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.


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.


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.
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.


Masks will be mandatory in Williamson County beginning July 7. (Courtesy Pexel)
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Half Price Books Nashville
Half Price Books to open July 13 near Belle Meade in Nashville

Customers can visit the store beginning June 6—ahead of opening day—to sell books, movies and other items.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Tennessee. (Community Impact staff)
Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rise by more than 700 in the last 24 hours; tests reported lower than previous days, TDH data shows

Nearly 2,800 new cases were reported over the weekend, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

Beginning July 3, Nashville will revert to a modified version of Phase 2 of economic reopening. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bars to close due to coronavirus and more Nashville-area news

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Metro Nashville completes tornado warning system upgrades

The upgraded system provides polygonal alerts, which allow sirens to sound alarms only in areas covered by tornado warnings.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

Lee said he is calling on law enforcement agencies across the state to review and update use of force and duty to intervene policies in the next 60 days. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Gov. Bill Lee calls for ban on chokeholds across all police agencies in Tennessee

Law enforcement agencies statewide will have 60 days to review their policies to ban chokeholds and require duty-to-intervene policies for officers.

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.

Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by more than 1,500 in 24 hours

The number of new cases reported has risen by an average of more than 1,000 per day for the last five days.

Drivers in Tennessee may notice some lane closures in place at long-term construction projects. (Courtesy Fotolia)
TDOT: No lane closures over Fourth of July weekend; I-440 fully reopens in Nashville

While drivers may notice some lane closures in place at long-term construction sites, TDOT announced July 2 that I-440 is now completely open one month ahead of schedule.

In communities across the nation, Walmart Supercenter parking lots will be transformed into contact-free, drive-in movie theaters beginning in August. (Courtesy Walmart)
Walmart to bring drive-in movies to 160 stores nationwide in August, launch virtual summer camp

Families can also enjoy a virtual summer camp experience Walmart is launching July 8 with sessions led by celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris and LeBron James.

Nashville fireworks
Nashville's Fourth of July fireworks show canceled

In place of the fireworks show, residents can watch a televised special featuring performances by local artists accompanied by clips of previous years’ fireworks displays.