Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Welcome! ....to the Tennessee Technology Center.

Forgive me for being a little late in posting anything on this, but I certainly wanted to welcome the Tennessee Technology Center to the City of Springfield and Robertson County.

If you have not heard of the TTC, take a look here.

Just a look at what is immediately in store

“We’ve brought in the equipment for the nursing CNA program,” Lenz said. “We ran a survey to see if there was enough interest in making [licensed practical nurse] classes available and there wasn’t at this time, but we will do it again in the fall. We’ll ask the Board of Nursing for permission to start an LPN class as soon as we get a survey that justifies beginning an LPN class.”


Lenz said the school will begin open courses for Introduction to Computer in June. “This class will teach people how to access their bank account, how to use their email, how to fix simple problems using their computer at home; how to print; how to Skype your grandchildren,” he said. “Those classes will be offered in day and at night.”


Lenz said the TTC campus will be open for any kind of special industry classes for businesses, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word and Excel. He said the staff will be open to teaching classes such as a billing and coding class and other areas of interest."

This facility is the old "Alternative School" - you might recall my discussing this project here. It was certainly an easy vote, and I am proud to have voted to provide this building for the TTC.


Robertson County Growth Plan: Hope to See YOU Tonight!

By now you have probably heard of tonight's Public Workshop at Highland Crest Community College campus where the draft of the Robertson County Growth Plan will be presented - TONIGHT at 5:00pm.

Here are my comments in the Robertson County Times

“We can’t stress enough how important the input of residents and business owners is for the success of this project,” said Jonathan Garner, chair of the project’s steering committee. “This plan will affect everyone in Robertson County in some way, so providing ample opportunity to have issues addressed is very important to us."

Robertson County Growth Plan: "Can A County Outside Nashville Grow Without Losing Its Fams?

And, this was the precise question we tried to answer this morning on Nashville Public Radio.

We being Robertson County Chamber of Commerce CEO Margot Fosnes, Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley and myself.

How did we do?


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference

Many of you will remember Cumberland Region Tomorrow (“CRT”) – I had posted their own coverage of our Comprehensive Growth Plan (“CGP”).

It has been a privilege working with Bridget Jones of CRT, as she has provided us with a great deal of insight and advice in coordinating and in moving forward with the CGP.
Recently, Robertson County Chamber of Commerce CEO Margot Fosnes and Mayor Bradley (I was also invited, but regretfully could not attend because of worked related scheduling) attending CRT’s “Farmland Legacy Conference” – both had an opportunity to share with the conference attendees what is going on with our CGP.
Here are video excerpts from that conference – please take a moment to check it out.

December Commission Packet

Many of you may know this already, but just as a reminder, our “December Commission Packet” can be found here. They are regularly posted on the Robertson County website approximately a week before each Regular Meeting of the Robertson County Commission.

As you know, the “commission packets” are our monthly agendas for the Robertson County Commission “Regular Meetings.”

The Week of December 17, 2012


December 17, 2012 – December 21, 2012
Date & Committee/Board             Time                    Location
Monday – Dec. 17
Animal Services                                                    6:00 p.m.                      RCOB
Finance                                                                  6:30 p.m.                      RCOB
County Commission                                            7:00 p.m.                      RCOB
Tuesday – Dec. 18
911 Board                                                             9:00 a.m.                       ECC Building
EMS                                                                        5:00 p.m.                      EMS Buildin
Wednesday – Dec. 19
Thursday – Dec. 20  
Highway Commission                                         10:00 a.m.                      Highway Office
Friday – Dec. 21

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Week of December 10, 2012


December 10, 2012 – December 14, 2012
Date & Committee/Board             Time                    Location
Monday – Dec. 10
Tuesday – Dec. 11
Law Enforcement/Workhouse Board              5:00 p.m.                             Sherriff’s Conf. room
Solid Waste                                                          6:00 p.m.                             RCOB
Wednesday – Dec. 12
Airport Board                                                       8:00 a.m.                              Airport
RTA                                                                        10:00 a.m.                           Nashville
GNRC                                                                     11:00 a.m.                           Nashville
MCHRA                                                                 Noon                                     Nashville                             
Thursday – Dec. 13  
Zoning Board of Appeals                                    6:00 p.m.                             RCOB
Friday – Dec. 14

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Federal, State and Local Inmates: What is OUR Responsibility?

How might this apply to Robertson County? Well, in my humble opinion, this County relies too much on “state” (“Tennessee Department of Corrections” or “TDOC”)) prisoners as well as federal prisoners to – and, I quote folks around government - “make” money or “generate revenues.” You are reading this correctly, there are folks in and around your county government who believe that “the jail” (the “Robertson County Detention Facility”) is an opportunity to increase our county revenues.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Robertson County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Here is just another quick reminder about tonight’s tree lighting ceremony in Springfield at the Courthouse Square – we will look forward to seeing you there this evening!

The county is scheduled to light up a Christmas tree at the county courthouse in Springfield at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.
This year, a permanent Christmas tree – a blue spruce – is being planted at the corner of the courthouse building nearest to the red light at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Main Street.

The Week of December 3, 2012


December 3, 2012 – December 7, 2012  

Date & Committee/Board           Time                    Location

Monday – Dec. 3

Buildings and Grounds                  5:00 p.m.                     RCOB

County Growth Plan workshop     5:30-7:30 p.m.             First Presbyterian

School Board                                 7:00 p.m.                     Central Office

Tuesday – Dec. 4

County Growth Plan workshop     5:30-7:30 p.m.             Cross Plains City Hall

Wednesday – Dec. 5

County Growth Plan workshop      11:30 a.m.-1:30p.m.    Adams Clubhouse 
Thursday – Dec. 6  

County Growth Plan workshop      5:30-7:30 p.m.             Coopertown ES                        

Friday – Dec. 7