State brought quick action that shut it down. This was the only occasion during his 12 years with Continental that he was afraid something might blow up.
In 1989, JL retired from Continental and took a part-time position for about 10 months working for Royal Insurance Company at the Nissan expansion in Smyrna, inspecting the work of two of the major construction companies on that job.
Following that, JL was finally able to follow-up on his real interest, strolling the links and playing golf with Bill Gore at the Old Hickory Country Club. In his retirement, he was elected an Elder by the congregation at the Donelson Christian Church, later joining the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Hermitage, where he attended until shortly before his death.
This past Monday, at 7 a.m., my good friend J. L. Morgan, age 82, went home to be with his Lord. Born September 24, 1929 in Peavine, TN, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine (Long) Morgan, his mother, Amanda (Hall) Morgan; his father, Walter Morgan and all 4 of his brothers and sisters. Survived by his two children, Rick (Patti) Morgan of Alabaster, AL, and Dr. Susan Morgan of Murfreesboro, TN; 2 grandchildren, Michael (Tamara) Roberts of Smyrna, TN, and Elizabeth Morgan of Alabaster, AL; and 2 great-grandchildren, Christian and Dillon Roberts. J.L. spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring in 1967 as a Senior Chief Electrician's Mate (Nuclear). He proudly served our country during the Korean and Vietnam wars, was an original member of our nuclear fleet aboard the USS Long Beach and was a sailor at heart the rest of his life. J.L. had two other careers after his navy days; one as Chief Engineer for Clover Bottom Hospital and School for 10 years and another as a Certified Safety Professional for Continental Life Insurance Company for 10 years. J.L. loved to play golf and was a member of Old Hickory Country Club for 34 years, where he scored several holes-in-one and many more holes-in-six. He also loved to play guitar and left behind an unfulfilled wish of playing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, even though he knew he wasn't good enough (it's all about who you know). J.L. loved to tell a good sea story, was a kind, funny and generous man who was greatly loved and respected by his family and friends. Visitation will be held at Phillip-Robinson's Hadley Chapel in Old Hickory, TN on Friday, August 24th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Services will be held at the Chapel on Saturday, August 25th at 2 p.m., Dr. Dan Spross presiding. Interment will be at Middle Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery in Pegram, TN, 10 a.m. Monday. PHILLIPS ROBINSON Hadley Chapel, (615) 847-1010.
Posted by newsreporter on 20. June 2012 20:54
Piedmont spokesman says cause unknown so far.
Posted by newsreporter on 20. June 2012 19:30
From the Nashville District Commander,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
In case you missed the groundbreaking ceremony Monday to replace two buildings destroyed during the May 2010 flood at the Nashville District's Cheatham project, here is a great video report!
Video Report: Flood recovery continues with Cheatham groundbreaking
ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (June 18, 2012) -- Flood waters in May 2010 submerged the lock operations center and resource manager's office at Cheatham Dam, forcing p...
Posted by newsreporter on 20. June 2012 01:15
Metro Council members voted to approve a substitution budget that still includes a 53-cent property tax increase.
Posted by newsreporter on 20. June 2012 01:05
More than 5,000 people were evacuated after an explosion Tuesday evening at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville.
Posted by newsreporter on 9. June 2012 03:09
Every year on the second Saturday in June (this year on June 09, 2012), the TWRA allows all residents and non-residents to fish without a license.
Children that are 15 years of age or younger may fish without a license for the entire week starting on Free Fishing Day and continuing through the following Friday.
Children younger than 13 may fish without a license at any time of the year. The TWRA sponsors many Kids Free Fishing Day events and stocks thousands of pounds of catfish to help make the events a quality experience for young anglers.