Governor’s race​; DAR Award; Saving Belle Meade Courts; Gilda’s Club Tai Chi

Craig Fitzhue: House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhue assured Nashville’s L Club, “I wouldn’t be running for governor if I didn’t see a path to victory!” A staunch public education advocate, Fitzhue has served 23 years in the legislature where he was elected to lead the Democratic caucus.

(L-R) Pam Kidd welcomed governor hopeful Craig Fitzhue to Nashville’s L Club as Tom Sterritt and Keri Cannon look on. - photos by Dru Smith

(L-R) Pam Kidd welcomed governor hopeful Craig Fitzhue to Nashville’s L Club as Tom Sterritt and Keri Cannon look on. – photos by Dru Smith

Folks have advised him to get better known walking, running or even riding a tractor across Tennessee as other politicians have done. Rejecting those campaign themes, Fitzhue promised supporters he would “eat my way across the state.” This prompted the recent newspaper headline: “Fitzhue Weights In.”

Fitzhugh represents the rural counties of Crockett, Haywood and Lauderdale in the Tennessee House. He notes these rural roots will be an advantage to him in the governor’s race. “I understand rural folks,” he told about 100 Nashville L Club members. “Folks are doing fine in (city) skyscrapers” he said, but “I worry about the rural folk dwelling in shadow of those skyscrapers.”

IMG_1366On fall Saturday evenings Leader Fitzhugh takes the mic to announce Ripley High football games. This citizen legislator is a community banker and lawyer back home in Ripley. He expects to gain strong gubernatorial election support from his home turf in West Tennessee and Memphis. As for East Tennessee, Fitzhugh was a strong finalist for University of Tennessee president and he maintains many friendships and supporters in Knoxville.

“No election is a sure thing,” he told the mostly Democratic audience. “The odds are good, however, that quality candidates for all political offices who have strong financial backing (as I do for governor) can win in the 2018 races across the state.” To learn more, go to​

Conservation: The DAR Cumberland Chapter has honored Dr. John Myers with their chapter conservation award at a Bellevue Public Library ceremony. Tennessee DAR Regent Barbara Stanfill was on hand to present the award.

For the past 11 years, Cumberland Chapter Regent Barbara White said Dr. Myers has worked several days each week cleaning litter from the Harpeth River Greenway and Morton Mill Road. Due to this service, conservation committee chairman Nina Tackett with member Beverly Payton recommended Myers for the award.

White said Myers “has shown his true patriotism and love of country with this service to the Bellevue community.”

Belle Meade Courts: Since about 1950 a small enclave of houses have formed Belle Meade Courts, four streets which lie on the edge of (not in) the City of Belle Meade. Most of the homes are small cottages designed in attractive older ranch and other styles from the ‘50s. Traffic is light so children play soccer or stickball in the streets with their fathers after work.
Lately though, aggressive developers have built houses with an eye toward increasing their profits. Recent area rezoning from RS10 from R10 still allows developers to buy one house then revert the above ground property to underlying plats to build 2 to 3 homes.

Newer so called “skinny house” designs allow developers to place two or three houses with three floors where only one house stood before. The newer structures house more people bringing increase neighborhood traffic while impacting neighborhood sewer or gas lines.

Council Lady Mina Johnson (CD 23) met recently with 50 neighborhood owners representing the 80 families living in the Courts. Metro Historic Zoning Commission has refused The Courts a Conservation Overlay to control problems engendered by irresponsible building. Too many of the undesirable structures have already been built.

Johnson has promised to try to negotiate with the Register of Deeds to allow current homeowners in the Courts a lower group rate to obtain new single property deeds where their older underlying deeds allow development on two or three plats.