Neighborhood Spotlight: Robert, Keeper of the Lions

This month’s Neighbor Spotlight is on Robert, keeper of the lions on the corner of Bradford and 10th Ave.  Robert has lived in the neighborhood since the fall of 2017, and he was drawn here by his lovely 1940’s brick bungalow.  When he purchased the house, he admits he knew nothing about being a handyman or caring for a yard beyond just mowing the grass.  In the almost three years since moving in, he has learned to love to work in his yard and do light renovation around his house.  He purchased the home from Mrs. Christena Scales, and he learned from Mrs. Scales that she bought the lions years ago at an antique store.  Many people along the years have asked to purchase the lions, but they seem content in their surroundings. One of the lions was stolen, and with the aid of a neighbor, the stolen lion was located and brought back home.

Robert admits he was concerned when he bought the house that the neighbors might have been looking forward to their removal, but to his great pleasure neighbors instead showed great affection for the metal beasts and interest that they be preserved.  Robert worked with Tony Novak at Tony Novak Studio to rehab the lions earlier this year: Tony removed the paint, taking them back to the original metal.  He then primed and painted them.  He loves the reaction he gets from passersby, children stealing with delight and dogs ready to put up a fight!  He enjoys working in his yard and hanging out on his front porch, so make sure you say “hi” to Robert and his lions the next time you walk by his home. 

Alley Cleanup Fall 2019

The 12 South Beautification Committee is coming to an alley near you! We are on a mission to clean up all alleys in our community and with your diligence, keep them that way.

Who: You and the 12 South Beautification Committee Volunteers
What: Alley cleanup beginning right here on your streets, in your neighborhood
Let’s work together to clean as many alleys as we can in two hours!
When: Saturday, September 21st, 2019 @ 9:00-11:00 AM
Please arrive at 9am to pick up supplies
Where: Parking Lot between BOX and Waverly Belmont Elementary
How: The City Of Nashville will supply us with gloves, litter grabbers, bags & safety vests.
Take home a Free T-Shirt
All litter and debris will be collected and placed at the end of alleys for pickup on the following Monday AM.

Please remember: NO plastic bags are allowed in curbside recycling bins.

Important: This is not a bulk item pickup, please do not place ‘extra’ items out in anticipation of our efforts. For information on recycling and safe & responsible disposal of household items, check out these websites:
or call 311 or 615-862-5000
Hub Nashville is also a great way to submit and track requests of the city – – have you used it yet?

The 12 South Beautification Committee is comprised of your neighbors, folks who care. If you have an interest in volunteering, we would love to have you. We meet about once a month on a Saturday morning for about an hour.

If you are interested in what we are doing as a group and would like to take a more active roll in your neighborhood by joining the Committee, contact us at

** Rain Date will be Saturday, September 28th 9:00-11:00 AM **

Tabernacle Baptist Church Redevelopment


Next Monday (Jan 28th), the property owners at 2214 12th Ave South will be hosting a meeting to go over their plans for re-development of the site known as the Tabernacle Baptist Church (2206, 2208, 2212, 2214, 2218, and 2220 12th Ave South). It will be held at the Midtown Hills Police Precinct at 6:00 PM. This will be a significant and visible change in the neighborhood and we encourage you to attend. Map of the site below.

Location: Midtown Hills Police Precinct
Address: 1441 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Date: Monday, January 28th, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

If you have questions, please contact Tifinie Capehart, Land Use Consultant, 502-291-0223 or TIFINIEA@HOTMAIL.COM,

Board Nominations 2018

Hi Neighbors,

The annual election for positions on the 12 South Neighborhood Association Board of Directors will take place at our next monthly meeting, Monday, November 5th at 6:30pm. Terms are for 2 years.

There will be 4 positions on the board up for election this year. Board members still in term are Chris Cotton, Jon Gensler, and Nathan Hubbard.

We are accepting nominations for neighbors who are interested in serving the neighborhood with us, or nominate yourself by submitting a short paragraph that we can share with the neighborhood.  Tell us who you are and why you want to serve on the board. Send your nominations to by the end of the day on Sunday, October 28th. We’ll announce the candidates on Monday, October 29th.

Board of Directors membership is a great way to give back to your neighborhood! It’s hard work but rewarding. If you’ve never served on a board before, we encourage you to review the association bylaws ( regarding board member responsibilities prior to submitting/agreeing to the nomination.

Anyone who lives in the neighborhood is eligible to vote in the election. You must be present at the meeting to vote. Please bring a form of proof that you live in the neighborhood – a driver’s license with your correct address, a bill with your name and address on it, etc.

Thanks. We look forward to your nominations!

-12 South Board of Directors

2018 Home Tour Wrapup

Another successful Home Tour is under our belt. This year was so wonderful! The weather was perfect and the neighbors, volunteers, and visitors were out in abundance. We broke last year’s attendance record and raised great money for the neighborhood association. Most importantly, everyone had a great time!

The 12 South Home Tour Committee would like to give a big THANK YOU to our 2018 Home Tour Sponsors! Without your support, we would not have been nearly as successful in raising the funds to support the 12 South Neighborhood. We value and appreciate your support more than you know! Thank you, Thank you!

Village Real Estate

Bongo Java
Oxford Architects
Sara Ray Interior Design
Nashville on the Move – Benchmark Realty
Caroline House

Jeff Summers State Farm
Bliss Home
Christie Cookies
Taylor Made Plans/Lynn Taylor
1221 Partners
12South Patrons at Play
White Bison/Twice Daily
J&K Design Studio

Thank you again for your support!

12 South Home Tour Committee
Drew Shannon – Chair
Lauren Dickson
Sarah Quinn
Mietra Aycock
Nathan Hubbard

Home Tour 2018 Sneak Peek: Elliott Park

In today’s Sneak Peek of the 15th Annual 12 South Home Tour, please meet the Homeowners of 2300 Elliott: Chris and Meitra Aycock. Once referred to as Elliott Park, 2300 Elliott was built in 1875 and believed to be the oldest home in Waverly Place. In its lifetime, this estate in the city, has only had four homeowners! The first being Dr. John White, who built the home as one of the original developers of Waverly Place.

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Home Tour 2018 Sneak Peek: 921 Waldkirch Ave

In today’s series of 2018 12 South Home Tour Hosts, we’d like to introduce Bryan and Jessica Edwards: proud homeowners of 921 Waldkirch. Their home, custom built for the couple by William Smallman, boasts high ceilings, an open floor plan, chefs kitchen, and a very chic pool with an equally chic brick patio space for entertaining. Natural light streams through its grand windows making an already soothing home that much more effervescent.

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10th Ave Stop Signs

Update 2017/11/13: Hearing had a good neighbor turn-out, all 3 stop signs were approved.

Hello Neighbors,

Our District 17 CM Colby Sledge has filed an appeal to get 4-way stop signs on 10th Avenue South at Caruthers and 10th, Lawrence and 10th, and Halcyon and 10th (map below). The Neighborhood Association’s Traffic Calming Committee supports these additional measures beyond what Public Works has planned for 2017, and we need your help: In order for this to happen, at least 20 neighbors need to show up in person at the hearing this coming Monday, Nov. 13th at 3pm. It will be held at Sonny West Conference Room at Howard Office Building, 700 2nd Avenue South.

Please let us know you will be attending by emailing us at or using the form below. We hope to see you all there on Monday! Let’s make 10th Avenue South safe for everyone.


Nominee Slate November 2017

The annual election for positions on the 12 South Neighborhood Association board of directors will be held at the Sevier Park Community Center on Monday, November 6th at 6:30pm during our regular members meeting. There will be a brief candidate introduction prior to the vote. To vote, you must be a member in good standing. Those wishing to check their membership status may do so at the meeting, and anyone who needs to join or renew may do so before voting. There are no dues, but a suggested donation of $10 to the neighborhood association would be accepted. You may pay with cash, check, or credit card.

We have 5 neighbors running for 5 open positions, the candidates and their bios are below.

Chris Cotton (current board member)

Chris has lived in 12 South (2209 Elliot Ave) for the last 12 years and is an accomplished lawyer, community advocate, and is an excellent member and supporter of the 12 South community, and Nashville at large. He would make a great board member not only for his expertise and resources within the community, but also his heart for the neighborhood and his desire to unify the neighborhood and to see it grow responsibly. Chris takes the time to talk to his neighbors to find out what they need and advocate on their behalf and would be a great asset to have on the board for many reasons.

Donald Thompson (current board member)

I moved to Nashville in the 90s and was originally introduced to 12 South in 2004 when I started dating Caroline Duley who bought a house on Knox Ave in 2003. Officially moving to the neighborhood in 2010, we both sold our properties in 2015 and now live in our renovated 30s bungalow we purchased at 900 Waldkirch. The neighborhood has changed a lot since 2004 and as a board member I would work to develop more inclusiveness in our organization and maintain the authenticity of our beautiful neighborhood.

Jonathan Gensler

I am a relatively new resident of the neighborhood and of Nashville, like many of us. My wife and our two children moved here in January, and have spent most of the past 10 months getting settled in to our new city and neighborhood. We are very glad we decided to land in 12 South. We are a dual entrepreneur family, with my wife’s young business, Loom Decor, having been founded here in Nashville about 6 years ago, and my own venture in energy efficiency services, Revive Energy, just now getting off of its feet. As a former officer in the US Army, I have always been drawn to public service, and can’t imagine living my life without being significantly involved with our local community. The issues I care most about are sustainable development, building community amongst different groups of people, ands creating safe neighborhoods for children to grow and thrive. I believe I have the requisite skills and experience to jump in and have an immediate impact on the future of this community, having worked at the crossroads of the public and private sectors for most of the decade since I left the Army, and studying leadership for both sectors in graduate school. You can check out my full bio and experience at my LinkedIn page here:

Kerry Conley (current board member)

I bought my home over a decade ago due to the diversity, sidewalks, historic charm and location. Chair for the NCZO working with 28 block captains, neighbors, Metro Historic Commission & Council. Gathered 80plus neighbors at meetings. I am supportive of development if it is to scale with the neighborhood. Also the long term/direct impact it will have on the residents, businesses & infrastructure. Experience in volunteer management, fundraising, community outreach, communications major. Spent past 14 years working in Education marketing and fundraising in both corporate and non profit. Priority is to make sure ALL residents & businesses are informed, involved and have a voice.

Nathan Hubbard (current board member)

Nathan is a native of Tennessee, ex-resident of California and has lived with us in 12 South since 2010. He works as a Engineer for Twitter and is a 20 year Internet technology veteran. A leader in Nashville’s local Internet tech scene, Nathan can be found organizing community events and inspiring others with his passion for computing. His hobbies include photography, restoring his historic home, woodworking, and taking pictures of lightning. He is a passionate supporter of the neighborhood, its character, and history. Nathan lives in on Waldkirch Ave with his wife Tracy and their two young children.