Neighborhood notes: 7 updates from Southwest Nashville

Belle Meade

Belle Meade Police Department receives law enforcement accreditation

The Belle Meade Police Department is now accredited as an agency by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation program, according to city offi cials. The agency had to demonstrate it meets 160 law enforcement standards and pass an on-site assessment.

Berry Hill

Nonprofit health group now offers pediatric services


Connectus Health, a Nashville-based nonprofit health care organization, now offers pediatric services, according to the group. Connectus Health, located at 601 Benton Ave., Nashville, provides healthcare to uninsured patients as well as to those who qualify based on income.

Metro Arts narrows down public art project finalists

The Nashville Fairgrounds is one step closer to installing a new public art project. The Metro Nashville Arts Commission approved five finalists at its Oct. 17 meeting. The finalist, who will be selected after final interviews are held in December, will create permanent artwork honoring the fairgrounds.

Belmont-Hillsboro

Local private school unveils sculpture by late Nashville artist

On Oct. 16, Christ the King School dedicated an abstract sculpture by the late Nashville artist Stephen Benneyworth, who died in 2014. “Interlocking Joints,” located in front of the school at 3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, is accessible to the public.

Green Hills

Lipscomb University dedicates new campus performing arts building

On Oct. 24, Lipscomb University formally dedicated the George Shinn Center, an $11 million, two-story facility with a performing arts venue as well as classroom and studio space for students enrolled in the university’s George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts.

Oak Hill

Friends of Radnor Lake hosts art sale

Friends of Radnor Lake and The Chestnut Art Group co-hosted the groups’ biennial art show and sale Nov. 8-10, with proceeds benefiting the Radnor Lake State Natural Area. The original artwork featured various scenes and wildlife found at the 1,332-acre natural area.

Midtown

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital wins national contest

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit unveiled its renovated pumping rooms Nov. 8 after winning a national contest officiated by Aeroflow Breastpumps on Oct. 30.

North Gulch

New Metro park opens downtown

Frankie Pierce Park, a 2.5-acre green space located at 130 LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, opened Nov. 13, according to Metro Parks and Recreation. The park features a dog park, volleyball courts and more. 615-862-8400. www.nashville.gov
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.