Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Please join your neighbors and Council Member Kathleen Murphy for wine, cheese, and conversation.

Sunday January 28, 2018

4:00 PM


MBA Pfeiffer Auditorium

(located in Ingram Science Building)



Park in the garage located off Wilson Avenue.  The entrance is half-way between Rolland and Whitland.  Take the elevator or walk up to the football field level.  Go past the dining hall, with the football field on your left.  At the dining hall turn right and walk through the first quad and between the buildings to the quad closest to West End.  Go past the library (with the Ben Franklin statue sitting on the bench) and into the doors straight ahead.


Posted on 01/23/2018 2:45 PM by Lynne Falk
Friday, 15 December 2017

Join us for the

WANA Holiday Party!

Saturday December 16, 2017

6:30 – 10:00 pm



At the home of

Jay & Melissa Wellons

3801 Whitland Avenue


We’re supplying wine & beer, ham & turkey

Please bring an appetizer, a side or dessert

Posted on 12/15/2017 1:14 PM by Jennie Fields
Friday, 27 October 2017

        You are invited to the

Neighborhood Halloween Party!!

Tuesday, Oct. 31st

Kickoff to show those costumes:  4:45 pm 

Costume Judging to Start:  5:15 pm sharp [Note 15 minutes earlier than last year]

End of Carden Avenue

Light Refreshments Served

Come on Down!!!

Sponsored by the Whitland Area Neighborhood Association

Prizes for individual kid costumes ages 1-4, 5-9, 10+ and family prize too!


Posted on 10/27/2017 3:51 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 03 September 2017

New Slide Hill in Our Park












This large tree was uprooted by the storm and fell on the powerline to 230 Carden. Power was restored by NES. We now have a new slide hill in the park that the kids have discovered. A plan will be needed to remove the tree and root ball.











Carden Bridge Damage

In addition to the felled tree, a tree that was cut down a few weeks ago at 235 Leonard and and improperly dumped in the creek was floated by the flood downstream and hit the pedestrian bridge at the bottom of Carden.  Neighbors cleaned the brush off the bridge but one board is missing so watch where you are going when you walk your dogs across.












Obviously we are going to need help to straighten this mess out.  More to come . . .


Posted on 09/03/2017 1:05 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Printed copies of the newsletter with an invitation to the July 4th Celebration are being delivered to each home in the Whitland Area. You can also get a PDFcopy here.
Posted on 06/14/2017 11:20 AM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 12 June 2017

Saturday, June 17 is the Whitland Summer Social at the Mary Catherine Stroble Park at the end of Carden down beside Kingfisher Creek.  The weather forecast is 92 degrees with a 16% chance of rain.  The fun starts at 11:30 AM with food. Bring a dish if you would like to. Drinks, chicken nuggests, fruit, and bbq will be provided. Rumor has it an inflatable water slide for the kids will be setup on the roadway so bring towels. 

Hope to see you there!

Posted on 06/12/2017 9:56 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 04 May 2017

It was a good call to cancel our creek clean-up on April 20th.  The weather was terrible!

But this Saturday, May 6th is looking much more promising and we will gather to cleanup Kingfisher Creek from 8:00 - 11:30 am at the Mary Catherine Stroble Park at the end of Carden.  Please wear tough pants and shoes.  We will have T-shirts, gloves and trash bags.  Bring any tools that you may want to use.  We will be focusing on the area between Bowling and the pedestrian bridge at Carden.

Hope to see you there!

Posted on 05/04/2017 4:15 PM by Jennie Fields
Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Whitland Neighbors,

Do your part for the neighborhood and for Earth Day by helping us clean up our lovely creek!  

We will gather this Saturday, April 22 from 8:00 - 11:30   am at the Mary Catherine Stroble Park at the end of Carden.  Please wear tough pants and shoes.  We will have T-shirts, gloves and trash bags.  Bring any tools that you may want to use.  We will be focusing on the area between Bowling and the pedestrian bridge at Carden.


At 11:30 the celebration will continue with a creekside Easter egg hunt and lunch lovingly prepared by our own "WANA Bob" (Lyons), Lesley Omary and team including Pru Sherrill, Charlotte Covington, Bob Duthie, and Bob Glenn.  The neighborhood association will provide smoked main entry, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, water and beer.  Neighbors are asked to bring a salad, side dish or desert (emphasis on salads and side dishes). A bounce house will be provide for children.  To keep it safe, please have a parent or responsible adult present and providing supervision for your kids.


We will have this Rain or Shine but will cancel if there is thunder and lightning.


Hope to see you there!


For questions contact Cyril Stewart, cyril@cyrilstewart.com or at 615-207-5959.

Posted on 04/19/2017 12:50 PM by Jennie Fields
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
  Spotted recently in Whitland: wild turkeys!  Have you seen these large strutting birds around the hood?  While we're thrilled that wildlife is drawn to our land of creekside and lush trees, please note that wild turkeys can be hard on lawns and gardens.  So if they're going after your property, you may want to shoo them away.  Also, since they're not the sharpest of birds, if they wander into your back yard, they may have no idea how to get out. Turkey GPS may be required!
Posted on 03/29/2017 9:55 PM by Jennie Fields
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

So many of us love to wander along Rolland Road to look down at our beloved stream or gaze into the water from the Carden Avenue walking bridge to see the fish who live and thrive there.  But next time you’re fish-gazing there’s something new to look for: a Streamside Salamander, also known as an Ambystoma barbouri.

Can You Find One?

Back in the sixties, six populations of this salamander were spotted in the Green Hills area probably in fishless small streams with no other streams feeding into them.  Sadly, the salamanders are so rare these days, they’ve become a protected species, and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation would like to know if they still survive here.  Rediscovery of this species would be an important find. 

Look in Winter

A. barbouri lives hidden for much of the year, but are winter breeding.  It’s only as they move towards their breeding site from mid-December to mid-March that they can be spotted. Though they’ll breed in streams that flow year-round, they are most often drawn to ephemeral streams. Think of the streambeds along the alleyway from Craighead to Leonard and along Rolland across from the Richmeade townhouses, streams that are dry in summer, but flow gently in wetter seasons.

Take Photos NOT Salamanders

You can identify these creatures by their grey and black speckles and by this photograph.  If you see one, take a photo, please!  And contact david.withers@tn.gov who is a zoologist with the Tennessee Natural Heritage Program to let him know. But please do not turn stones looking for the salamanders, or disturb their delicate habitats.  We want to encourage this rare friend to think of our neighborhood as his own!

Posted on 01/18/2017 8:59 PM by Jennie Fields
Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Whitland Area Neighborhood Association will host "Dumpster Day" on Saturday, October 1st.  The main feature of this day are neighborhood-wide yard sales from 8:00am to 1:00pm.







We make this easy for you by providing the following:

  • Advertising the sales
  • Posting signs that direct shoppers into the neighborhood
  • Marking your sale with balloons at the curb
  • Providing maps to help shoppers locate all of the sales

All you need to do is empty out those closets/attics/basements, price your items, set them out by 8:00am on Saturday, October 1st and sell, sell, sell!

To register your sale, please send an email to Bob Glenn at re.glenn@yahoo.com so your sale will be included on our neighborhood map of the sales so shoppers can find you!

Posted on 09/21/2016 3:03 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 05 July 2016

Posted on 07/05/2016 11:41 AM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 01 July 2016
Click here to see the June 2016 Newsletter. Click here to pay your annual dues online.
Posted on 07/01/2016 9:06 AM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 28 May 2016

The 4th July on Whitland  Avenue event will take place beginning at 11AM on Monday,the 4th of July,2016.  This is the 39th year of this annual fun-filled family celebration which  involves a patriotic program with speaker, a wonderful musical presentation,fellowship,& family-styled picnic.  If you've never attended before, we promise you will not be disappointed!

This notice also serves as a courtesy  to inform you that on-street parking will be TEMPORARILY restricted in the area of Whitland Avenue on Monday, 4 July 2016 from approximately 9:00AM until 3:00PM that day.   Please plan to park your vehicle in an alternate location on the event date.  Any vehicles left in NO PARKING areas during the times  listed above will be ticketed and towed at owners' expense. (please refer to attached map).

We begin setting up for this event on Saturday, the 2nd, and Sunday, the 3rd of July. Although the time is not certain,Crown Tent & Awning will be here sometime during the day (most likely afternoon) of July 2nd to install the large tent at the very small block between West End Avenue & Whitland Avenue at Carden.  The tent will be there for the duration of the event and will not be removed by the tent company  until the morning of Tuesday,July 5th. (see attached map please)

Blinker Lite provides us with barricades for street closures.  They will be placed at West End Avenue so that no cars can enter Carden Avenue from West End where the tent is installed. There will also be barricades at the intersection of Whitland & Cantrell on the day of the event (4th July) and also at the intersection of Whitland & Craighead Avenue the day of the event.  This is to insure the safety of all the guests,as the event primarily takes place between these blocks of on Whitland Avenue (please refer to attached map).  The Whitland barricades are removed once the site is cleaned up and everyone has safely left the event. The barricades  where the large tent  is located (see map) will not be removed until the tent is removed (Tuesday AM,July 5, 2016)

We will have one port-a-potty available  on-site (see map for its location). Since this is a neighborhood event, if you see anyone in need,please offer them  assistance at your  home.

We employ Metro Nashville Police Department Secondary Patrol unit for security at our event.  There w:ill be two officers present at all times during the day of the event.  Contact telephone number for their office is {615) 880-3278. The after-hours pager number is 615-963-0230  One of the officers on duty that day can assist you whenever needed.


Other important contact  information you need here:

Rory.Rowan@nashville. gov (615) 862-8782 Rory is with Metro Public Works who can provide more detailed information about the street closure permits issued for this event

Gordon.Richard@nashville. gov (615) 862-8697 Gordon can provide more detailed information about the

Special Event Permit issued for this event.

David Fox,4th July Host Committee and neighbor: (615) 218-3000 dfox@mpf.com

Denise Hawkins,4th July Host Committee and neighbor: (615) 298-1880 or (615) 804-7645 necer@bellsouth.net

CarolArmes 4th July Host Committee & neighbor 615-305-7497 c for texts carolarmes@gmail.com

Bob Pitz 4th July Host Committee & neighbor 615-218-1955 c  robert.w.pitz@vanderbilt.edu


Additional Comments about Parking

While this is a neighborhood event and most guests walk to the event,if you have relatives or close friends planning on attending,just make sure they are aware of the temporary street closure (barricades) on Whitland the day of the event on 4th July 2016 and our  on-street parking policy during the hours  of the event on the 4th. There are side streets of Leonard  Avenue or Craighead Avenue where visitors may park.  But we ask that you make sure that no homeowner's driveway is blocked. Please be courteous at all times of others who live in our neighborhood. Carden & Cantrell Avenue side streets are dead-ends and are very narrow -- please do not use these streets for parking unless you reside on these streets. We need to make sure that residents on these narrow dead-end streets have access to emergency needs should that arise and parking along these two streets makes that very,very,difficult.

In the event of an emergency,please notify one of the hosts listed above who  will be on-site and available  during the days leading up to the event and the day of the event. We will assess the situation and take all measures necessary to insure the absolute safety and comfort of our guests.

Thank you!

Please have a safe & happy 4th of July



Posted on 05/28/2016 1:58 PM by Jennie Fields
Saturday, 28 May 2016

Among our Whitland neighbors, we have lots of proud graduates and their parents to salute this spring.  They include:

Sam Fisher, son of Luci Crow graduated from USN and will be attending Washington University in the fall.

Jackson Regen, son of Robinson & Doug Regen graduated from Albion College

Anna Pitz, daughter of Bob Pitz & Carol Armes received her DDS from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, ,VA  She will continue with a 3-year residency in prosthodontics at the University of Texas Health Sciences in San Antonio in July, 2016

Joel Bell Covington V, grandson of Charlotte and the late Joel Covington, graduated from Hillsboro High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma.  He will be attending Furman University in Greenville, SC in the fall

Crawford Lyons, son of Bob & Melissa Lyons graduated from USN

Elizabeth Conrad, daughter of Marty & Jim Conrad completed her PhD in Molecular Physiology at Vanderbilt University

Will Allen, son of Kelly Motley and John Allen graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy and will be attending Kenyon College and playing baseball for the Lords this fall.

Congratulate these neighbors when you see them!

Posted on 05/28/2016 1:15 PM by Jennie Fields
Saturday, 21 May 2016

The May 21 cleanup of Kingfisher Creek took place as scheduled. In spite of the event being advertised as annual it had not been done last year.  Vegetation had grown up so high the creek could not be seen almost the entire way from Wilson to Bowling. What a difference a day makes to improve the appearance of the street when there is a crew of about 20 neighbors and friends to help. 80% of the work was completed in 2 hours. Click on photos to enlarge.

Lessons Learned

1. Unwanted papers are washed down Carden and Leonard during rain storms and wind up littering in near the creek. Please clean up these papers when delivered and advise the advertisers to take you off their list.

2.  A significant number of filled doggy bags were tossed into the brush and not carried home.  This is worse than not using bags where the waste disintegrates in a few days. Bags can take years. Photo too disgusting to show.

3. The use of woody plant pullers, borrowed from Warner Parks thanks to Melissa, made it much easier to pull up invasive species by the roots easily. This stops the plants from just growing right back. Left side photo shows one standing up. Right side shows Kevin in action.

4. Where the creek runs under Leonard, there is a dam of gravel which creates a pond that could provide a mosquito breeding ground.  Committee Chair Bob is removing some of invasive plants at the bridge.

5. Committee Secretary Cyril provided and operated a chain saw which made quick work of some of the invasive trees and dead branches. Left photo right to left Lucius, Revell & Cyril

6. How to identify plant signs all along the route were a great help to workers to avoid the poison ivy.



7. It took three people to clean up around the Carden bridge.




8. Most of the crew worked the creekfrom Carden to Leonard. Amazingly there was very little trash to collect along Rolland Road (see 1 & 2 for the exceptions). Chairman Bob G. arranged to have one lane of the road blocked on the creek side. This was a brilliant move since we avoiding having to submit a comprehensive plan and employ an off duty policeman. A number of cones and lane blocked signs were rented. Traffic on the open lane proceeded with caution with very few exceptions.  Being able to put so much brush on the road made it much easier.  Thanks very much to the Rolland Residents for putting up with this. Metro is scheduled for Monday to take all the brush away.

9. At noon a potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. Two residents unable to attend the clean up kindly provided homemade BBQ pork tenderloin.





Report & photos by Bob Duthie

Posted on 05/21/2016 4:37 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 28 April 2016

Google fiber is being installed in the Whitland Neighborhood.  Crews were up installing the cable between Carden and Leonard a week ago. Google will leave door hangers before coming to do construction in this neighborhood. Those door hangers also include Google contact information should you have any questions or concerns during the construction process.  This new fiber network will offer up to 100 or 1000 MB/S Internet, TV service with DVR, and Local and International Phone service.  I learned at a presentation yesterday that once the fiber is brought to your home your existing coax and Ethernet wiring can be used within your home to connect your TV's and computers. Our good neighbor and Halloween costume prize winner, Martha Ivester, who is also Google fiber's Operations Leader was interviewed by the Tennessean and stressed that customer service "Is something we want to always deliver on. When we tell you someone is going to be there at 8:35 they are there at 8:35 ".  What a refreshing statement to hear from a utility provider.  More here or call 877-454-6959

Bob Duthie, 220 Carden

Posted on 04/28/2016 2:30 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 25 April 2016

The crown jewel of our extraordinary neighborhood was here long before the first house was erected.  It's Kingfisher Creek, a rare taste of wild beauty in an urban world. 

On May 21st from 8:30 12:00, come pitch in to help maintain our natural gem with the Annual Creek Clean-Up.  Neighbors will join side by side to clear away brush, overgrown vegetation and garbage that can inhibit the creek's ability to renew itself.  And as a reward there will music, a potluck lunch and barbecue.

It may be more than a month away but mark your calendars!

Also if you'd like to be part of a committee now forming to chart the course for creek maintenance and renewal, please contact Bob Glenn: re.glenn@yahoo.com

Posted on 04/25/2016 5:00 PM by Jennie Fields
Monday, 11 April 2016



Neighbors - ENDADA is a community event April 16th run by the students at MBA. It's a FREE celebration of all things art. There will be live bands on two stages, art demonstrations by local and student artists, art-centered activities for kids, local food trucks to celebrate the culinary arts,and much more . The weather is forecasted to be glorious. Come on down to the campus and enjoy a beautiful spring day!

Beth Preston

Posted on 04/11/2016 2:07 PM by Beth Preston
Thursday, 07 April 2016

If you live in the city block defined by Carden, Whitland, and Leonard your power was out for 23 hours. This was no simple outage usually fixed in a few minutes. A high voltage line snapped and was lying on the road on Carden. Nashville Electric must have had a lot of failures due to the high winds and was unable to get to Whitland until Thursday afternoon, April 7th. It took 3 hours to fix the problem and restring new lines. Power was restored around 4 pm. At least one neighbor was seen buying dry ice to save the food in her freezer. It was tough to watch all the other homes across the street with lights blazing while we had to resort to flashlights, candles and oil lamps. 

Bob Duthie

Posted on 04/07/2016 10:09 PM by Bob Duthie


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