Metro Nashville Council considers renaming portion of 25th Avenue South
Council Member Burkley Allen introduced an ordinance at the July 16 Metro Nashville Council meeting that would rename 25th Avenue South between West End Avenue and Blakemore Avenue in honor of Perry Wallace, a former Vanderbilt University basketball player. Wallace, who died in 2017, became the first African American player in the Southeastern Conference in 1967. If approved, the half-mile stretch on 25th Avenue South will be renamed Perry Wallace Way. The name change, which had not been approved as of press time Aug. 15, will not require businesses and residents to change their street address, according to the ordinance.
Annual Centennial Park concert series returns for free fall showcase
Musicians Corner, an annual free summer concert series hosted at Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville, returns with a fall version of the series beginning Sept. 5. September Sundown, held from 5-9 p.m. every Thursday in September, features live music, local artisans, food trucks and children’s activities, according to event organizers. The Centennial Park Conservancy will also host the Nashville Food Trust Fest on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with more than 20 local food trucks in attendance.
2. West End/Hillsboro
Metro Nashville Police Department West Precinct to discuss crime, other topics at monthly meetings
The Metro Nashville Police Department West Precinct is hosting monthly community meetings at 5500 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, to discuss crime trends and other concerns with residents who live in West Meade, Green Hills and other West Nashville neighborhoods. The meetings, set for 7-8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, are meant to create “open lines of communications, information sharing and transparency” between the community and the West Precinct, according to District 24 Council Member Kathleen Murphy. The first meeting was held Aug. 13.
3. Green Hills
Founder of Nashville’s first African American Girl Scout troop honored with historical marker
The Metro Nashville Historical Commission, District 34 Council Member Angie Henderson and Troop 1347 of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee unveiled a historical marker July 23 in honor of Josephine Groves Holloway, founder of Nashville’s first Girl Scout troop for African American girls. Holloway, a 1923 graduate and former employee at Fisk University, later became a social worker at the Bethlehem Center on Charlotte Avenue, according to the ordinance approving the marker located outside the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, 4522 Granny White Pike, Nashville.
4. West Meade
Friends of Warner Parks announces non-profit’s new executive director
Friends of Warner Parks announced in July a new executive director for the volunteer organization overseeing Percy and Edwin Warner parks. Jenny Hannon, who began the position July 1, succeeds former Executive Director Mark Weller. In addition to overseeing trail maintenance and invasive plant control over a combined 3,180 acres, Friends of Warner Parks hosts annual fundraisers, such as the Full Moon Pickin’ Party, Hummingbird Happy Hour and other events.
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Frist Art Museum receive preservation grants
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, a 55-acre botanical garden and estate located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, received a preservation grant June 26 from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The $25,000 grant will fund the restoration of historic stone steps at the property, according to the THC. Preservation work is expected to begin this fall. The THC also awarded the Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville, a $25,000 grant.