A Celebration of Freedom


There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Resilience
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. This momentous occasion symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States and is a day to honor the resilience, culture, and enduring spirit of African Americans. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, has grown from a regional observance into a national celebration, recognized for its historical significance and cultural impact.
Communities across the country commemorate Juneteenth with a variety of events including parades, festivals, educational programs, and family gatherings. These celebrations not only pay tribute to African American history and heritage but also highlight the ongoing struggles for equality and justice. As we reflect on the legacy of Juneteenth, it is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress made and to renew our commitment to the pursuit of true freedom and equality for all.

Budget Season

Budget season will come to an end tonight... Hopefully. As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter, the budget must be passed by the end of June. If the council does not pass a substitute budget or any amendments to the mayor's proposed budget, we must adopt the budget as proposed by the mayor.

Since our last conversation, Budget Chair CM Delishia Porterfield has proposed a substitute budget for the next fiscal year, presenting an alternative to Mayor Freddie O’Connell’s plan. Key aspects of CM Porterfield’s budget include a 4% cost-of-living adjustment for most Metro workers, a $1 million allocation for the Varsity Spending Plan, $300,000 for a contract and compliance board, $750,000 to expand the REACH program, $900,000 for the Nashville Public Defender’s Office, $250,000 for new Metro Human Relations Commission positions, and $400,000 for an equity study for Metro Arts.

I believe CM Porterfield has submitted a strong substitute that responds to the needs of our constituents and balances the budget. Even with the budget being tight, we will be able to provide a budget that works for the city. Her proposal reflects careful consideration of various priorities and constraints, aiming to enhance employee compensation and address community needs without imposing cuts on city departments.

What I've Been Up To:

  • We are feverishly planning a 1-year birthday celebration for baby P! This year has been full of joy and so many surprises. We are grateful to you for your continued support and prayers as we navigate our new lives as parents! 
    • Toddler World here we come!! (We've already been here for two months, it's just official next week!)
  • Along with NDOT and the Jefferson Street Historical Society, we hosted business owners and residents along Jefferson St to highlight some of the challenges and needed updates. This meeting/tour went well and we're looking forward to the next steps.
  • 28th Ave N had speed humps installed - This was an award from the NDOT Traffic Calming Program.
  • We'll be hosting an Elizabeth Park neighbor walk/meeting to discuss traffic calming - finalizing dates this week.
  • North Nashville Transit Ribbon cutting has been postponed - it was to happen this week. Once I know the new dates, I'll share
  • Tentative Dates for College Hill's Preservation Overlay Conversation - July 25

What's Happening Tonight:  

RS2024-539 -A resolution approving an agreement for the purchase of a parcel of property near the intersection of Youngs Lane and Baptist World Center Drive for a new fire station.

BL2024-373 - This is the annual budget legislation - and you can find the substitute budget here 

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,


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