New mural highlights Nashville Zoo exhibit
The Nashville Zoo commissioned a new mural in 12 South in conjunction with its ongoing Sumatran tiger exhibit, according to a Nov. 18 announcement from the zoo. The music-themed mural, located at Taqueria del Sol and TRIM Nashville’s north-facing wall, features a tiger roaring into a microphone. Kate Johns, a multimedia designer for the Nashville Zoo, collaborated with muralist Stephen Sloan, who used spray paint and custom stencils to create the project, the release said. The Sumatran tiger exhibit, which features two four-year-old tigers named Huntley and Frances, opened to the public in April.
Commissioners approve policy for accepting gifts, donations
The Berry Hill Board of Commissioners adopted a pair of ordinances in October that create a policy for the acceptance of donations and other gifts for city use. The first ordinance, Res. 126-2019, establishes a uniform policy for accepting donations and gifts, which are defined by the policy as items such as automobiles, bonds, cash, real estate and other items of value. According to the ordinance, city officials are not permitted to accept any item of value for the city until a cost-benefit analysis is conducted and the gift is approved by the board of commissioners. The second ordinance, Res. 127-2019, allows the mayor and commissioners to accept donations and gifts pursuant to the first ordinance. Both ordinances were signed into law Oct. 29 by Mayor Greg Mabey.
Nonprofit marks 125 years in Nashville
Metro Nashville Council approved a resolution at the Nov. 19 meeting recognizing the 125th anniversary of the Bethlehem Centers of Nashville at 1417 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Since its founding in 1894, Bethlehem Centers of Nashville has provided care, education and other services to at-risk children and seniors, according to the ordinance sponsored by At-Large Council Member Sharon Hurt and District 19 Council Member Freddie O’Connell. To mark the organization’s 100th anniversary in 1994, Bethlehem Centers of Nashville received a historical exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum as well as a historical marker approved by the Tennessee Historical Commission.
Oasis Center receives $200,000 grant
Oasis Center and the Nashville State Community College Foundation are Nashville’s 2019 recipients of the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award, according to a Nov. 15 announcement from the banking company. Oasis Center, located at 1704 Charlotte Ave., Ste. 200, Nashville, received the award for its commitment to providing a variety of programs for at-risk and homeless youth, the announcement said. Both organizations will receive a $200,000 grant as well as a year of leadership training for the executive director and another person in a leadership role at each organization. Oasis Center last received the award from Bank of America in 2007.
Vanderbilt University honors former chancellor with new residential building
Vanderbilt University announced Nov. 8 it is naming one of its newest residential colleges in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos, who stepped down Aug. 15 after more than a decade of service as the university’s eighth chancellor. Now under construction at the corner of West End Avenue and 25th Avenue South, the Nicholas S. Zeppos College is scheduled to open in 2020. Metro Nashville Council adopted a resolution at the Aug. 6 meeting recognizing Zeppos’ accomplishments at Vanderbilt University dating back to 1987, when he became an associate professor at the university’s law school. Zeppos will now serve as a distinguished professor of law and political science.
Nashville to host U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Nashville will host the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville, according to an Oct. 30 announcement from the Nashville Sports Council. The 2022 Championships, set for Jan. 3-9, 2022, is the final qualifying event leading up to the nomination of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating team that will compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. “Nashville is once again excited to host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships,” Mayor John Cooper said in the announcement. “The 2022 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be held on the 25th anniversary of the 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, which was the first sporting event in the Bridgestone Arena.”