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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. 

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.

Board Nominations November 2017

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

There will be 5 positions on the board up for election this year. Nathan Hubbard, Kerry Conley, and Chris Cotton all have terms that are ending and plan to run again. Donald Thompson’s term is also ending. Mike Jobe is stepping down, and the remainder of his term (1 year) will be available.

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 29th. We’ll announce the candidates on Monday the 30th.

Board of Directors membership is a significant responsibility, requiring a substantial time commitment, attendance at 12 South NA board meetings, semi-monthly organizational meetings, and other important neighborhood events. Nominees are encouraged 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 something with you to prove 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!


2016 Holiday Potluck

The 12 South Neighborhood Association invites you to attend our 2016 Holiday Potluck & monthly meeting on Monday, December 5th from 6 to 8pm at the Sevier Park Community Center.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! Please bring a side to share with your neighbors. We will provide the main dish, plates, cups, napkins, & utensils.

Last year’s event was a great time! And the food was amazing! Pictures here:

We had a great November meeting. Thanks to everyone who came – we look forward to seeing you in December!

Update: We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Waverly Belmont Backpack program. Please bring what you can to the potluck! More info here:

The Trees are Planted!

This weekend’s tree planting initiative was a success! We planted 17 trees across the morning and afternoon. These are our little babies that we’ve happily given to you to nurture and grow over the years.  They already look so fantastic in all of your yards…just think what they will look like 15 years from now!  🙂  We appreciate our neighbors wanting to help contribute to replacing the tree canopy that our neighborhood has seen reduced over the years.

Huge thanks to some very special neighbors, who joined us in grinding out 17 tree plantings in some very dry, rocky and tree-rooty earth yesterday.  If you see Karen Vickers, Jarrad Vickers, Liane Moneta-Koehler, Donald Thompson,  Chris Koch or David Hooper in the neighborhood, give them some love for the tremendous effort needed to get so many trees planted in one day.

Thanks again to our Gold Sponsor of this event, Sport Ortho Urgent Care. Without their  support, this wouldn’t have been possible!

Back to School Bike Ride!

Join Edgehill & 12 South in the Back to School Bike Ride on Saturday, August 6th at 10am! We’ll start at Operation Stand Down on 12th Ave. South and ride as a protected group to Sevier Park for water and snacks. Stay & play or ride back with the group at noon. Bring your bikes and helmets.

This is a family event, so bring everyone out to support healthy kids and a positive community.

Let’s get the kids of Edgehill & 12 South together riding bikes!


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Telephone Town Hall: MNPS Director Search

Mayor Megan Barry and Nashville School Board Member Will Pinkston update South and Southeast Nashville students, parents, teachers and taxpayers on the search for the next director of Metro Nashville Public Schools.

To attend the Telephone Town Hall, go to and click the green “Register” button and submit your contact information. A phone operator will call you on Tuesday, March 15, shortly before 6:30 p.m., and patch you into the event.

For questions or more information, email:

District 17 Second Saturday Meeting

The District 17 Second Saturday meeting will be Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Board room on the 4th Floor of the Massey Business Center at Belmont University off Wedgewood. Stephanie McCullough from Metro Planning will discuss the Music Row design plan process, and representatives from Metro Animal Control will be in attendance to answer questions and provide information on adoption services.

For parking, please refer to this map <… attendees may park in front of Freeman (Bldg #2), Massey (Bldg #5) or in the garage underneath Inman (Bldg #6). Breakfast will be provided!

If you have any questions, please contact Colby Sledge at