February 2, 2023

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Mayor Cooper will not seek reelection; proposes funding for new schools, juvenile justice center in 2023 capital spending plan

Mayor John Cooper announced Tuesday that he will not run for a second term this year.

The news came as a surprise to some, as Cooper had already held a fundraiser, filed official paperwork setting the stage for a 2023 campaign and secured endorsements from the local Fraternal Order of Police and firefighters’ union. He was elected to the office in 2019 after a term on Metro Council. Cooper’s time in office has been defined by the 2020 tornado, COVID-19, the Christmas 2020 bombing and a push to

build a new stadium for the Tennessee Titans.

“No one could have predicted the unprecedented challenges we would face as a city,” Cooper told reporters at a press conference Tuesday morning, referring to his term as two terms “of crisis and investment.” He went on to thank various department heads and members of his administration as well as his family, before noting, “I never wanted to campaign — I wanted to govern.”

Cooper’s decision not to run leaves candidates including former Metro official Matt Wiltshire and Metro

Councilmembers Freddie O’Connell and Sharon Hurt in the race.

The mayor’s brother, Jim Cooper, a longtime Nashville-area member of Congress, decided not to run for reelection last year after redistricting carved his district into several GOP-friendly seats.


Last week, Cooper proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in spending on capital improvements as part of his

The Metro Nashville Police Department charged a Bellevue man with criminal homicide after police said that his exgirlfriend body was found in his apartment.

According to an MNPD news release, 28-year-old Dwayne Herelle Jr. was charged on Sunday night after the body of 24-yearold Irene Torres was found inside of a plastic container in Herelle’s closet at the 865 Bellevue Apartments complex.

Police said that Herelle met Torres outside of her Old Hickory home between 1:30 a.m.-2 a.m. on Sunday when they had an argument which led to Herelle stabbing Torres to death.

“Herelle is alleged to have driven Torres’ body across the county to his Bellevue apartment and put her in the plastic container in the closet,” the news release reads, adding that Herelle was captured on a security camera “taking Torres away” from her home.

“Torres’ father went to the apartment and was told by Herelle that

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Irene was at a downtown hotel,” the news release reads. “As the father and Herelle were enroute downtown, Herelle admitted to fatally stabbing the victim.”

Herelle is being held in the Davidson County Jail without bond, and no further information about the incident has been released at this time.

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2023 capital spending plan, the mayor’s annual wish list of new projects and renovations around the city.

The most expensive single item on the list is $92 million for construction of a future Davidson County Juvenile Justice Center on Brick Church Pike. The effort to replace the facility currently located near Nissan Stadium will ultimately cost more than $200 million, according to the mayor’s office .

The full list of projects includes $155 million in education-related projects, $140 million for public safety and law enforcement projects and $97.49 million for infrastructure.

The mayor’s office also said the city will spend an additional $84.41 million as part of a capital replacement fund.

“With this year’s capital spending plan, we are doubling down on our prior investments and continuing to put Nashville neighborhoods first,” Cooper said in a release. “Because of responsible, strategic financial management, we can invest in projects like building brand new facilities for Lakeview, Percy Priest and Paragon Mills Elementary Schools, and creating the new Nashville Youth Empowerment Center.

“Significant investments at NDOT and Metro Water Services will continue to improve the core city services that our

There are no two events alike in the first February iteration of free and cheap things. We start with a storytime for budding ballerinas, head over to East Nashville for a pair of wetland-centric events at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. The Tennessee State Park system is offering a scavenger hunt for the whole family focused all around trees. Plaza Mariachi offers the chance to celebrate the Chinese New Year for the group of us having a tough time realizing January is already ending. And there are free haircuts for anyone in your crew on the southeast side of town at the Nashville Public Library.

As part of our series on free and cheap things to do with the family, here is our weekly roundup of places to spend time together over the next week:


On Feb. 1, the Nashville Public Library’s Goodlettsville Branch is hosting a special storytime for children aged 3-5 to go along with the ballet book Honk! The interactive storytime follows the story of a “balletsmitten swan who has an unexpected moment to shine onstage with a group of prima ballerinas who, in Mimi’s mind, are simply pretending to be her.”


On Feb 2, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center has a pair of events to kick off February. There’ll be a Groundhog Day Hike at the

one-mile loop near the center at 5 p.m. And all day Shelby Bottoms will celebrate World Wetlands Day on the grounds, where they’ll showcase the things that live there, how wetlands come together “how they help us, and how we can help them,” according to the center. It’ll be a hands-on experience diving into the local ecosystem.


At Bledsoe Creek State Park up north of the city, Tennessee State Parks is hosting a scavenger hunt on Feb. 4. The event is free and includes a guided tour where attendees will learn about trees in the park and then test their knowledge. The trail is an asphalt May Wix ADA accessible path and folks should bring their own water and appropriate shoes and clothing for the weather.


On Feb. 4, Plaza Mariachi is hosting a belated celebration of Chinese New Year, but it’s never really too late for such a thing. The event begins at 4 p.m. — there’ll be performances, food and more.


On a few dates in February, the Southeast Branch Library is partnering with Genesis Career College to bring free haircuts to the community. There are events throughout the month of February, and the program is open to everyone with no appointment necessary.

residents rely on every day,” the mayor added. “Making smart investments alongside our city’s growth is essential to creating a Nashville that works for all, and I’m proud to take a big step toward that important goal today.”

On the list:

• New schools at Lakeview Elementary and Percy Priest Elementary, plus a “near-total renovation” of Paragon Mills Elementary

• $27 million in maintenance and repairs at MNPS schools

• $11 million for new Nashville Fire Department headquarters

• $4 million for a new barn for MNPD horses

• $17.5 million for stonework and construction at Fort Negley

• $19.3 million for “fairgrounds campus completion”

• $13.81 million for sidewalks

$38.08 million for NDOT infrastructure re• pairs

• $18.5 million for Metro Water stormwater projects

This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.

GOP leaders push to yank Music City Center funding

convention tourism to the city,” Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) told Axios. “Over the last year, Metro has made it clear they are no longer interested in aggressively recruiting top-tier conventions to Nashville. That message has been received loud and clear by the General Assembly. If Nashville wants to prioritize political posturing over prosperity for its people, that’s their prerogative. But the state does not have to participate.”

Republican leaders in the Tennessee General Assembly are seeking to strip tax funding for the $623 million Music City Center convention hall in response to Metro Council’s unwillingness to support efforts to bring the 2024 Republican National Convention to Nashville.

Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, a Franklin Republican, filed legislation last week deleting the tourism-related taxes used by the city to pay debt obligations for the Music City Center.

“Nashville has been afforded certain tools for the express purpose of encouraging

A portion of tax revenues from car rentals and hotel rooms — plus sales tax collected in the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel and excess sales tax revenues collected in a tourism development zone located within close proximity to the convention center — go to pay off the debt for the building’s construction, Axios reported.

Mayor John Cooper’s office told the news outlet that it is reviewing the legislation. Also on the docket in the wake of the RNC debate is a push by state legislature Republicans to cut the size of the Metro Council in half.

The Music City Center has hosted hundreds of major conventions since it opened in 2013 and even hosted a convention for convention planners last year. This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.


How a ‘very real’ team meeting potentially changed trajectory of Preds season

Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes has a reputation for developing young talent and unlocking potential, but he’s not particularly known as a master motivator.

So when the 21-18-6 Predators suffered a 5-2 blowout loss to the St. Louis Blues more than a week ago, Hynes decided to shake things up, organizing a team meeting and letting the players take the reins.

Following what several players described as an “uncomfortable but necessary” meeting in which players freely spoke their minds and aired some grievances as to why Nashville found itself in a cycle of mediocrity, the Predators have not only won three straight, but some of the underperforming team leaders have found a groove heading into the All-Star break.

“That St. Louis game looks like a blessing in disguise now,” center Matt Duchene said. “We were tired, we weren’t feeling it mentally, we come out and laid an egg, and it kind of brought things to the surface that probably [have] gone unnoticed. … It’s been a turning point for us.”

That turning point wouldn’t have happened without moments of raw honesty

or a brutal assessment of why the team repeatedly gets in its own way.

Some players spoke from the heart. Others pointed out mistakes and challenged themselves and teammates to rise to the occasion. As Hynes phrased it, it was a meeting that consisted of real conversations “of substance with no fluff.”

While Hynes and the players have divulged few details about what exactly was said during their meeting, they did disclose that Ryan Johansen was perhaps the most outspoken player.

“[Johansen] had some very inspiring words; he was great,” captain Roman Josi said. “Obviously, he’s one of our leaders, he’s a great person, he really cares, he wants the team to do well, and he had some great words. I think a lot of the credit has to go to him.”

“Sometimes guys have the right thing to say at the right time,” Duchene added.

“I thought that he said some things that I think were from the heart that were very truthful that aren’t sometimes easy to say for a player to other guys,” Hynes said. “I think it’s really twofold — you can have a meeting

like that, so you need a guy like [Johansen] to stand up and put himself out there. But I also think he was backed up in the meeting by other guys in the leadership group, which is important because that needs to be a pack. But also, I think from that is the action from the team, from the players themselves for each other from that meeting is really what’s the difference in the results.”

Whatever Johansen said appears to have lit a fire under his teammates.

Duchene has three goals and four points over Nashville’s three-game win streak. He had just one goal in his previous 12 games. Mikael Granlund has two goals and three points; he hadn’t scored a goal in his previous 22 games. Tanner Jeannot has two goals; he had gone 38 games without a goal. Josi notched five points; he hadn’t had a multipoint game in his last 10.

But beyond the improved individual performances, the team performance has looked miles better as well. Since their team meeting, the Predators have three wins in three games over current playoff teams. They had just 10 such wins in their first 45 games.

They’re also averaging 4.3 goals per game

following the meeting after averaging a shade over 2.5 goals per game through the first 45 games.

The three-game win streak has resurrected the Predators from playoff purgatory and vaulted them to within two points of third place in the Central Division and just one point from a wild card spot in the Western Conference.

While there’s still plenty of ground to make up over the remaining 34 games, there’s no question the trajectory of the Predators season — at least for now — looks much better than it did just a handful of games ago.

“I think right now, we’re not where we want to be, but we’re right there,” Hynes said. “ … Right now, we’re in a good position, not a great position. I think that’s where the hunger wants to come.”

This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.

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Butch Spyridon is retiring after 32 years, and he’s done more for tourism and our city than anyone else

the recording industry, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the entire music industry. Nashville’s music industry contributes $5.5 billion to the local economy.” So Spyridon’s vision to rebrand was a wise one.

Rebranding was only one of the areas where he’s had an incredible impact. As recently reported by Country Insider: “Spyridon was instrumental in recruiting professional sports to Nashville. He also helped lead the way for the construction of Bridgestone Arena, Nissan Stadium and Geodis Park. He served as Nashville’s point person for the 2019 NFL Draft, the most successful one-day event in Nashville history.”

organization announced.”

I cannot help but compare Spyridon and the NCVC to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and its leadership. Both the NCVC and the chamber should be leading the charge in Nashville when it comes to increasing our growth and our bottom line. But there is really no comparison.

I recently read that Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp CEO Butch Spyridon is retiring soon. Retirement is a well-deserved reward for Spyridon, as in my opinion, no one has done more for this city in the past 32 years than he has. Deana Ivey, who has been part of the NCVC since 1997 and is well-suited for this position, will assume Spyridon’s leadership role. Spyridon will stay on contractually for two years as a strategic consultant, as he is still “working on a deal for a new NFL stadium, and to attract the Super Bowl, WrestleMania, Rugby


World Cup and new international flights at Nashville airport.”

Spyridon has always been working to position Nashville as a leader. As NCVC board chair Kevin Lavender told The Tennessean, Spyridon is responsible for changing “our branding from Country Music USA to Music City.” According to the Recording Industry Association of America: “The world now looks to Nashville as a singular global center of creativity and commerce. Los Angeles, New York and Nashville are the top three U.S. locations for










Back in February of last year, I wrote in the Scene that Spyridon “seems to have a magic touch in bringing significant events to Nashville. The 2019 NFL Draft reportedly attracted more than 600,000 people to the downtown area, and according to the Titans, it resulted in $133 million in direct spending and a TV audience of 47.5 million. The NCVC is also working toward hosting the FIFA World Cup. If that happens, it could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact for Nashville, not to mention thousands of jobs. Spyridon has also been involved in working to bring NASCAR back to The Fairgrounds Nashville.” What’s more, there’s also the CMA Fest each year, the incredible Fourth of July celebration and the more recent New Year’s Eve celebration — for which Spyridon is credited with garnering national media attention. Outsider. com reported that Nashville’s Big Bash on New Year’s Eve, which was televised on CBS, brought about 210,000 people to the city.

“After a record-breaking year of economic activity generated by tourism, 2023 is projected to bring in even higher numbers of visitor spending, according to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp,” reads a recent Tennessean report. “Last year saw the most hotel room nights sold in a single year in Nashville at 9.5 million room nights, the

The Nashville Area Chamber is led by president and CEO Ralph Schulz. In the past I’ve shared stats from the chamber’s own website that brought me to the conclusion that “the ‘area’ part of the group’s moniker is seemingly more important than the ‘Nashville’ part.” In May of last year I wrote about how the chamber was pushing legislation to give county mayors the power to take over school boards, and that no one had mentioned this intention to the mayor. The year before, the mayor cut the chamber’s budget in half, from $350,000 to $175,000 — the lowest it’s been in 31 years. The chamber has also downsized its office space and cut staff since Schulz has been at the helm, despite Nashville’s incredible growth.

The NCVC, on the other hand — under Spyridon’s leadership, and now Ivey’s — continues to grow and make incredible strides that benefit Nashville and its residents. Nashville is now a “global destination.” And Spyridon should be very proud — he and his team have had a great deal to do with making our city something we can all be proud of. I must also note how proud Spyridon is of his team at the NCVC, calling them his “greatest professional accomplishment” and “second to none.” They’re just following suit!

So, thank you Butch — and congratulations.

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Indian cuisine pop-up Kallooriville opens at Belmont


South Indian cuisine pop-up Kallooriville is now open on the Belmont University campus.

According to a release, Kallooriville is open for lunch and dinner, Sundays through Fridays, 11-8 p.m.

Nashville entrepreneurs Niroop Prabhakar of 615Chutney and Kesav Govindan of Café India own and operate Kallooriville, located with the Mesa Komal Café space in the Curb Center and deriving its name from the Southern Indian and Sri Lankan language Tamil, with “kalloori” meaning “college.”

Conexión Americas and Sodexo teamed with the university on the Mesa Komal Café effort, the release notes.

The Kallooriville menu feature curries, biryanis and other traditional South Indian fares to increase cultural awareness on campus as part of the larger Mesa Komal and Conexión Americas inclusive mission.

“We thank the incredible teams from Café India, Belmont Dining, Mesa Komal Café and Conexión Americas for an amazing opportunity to bring nostalgic college-style Indian street food to Nashville,” the 615Chutney team posted on its Instagram page.

Conexión Americas is a nonprofit cofounded by Belmont alumnus and professor of management and entrepreneurship, Dr. José González. In September 2022, Mesa Komal Café opened a permanent retail home on Belmont’s campus, hosting minorityowned businesses on rotation.

This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.

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Ex-Titan Mawae named new football coach at Lipscomb Academy

Recruiting: A post-signing day roundup of local commitments

A little over a month after being turned down by former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, the Lipscomb Academy football team finally has a new head coach.

The school announced former Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Kevin Mawae as its new head football coach on Tuesday, replacing former coach Trent Dilfer, who left in December to take the same job with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lipscomb Academy president Candice McQueen said Mawae was one of 64 candidates, along with former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna and ex-NFL linebacker ty McKenzie, to apply for the job.

“As I told the selection committee and Dr. McQueen, this is my last job,” Mawae said during his introductory press conference. “I’m not looking to climb up, I’m not looking to go out, this is my last job whether I get fired, I resign, or I walk away from my contract. …I don’t need the money, I want a purpose. And I think this job allows me that — to instill in some young men my faith, what it’s like to be a man of God, surrounded by men of character.”

Mawae spent 16 years in the NFL including stints with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, and Titans. He was a seventime first team All-Pro, an eight-time Pro Bowler, was named to the NFL 2000s AllDecade Team, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

His coaching career began in 2016 as an assistant offensive line coach with the

Chicago bears before transitioning to an offensive analyst an Arizona State. Mawae spent the last two years with the Indianapolis Colts, first as an assistant offensive line coach then as tight ends coach.

“The longer I spent in the NFL, and the hours I spent, it became very apparent to me that the NFL lifestyle was something that I didn’t want to be a part of anymore,” Mawae said. “It’s all-consuming. I added the hours up, and I think if I saw my wife 12 hours in a given week I was doing pretty good.”

Dilfer led Lipscomb Academy to a 43-10 record with two state titles in four seasons. The Mustangs were the top-ranked team in Division II-AA and the No. 15-ranked team in the country this season, according to MaxPreps.

Lipscomb Academy is moving up a classification to DII-AAA in 2023. The Mustangs won consecutive Division II-AA state titles in 2021 and 2022, and they boast the No. 1 and 2-ranked recruits in Tennessee — four-star linebacker Edwin Spillman and four-star cornerback Kaleb Beasley. Both are committed to the University of Tennessee.

“I’m here because it’s where God sent me,” Mawae added. “Whether it be for me, Lipscomb Academy, the students I get to coach, it doesn’t matter. I know that God sets up stages for people — He opens doors and closes them.”

This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.

Multiple local athletes have made their commitments for the next level of competition in the month since National Signing Day.

Let’s take a look at all of the latest Nashville-area football signees and where they will be headed for their college careers:

Travis Arrington, Smyrna Carson-Newman

Jorden Barnes, Brentwood Academy Dartmouth

Markellus Bass, McGavock Coffeyville

Demitrius Bell, McGavock Nebraska

Isaiah Bell, Hillsboro Lindsey Wilson

Kyndrich Breedlove, Pearl-Cohn Colorado (transfer from Ole Miss)

Devon Crenshaw, Springfield Bethel

Joe Crocker, FRA Cincinnati

Eriq George, MBA Tennessee State

Nathan Greene, GCA Hendrix College

Taylor Haas, Ensworth Rhodes College

Tre’ Hartwell, Independence Western Michigan

Jacob Hood, Hillsboro Nebraska (transfer from Georgia)

Mark Johnson, Lipscomb Academy Valparaiso

Bryan Longwell, Lipscomb Academy Vanderbilt

Walker Merrill, BrentwoodWake Forest (transfer from Tennessee)

Adonai Mitchell, Cane Ridge Texas (transfer from Georgia)

Levi Moore, Ensworth Washington University in St. Louis

Daniel Morales, Independence Lindsey Wilson

Joshua Rubin, Lipscomb Academy UAB

Brady Russell, DCA Murray State

Dayton Sneed, DCA Tennessee (preferred walk-on)

Eric Taylor, Oakland Troy

Dylan Wroblewski, Lipscomb Academy UAB

Ramirez Young, Smyrna Bethel

Keen Zoller, MBA Washington University in St. Louis

Boyce Smith, Page Lindsey Wilson

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The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has named Gretchen McCullough chief nursing officer, effective March 6.

McCullough most recently served as associate chief nursing officer for women’s and children’s services for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She was the first person in that role, which she held for two years. She received her Master of Science degree in nursing from Walden University.

McCullough told the VUMC Reporter that it is important to her to be able to help rural communities in her new role.

“We are excited to welcome Gretchen to the Monroe Carell team,” said Meg Rush, president of Monroe Carell. “She comes to us with a wealth of experience in both inpatient and ambulatory pediatrics as well as regional expansion of pediatric services.”

McCullough will succeed Kathie Krause, who had served in the role since 2015.


The Board of Directors of Nashville Repertory Theatre has named Micah-Shane Brewer as artistic director.

Brewer will be promoted from his current position of producer into the top artistic role at the company, according to a release.

Brewer will be Nashville Rep’s fifth artistic director in its 38-year history. He first worked with the company as a teaching artist in 2020 and since 2021 has held the title of producer. In that role, he directed the Rep’s first production following the pandemic, the musical Ragtime, followed by Mary Poppins, Rent, and most recently Elf the Musical. During that time, he also directed the entertainment for the organization’s fundraising event Broadway Brunch.

Brewer’s career in the theatre spans over

20 years. In his native east Tennessee, he was the co-founder of the award-winning Encore Theatrical Company, where he served in various capacities from 2007-18. He has directed more than 90 productions in theatres across the Southeast.

Prior to joining Nashville Rep, Brewer was an assistant professor of musical theatre at the University of Mississippi and was a lecturer at the University of Tennessee.

Brewer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both drama and music from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Tennessee.

Brewer will be joining Nashville Rep’s Executive Director Drew Ogle as part of the senior leadership team of the organization.

“His artistic leadership was instrumental to the Rep’s highly successful return to live programming after the pandemic,” Board President Lorrie Brouse said in the release of Brewer. “His extensive skills as a director, actor, musician, and educator will be huge assets to the organization, which is on an aggressive growth path as we head toward our 40th anniversary season.”


Nashville-based healthcare-focused private equity firm Heritage Group has announced the promotion of Matt Tome to vice president.

In addition, and according to a release, Heritage has added Kevin Ryan as vice president and Franklin Garstin as associate.

Tome joined Heritage in 2019 as an associate. Previously, he was an associate in the debt capital markets group at Stephens Inc., where he worked on leveraged finance transactions. Prior to that, Tome was an analyst at Stephens working on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions across a broad range of industries.

“Matt has made meaningful contributions to the firm and created value across all aspects of the investment process, from thematic investment work to post-closing portfolio company value creation,” Lauren

Brueggen, Heritage Group partner, said in the release.

Ryan was previously the director of business development for Southern Orthodontic Partners, helping grow the company from two doctors in one state to more than 50 doctors across eight states. Prior to this, Ryan was an associate at Pharos Capital Group, a healthcare-focused private equity firm, and started his career as an investment banking analyst with Stephens Inc.

Garstin joined Heritage from Alvarez & Marsal, where he was a senior associate in healthcare transaction advisory, and previously worked as an associate at Deloitte, where he focused on healthcare audit work.


A Northeast real estate investment company that has been active in Nashville the past few years has paid $8.5 million for a visible Green Hills retail property.

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania-based Stoltz Real Estate Partners now owns the 1.03-acre property, located at 4012 Hillsboro Pike across from Hill Center Green Hills and positioned near the busy T-intersection of Hillsboro and Richard Jones Road.

Nashville’s Morehead family was the seller, with a related entity having originally acquired it in 1945, according to Metro records.

Home to multiple retail buildings accommodating Logos Christian Bookstore and Sleep Outfitters, among other businesses, the property sits within Metro Councilmember Russ Pulley’s District 25.

The property is zoned to accommodate a building of up to 15 floors. Nearby is the 18-story Vertis, which Nashville-based Southern Land Co. developed. In addition, Brentwood-based GBT Realty is seeking to develop a Richard Jones Road site with the 16-floor Eden House (read here).

A lawsuit related to the zoning previously was settled in favor of Stoltz, officials with

which could not be reached for comment regarding the company’s plans for the site.

Of note, Stoltz continues to acquire properties in urban Nashville locations. In June 2021, it purchased a Buena Vista property once home to a O’Reilly Auto Parts for $7.5 million and considered redevelopment of the site before nixing that plan (read here). In September 2020, Stoltz paid $34 million for the office component of mixed-use Midtown high-rise Loews Vanderbilt Plaza (read here).

Founded in 1957, Stoltz also owns The Sheds on Charlotte and downtown’s ServiceSource Tower and Public Square Garage. The company entered the Nashville market in 2016 by buying downtown’s Stahlman and The Lofts at 160 apartment buildings. Stoltz has not undertaken a local development, with its website noting the company offers an investment and property management focus.

Previously, Dallas-based Lincoln Property Co. had the Green Hills property under contract. The company had eyed a project with 300 residential units, 50 hotel rooms, 6,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and about 36,000 square feet of office space, according to a Metro document.

Bert Mathews and Lance Bloom — executive vice president/partner and principal/vice chairman, respectively, with the local office of Colliers — represented the seller. Stoltz had no representation.

This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.

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L.A. luxury real estate brokerage opens local office STAFF


Los Angeles-based boutique real estate brokerage The Agency announced Tuesday the launch of a franchise office in Nashville — its first in Tennessee.

According to a release, former Fridrich & Clark Realty agents Scott Coggins and Amy Doyle will oversee the office as managing partners and will focus on high-end homes in the affluent suburbs of South Davidson County and Williamson County.

With the move, The Agency — known for its work with high-end residential real

estate — bolsters its network of more than 70 offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. In the past 12 months, the company has added approximately 25 corporate and independently owned offices.

The local office is located at 1033 Demonbreun St. in The Gulch.

“Nashville is one of the most iconic destinations in the country and we’re delighted to launch The Agency’s first office in Tennessee in this dynamic city,” Mauricio

Umansky, CEO and founder of The Agency, said in the release.

Umansky is also a reality television personality who has been seen in, among others, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. He has drawn headlines the past few years.

The Agency is noted by The Financial Times as one of America’s fastest growing companies and has ranked among Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies in the country for six consecutive years. Recently, The Agency ranked 21st on

the 2022RealTrends 500 list, and led the top 50 firms with a $2.5 million average sales price. In August 2022, inman.com named The Agency its luxury brokerage of the year.

Both Coggins and Doyle offer Memphis residential real estate market backgrounds, in addition to their work with the locally based Fridrich & Clark.

This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.

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Headline Homes: December 2022

This month’s list of high-dollar home sales is a who’s who of random millionaires — though it’s possible this list fits that description every month. William Harrison Frist Jr. and his wife, Ashley, forked over $8,250,000 for a vintage estate in Belle Meade. Brent Dougherty, co-host of 104.5 The Zone show 3HL, and wife, Kelly, a real estate agent, paid almost $5 million for new construction in Franklin.

There’s also a family of fitness gurus, a printing exec, a serial entrepreneur and possibly an early reality TV cast member.

Below are December’s top 10 home sales in Nashville and the surrounding counties, ranked by sale price.

1. 615 Westview Ave., Nashville 37205

Buyers: William Harrison Frist Jr. and Ashley Huff Frist

Sale price: $8,250,000

Sellers: Paul and Leigh Ann Gravette

Sellers’ agent: Shelly Bearden, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyers’ agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Harrison Frist Jr., CEO at Navihealth and eldest son of former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and his wife Ashley, bought the highest dollar home on this list in December. A Headline Homes from 2016 notes Harrison and Ashley met when she was an aide to Sen. John Cornyn and that he proposed in the dome of the U.S. Capitol. That’s a meetcute of Headline Homes caliber, for sure. The home was sold by entrepreneur Paul Gravette. (You can read about Gravette in this extensive profile of him on his website.) About the 1969 vintage home: The Frists will enjoy more than 8,200 square feet with six bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths on an acre and a half in Belle Meade.

2. 5020 Franklin Pike, Nashville 37220

Buyers: Brendan and Megan Lauber

Sale price: $8 million

Seller: BryMak & Associates Inc.

Seller’s agent: Rebecca Norris DiNapoli, Compass RE

Buyers’ agent: Stephen Neal, Fridrich & Clark Realty

In nearly 12,000 square feet, this home has two and a half kitchens, a movie room, exercise room, office spaces, six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half baths with a floor plan “made for entertaining,” according to the listing. There are three outdoor balconies and a courtyard-style pool. The home was purchased by Brendan and Megan Lauber — not entirely sure if this is the payment tech company founder Brendan Lauber from The Millionaire Matchmaker, but if so, happy for him. Maybe he did finally meet his millionaire match.

3. 9252 Lehigh, Brentwood 37027

Buyer: Wendy Hope Heckmann, Wendy Hope Heckmann Trust

Sale price: $8 million

Sellers: Christopher Diamantis and Andrea Gabor Diamantis

Sellers’ agent: Jack Miller, PARKS

Buyer’s agent: Lauren Bonavenia Lauer, Exit Realty Music City

Christopher Diamantis, described here as a “mystery millionaire” in the same article where they give you half of his life story, bought and sold this home this year, apparently putting a couple million into the home and then reselling it. The listing says this 9,200-square-foot home looks “SO MUCH BETTER” in person than in pics (don’t we all) and that there’s no way to “truly capture the scale of these rooms, the door and window heights, and the VAST amount of LIGHT in this home!” The home is on a 3.5-acre lot in Brentwood that boasts a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and large fenced yard. It was purchased by Wendy Hope Heckmann, co-owner of Myriad Publishing and wife of the late billionaire Richard Heckmann.

4. 1549 Sunset Road, Brentwood 37027

Buyer: Taylor Family Trust

Sale price: $7.7 million

Seller: Legend Homes LLC

Seller’s agent: Mary A. Kocina, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyer’s agent: Jon Sexton, Benchmark Realty, LLC

This beast of a living space in Brentwood was a 2022 Parade Home. The new, modern build was sold with all 9,400 square feet fully furnished. Inside the home there are arcustone details throughout with vaulted ceilings and dramatic, oversized windows. Outside there’s a pool adjacent to a ‘70s conversation pit style fireplace area and a large covered patio with separate fireplace.

5. 440 Boyd Mill Ave., Franklin 37064

Buyers: Kirk and Genie Kelso Sale price: $5,517,000

Seller: Montgomery Classic Construction

Seller’s and buyers’ agent: Brent McLay, PARKS Executive vice president of Lewisburg Printing Company Kirk Kelso and his wife, Genie, purchased this more than $5.5 million piece of new construction in Franklin. The brand new home sits on more than two acres and has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half baths and a pool.

6. 1616 West End Ave., Nashville 37203

Buyers: Eric and Miiko Crafton Sale price: $5.1 million

Seller: 1600 West End Avenue Partners LLC

Seller’s agent: Zach Goodyear and Sydney McCann, VILLAGE

Buyers’ agent: Bob Parks, Parks Property Management, LLC

This three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo in the Broadwest building downtown includes just under 4,500 square feet of space. Purchasers Eric and Miiko Crafton had the condo shell built custom and closed on the final home in the 24-floor tower in December.

7. 6128 Lookaway Circle, Franklin 37067

Buyers: Flavia and Vincent Del Monte Sale price: $4,779,539

Seller: Partners in Building of Tennessee LLC

Seller’s agent: Barbara Ann Jeter, PARKS

Buyers’ agent: Ann Hoke, Ann Hoke & Associates Keller Williams

Fitness family Vince and Flavia Del Monte bought this custom home in Franklin. Vince is known for his “skinny to muscular” fitness business endeavors and his wife, Flavia, has a line of Flavilicious fitness videos with various “-licious” titles in the mix like Mommylicious and Curvalicious. Their newly built 5,500-square-foot home is very spacelicious, including five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half bathroom with an outdoor pool.

8. 573 Bonaire Lane, Franklin 37064

Buyers: Kelly Rayburn Dougherty and Edward Brenton Dougherty

Sale price: $4,629,042

Seller: Legend Homes LLC

Seller’s agents: Angela Crutcher and PJ Littleton, Westhaven Realty

Buyers’ agent: Kelly Dougherty, VILLAGE

The buyer Kelly Rayburn Dougherty served as her own agent on this home that she purchased with her husband Edward Brenton Dougherty, who co-hosts sports show 3HL on 104.5 The Zone and goes by Brent. The 6,700-square-foot Franklin home backs up to a wooded ridgeline in Westhaven and has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and four half baths. Legend Homes LLC built the custom home, which also includes an infinity pool, athletic court and outdoor kitchen.

9. 3570 Gray Lane, Thompsons Station 37179

Buyer: Unknown

Sale price: $4.5 million

Seller: BGC Land LLC

Seller’s agent: Brent Thompson and Tim Thompson, Tim Thompson Premier REALTORS

Buyer’s agent: Kathleen Lunny, Benchmark Realty, LLC

This big abode is a “Tennessee dream” according to the listing. On more than 10 acres with a “year round creek,” there is plenty of room for a minifarm, it says. The home is more than 5,800 square feet and is full of luxury finishes: It has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths and an owner suite on the main level with a spa shower. As for the minifarm, outside there’s a brand-new chicken coop for farm fresh eggs, a real luxury these days — these owners should recoup the $4.5 million in no time.

10. 4713 Farmstead Lane, Franklin 37064

Buyer: McCann Revocable Living Trust Sale price: $4,401,231

Seller: Zurich Homes Group LLC

Seller’s agent: Susan Gregory, PARKS

Buyer’s agent: Marabeth Poole, PARKS

This six-bedroom, 6,600-square-foot newly built home in Franklin boasts more than eight acres with “mature trees that meander along a babbling brook,” according to the listing, which also says the home offers scenic views from a secluded and private home. Much like the privacy of the home, the owner bought under a trust. In addition to the outdoor views, the home includes two main-floor bedroom suites, a four-car garage, chef’s kitchen and large 16-foot doorways.

This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.
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Combination pizza and rotisserie chicken restaurant Doughbird to open in Green Hills STAFF REPORTS

Woman critically injured in Monday night Green Hills shooting

The suspects exited the car and told the woman not to scream, but she did scream and was shot three times by the suspects.

The woman, who was visiting her parents who are residents in the area, was transported to a local hospital where, as of Tuesday afternoon, she was in critical but stable conditions.

MNPD said that the woman is awake and alert and has been interviewed by detectives who are now working to identify and arrest the suspects.

A 26-year-old woman was shot multiple times while walking on Monday night in Green Hills, and now police are hoping that someone can help identify the suspected shooters.

According to a Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson, the unidentified person was walking alone around 11 p.m. on Estes Road near the intersection of Trimble Road when a car with two unidentified people stopped and “accosted” the woman.

MNPD could not confirm a motive, type of firearm used or where the woman was struck by the gunfire, but they did release a photo of the suspect vehicle, a dark-colored, four-door car whose rear passenger was broken and covered with a light-colored covering.

No other information, including a description of the suspects, was immediately avalible.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident, suspects or suspect vehicle call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Doughbird, the latest addition to the Green Hills restaurant slate, is set to debut on Feb. 1.

The restaurant, which specializes in a unique duo of house-made pizza and rotisserie chicken, currently only has a location open in Phoenix with one in Tucson set to open soon.

Reservations are already open for the restaurant that will be located at 4031 Hillsboro Pike, Ste 901 Nashville, TN 37215, the former home of California Pizza Kitchen.

Doughbird was founded by restaurateur Sam Fox of Arizona-based Fox Restaurant

Concepts, the company behind other local establishments such as The Twelve Thirty Club and Pushing Daisies.

The menu is set to feature 10 different types of pizzas or a build-your-own option, a variety of chicken dishes including different rotisserie combinations, and several other items.

The cocktail selection will include a couple of locally inspired options: Green Hills Sangria, which consists of blackberry, peach pressed lemon, brandy, and red wine, and Music City Mule, which involves vodka, lime, dried five spice, and ginger beer.

Local rideshare startup shuts down

A Nashville-based startup with a prominent leader abruptly shut down recently.

A notice on the website for Earth Rides says the company’s operations are “currently paused.” The company provided rideshare services in electric vehicles in Nashville, Austin and Scottsdale.

Fox 17 reported that multiple Earth Rides drivers said they were owed money by the company. One company message cited by the news station said the company was “working deals and trying to save the

company but couldn’t make it happen.”

Earth Rides did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An automated response from the company said that operations are paused “for the foreseeable future.”

CEO Raven Hernandez, a Lipscomb University graduate, has been featured in multiple national media outlets touting the company.

This story first appeared in our sister publication Nashville Post.



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I’m getting tired of the constant whining and complaining about the Conservative leadership in Tennessee. We should consider ourselves fortunate. People are “flocking” to this state, mainly from deep blue California, New York and Illinois. Have you been to California recently? I have. San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities are wastelands of overwhelming homeless, pathetic drug abusers on every corner, and brazen violent criminals robbing or assaulting citizens in broad daylight. If that’s not enough, those states tax and regulate your freedoms whenever possible.

Remember, twenty-five years ago California was a conservative state and did not have these issues. Yes, Tennessee has its problems, but this is a paradise when compared to other places. If you wish to push Nashville and Tennessee further to the left, that’s fine. Just be careful what you wish for.


Watching the Sunday morning political programs I was surprised to hear that the latest Republicans in the Senate feel that in order to raise the debt ceiling on the National Debt there must be cuts to the budget. No kidding, even a high school dropout can figure that out. What is really surprising is that the Speaker of the House has mentioned cutting Social Security and Medicare Benefits. I am a Medicare and Social Security recipient and that would probably put me in bankruptcy. Definitely not something I would look forward to. But on the bright side (unless republicans don’t get these two paid into benefits), Yes they are NOT entitlements, they were bought and paid for by you and your employer. I would think that the Republicans who vote would be just as upset as the Democrats when losing their incomes and might just decide that those rich hot shots in Washington don’t give a darn about the average retired people and vote them out of office. See there is a BRIGHT SIDE.


I have written in previously on this same subject, but it seems to fall on deaf ears. Our illustrious Governor Drippy Faucet passed the open carry law for all of the “law-abiding citizens” of Tennessee. DUH Law-abiding citizens will take the time and effort to get a carry permit, I did. Now that anyone can carry a gun, some stupid among us keep their guns in cars, mostly unlocked, so people that don’t care to purchase a firearm, can steal them. This leads to road rage killings, armed carjackings, armed robberies and burglaries and nightly murders in the

metropolitan area. Governor Drippy has blood on his hands, but he is more interested in kissing the rear cheeks of people that can push his agenda. What should really tick us off is the fact that this inept, self-centered doofus was re-elected for a second term. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Idiots can be educated, stupid is permanent.


So, Speaker Mc-Carthy reiterated Tuesday that he will block Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell of California from serving on the House committee that oversees national intelligence, saying the decision was not based on political payback but because “integrity matters and they have failed in that place.” What a load of bull. Here is a guy that is involved with the most despicable lying cheating former presidents on record and he is calling someone else not fit to serve on the House intelligence committee. Boy, are the Republicans ever lucky to have a seemingly blind man serving as Speaker.


I am so disappointed in WTVF, Channel 5 who continue to show their bias when it relates to people of color. The most recent example: They intercepted their entire programs on WTVF2 to show live the ST. Thomas nurse trial. Yet, did not interrupt their program just for a few minutes to show the breaking news conference of the arrest and indictment of the five Memphis, TN police officers who killed a young black man. Channel 5 has a history of this, and I for one will no longer utilize this medium as a news source and encourage all others who have a platform for fairness and equality to boycott this racially bias station.


Since the pandemic began 3 years ago the billionaire class has gotten one-third richer and there are more billionaires than ever. They make more in interest than they can spend or give away, while there are growing numbers of homeless adults and children, and so many of us are struggling to pay increasing housing, food, gas, utilities, school loans, medical and insurance costs. We’re the richest country in the world, and this income inequality is just plain wrong! We obviously need to roll back the Republicans’ Reagan, Bush, and Trump tax cuts!

I’m ticked off that many tens of thousands of employees are being laid off by billionaire-owned corporations like Amazon, Twitter, Meta, Microsoft etc., thereby helping to create a recession, while the CEOs and billionaire owners continue to make millions of dollars. They can easily afford

to spend a few million dollars to keep these workers employed since millions of dollars are just chump change for billionaires!


The back window of a car in front of me had both a pro-guns sticker and a pro-life sticker—a blatant contradiction they were apparently unaware of. Guns are made for killing and guns are pro-death, so you can’t be both pro-death and also pro-life, be honest, which are you? It’s one or the other!


I wholeheartedly join with the sentiments of the writer of Ticked Off! as printed in the January 26th edition of your newspaper. Sir or Madame: you beat me to the punch.

I will, however, add the following observations. It seems to me that the owner of this forum has a perfect platform in which to broadcast his leftist bias without regard for the large contingent of decent conservatives within the paper’s circulation area. Are we to forever be subjected to only praise for our mayor and council? And disdain for our Conservative state-level leaders and the vast majority of decent folks who have charged them with representing us? Are we to continually be subjected to the vitriolic bashing of representatives Blackburn, Hagerty and Ogles (among others)? Maybe the public would be better served to get access to an equal representation of the issues. Then let us respectfully debate the pros and cons of all the issues. Remember, we are all in this together. Both sides deserve respect. But we also need to be held accountable. Both Left and Right.


I’m combing these two as they are related. The first calling for holding our representatives responsible, and the second complaining about the newspaper pandering to 98% of the Republicans. Same thing. Unfortunately, the majority of the voters in Tennessee cast their choice just because they are Republican, just like their forefathers did, not because of the qualifications of the candidate. For example, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Hagerty, Andy Ogles, all of which disgrace the name of Tennessee. Bill won’t speak until Marsha pulls the string, and Marsha shouldn’t speak at all lest she has to pull her foot out of her mouth. Her last fiasco was addressing Congress about Ticketmaster and the music business. She knows Jack Schitt about the music industry, just ask Taylor Swift about that. And to the writer complaining about missing articles in the newspaper, did you read the article under the Ticked Off section about the Belmont’s medical school? If you want to hear about

local crime, turn on any local tv station. As far as the pictures go, not all of the 2% are the elite. But what if they are? Just imagine what you are missing out on.


Where are the protests for the mass shooting victims in California? Where are the protests for the attack on Paul Pelosi? Where are the protests for the Metro Police officer Anderson killed by the female of color that ran into him with her aunt’s car? Where are the protests for the young RN nurse killed on I-440 going to work? Where? Where? Where? There are too many protests, too many protesters that follow the inciting rhetoric of the likes of attorney Ben Crump and Al Sharpton. I see no progress in any of the protests except media coverage. It’s time to get the Washington DC representatives off their butts and get the infighting over with. Protest those inept, self-centered elected people. Vote the bums out.


Responding to last week’s criticism that Ticked-Off is no longer a place for “Folk” to share their views, I am pleased that “facts” in the past that were not the truth are gone maybe for good.

This column is clear in being a place for opinions on local frustrations; not countrywide political agendas.

All Americans are entitled to our opinions but not entitled to make up our facts pretending to be truth and then hijacking this column.

Let’s keep this column beneficial to Nashvillians imho!


The beating, killing, and violation of Constitutional Rights is nothing new in the history of policing. In the South especially Blacks were hired as police officers to control the black communities, to arrest, and confront Blacks only; and to beat the hell out of them if you desired. So what has changed, only now they can confront, patrol, and arrest people other than blacks; but still unless they’re Black you better not beat them, kill them, or violate their Constitutional Rights. It is time for us to recognize that Truth is the Revelation of Reality. So the history of police abuse within the Black communities began with the establishment of Police Departments and continues to this day. Shame on Us(a).

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Blood Orange Bars

Citrus is in season! Here is a take on the classic lemon bars, but using blood oranges instead. Juice from any kind of orange

(blood oranges, car cara, tangerines) is less sour than lemon juice, so up the lemon juice if you like your lemon bars tart. As we do.


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6 San Luis ___, Calif.

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15 Official decree

16 Polishing aids

17 Park in Manhattan, e.g.: Abbr.

18 Disciple of Haile Selassie, informally

19 As part of a performing duo in 1991; as a solo artist in 2021

21 What might help someone get a leg up?

23 “Cool!”

24 Take home

25 As part of a band in 1998; as a solo artist in 2019

27 Put on staff

28 Vessel that’s a homophone of 24-Across

29 Get ___ on (ace)

30 “Place” on a Monopoly board

32 Lowest pitches in chords

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1 cup (2 sticks) butter

2 1/2 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt


2/3 cup fresh blood orange, tangerine or orange juice

2 teaspoons orange zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 large eggs

Powdered Sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350F. To prepare crust, beat butter in a heavy mixer until creamy. Add flour, sugar and salt and beat until dough forms. Press the crust into the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.

2. While crust is baking, prepare the filling. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse until combined. Pour

filling evenly over hot crust. Return to oven and bake 15-20 minutes or until filling is not jiggly. Cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.

37 As part of a songwriting duo in 1990; as a solo artist in 2021

40 Really got to

43 “Rule” stating that the number of transistors per microchip doubles every two years

47 Brit who wrote “The Vanishing Half”

50 Meadow

51 Former Giants QB Manning

52 Understanding of a situation

53 With 60-Across, institution in which 19-, 25- and 37-Across are (thus far) the only three women ever to be inducted twice

57 “Waterloo” group

58 Acronym that might be shouted before a rash act

59 Heavens on earth

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60 See 53-Across

63 “So sad”

65 Ser ving from a tap

66 Laughed loudly

67 Janelle who sang 2010’s “Tightrope”

68 There are about five of these in a tsp.

69 Way off base

70 Strict


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4 Penultimate part of a Shakespeare play

5 Architectural style star ted, strangely, in England

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7 Russian pancakes

8 Kind of chemical bond

9 Shelving area in a librar y

10 Part of a water quality evaluation

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12 Vancouver Island city

13 Contended

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20 Installs again, as a painting

22 Kind of sax

25 Hoagie

26 Grp. known as OTAN in France

31 Social wor ker who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize

33 Skeleton that’s no longer in the closet?

34 Stately tree

35 Concern for online advertisers, for short

38 Caffeine-containing nut

39 Goddess of peace

40 Isaac’s father, in the Bible

41 Game with a bat

42 Gives permission

44 Proud and regal

45 Like some casts or teams

46 Actor Wheaton

48 Strive to achieve

49 Over the bounds

54 Composer Schumann

55 Susan G. ___ (breast cancer advocacy organization)

56 Transfer, as a tulip

61 It’s unrefined

62 Summer hrs. in Pittsburgh

64 Japanese currency


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United Nations Association Cordell Hull Nashville Chapter Celebration

The United Nations Association Cordell Hull Nashville Chapter held a celebration at a lovely log cabin high on a hill, where Galen Hull was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The mission of the organization is to educate, inspire, and mobilize Tennesseans to support the principles and work of the United Nations.

Held at the home of Susan and Patrick Crossley, about 50 people were on hand for the event and a multi-cultural group brought amazing food for the potluck lunch.

As it was also Galen Hull’s birthday, Hyderabad Restaurant provided a delicious birthday cake.

Galen Hull holds an M.A. in international relations from American University and a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.

His career spanned more than forty years as an international development consultant, including with donor agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private firms in countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, he retired as director of international programs in the College of Business at Tennessee State University where his mission was to direct a new initiative to internationalize the curriculum and capabilities of the College of Business, promoting linkages with universities abroad.

He has authored several books and numerous academic and newspaper articles.

Galen Hull has served on the board of the Cordell Hull Nashville Chapter of the United Nations Association for three years. In April 2018 he was elected to serve on the National Council of the UNA-USA, a national membership organization that has supported the work of the UN for over seventy years. He is also a member of the Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; an alumnus of Leadership Middle Tennessee; and a co-founder of Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group.

Galen Hull has a common ancestor with Cordell Hull, Jesse Hull.

Cordell Hull (October 2, 1871 – July 23, 1955) was an American politician from Tennessee and the longest-serving U.S. Secretary of State, holding the position for 11 years (1933–1944) in the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during most of World War II. Before that appointment he represented Tennessee for two years in the United States Senate and 22 years in the House of Representatives.

Cordell Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in establishing the United Nations, and was referred to by President Roosevelt as the “Father of the United Nations.”

For more information about the United Nations Association Cordell Hull Nashville Chapter, visit www.una-nashville.org.

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YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement Celebration

The YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee celebrated the 31st Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) in the Davidson Ballroom at the Music City Center.

Seven women and one organization who have worked to improve the community in many ways were recognized. This year’s co-chairs were Sallie Bailey, Ana Escobar, and Jerry Williams.

The AWA honorees were: Jean Ann Banker, community volunteer; Hannah Paramore Breen, founder, Paramore Digital; Angelita Blackshear Dalton, judge, Davidson County Criminal Court; Sherry Deutschmann, founder and CEO, BrainTrust; Mary Ann McCready, founding owner and business manager, FBMM Entertainment Business Management; Sharon W. Reynolds, president and CEO, DevMar Products, LLC; Denine Torr, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, Dollar General; and corporate honoree HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health.

During the sold-out event, more than 600 supporters enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres during the reception, followed by individual charcuterie boards and desserts during the awards program. NewsChannel 5’s Chief Meteorologist Lelan Statom served as emcee for the 14th year.

This year’s honorees join a group of 184

women and 33 organizations previously inducted into the AWA. They are leaders in the legal, advocacy, medical, business, education, and philanthropy fields.

Proceeds from the AWA event help fund YWCA programs and services, including the Weaver Domestic Violence Center.

The Academy for Women of Achievement was launched locally in 1992 by YWCA to increase community awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women in the workforce and the community.

Women are honored for their community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership, and dedication to the lives of others and the quality of life for all.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

For 124 years, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has helped women, girls, and families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee build safer, more self-sufficient lives.

Programs include Domestic Violence Services, Girls Inc., AMEND Together, Dress for Success, Family Learning Center, and Social Justice & Advocacy.

For more information, visit ywcanashville.com.

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Sexual Assault Center Planning Meeting

The Sexual Assault Center’s (SAC) development team, board members and event committee members recently gathered at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. in preparation for SAC’s annual spring fundraiser, SafeCity.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SafeCity’s fourth annual event will be held April 26 and 27. This year’s event will feature a sponsor breakfast April 26 in association with Denim Day, along with a two-day “What Were You Wearing” survivor display at Fat Bottom Brewing Co.

Denim Day is a national event set for April 26, when people are encouraged to wear jeans with a purpose and to support survivors and educate themselves about sexual assault.

The SafeCity exhibit is inspired by Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert, of the University of Arkansas, and Jen Brockman, of the University of Kansas, who developed the concept to tell the stories of sexual assault survivors by displaying the outfits they were wearing at the time of their assaults.

SAC is the first organization in Tennessee to recreate the exhibit and will include stories of local survivors.

“Fat Bottom Brewing is proud to host this event,” said CEO Josh Buckley. “The

Sexual Assault Center holds a special place in our hearts, and we are inspired by the education and awareness work they do in our community.

“Fat Bottom constantly strives to help our community and keep our facilities safe and enjoyable for everyone,” Buckley said.

“We participate in the Safe Bar program, where local bars and restaurants are trained in bystander intervention and raise awareness about alcohol’s role in sexual assault. We hope many will visit this powerful exhibit.”

The goals of this year’s event are to raise $80,000 and help put an end to victimblaming by showcasing that neither a victim nor their outfit are ever at fault for sexual assault.

There will be a Safe Space on-site for attendees to speak to a professional in person if they would like.

SAC has served over 28,000 people since 1978 through the crisis line, therapy and advocacy services, and the SAFE (sexual assault forensic exam) Clinic.

This year’s SafeCity breakfast is open to event sponsors exclusively, and limited tickets will be available for the happy hour. For sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact Emily Lepper at elepper@sacenter.org.

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Heimerdinger Foundation’s Food Connections

The Heimerdinger Foundation hosted “Navigating Nutrition,” with a discussion on the best things to eat, a cooking demonstration and lunch.

The event was held at the Calvary United Methodist Church, where the foundation’s staff and volunteers prepare healthy meals each week to help those undergoing cancer treatment.

Chef Juan Kirby gave a fun presentation on how to make burgers with blackeyed peas and other vegetables. After he completed his demonstration, everyone was served a plate with the delicious burgers, sweet potatoes and more.

The guest speaker, Lacy Wright, of Nashville Holistic Nutrition, discussed getting back on track with your eating for the new year. She is a registered dietitian who discovered she suffered from celiac disease when she was 18 years old and began concentrating on nutrition as a lifestyle.

Wright encouraged everyone to shun fad diets and concentrate on eating nutrient dense foods. She has six suggestions to help accomplish that goal.

Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and pick organic food as much as you can. The quality of food matters and you should read the label for ingredients you recognize, not chemicals with names no one can pronounce.

Cook at home more often and use avocado and coconut oils, ghee, and butter. She said olive oil is best used in dressings, but not for cooking.

Plan meals in advance. Use easy recipes you like and keep things simple. It is wise to double recipes and freeze part of what you

cook to use at a later date.

Balance your plate and always have protein with each meal. Include something green on your plate and root vegetables are especially healthy, with a lot of fiber. Rice is more digestible if you soak it over night and pour out the water before you cook it in fresh water.

Keep healthy snacks on hand, such as avocado, hummus, nut butters and boiled eggs

Practice mindful eating with no distractions. Sit down and take a few deep breaths before you begin eating. Chewing well helps digest food.

For more information about Nashville Holistic Nutrition, visit nashvilleholisticnutrition.com. For additional information about the Heimerdiner Foundation, see hfmeals.org.

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