Governor signs bill slashing Metro Council
BY STEPHEN ELLIOTT
Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday signed legislation capping metropolitan legislative bodies in the state at 20 members. The language as written strictly applies to Nashville-Davidson County’s Metro Council.
Lee signed the bill almost immediately after the state Senate voted to approve it, a departure from standard procedure in which it can take days for a governor to approve legislation.
The Senate voted 23-7 in favor of the legislation, with Democrats and one Republican, Wilson County Sen. Mark Pody, opposing it. Pody picked up a portion of Davidson County in the latest redistricting process and is the only Republican in the legislature to represent any part of Nashville. Republican Sens. Kerry Roberts of Springfield and Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains abstained.
Nashville suing state over Metro Council reduction
BY STEPHEN ELLIOTT
The Senate vote followed House approval earlier this week.
Metro Legal Director Wally Dietz issued a lengthy statement condemning the legislation Thursday. He wrote that the law contains “several serious legal defects which will make [it] impossible to legally implement.”
Among his criticisms of the law: It is too late in the Metro election process, with a May qualifying deadline and July early voting, to completely redraw districts and allow time for candidates to campaign. One possible avenue should Metro officials be unable to draw new districts in time for elections later this year is delaying Metro Council elections until 2024, with current members serving an unprecedented fifth year.
“The confusion and uncertainty that follows will be prime for legal challenges from a range of affected
The Metro Government is seeking to halt or delay a required halving of the Metro Council.
As expected, the city filed suit Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court, alleging that the new law, which caps metropolitan government legislative bodies at 20 members, illegally targets Nashville and is impossible to implement in time for elections later this year.
In the suit, Metro makes multiple arguments against the law, arguments that were also made by members of the Nashville delegation during debates at the state legislature. The city argues that the law violates the state constitution’s home rule amendment, which prohibits legislation targeting a single local government. While the law applies generally to metropolitan governments, the other two metro governments in the state already have legislative bodies with 20 or fewer members.
Additionally, Metro argues in the suit that the timeline proscribed by the bill is both impossible to comply with and illegal. It’s too late in the 2023 election cycle to
implement new districts, according to Metro, as dozens of candidates are already running for office and qualifying petitions will be available later this month. The qualifying deadline is in May, and any new districts would require notification of voters. Metro officials are already working on a new map and informational meetings are scheduled later this week.
One provision in the new law would allow Metro Council elections to be delayed for a year if new lines could not be finalized in time for this year’s election. But Metro argues in its suit that extending current Metro councilmembers’ terms by a year and electing new members to three-year terms in 2024 would violate a constitutional requirement that local legislators serve fouryear terms.
Republican supporters of the legislation deflected similar concerns during debate at the Capitol.
“If the General Assembly can unilaterally unwind an existing metropolitan government’s legislative body, the Home Rule Amendment’s
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parties,” Dietz wrote.
The Metro attorney also argued that the legislation violates the Tennessee Constitution. Critics have noted that its unique application to Nashville unfairly and illegally singles the city out. There are two other metropolitan governments in the state, in counties with significantly smaller populations, though their legislative bodies cap out at 20 members already.
“We hope cooler heads will prevail, but in the event they do not, we are prepared to vigorously defend the constitutional rights of our city and its residents,” he concluded.
The Nashville Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship, an influential group of local Black clergy, has also threatened legal action over the bill.
Nashville’s Metro Council has had 40 members — 35 district representatives and five at-large members — since Nashville and Davidson County consolidated into one governmental body six decades ago.
The push to cut the council has been described by supporters as both punishment for the body’s refusal to support a bid for the Republican National Convention in 2024 and an effort at boosting governmental efficiency. Nashville voters in 2015 rejected an initiative to reduce the council to 27 members.
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constitutional requirement for local approval of a consolidated government charter becomes meaningless,” Metro argues in its suit. “In imposing these Councilreduction requirements on Metro Nashville just before a local election, the General Assembly undermines the purpose of localgovernment consolidation, ignores numerous other constitutional prohibitions on such a reduction, and creates confusion and chaos among citizens and candidates. The Court must issue an injunction to halt this unconstitutional legislative overreach.”
Metro attorneys have enlisted Bob Cooper and Michael Tackeff at Bass, Berry & Sims to assist with the litigation. Cooper is a former Metro legal director and Tennessee attorney general. The city is asking for a ruling that the law is unconstitutional and an injunction allowing the August Metro Council elections to proceed under the current maps.
Metro Legal is seeking an initial court hearing by the middle of next week at the latest.
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State pays $4.3M for Radnor Lake area site
BY WILLIAM WILLIAMS
The State of Tennessee has paid $4.3 million for about 11.8 acres of raw land located on the fringe of Radnor Lake State Park.
According to a Davidson County Register of Deeds document, the seller was non-profit Friends of Radnor Lake.
The address of the Oak Hill property
is 5070 Villa Crest Drive, with the parcel sitting on the north perimeter of, and adjacent to, the state-controlled park.
Friends of Radnor Lake paid about
$5.1 million for the property in December 2021, Metro records show. The nonprofit, led by president Will Robinson, previously sold properties to the state so that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Recreation Resources Division could protect those properties from development.
Radnor Lake State Park, also known as Radnor Lake State Natural Area and with a main address of 1160 Otter Creek Road, spanned 1,368 acres prior to the transaction. Created in 1973, its mammal species include otters, beavers, fox, mink, muskrat, bobcat, coyote and white-tailed deer. No camping, hunting or picnicking is permitted at the park.
Radnor Lake itself was created by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company in 1914.
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First mayoral forum brings six candidates to EC stage
BY STEPHEN ELLIOTT
It’s been nearly a year since the first candidates for mayor started campaigning, but Tuesday marked a major milestone in the race to succeed Mayor John Cooper, who opted not to run for reelection.
Six of the top candidates in the August election met for a semi-public forum, the first of the cycle, hosted by EO Nashville Tuesday morning at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
Business strategist and former Republican aide Alice Rolli, District 19 Metro Councilmember Freddie O’Connell, state Sen. Jeff Yarbro, former AllianceBernstein executive Jim Gingrich, At-Large Metro Councilmember Sharon Hurt and former Metro official Matt Wiltshire debated in the hour-long event. They were asked about mass transit, the Titans stadium deal, the fractured city-state relationship, education, housing affordability, homelessness, crime and the city’s entertainment district. Other candidates have declared their intentions to run for the office but were not at the event.
At-Large Councilmember Bob Mendes, who recently decided not to run, and state Sen. Heidi Campbell, who has not yet declared her plans, sat next to each other in the audience.
With six candidates and seven main questions, there was limited time for candidates to distinguish themselves at the event. All agreed that transit is good, homelessness is bad, and the city has grown less affordable. Some distinctions did arise during discussions about the Titans stadium deal and law enforcement.
On the proposal to help fund a new multibillion-dollar enclosed stadium on the
Wiltshire said he was in favor of the deal because it helps reduce the city’s financial burden for improving Nissan Stadium despite a stated general distaste for sports team subsidies.
Rolli said the deal signed by the Titans and the city was a “bad deal” and “this is a better deal.” She is “absolutely for it,” in part because a redeveloped East Bank could include transit and affordable housing.
O’Connell said the city should leverage from the existing lease to negotiate something better. The new deal encumbers Metro taxpayers too much, he said, especially when infrastructure and other related costs outside the stadium are factored in.
Yarbro, who helped pass some of the legislation related to the proposed stadium’s funding, said it doesn’t make sense to invest significant resources in the aging Nissan Stadium. Still, he said, it is important for city leaders to show residents that they care about major projects that aren’t sports stadiums.
Gingrich doesn’t like the deal for the new stadium but said the next mayor is likely to inherit the deal and should focus on managing development of the surrounding East Bank area.
Hurt said it is important to make sure Nashville residents benefit from the deal.
On crime rates and police funding:
Rolli said the state should pass laws requiring vehicle drivers to lock their doors in an effort to reduce stolen guns. She also said the city has “systemically underfunded the police force” and needs to hire more officers. Downtown business owners have grown so frustrated with crime in the area
that they have hired “a mercenary police force,” she said. “I’m not for a mercenary police force, but I’m for it right now because our city doesn’t have the officers,” Rolli added.
O’Connell said the city should upgrade its police training facility in an effort to better recruit and retain officers and increase pay plans. He also said the state should further regulate gun ownership.
Yarbro said he is working on legislation related to the stolen-gun issue and he respects MNPD Chief John Drake. He said it is important to foster “transparency, accountability and trust” while also looking for non-police partners to take on some of their work.
Gingrich said Nashville needs “to properly resource the police force but that alone will not solve the issue.” He said there needs to be more coordination on crime
prevention, including related to workforce development and schools, so that the city can “intervene before people get in trouble.”
Hurt said that “we have to make sure we address and give resources that are needed.” Additionally, she said, the city needs to “make sure not one block in this city is forgotten” and “give everyone the chance to be successful.”
Wiltshire said that “making Nashville a safe city is the most important thing.” If the city loses its reputation as a safe place to live or visit, “we lose everything.” He added that Nashville should fully staff the police force but also have non-commissioned personnel respond to things like traffic accidents. This story was first published by our sister publication Nashville Post.
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What’s new with the 2023 Music City Grand Prix?
Although the 2023 Music City Grand Prix will be starting a little earlier than usual, that’s not the only change fans can expect at the IndyCar Series event, which will be held Aug. 4-6 in downtown Nashville.
As Grand Prix officials negotiate with Metro Nashville government officials to extend their contract for an additional three years, the event itself is adding more amenities into race week including:
• a new GT America and GR Cup race on Saturday night
• an earlier Sunday start time for the actual Grand Prix itself
• more live music and free water stations
• new family fun zone, shade tents and misting stations to help deal with the heat
“We are thrilled to bring back one of Nashville’s premier sporting events this summer,” MusicCity Grand Prix president
and COO Jason Rittenberry said. “We listened to our fans and have made some exciting changes that will enhance the overall festival experience. This will be our best race yet.”
Race weekend will also feature races spanning the Indy NXT, Big Machine Spiked Cooler Trans Am TA2 and Stadium Super Trucks series as well.
Scott Dixon won the 2022 Grand Prix
and Marcus Ericsson won the inaugural event in 2021, which drew a crowd of 60,000 and set an NBC Sports ratings record with 1.21 million viewers — the most-watched race in the network’s 14-year history.
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Five free and cheap family things to do in middle Tennessee
BY AMANDA HAGGARD
Is it our lucky week or are there just a lot of St. Patrick’s day free events around here? In this week’s batch of free and cheap outings, the theme is definitely green. You’ll find an Irish Fest party over at the Grand Ole Opry lawn. The fam can head out to find some wee green ones at Warner Parks. The kids are out this week, you’ll be itching
by Friday to get them out anywhere. The public library has some options for how to fill your time until then and a St. Patrick’s Day gathering to cap it all off on Friday.
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:
SPRING BREAK FUN
Throughout the week of Spring Break, the Green Hills branch of the Nashville Public Library is hosting a spate of events to keep the kids busy. On Wednesday, they’ll host Crafty Creations, Thursday is Play Time and Friday, of course, there’ll be a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt and some green-filled crafts.
MUSIC CITY IRISH FEST
On March 17, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day over at the Grand Ole Opry’s plaza. There’s a free celebration on the lawn, which will include music, games, food and drinks. The Grand Ole Opry’s shows that evening will also include some special Irish guests, but tickets must be purchased for those events.
SEARCHING FOR WEE FOLK ON ST. PADDY’S DAY
Warner Parks is asking that you wear your best green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day to search for Wee Folk in the forest. “Keep your eyes open as we parade together through the Nature Center campus and nearby trails. Admire all the shades of nature’s greenery. Look for anything tiny: inspect mosses, lichens, mushrooms, and wildflowers. Maybe
you’ll even spot a leprechaun or fairy!” reads the description.
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On March 17, head over to the one place you might not get pinched for not wearing green. At 10:30 a.m., the Nashville Shakespeare Festival will perform a musical showing of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Madison branch of the Nashville Public Library.
SPRING STORYWALK REVEAL
On March 21, Warner Parks will unveil its newest StoryWalk® book. A StoryWalk combines a short, kid-friendly hike with panels of book pages to create a journey of reading for little ones. Throughout the walk, placards on the trail tell the stories, which swap out seasonally to keep the hike fresh.
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SOUTH NASHVILLE PROPERTY LISTED FOR $2.4M
BY WILLIAM WILLIAMS
Two Berry Hill-area industrial buildings — with a history of affiliation with a 100-year old company — have been offered for sale for $2.4 million and may soon be under contract.
Located at 2929 Kraft Drive, the South Nashville buildings sit on 0.5 acres and offer a collective 9,660 square feet, according to marketing material.
Tencarva Machinery Company owns the property, having paid $642,000 for it in December 2012, Metro records show. Founded in 1978 and based in Greensboro,
N.C., Tencarva distributes and repairs wastewater treatment and liquid handling equipment and accessories.
The two buildings located on the site were constructed in 1984 and 1985, respectively. The Showers Pros operates from one of the buildings, with Atlas Copco (which works with compressors) conducting business in the other.
The late Norfleet Allen once owned the property, acquiring it in 1967 for a sum for which Metro records are unclear. A member of Nashville Yacht Club (NYC), Allen worked within the water treatment industry for more than 50 years, according to his NYC obituary.
Dolce & Gabbana set for The Mall at Green Hills
BY WILLIAM WILLIAMS
Dolce & Gabbana — the Italian luxury fashion retailer specializing in handbags, accessories and cosmetics — has selected The Mall at Green Hills for its first Tennessee location.
According to a permit application, the future store will take the spaces previously occupied (at least in part and being reconfigured) by Pandora and Ann Taylor. An opening date has not yet been announced.
The Dolce & Gabbana website notes the company offers 54 boutiques in the U.S. The city offering a store and located within the closest proximity to Nashville is Atlanta. New York City offers seven D&G stores, with cities similar in size and having the store including Austin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Portland and San Antonio.
Founded in 1985, Dolce & Gabbana (stylized as Dolce&Gabbana) annually does more than $1 billion in revenue.
The permit notes the job to update the space could cost upwards of $750,000. New York-based Lalire March Architects is handling design work.
The effort to get the D&G operational comes as The Mall at Green Hills continues to land high-end retailers. In early February, for example, the Post reported the facility is slated for a Hugo Boss. And in July 2022, the Post reported the arrival of Chanel.
Norah Buikstra, general manager for The Mall at Green Hill, declined to offer specifics about the future Dolce & Gabbana, simply noting the upscale retail facility will soon have additional highprofile tenants to announce.
This story was first published by our sister publication Nashville Post.
Allen and J.P. Cunningham in 1965 acquired the 1923-founded Southern Sales Company. That 100-year-old company, which also works within the wastewater products industry, is affiliated with Tencarva Machinery Company and operates near the for-sale property at 2937 Kraft Drive.
Tencarva has enlisted Ben Mosely and Perry Wolcott — managing director and vice president, respectively, of the local office of Chicago-based JLL — to handle the marketing and sale of the property.
Mosely told the Post the property could soon be under contract.
“We have had a high level of interest in the property and recently received
an offer we hope will materialize into a contract,” he said, declining to identify the prospective buyer.
“The area has undergone huge transformation the past few years,” Mosely added. “These older industrial core properties are being repurposed and reused for a higher and better use.”
Nearby in the general Sidco Drive area are located various other commercial properties that either relatively recently sold or were listed for sale.
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Belmont taps Spotify official for dean role
related to the country, Christian/gospel and Americana genres. Her efforts helped Spotify increase country music consumer activity and helped grow country music listening on Spotify.
Prior to Spotify, Schaffer served senior counsel for Nashville-based Loeb & Loeb LLP, working with songwriters and music industry producers in contract negotiations and assisting with the development of legal and business strategies for music and entertainment content management and amplification.
A magna cum laude graduate of both Vanderbilt University and the Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Schaffer serves on the boards of directors for the Country Music Association and Country Radio Broadcasters, as well as the St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Board. Schaffer is a Class of 2022 Leadership Music graduate.
Belmont University announced Monday the appointment of Brittany Schaffer as dean for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, effective May 1.
Spotify’s head of artist and label partnerships in Nashville, Schaffer replaces Doug Howard, a Belmont alumnus and longtime music executive who held the title for seven years and retired last fall, according to a release.
Relatedly, Dr. Sarita Stewart, associate professor of creative and entertainment industries who served as interim dean for this academic year, will now work as senior associate dean for Curb College, a role new to Belmont. She will work with Schaffer on programming and curriculum.
At Spotify Nashville, Schaffer leads the development and execution of strategy
In her new role, Schaffer will serve approximately 100 faculty and staff and more than 2,700 students in Curb College programs. The college’s music business program will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2023-24 academic year.
“We are delighted Brittany Schaffer has accepted the role of dean, and I am confident that she will elevate our programs even further, deepening our connections within music, motion pictures and media while establishing new partnerships in Nashville, across the U.S. and around the globe,” Belmont President Greg Jones said in the release. “Her significant achievements and the tremendous respect she’s earned as a leader signal a bold and bright future ahead for Curb College and our students.”
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Clinton Global Initiative, Vanderbilt University bring hundreds of international students to serve Nashville communities, nonprofits
BY MATT MASTERS
Vanderbilt University hosted the Clinton Global Initiative University March 3-5 featuring dozens of speakers and hundreds of students from around the world, all of which culminated in a Day of Action benefiting several Middle Tennessee service organizations.
On Sunday, former President Bill Clinton, who is also the founder and board chair of the Clinton Foundation, and his daughter and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton joined Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor of Government and Community Relations Nathan Green.
“It reminds us that we should always be in the public service business, and that even on the darkest day, there’s something that you can do to give a hand up to somebody who’s got it tougher than you do,” President Clinton told the group of international undergraduate and graduate students.
With the help of Hands On Nashville, students split into groups to tackle different projects including preparing food donations for families in need as part of a Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee mobile food pantry, preparing flashcards and school supplies with PENCIL, and clearing land for the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee’s future cultural center.
The CGI conference allowed students like Vanderbilt University junior Jeanne D’arc
Koffi to connect with a diverse group of fellow students to share ideas, strategies and lessons as they work to tackle big issues both locally and around the world.
“Oftentimes you’re hearing about how organizations are coming in from the top down, but what I’ve been able to see is folks who look like me who are from these communities and working with people who look like them, working in a collaborative framework to empower their communities,” Koffi said.
U.S. Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg also spoke at the weekend conference after he joined Nashville Mayor John Cooper at the Nashville International Airport to celebrate a $7 million grant for BNA.
President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton both joined student volunteers to bag, box and hand out around 25,000 pounds of shelf-stable foods and fresh produce, which serves about 250 families, in a Vanderbilt University parking lot as recipients lined up for the goods.
“There’s shy of just 400,000 people [in Middle Tennessee] that are food insecure and it is really, really important what the volunteers, the university and everybody has helped bring together -- It’s going to be a game-changer for many families,” Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee President and CEO Nancy Kyle said.
“We didn’t just want to bring people globally into one space, we wanted to make
sure that we were also bringing in all of Nashville,” CGI University CEO Regina Arrington said. “Them [international students] being here to see that that’s also true here is very important and, also, it helps them with their commitments to action. We have a lot of students who work on food insecurity, so they’re able to see it from a different perspective when they’re here.”
Some 14 miles away, another group of students and other volunteers gathered on a six-acre plat of land off of Bell Road which will be the location of the future Circle of Life Indian Cultural Center.
According to NAIA, “The Center will draw on earth and sky, rock and
wood, and all the elements of the natural world to serve the special needs of local Native Americans and to promote public appreciation and understanding of these unique cultures.” The center will feature a research library, museum, conference rooms and administrative offices.
NAIA is still raising funds for the $2.3 million project, with volunteers on Sunday working to pull weeds and remove invasive species, plant trees, construct picnic tables, install shade sails and mark future trails in order to begin hosting meetings and activities on site.
“We’re so grateful to these students who came out today and donated a couple hours of their time, learning some new skills, seeing some different areas of Nashville, and just learning about all of the diversity and things that Nashville has to offer,” Hands On Nashville Communications Manager Savanna Maue said.
NAIA CEO and Executive Director Ray Emanuel told The News that the cultural center will represent the history and continued importance and impact of the more than 500 tribes from across the country.
“Tennessee used to be all Native Americans, and of course, they all got run out during the Trail of Tears, and now, it’s sad that we have to come back and buy this piece of land back after it was taken from our ancestors,” Emanuel said. “Of course, we can’t change history and we’re not trying to, we just want to give a true history experience when people come.
“When it comes to Native people, nothing like this has ever happened in the state of Tennessee, even though we’re in our 42nd year of service here,” Emanuel said, adding that, to him, the support and seeing the action of the day felt like a real moment of change.
“It’s got to happen, people have to get more involved.”
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How Brentwood Academy wrestler Jack Ward overcame multiple neck surgeries to place fifth in the state
BY LOGAN BUTTS
There was a time when Jack Ward thought he would never wrestle again.
The Brentwood Academy senior just finished fifth in the state of Tennessee in the 145-pound weight class, one of six Eagles to place at the Division II individual state championships in February.
But a serious neck injury, resulting in multiple neck surgeries and over two-and-ahalf years in recovery, nearly kept Ward off the mat for good.
In the summer of 2020, Ward was hanging out in the pool with some of his friends when one of them was pushed into the pool. He landed on Jack’s head.
“Immediately, I knew something was wrong,” Ward said.
He tried to swim back up to the surface, but his body wasn’t responding. His friend had to lift him up out of the water.
“I struggled to move my fingers,” Ward said. “I was finally able to stand up after a little while.”
Ward, who also plays baseball and at the time was on the football team, continued to play football for a little over a month before he realized his injury was not going away.
“I didn’t have any strength in my left arm. I got down to do a bench press and I started benching, and it was like 95 pounds. I tried to get it up, and I got my right arm fully up, but then this one [his left] just struggled.”
Ward had x-rays and MRIs done on the afflicted areas, but the doctors were unable to find anything. Everyone assumed it was nerve-related. The weightlifting incident convinced him to get a CT scan. That was when they discovered the fractures in his neck and back. One of the discs in his neck had been “scrunched down” causing tremendous pain.
“When I would play football and I would hit people, pain would shoot down my arm.”
After discovering the official source of the
pain, Ward underwent his first surgery in October of 2020. The plan was to operate on the anterior of the injured area, hoping that the back section would heal itself. Of the surgeries that were to come, Ward said this recovery took the longest, lasting nearly half a year.
“I couldn’t lift anything for the first two or three months. I couldn’t carry a backpack to school. I couldn’t carry anything that was more than five pounds. I couldn’t have any physical activity.”
Not only did this affect his day-to-day life, but it kept the three-sport athlete from participating in any sort of training. Football was out of the question. And wrestling, which usually starts in the winter, was off the table as well.
“After that period was up, I went back, they checked in on it, and they said everything looked good,” Ward said. “I was able to lift stuff that was up to 20 pounds.”
Ward started working out again, doing higher reps of lighter weights to keep from straining his back or neck. After he was finally fully cleared, he jumped into baseball season, his return to any kind of playing field since the surgery.
“I didn’t think that contact sports were really a possibility, but I had assumed everything was perfectly fine, back to normal. Well, as normal as it could have been,” Ward said.
“I wanted to wrestle, but I didn’t think I was going to be able to.”
During the baseball season, the back of Ward’s neck began to feel “a little bit uncomfortable.” When he would move his neck, it would pop.
“It felt like popping my finger, so it wasn’t painful. I would constantly do that just to get a little bit of relief,” Ward said.
Following baseball season, and before spring football practice was set to start,
Ward said his mom had a “gut feeling” that he should go get another set of x-rays. As is often the case, a mom was right.
“They found out that what they thought would heal itself in the back [of his neck] just hadn’t healed itself.”
This time around, because the surgery was in the posterior of his neck and involved a bone graft from his pelvis, the recovery was more painful, albeit shorter.
But just a few days after the second surgery, which took place in August of 2021, Ward became very ill with a 100-plus degree fever. Their first thought was Covid. But after another doctor’s visit, they discovered an infection inside of his incision.
So, right back to the hospital he went. He spent three more days there post-surgery to deal with the infection.
“That was really hard because it was just super painful,” Ward said.”I couldn’t stand up or move without wincing.”
At the end of this hospital stay, Ward had a PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) line inserted into his arm so that he could receive liquid antibiotic doses at home, which he would get twice a day for nearly a month.
After recovering from both the second surgery and the infection, Ward had already missed another football season. He was cleared halfway through the wrestling season, but, by that point, it was too late for him to get in shape in time to compete. He moved on to baseball season in the spring of 2022, with the thought that his wrestling career might be over.
After deciding to not risk further injury by playing football, Ward really began to think about wrestling again this past fall. He missed wrestling with his friends. Seeing them out on the mat inspired him to attempt a comeback.
“That was really what brought me back,” Ward said. “I showed up to the first tournament, and I was just watching them as I realized I really missed it. And that I wanted to be out there.”
In early December, he officially made the decision to return to wrestling. He and his coach, Darrell Travis, decided he should attempt his comeback at a duals tournament, which is when you compete as a team instead of individually.
“It was really nerve-wracking,” Ward said. “He [coach Travis] had told me if there’s a presentable matchup, then we’ll let you wrestle it. Thankfully, it presented itself in our last match. I got out there and beforehand I was just super nervous, I was not really sure what to think of it. And then, just as soon as the whistle blew, I was ready to go and it all kind of went away.”
Ward said he started to feel back to his old self during a December trip to Florida
for the South Beach Duals.
“At that point, I felt more confident in my movement,” Ward said. “Everything was starting to flow together instead of being choppy.”
But even with the return to a sense of normalcy on the mat, a fifth-place finish at the state tournament was difficult to envision. Even if Ward had the skills and was rounding back into his peak physical shape, the mental hurdles after suffering an injury of that magnitude would be hard to overcome.
“He definitely separates himself with the mentality he has compared to other kids,” Travis said. “What he lacked in the two years that he missed as far as technical skill and wrestling, he made up for it with mentality and attitude. He wasn’t afraid to go for a big move if it was there. A lot of kids will wrestle very timidly, and he goes in headfirst and gives it everything he has.
“I think it also shows a level of maturity most kids don’t have. You have kids that wrestle for years and they become seniors, and they still don’t wrestle with the confidence that Jack wrestles with. It is truly mind-blowing.”
After losing a match early in the tournament, Ward fought his way through the “blood rounds” which is the section of a wrestling tournament where it’s determined if you will advance to the medal rounds. If you win, you place. If you lose, you don’t.
“I think that’s a time where a lot of high school kids will fold, more or less,” Travis said. “They’re like ‘oh man, I can’t get first or something bad happened to me, I’m not going to be able to battle back.’ Well, his whole story is battling back. So, it was only fitting that he continued to do the same.”
After multiple surgeries and nearly three years of missed time, finishing fifth at the state tournament was a moment of not only triumph, but relief for Ward.
“It felt amazing,” Ward said. “I didn’t really care where I placed in the tournament. I’m glad that I know I did it and that I came back all the way from that.”
Ward credits his parents and his coaches for sticking with him throughout it all.
“I’d say probably my parents and then all the coaches,” Ward said. “They stuck with me. Coach Travis, coach Evans, coach Tito, Jacob, they all encouraged me to come back and then to just stick it out.
“My parents really supported me the most. They never let me get down on myself if I lost.”
Ward’s athletic career at BA isn’t quite over yet. He still has one more season of baseball to go. I can’t imagine any obstacles he may run into on the diamond could phase him at this point.
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Middle Tennessee women clinch NCAA bid with C-USA title, set to face Colorado in first round
Belmont women, Vandy men headed to NIT
BY LOGAN BUTTS
For the 20th time in program history, including the ninth time under current head coach Rick Insell, the Middle Tennessee women’s basketball team is going dancing.
The No. 25-ranked Blue Raiders clinched an NCAA Tournament bid on Saturday with an 82-70 win over Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship game at the Ford Center at The Star just outside of Dallas.
Lafayette native Jalynn Gregory was named tournament MVP after leading the team with 24 points (on 6-10 shooting) and four rebounds. Gregory was also 7-7 from the free throw line. As a team, the Blue Raiders shot 21-24 from the charity stripe.
Kseniya Malashka, who was also named to the All-Tournament team, had 14 points and six rebounds. Alexis Whittington added 16 points and six rebounds, while Savannah Wheeler had 11 points, three rebounds, and five assists.
Now, the 11-seed Blue Raiders (28-4) will be headed to Durham, North Carolina for a first round matchup with 6-seed Colorado on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders are the only Nashvillearea school to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament this season. In other areas of the state, the Tennessee men and women both earned bids, the Memphis men won the C-USA title game on Sunday to solidify a March Madness spot, the Chattanooga women are going back to the tournament, and the Tennessee Tech women are going
Ensworth’s Cambridge named Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year, wins third straight Miss Basketball award
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dancing for the first time since 2000.
The Belmont women were also playing for a bid this weekend. In just their first season as league members, the 2-seed Bruins advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference championship game, where they fell to 4-seed Drake 89-71 in Moline, Ill., snapping a 16-game win streak for Belmont.
Junior Destinee Wells did everything she could to lead Belmont past the Bulldogs, finishing with a game-high 34 points (on 1324 shooting), three rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Kilyn McGuff (15 points) was the only other Bruin in double-figures.
Belmont (23-11) received an at-large bid to the NIT, which kicks off on March 15. Their opponent and first-round date has yet to be determined.
The Vanderbilt (20-14) men nearly made a miracle run to the NCAA Tournament, falling short in the SEC semifinals to Texas A&M. For their efforts, the ‘Dores will be headed to the NIT. They are set to take on Ivy League regular season champion Yale in Nashville on March 14 at 8 p.m.
The MTSU men almost had an incredible March story of their own to tell. The 4-seed Blue Raiders fell to top-seeded and eventual champion Florida Atlantic 68-65 in the C-USA semifinals on Friday after coming back from 16 points down to tie the game with three minutes remaining.
Ensworth star Jaloni Cambridge is continuing to add to her trophy cabinet.
Fresh off a second consecutive appearance in the Division II-AA state championship game, the junior has been named the Gatorade Tennessee Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Cambridge, the nation’s top-ranked junior prospect, nearly led the Tigers to back-to-back “golden balls.” She scored 41 points in this year’s title game, but Ensworth lost to Knoxville Catholic 64-59 to finish the season 27-5.
Heading into the state tournament, the 5-foot-5 combo guard had posted averages
of 26.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 4.3 steals per game this season.
Cambridge was also named the Tennessee Miss Basketball winner for DII-AA for the third consecutive season.
Cambridge is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Girls Basketball National Player of the Year, and last season, she was named the MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year.
Other local Mr. Basketball winners include Goodpasture’s Isaiah West in DII-A, East Nashville’s Jaylen Jones in 2A, and Lebanon’s Jarred Hall in 4A.
Forsberg, NBA superstar join Nashville SC ownership group
BY STEPHEN ELLIOTT
Nashville SC has a new group of highprofile minority owners.
The club has announced that NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg are now minority owners of the Major League Soccer club, ESPN reported.
Antetokounmpo’s brothers Thanasis, Kostas and Alex, all professional basketball players, are also part of the group.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Soccer is a global sport, and our newest owners once again reinforce our club’s commitment to being a global team,” said principal owner John Ingram. “Filip and Giannis are not just amazing athletes — they are ambassadors for their respective sports, role models for millions and advocates in their hometowns and worldwide. We share a common belief that our teams not only
play to the highest standards, but also lift up their communities and help those who need it most.”
Other Nashville SC minority owners include actress Reese Witherspoon and Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry. Giannis Antetokounmpo told ESPN that he “can’t wait to come to a match at Geodis Park soon.” The brothers’ father and older brother both played professional soccer.
Forsberg said he attended some games at the newly opened Geodis Park last season, which in part convinced him to invest.
Nashville SC opened the 2023 MLS season with a 2-0 win over New York City FC on Saturday at home, and the club travels to face the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. This story was first published by our sister publication Nashville Post.
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PHOTO BY CASEY GOWER Jaloni Cambridge
The Belle Tolls: Nashville changes, Belle Meade tries to stay the same
BY ELI MOTYCKA
Belle Meade Plaza sits just outside the Belle Meade city limits. A few hundred yards away, two metal horses mark the beginning of Belle Meade Boulevard, which branches off Harding Pike near Belle Meade City Hall and runs nearly four miles to the base of the stone steps at Percy Warner Park. Like the horses, the Allée Steps are a city symbol, a celebration of its beloved backyard.
Belle Meade’s charter bans commercial activity inside city limits, part of a list of land use prohibitions that includes duplexes, open carports, rental properties, trucks and billboards. Aside from five exceptions — three churches, William Giles Harding’s plantation home (now a tourist attraction and winery) and the country club — Belle Meade’s three square miles consist of singlefamily residences.
The Kroger at Belle Meade Plaza is the closest grocery store. There are a few storefronts down the strip, and Starbucks is a preferred coffee shop, passively competing with a new Dunkin’ and an old Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery farther down Harding. While local chains like Crema, Barista Parlor and Frothy Monkey expand across Nashville, the Seattle-based international chain earned local loyalty.
Real estate developers AJ Capital, based in Wedgewood-Houston, have slated the entire Belle Meade Plaza strip for an overhaul. The project faces staunch opposition by residents who have already scored reductions in building height and living units, a mixture of condos, apartments and hotel rooms. Concessions have followed months of tense meetings between architects, planners, traffic engineers, District 24 Councilmember Kathleen Murphy and the opposition, an increasingly organized group of residents who speak out of turn and keep the gallery loud.
“Don’t ‘Gulch’ my West Nashville,” said one opponent at a community meeting at Montgomery Bell Academy in January. AJ Capital plans to change the site’s uses from purely commercial to a mix of residential and retail, and needs Murphy’s support for a zoning change to allow a complete redevelopment of the corner parcel at White Bridge Road and Harding — a busy intersection that, residents fear, can’t take more traffic.
“The noise, process and duration of demolition and excavation is bone-rattling,” says another resident, providing a blanket criticism of large-scale construction. The opposition comes from surrounding neighborhoods like West Meade, Forest Hills, Sylvan Park and Belle Meade. Speakers insist they aren’t against change in general; they oppose this project’s specifics. In rowdy Q&As, they skewer AJ’s proposal as reckless density motivated by greed, alternatively calling for fewer units and units below
market rate. (Per state law, it is illegal to force developers to include affordable housing in new builds.) At any mention of a traffic study, they attempt to discredit engineers’ methodology. The same West End corridor — Belle Meade specifically — helped kill Let’s Move Nashville in 2018. The $5.4 billion transit plan would have put a dedicated transit line down West End ending at the same plaza Kroger, depriving drivers of a critical turn lane on West Nashville’s major arterial. Back then, opponents said the same thing: It’s the specifics, not the idea.
No neighborhood is positioned to stop change quite like Belle Meade. It is perhaps Nashville’s most affluent three square miles, and residents have the time to engage in their surroundings. There’s a common if abstract understanding of Belle Meade’s character built on wide green pastures, old-growth trees and tasteful, classical architecture, all on the shared grounds of a historic plantation estate where the world’s finest thoroughbreds once grazed. The city has complete authority over zoning and building codes, allowing planners and residents to work hard to insulate the area from Nashville’s explosive growth. Belle Meade is armed with a new historic zoning commission that can impose additional restrictions on building, reinforcing a sense of control for longtime residents witnessing change across the city. Even though the plaza lies just outside Belle Meade city limits, locals come to outgoing city manager Beth Reardon hoping to stop it.
“With the change in Nashville, its growth so sudden, we got a lot of influx of developers buying houses, demo-ing properties, and putting up houses as quickly as they could,” says Reardon, who’s ending a 32-year career at Belle Meade City Hall.
“You’re not going to find tall-and-skinnies in Belle Meade. Our subdivision regulations are not going to allow that.”
Nowadays it’s nearly impossible to increase the city’s density. Andrew Pieri, Belle Meade’s building codes consultant, calls it “conceivable” but mired in variables. Even if homeowners had a lot big enough (the city has a minimum lot size of 1 acre), they’d face all kinds of restrictions on road frontage, driveways and setbacks. When asked about subdividing a lot, Reardon shakes her head and laughs.
“Even though it’s in the middle of this metropolitan, urban, fast-growing city, Belle Meade has been insulated from that change,”
Jennifer Moody, Belle Meade’s incoming city manager, tells the Scene. Moody’s first day as city manager was Feb. 27. Reardon’s still helping with the transition and expects to be gone by April 1. “That special sense of place — that small-town feel — is at the heart of what we’re trying to preserve. Residents have local control. They have an elected body
governing them of residents who live right here. It adds to a sense of feeling represented, of being able to protect your interests.”
Davidson County voters passed a referendum to combine city and county governments in 1962. Belle Meade, along with five other “satellite cities,” didn’t join. A sixth, Lakewood, merged in 2011. Some municipal services, like trash and zoning control, stop at the city limits. Metro provides others, like the fire department.
In the years that followed consolidation, many of Nashville’s wealthy white families withdrew from the city center, moving to enclaves like Belle Meade as well as Oak Hill and Forest Hills, both of which also retained city charters through consolidation. Belle Meade kept control over a small police force, a part-time judge with a part-time courtroom, and land use. For 60 years, the area has stayed committed to a distinct array of social institutions, cultural landmarks, outdoor recreational opportunities and a network of exceptional private schools. Meanwhile, Nashville has changed around it.
Residents’ desire to preserve Belle Meade’s look, feel and character can be so fierce that, at times, it even baffles city administrators. Twenty years ago, residents killed a sidewalk master plan meant to make the boulevard more pedestrian-friendly. A scaled-down version that would have put walking paths in the boulevard’s median died a quiet death last year after widespread pushback.
“We had a landscape architect design a great plan for the city,” Reardon explains to the Scene. “It was shot down by residents who said, ‘We don’t want sidewalks here, you’ll change the whole look of the boulevard. This is going to destroy everything we have now. We don’t want people walking all over the place.’ Last year we put in a temporary gravel path in the median as a demonstration project. Again people said, ‘Absolutely not, you’re destroying the look of our beautiful median.’ There was a huge level of engagement — 750 comments in a town of about 3,000.”
Steve Roche moved to Belle Meade in the winter of 1998 to be closer to Harding Academy, where he planned to send his children. At a meeting about last year’s proposed sidewalk demonstration, Roche remembers one resident voicing concerns that people would start parking along the boulevard and hosting barbecues on the median.
“I had to ask her to repeat it — I thought she was joking,” Roche tells the Scene. “It was a fine plan. I thought it was great. A lot of people were complaining, and all the people who were upset made their case known. That’s what’s sad — I think those people are a fifth or a seventh of the population. The people who wouldn’t mind it, they don’t ever come out.”
A rash of construction in the 2010s
prompted tighter restrictions on what can (and can’t) be built in Belle Meade. In summer 2019, the city engaged the Tennessee Historical Commission to produce a “Historic Resources Survey,” which proposed three special districts — East, West and South — and a district that would blanket the entire city. These maps codified Belle Meade’s architectural character, structuring what would become the city’s Historic Zoning Commission a few months later. Such districts come with additional building specifications, exterior guidelines and an approval process in which the historic commission makes construction permits contingent on aesthetic and architectural guidelines. Metro Nashville has a similar process in neighborhoods like Richland, Germantown, Hillsboro-West End and Edgefield.
Residents complained that too many new houses didn’t fit the Belle Meade character and disrupted the feel of the neighborhood, citing details like brick color, materials and architectural cohesiveness. Officials responded. At the time, then-director of Belle Meade building and zoning Lyle Patterson told media that the city was responding to demo permits and homes built “on spec” — construction done by a developer rather than a future resident.
The new HZC now issues a “Certificate of Appropriateness” allowing builders to move forward with their designs. The application asks for details like chimney material and gutter dimensions, all keeping with the commission’s explicit purpose to “encourage development that is compatible with the city’s historic character.”
For a century, Belle Meade had one official residence: a grand plantation home established by John Harding of Virginia in 1807. The estate passed to his son William Giles Harding in 1839, growing in size, wealth and prestige as Nashville flourished in the antebellum years. Forced labor staffed the house and grounds, which swelled from the 250-acre tract purchased by John Harding to 5,400 acres under William Giles. By the eve of the Civil War, 136 Black residents were enslaved across the estate, including 63 children younger than 10, according to census records.
Historian Brigette Janea Jones has helped bring a fuller picture of the estate’s history to the Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery, Harding’s original plantation home currently serving as a tourist attraction with guided history tours (and wine). Jones started at Belle Meade in 2015 and became its first director of African American Studies in 2018. Her work has brought a renewed focus on the complex, often forgotten lives of Black residents enslaved at Belle Meade, including their histories of escape and resistance.
William Giles Harding was
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a brigadier general in the Tennessee State Militia and used his wealth to finance the Confederate rebellion. When the Union took Nashville early in 1862, Harding was sent to Fort Mackinac, a Union prison in Michigan. After swearing allegiance to the Union, he returned to the South. Harding maintained ownership of Belle Meade after the war and welcomed the 1866 marriage of his daughter Selene Harding and William Hicks Jackson, a fellow high-ranking Confederate brigadier general. Jackson took control of the land in 1883, by which point Belle Meade had gained an international reputation for its horses. Shortly before his death in 1902, Jackson, saddled with debt, started selling off the estate.
Private residences began popping up across Belle Meade a few years later. Hastened by a new streetcar line laid out down Belle Meade Boulevard in 1913 and Belle Meade Country Club’s relocation in 1916, mansions gradually replaced meadowland. The area went from 22 buildings in 1920 to almost 400 by 1940 — the area’s first building boom.
The ethics of preservation, conservation and neighborhood character have long defined Belle Meade politics. Moody mentions a tale about how the city incorporated in order to keep a gas station from moving onto the boulevard. Reardon
recalls the election of former Mayor Elizabeth Proctor, who — in the early 1980s — won her seat by successfully harnessing residents’ frustrations with homes built in a cul-de-sac on Bonaventure Place. Current Mayor Rusty Moore tells constituents that he is “committed to preserving the uniqueness of our community, maintaining our property values, and helping keep our neighborhood safe for future generations” in a brief city bio.
In exchange for an extra property tax levied on residents, the city promises a few special services. One lifelong resident describes these to the Scene as “perks,” slight upgrades on the Metro treatment enjoyed by the rest of the city. About half the Belle Meade city budget goes to a local police force staffed by eight officers, four sergeants, a lieutenant and a police chief. Tasked with covering just three square miles, Belle Meade cops are notorious for catching speeding drivers often unaware that they’ve entered a tightly monitored satellite city. Residents praise BMPD for quick response times and keeping a vigilant watch over the city, aided by automated license plate readers since 2017. Belle Meade clears brush, maintains green space, manages water and sewer lines, and collects “backdoor” trash pickup — Belle Meade residents don’t have to roll garbage bins out to the street. While Metro officially runs Percy Warner and Edwin
Warner parks, local fundraising helps bypass city bureaucracy to secure improvements and maintenance. In 2021, Friends of Warner Parks, a nonprofit set up to improve and maintain the 3,100-acre woods, completed a $15 million capital campaign to fully repair and relandscape the Allée Steps. A similar effort helped secure $2 million for a course redesign at the Percy Warner Golf Course.
A network of elite private schools substitutes for a public education system. In the 1970s, “segregation academies” popped up to absorb demand from white families fleeing integrated public schools. Still predominantly white, many of these schools — Franklin Road Academy, Harding Academy, Brentwood Academy — are fixtures in and around Belle Meade, Green Hills, Forest Hills and Oak Hill.
The ZIP codes that span the same wealthy suburbs, 37205 and 37215, account for 7 percent of Nashville’s population and 2 percent of students enrolled in MNPS schools. Today just 70 students within the Belle Meade city limits are enrolled in Metro Nashville’s public schools, according to MNPS. Neighbors favor private schools like Ensworth, Montgomery Bell Academy, Harpeth Hall and University School of Nashville, where yearly tuition sits at or above $25,000. They’re also conveniently located, reflecting a historic tie between
Nashville’s prestigious prep schools and the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Harding and Harpeth Hall are almost inside Belle Meade proper. MBA is just down the road. Christ Presbyterian Academy and Brentwood Academy are 10-minute drives out of town, as is Ensworth High School. Such education preferences were on display in Belle Meade in the spring and summer of 2020, the era of yard-sign graduation announcements.
Census data puts the city’s annual median income at $208,304 — more than three times the Davidson County average. Residents skew older and 94 percent are white. Just seven homes are on the market as of this writing, including a 16,000-squarefoot chateau on Westview listed for $15 million. An English tudor across the street is listed for $4.2 million. City policies also safeguard an unofficial city service that Mayor Rusty Moore makes explicit. Like Jackson and Harding before them, Belle Meade residents store tremendous wealth under their feet.
Belle Meade is home to the Frists and the Ingrams, Nashville’s highest-profile billionaire families. They’re neighbors on Chickering, keeping stately residences near Percy Warner Park. Ingram Industries set up headquarters just down the street, and HCA Healthcare was incubated by the Frists in and around the power centers of
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the big small town in the late 1960s. Down the road lives Republican junior U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty. Writer Jon Meacham, celebrated for his commitment to chronicling the nation’s history, lives in a Georgian mansion on 4 acres between Tyne and Chickering. Al Gore keeps a home on Lynnwood, and former state House Speaker Beth Harwell lives across the boulevard facing the fairways of Belle Meade Country Club.
“The Club,” as it is known, sits at the physical center of the city. It’s a hub of social life and Belle Meade’s only commercial dining option, featuring an upscale dining room, a robust takeout operation and a kid-friendly summer snack bar. A full guide to etiquette at the club’s seven restaurants can be found online. The club’s one-time initiation fee hovers around $150,000 and requires sponsorship from current members, all part of an admissions process shrouded in secrecy. There were a little more than 1,200 memberships on file as of last year, spread over several categories: resident, nonresident, associate (ages 30 to 34), associate
(ages 35 to 39), associate resident, senior resident and lady — the latter a distinction for unmarried women.
An internal directory obtained by the Scene does not include demographic data, but the club has long been scrutinized for having few non-white members. In 2008, the Scene wrote about David Ewing’s long wait for acceptance into the club. In 2011, a judicial ethics panel reprimanded Judge George Paine, then chief justice of the Bankruptcy Court of Middle Tennessee, for membership in an organization that practices “invidious discrimination.” Paine retired later that year. Recently, club decision-makers reckoned with a prominently displayed portrait of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. After surviving a couple relocations, the painting was taken down.
“There is no portrait of Robert E. Lee currently hanging in this building,” a club manager told the Scene in early March. As for the portrait’s recent whereabouts? “I cannot speak to that.”
A commitment to tradition in Belle
Meade has coincided with reactionary politics. Trump won the city in 2016, though he was Republican primary voters’ second choice behind Marco Rubio. Trump won the city again in 2020, just barely, while Joe Biden won Davidson County 2 to 1. Hagerty won his neighborhood handily in 2020.
As development creeps closer, residents are anxious, and conservative, about the future. At a packed Feb. 15 community meeting, attendees asked about the office park across the street from Belle Meade Plaza. Neighbors had gotten used to Ingram’s 11-story office building, which went up in 1985. Metro’s zoning department respected Ingram as a height precedent for the area, and AJ Capital planned to match it. What would stop the same thing from happening up and down Harding?
“Fortunately for me, I’m out of office in August, so that won’t be coming up in my term,” Kathleen Murphy told the room. “I can’t predict what will come there, and neither can the planning department.”
Through a decade of tall-and-skinnies, urban infill, boutique hotels and trendy coffee shops, the city of Belle Meade and its skirt of commercial strips have survived mostly untouched. While the rest of the city struggles to pay rent or beat out all-cash offers, large wooded lots from Oak Hill to West Meade steadily gain value, boosted by a market too short on supply. While the rest of the city struggles to book a table at the latest James Beard nominee, Belle Meade has Sperry’s, a wood-paneled steakhouse on Harding Pike preparing to enter its 50th year. While trends in city planning begin to prize walkability and density over cars and single-family estates, Belle Meade hopes to preserve its own way of life.
After three decades with the city, Reardon sums it up.
“We are what we are, and what we have been, since we were incorporated in 1938.”
This story was first published by our sister publication the Nashville Scene.
Q&A: Ray Hayles of Walker Lumber & Supply
BY WILLIAM WILLIAMS
Ray Hayles serves as co-owner with Scott McMillan of Walker Lumber & Supply. Hayles, who hold a degree in marketing from Southern Methodist University, and McMillan bought the company in 2016 and then, in 2021, acquired for $4.25 million some property that sits adjacent to the original location. With that deal (read here) the two expanded the physical footprint of the business.
Walker Lumber & Supply was established in 1949, and Hayles and McMillan are the third owners of the family-owned company focused on professional contractors (which comprise 95 percent of their business).
Hayles recently sat down with the Post for an update.
How has Walker Lumber & Supply grown — revenues, number of employees, number of clients, etc. — in the marketplace since you acquired the company?
Since Scott and I purchased the company in 2016, annual revenues have grown more than 300 percent — from $22 million to $77 million. Payroll has increased 400 percent. From day one, we advanced a vision to serve the community with excellence every day.
We have grown from an average of 18 deliveries a day to 80. Our team has grown from 32 employees in 2016 to more than 70 today in our 30,000 square foot headquarters located on Thompson Lane in the One Hundred Oaks neighborhood.
In 2021, we purchased an adjoining lot to better showcase lumber, building materials
and supplies, and the new facility features 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood accents. To enhance the community, trees and landscaping were planted as a buffer to the surrounding neighborhood.
Our leadership and team embrace a culture of giving back to the community through various nonprofits, donating both money and time to important causes across the city. We have a very successful “Second Chance” initiative for individuals who need a fresh start in life. Nearly 10 percent of our workforce comprise this group. Each of these employees are matched with a mentor to guide and encourage them in both the workplace and in their personal lives.
What innovations and changes did you make in the wake of the pandemic and continue to deploy?
The COVID pandemic impacted everyone and every business. But we chose to innovate. In the midst of social distancing, ... we took a page from Chickfil-A and started a drive-through service. It started out just with employees and iPads welcoming customers in front of the store, greeting every customer and taking their orders. It was so popular and successful, we soon expanded into a full-service drivethrough service to allow us to quickly load our customers’ vehicles without them even coming into the store. We want to not only provide the best quality products but to also save our customer’s time. Since we launched the service, 30 percent of our daily tickets are fulfilled through our drive-through center.
How concerned are you regarding the challenge local developers/builders are facing regarding the ceasing of service at WM’s Southern Services construction and demolition waste landfill off Briley Parkway?
It really doesn’t impact our business, but it initially impacted our customers since every build site has waste materials. However, from the builders we work with, it appears there have been other places to dump building waste. It’s not currently a problem with builders.
Has an increase in wildfires negatively impacted the lumber industry in general?
Wildfires can certainly impact lumber availability; however, this impact has been minimal compared to the other supply chain issues we have faced over the last several years. For example, if there are constraints with Canadian spruce-pine-fir (SPF), European suppliers are able to ship more Euro SPF to the U.S.
One issue to keep an eye on is the trend of Canadian SPF mills buying U.S. southern yellow pine mills. The SPF mills have a lot of experience navigating the ups and downs of the market and are known to constrain the supply side when prices get too low for them.
Some online sources note lumber prices fell about 70 percent in 2022, after initially enjoying a strong year. In contrast, your business did well for the year and now, early into 2023, prices are back up. Why the inconsistency and does that concern you?
Almost all pricing increased substantially
since the onset of COVID. Commodity lumber, in particular, increased 300 to 400 percent in some cases. Pricing on non-commodity prices increased as well. Commodity pricing typically adjusts several times a week; however, during COVID there were times pricing increased almost daily. Pricing on non-commodity products does not fluctuate on a daily or weekly basis. But substantial price increases were implemented by manufacturers and suppliers, often several times each year over the last several years. Pricing on commodities decreased substantially in the latter part of 2022, but the pricing on non-commodity products has not declined to the same extent.
Commodity pricing also typically softens during the winter months and then increases as we get closer to the spring and summer months. We have already seen prices start to increase again. Some of this is seasonal, some is based on future demand expectations and some is based on the supply-demand balance (or lack thereof). So far, the price increases have been tame compared to the last several years. Another thing that occurred during COVID, and that still persists, is increased freight and shipping costs. We have not seen a decrease in these costs at all.
Businesses and people are moving to Nashville continually. Our expectation is that the city will fare better than just about anywhere in the U.S. if we experience a slowdown or even a recession.
In addition, Walker Lumber & Supply
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caters to the high-end custom homebuilder and remodeler, not production builders. Production builders are selling a house at a certain price point, and they make money by minimizing building costs. Their business can be very closely tied to the economy and the level of interest rates. While Walker Lumber & Supply is competitive on pricing, many of the items we stock are premium quality and cost a little bit more.
We have had many of our loyal customers tell us over the years that we actually save them money because of our ability to advise them on construction questions, to get them loaded and off our yard quickly, to deliver quickly after orders are placed (which keeps their construction crews with material to keep the job moving), to our accurate takeoffs and design layouts.
The focus on the high-end custom homebuilder/remodeler is very intentional on our part. It’s very easy for someone to say they want to cater to this market, but it takes a whole lot of time and effort. Our customers have extremely high expectations, and we are able to excel with them for a number of reasons.
First, our location three miles south of downtown is extremely convenient. As mentioned, if customers call ahead we can have their order ready when they arrive, so
they do not have to come into the store. They drive through the yard and get loaded in minutes without even leaving their vehicle.
Second, we have salespeople, both in the retail store and outside, and support staff that have years of experience in the construction industry. In fact, many of them were former contractors who came to Walker Lumber & Supply because their bodies could no longer handle the demands of the job site. They also get steady hours and great benefits. Those are not guaranteed when working in construction.
Third, almost half of our staff either drives a delivery truck or works in the yard. This allows us to get materials loaded and to the job site more quickly than anyone else.
Finally, our engineered wood department that provides customers with design layouts is second-to-none. While many of our competitors seem to offer a lower price, many times this is not actually the case. We have had numerous customers tell us over the years that what looked like a huge savings from a competitor turned out to cost more due to inaccurate designs and takeoffs and lack of service.
This story was first published by our sister publication Nashville Post.
Belmont eyes next high-rise residential building
BY WILLIAM WILLIAMS
Belmont University officials are considering undertaking a third high-rise residential building for the campus.
If the effort materializes, the building would rise on a site located to the immediate west of Belmont’s Caldwell Hall, an 11-story residential building that opened in fall 2022 with a price tag of $98 million. Nearby is Tall Hall, a similar structure.
Belmont has filed for a stormwater grading and excavation permit as part of the process. The main address is 1407 Caldwell Ave. (which is raw land), with the university also owning four other properties of the seven seemingly needed for the tower, referred to as Caldwell Hall 2 on the Metro document. The Metro Development and Housing Agency and a group of individuals own the other two properties.
Belmont officials declined to offer specifics, including a price tag, height, the amount of land needed for a project and an architect. However, Nashville-based ESa likely would serve as the designer, as it did for Tall Hall and Caldwell Hall.
The seven properties seemingly needed to accommodate a future Caldwell Hall 2 offer six free-standing homes and a collective
The university emailed the Post the following statement:
“Belmont is exploring the possibility of building a new residence hall on Caldwell Avenue. To do so, it is necessary to apply for an excavation permit well in advance of when such a permit might be needed due to the necessity of following a strict construction timeline that would allow for any new residence facility to open with the start of a new academic year.”
The aforementioned Caldwell Hall is a 268,000-square-foot structure that offers more than 600 beds and a main address of 1303 Caldwell Ave. It sits on a 3.7-acre site on the south side of Caldwell and takes design cues from Tall Hall.
Belmont broke ground in January 2017 on Tall Hall, which stands 11 stories and about 140 feet at its tallest point. That project carried a roughly $80 million price tag.
The effort comes as Belmont continues work on its 3-D Building and the structure to house the university’s future Frist College of Medicine.
This story was first published by our sister publication Nashville Post.
BILL TO RENAME ROAD
Good news for Nashville, TN. The bill to rename a portion of Nashville’s Rep. John Lewis Way is off the table.
So State Rep Paul Sherrell, Sparta, and Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains can work with their local town’s people and rename any street or road in their towns. I am sure you noticed they don’t even live here. I hope you two clowns stick to messing up the good names of your places of residence. Donald Trump Boulevard, you have to be kidding !!! Why don’t you just name it Hitler Way? He was as bad as Trump.
I know those poor citizens of Ukraine are exhausted from their war and I’m afraid the worlds getting tired as well, and will lessen their support for the war. Putin’s plan is to destroy the whole country so it’s not fit for anyone to live in. And I would bet my _ _ _ that china “IS” giving Weapons to Russia as well as other enemies of the U.S., Ukraine really needed planes 6 months ago. And admittance into NATO now.
COUNCILMEN OR NO COUNCILMAN?
I live in Green Hills, do I or will I have a New councilman? Not that they have EVER helped me with Metro to get anything fixed, especially the Flooding of out of date ditches and runoff areas. My councilmen NEVER return my phone calls for help. Can you guys tell me WHO my new useless council person will be?
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Area home sales fall once again
BY WILLIAM WILLIAMS
The Nashville area saw 2,186 home closings in February — a 25 percent decrease from the 2,924 mark of the same month in 2022, according to data compiled by Greater Nashville Realtors.
This follows 1,802 home closings in January, a 31 percent decrease from the 2,649 total recorded in January of a year ago.
The average number of days on the market for a single-family home in February was 59. This compares to a January mark of 61 and a December figure of 46. Prior to mid-2022, the monthly days-on-the-market numbers consistently had been in the high 20s.
There were 2,705 sales pending at the end of February 20023, compared to 1,338 pending sales for the same month in 2022. Similarly, pending sales have been down each month since September.
The median price for a residential singlefamily home in February was $450,000 (the same figure as seen in January). For a condominium, the median price was $331,900 (it was $325,000 in January). This compares with February 2022’s median single-family and condominium prices of
$446,175 and $329,827, respectively.
Inventory in February was 8,367, up from the 3,378 figure of the same month from last year. Inventory continues elevating after multiple months of a lack of homes offered in relation to figures from prior to mid-2022.
“We are seeing more than double the number of pending sales than we saw at the same time last year,” Brad Copeland, Greater Nashville Realtors president, said in a release. “This is a strong indicator of a robust spring market that has already begun.
“Inventory rose slightly month-overmonth but we’re still sitting at a level of less than three months of inventory,” he added. “As we near the spring, we expect the market to pick up steam.”
The GNR data was collected from Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.
This story was first published by our sister publication Nashville Post.
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Pasta carbonara, with its assertive combination of bacon, eggs, Parmesan, and lots of black pepper, hails from the region around Rome. The name means “pasta in the style of coal miners” as a nod
to its appearance, with the flecks of pepper looking like coal dust. It’s quick and easy to make, and there’s a good chance you already have all the ingredients in your pantry
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10 ounces spaghetti
12 ounces bacon, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
6 garlic cloves, minced at least 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook bacon 5-7 minutes, or until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon and set aside. Discard all but 3 tablespoons bacon grease from pan. Add garlic and black pepper and cook 30 seconds. Return bacon to skillet and turn off heat.
3. Add drained pasta to skillet and cook
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over medium heat 1 minute. Remove skillet from stove and stir in eggs. Allow eggs to thicken but do not put skillet back on stove or they will scramble. Add cheese and season to taste with salt and additional pepper. Sprinkle each serving with parsley and serve immediately.
4. Note: The bacon and pasta can be cooked up to 3 hours in advance and kept at room temperature. Reheat the pasta by running it under very hot tap water in a strainer until hot before adding the eggs
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‘See You Me’ Preview Party
PHOTOS BY DANIEL MEIGS
“See You Me,” a collaborative pop-up photography and mixed media art exhibit took place at The Parthenon from Feb. 2426, with a preview party on Feb. 23.
The show was presented by the Centennial Park Conservancy and featured work of Karen Elson and Emily Dorio which “explores the creative relationship and ongoing body of work” between renowned English model Elson and Nashville-based
photographer Dorio, featuring large-scale photographs, Super 8 footage and mixedmedia sculptures.
The Feb. 23 preview party included a cocktail hour catered by Juniper Green, remarks from Centennial Park Conservancy President John Tumminello, and an artist talk moderated by fashion editor and communications director Libby Callaway.
Featuring 30+ bake-at-home recipes from local Nashville restaurants and bakeries
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Catherine Tumminello and Centennial Park Conservancy President John Tumminello
Nancy Peterson Hearn and Centennial Park Conservancy Senior Director of Donor Engagement Wendy Buntin
Josephine Darwin, Centennial Park Conservancy Board Chair Neil Krugman and Lee Pratt
‘See You Me’ opening at The Parthenon.
Centennial Park Conservancy Vice President of Development and Park Partnerships
Justin Tam, and Laura and Charlie Niewold
Libby Callaway, Karen Elson, and Emily Dorio
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Attendees listen to remarks from artists Karen Elson and Emily Dorio at the ‘See You Me’ opening at The Parthenon.
Emily Dorio, Karen Elson, and Lily Aldridge
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Centennial Park Conservancy Founding President Sylvia Rapoport, and Moderator Libby Callaway
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Nashville Wine Auction 11th Annual Pairings Event
Nashville Wine Auction raised more than $845,000 at the 11th annual Pairings event, Nashville’s Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend on February 23rd-25th. Proceeds from the weekend will help fund the fight against cancer through local cancer organizations that provide innovative patient treatment, cancer research, and caregiver/patient support.
The fun-filled weekend included vintner dinners hosted in private homes, a “Wined Up” wine-tasting party and Silent Auction at City Winery, and a Pairings dinner and Live Auction at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Guests enjoyed many features from the weekend, including a 5-course meal from featured chefs paired with wines from esteemed vintners, a tasting from 29 featured vintners from the West Coast, a spirited Live Auction, and more.
The Co-Founder of CIRQ and CHEV, and featured vintner, Sarah Browne shared, “It was a pleasure to share CIRQ and CHEV at the Nashville Pairings Auction and connect with so many amazing people while supporting a cause that is so important to us. We can’t wait for next year.”
Lili Shariati, National Sales Manager for Pahlmeyer Winery commented on the event, “We were absolutely blown away by the level of attention, detail, and organization the Nashville Wine Auction community put into making Pairings a success. It was a privilege and honor to join in the fight against cancer!”
The top four lots sold in the Pairings Live Auction included:
An amazing trip called “Napa by the Numbers” donated by ADAMVS, Clif Family Winery, Cornell Vineyards, Diamond Mountain Vineyard, Eclectic Tour, Harumph Wines, Moon Tsai Wines, Pahlmeyer, Terra Valentine, and THE DEBATE sold twice for $46,000 combined. This luxury trip for 3 couples includes 5 tastings, 4 lunches, 3 couples, 2 guest houses, 1 driver, and a whole lot of mountains.
Another wine country excursion called “Napa and Sonoma on a Whole Other Level” donated by Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, PATEL Napa Valley, Domaine
Carneros, Donum Estate, Ackerman Family Vineyards, Hendry, Hyde Vineyard Estate and Walt Wines, sold for $21,000 for 3 lucky couples.
A Sonoma trip called “The Pursuit of Exceptional Pinto and Chard” donated by Kanzler Vineyards, Kosta Browne, Three Sticks Wines, and Clarice Wine Company sold for $20,000 for 4 couples.
The event included several wine incredible lots including “A Mini Piano from Napa’s Grand Cru Vineyard” donated by New Frontier Wine Co. This collection of Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $10,000.
“We continue to be amazed at the generosity of our donors, patrons, sponsors and supporters” said President/CEO Loren Chumley. “Our chefs knocked it out of the park with their incredible dishes. The fact that we can set a new Pairings fundraising record for our cancer-fighting beneficiaries all while having such fun sharing amazing food and wine is so incredible! I truly have the best job ever!”
The Nashville Wine Auction is proud to have the following sponsors for this event: The Navin Group, Clinical Solutions Pharmacy, The Wilson Group, Gilead Oncology, Tennessee Oncology, Husch Blackwell, Charles Schwab, Chazin & Company, King Jewelers, City Winery, and Scripps Howard Foundation.
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President and CEO Loren Chumley, and Pairings Chairs John Navin and Dana Stoller
Chris and Andrea Diamantis DJ McKerr and Alexandra Moresco
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NWA Pairings Auction
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