May Referendum, West End Middle School, RIP Tony Adgent

Referendum: ​Voters will vote yea or nay on May 1 on whether to dedicate $5.2 billion in sales tax revenue to improve Nashville’s transit system. Metro spokesperson Mary Beth Ikard recently campaigned in favor of the ballot initiative at Green Hills Rotary. “All cities have traffic congestion,” she said. “We know we will grow by one million so we need ways to move people besides cars.”  Nashville is projected soon to be the size of larger cities like Denver or Seattle. Ikard envisions enhancements that include small light rail, rapid bus corridors, expanded bus service, an underground downtown tunnel and neighborhood transit centers. Other improvement may include ride sharing with Lyft or Uber to connect riders with transit lines. The half cent sales tax funding will graduate to one cent in the future. Tourists and commuters from surrounding counties are projected to contribute substantially to the Davidson County sales tax though purchases. For more information go to

West End: Dr. Russell Young is completing his first year as the executive principal at West End Middle School.  His historic school was built as a public works project back in 1937.  Today, the colonial revival structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Young characterizes his school as a place that benefits ​greatly ​from the “passionate and engaged community” of parents who support it.  For instance, ​the successful robotics club has the leadership of a parent with expertise in the field. The student body is equally balanced between black and white students as well as between economically advantaged and disadvantaged students. For further information contact the school at 615 298-6746.

​Tony Adgent: Anthony Adrian Adgent passed away on December 23, 2017 at age 69.  Tony was a 1966 graduate of Father Ryan High School and St. Ambrose University where he majored in Philosophy. His      professional life began at the Tennessee Department of Human Services with one of the country’s first emergency child protective service units. His passion for learning and service eventually led him to Nashville School of Law, then on to a career as a criminal defense attorney and later as an administrative law judge. Tony’s life was further enriched through his experiences at Cumberland Heights, in his role in outreach ministries for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, and mornings at the downtown YMCA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cumberland Heights Memorial Fund at
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