State, local legislators and others discuss issues at North Nashville Forum

State Sen.Thelma Harper

North Nashville Neighborhood Associations are presenting a North Nashville Political Forum on Monday, April 8, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the North Precinct, 2231 26th Avenue North.

The forum’s is to give North Nashville constituents an opportunity to hear from  elected/appointed officials about the plans for economic development, education  and safety in North Nashville.  There will also be discussions on how to build and strengthen collaborative efforts between individuals, groups, officials and organizations.

The forum, moderated by Dwight Lewis, will bring together state and local legislators, other elected officials, and Commander North Precinct Terrence Graves.  State legislators participating are:  Sen. Thelma Harper, District 54 and Rep. Brenda Gilmore, Distct 54. Local legislators are: Metro Council Members-At-Large Jerry Maynard and Tim Garrett; Metro Council Members Lonnell Matthews, District 1;  Frank Harrison, District 2; Erica Gilmore, District 19; Edith Taylor Langster, District 21; Sharon Gentry, School Rep. District 1; and Howard Gentry, Criminal Court Clerk.

The forum is being presented by North Nashville Leadership Council Greg Pillow, president of the Buchanan Street Neighborhood Assoc. said this is a great opportunity for everyone to come together, ask questions and get information. “I always like to ask the questions … what can we do for you? And, we should all have the opportunity to participate.”  Other organizations of the North Nashville Leadership Council (NLC) and their representatives are: Bordeaux Hills Residential Assoc., Ruby Baker, President; Buena Vista Heights Neighborhood Assoc., Barbara Watson, President; College Hill Neighborhood Group, Van A. Pinnock / Wallace Dooley, Co-Directors; Community Reclamation, Beverly Thomas, Representative; Hadley Park Neighborhood Assoc., Patricia Totty / Beverly Jacobs, Co-Chairs; Haynes Park Neighborhood Assoc., Rev. Dennis Sweatt, Jr., President; Historic Buena Vista Community Assoc., Mark Wright, President; Neighbors Reaching Out, Janise Shaw, President; North Nashville Org. forCommunity Improvement, Dr. Janet Parham, Mgmt. Team Member; Northwest Nashville Civic Assoc., Chris Utley, President; Osage Neighborhood Watch, Sedora Johnson, President; Salemtown Neighborhood Assoc., Thomas F. O’Connell, President; Scovel St Watch / Arts Alive, Renee Somers, President; and Tomorrow’s Hope Neighborhood Assoc., Eldridge “Ronnie” Simmons, President.

The Forum is being sponsored by a number of Supportive Partners, they are: Bud’s Hardware, Jonathon Norman, Manager;  Jobs For Life, Marten Fadelle, Field Director; MDHA , Linda Howard, Development Specialist; Neighborhood Resource Center, Mike Hodge, Program Director; New Level CDC, Kay Bowers, Executive Director; North Precinct,  Sgt. Mitch Kornberg, Urban Epicenter, and Keith Caldwell, Executive Director.