What's Happening in Whitland

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
Thursday, 31 March 2016

We are conducting a brief survey about activities and events sponsored by the Whitland Area Neighborhood Association. Please take a moment to share your feedback through this survey. We appreciate your time and hope to better serve your interests in the future based on these results. We will be sharing the results once we have tabulated responses and look forward to sharing that with you. Please click here to take the survey.

Thank you!

Bob Glenn, President, Whitland Area Neighborhood Association



Posted on 03/31/2016 3:09 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 13 March 2016

Neighborhood photographers were out along side the Rolland Rd creek after the rain on Sunday March 13. Adele Tyler took the pair of ducks on the left. Bob Duthie took the other two photos. It was amazing to find the pair of ducks enjoying the rain garden (right photo) at the bottom of Carden Ave. Will we have baby ducks soon? Click on each photo to enlarge.


Posted on 03/13/2016 11:06 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 22 January 2016
Click here to see a slideshow of photos taken on January 22, 2016 after the biggest snowfall since 2003. Pictures were taken along Carden, Rolland, Wilson, and Whitland by Bob Duthie.  Photo 32 was taken by Matt Davis on Rolland Road.  Let Bob know if you have any photos that should be added. Contact Bob@duthielearning.com
Posted on 01/22/2016 9:33 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Sunday, Jan 31st at Blakemore United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall

Please mark your calendar.  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM coffee and dessert, 4:00 PM - 5:00  PM - Annual Meeting

Agenda to Include:

Invited guests, Metro Council Member Kathleen Murphy and Sgt. Linn of the West Nashville Precinct

Review of Past Year's Events

Election of the 2016 WANA Steering Committee

The 2015 WANA Steering Committee acted as the nominating committee for the 2016 WANA Steering Committee, in order to canvas as much of the neighborhood as possible. If there are other neighbors who are interested in joining the committee, please plan on attending the Annual Meeting and being nominated during the meeting.

2016 Steering Committee Slate

Officers (1 year term)

President - Bob Glenn, Vice President - Brooke Shuster, Secretary - Cyril Stewart*, Treasurer - Gwyneth Neuss

New/Renewing Members (2 year term)

Kirk Davis, Melissa Donahue, Lynne Falk*, Bob Lyons*, Robinson Regen, Kevin Stack*, Cyril Stewart *

*=new members

Continuing Members (not up for election)

Luci Crow, Bob Duthie, Lesley Omary, Brooke Shuster, Bob Glenn, Gwyneth Neuss

Thank you to our retiring members!!

Mike Jameson, Denise Hawkins, Revell Michael, Dianne Neal, Michael Rook

Posted on 01/20/2016 12:33 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 14 January 2016

The new website is hosted on a private server and will be more secure than the old site. It is also much easier for volunteers to add content.   Whitland Area residents can download a draft copy of the new directory more easily than our old site. Check it out under the Directory Tab. 

Make a note, the Annual Meeting will be on Sunday  January 31st, 3:00-5:00pm at Blakemore United Methodist Church. Our council representative, Kathleen Murphy and Metro Nashville Police, Sgt. Steve Linn will talk about the latest developments in the neigborhood. Come and meet your neighbors and enjoy desert. 

Posted on 01/14/2016 6:32 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Looking for the online form for the Whitland Directory update?  Click here for a Google Form that you can fill out to update your contact information.

Posted on 07/01/2015 9:16 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

There is lots going on this weekend in the Whitland Neighborhood! Beginning at 8 AM Dumpster Day will kick off with over 30 yard sales around the neighborhood. We will also have dumpsters and Goodwill donation sites located on Craighead and Carden Ave respectively.

That evening we will have Movies in the Dark. Located in the open area near the Carden Ave footbridge.

                First Feature:  Epic  7:15 PM

Second Feature:  Divergent 9:00 PM

Come join in the neighborhood activities!

Posted on 09/24/2014 9:48 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Please save the date and join us after the neighborhood yard sales on September 27 for Movies in the Dark at the Carden Avenue footbridge. 

Have a movie recommendation?  Please email suggestions to Bob Lyons at bob3@bandbmfg.com

Want to celebrate your successful yard sale by going "out" to eat that evening without the hassle of getting all dressed up?  Then a food truck would be the perfect addition to Movies in the Dark!  If you are in favor of the idea, or if you have a specific food truck recommendation, please let Bob know.  (note: There would be a minimum amount of food sales required to get a food truck, so commitments to purchase food are requested).

Mark your calendars now for Movies in the Dark on September 27! 

Posted on 09/09/2014 9:56 AM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Posted on 08/27/2014 10:00 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Affectionately known as Dumpster Day, the Whitland Area Neighborhood Association will host a collection of yard sales on Saturday, September 27, starting at 8am. If you would like to conduct a yard sale at your house that day, please register your sale by emailing Revell Michael at rmichael@healthcarerealty.com.

The neighborhood association makes it so easy, you can hardly resist. Services provided by your friendly neighbors include

  • Advertising the sales
  • Posting signs that direct shoppers into the neighborhood
  • Marking your sale with balloons at the curb
  • Providing a map of all the sales

Denise Hawkins has kindly arranged for the Goodwill truck and dumpsters to be here as usual, so clean out your closets. If you plan to have a sale on September 27, please register by emailing Revell Michael your name and street address.

Posted on 08/12/2014 10:05 AM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 03 July 2014
Posted on 07/03/2014 10:08 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 06 May 2014

It's time for Movies in the Dark!

When:  May 17th

What:  First Feature:  Frozen  7:15 PM
           Second Feature:  Skyfall  9:00 PM

We are thinking about getting a food truck for the event. Please RSVP at the link below if you are able to attend and would be interested in purchasing food from a food truck.



Posted on 05/06/2014 8:40 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Hippity! Hoppity! Easter's on it's way!

Please join us for the 4th Annual Whitland Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Easter Day, April 20th from 3-5:00! There will be something for everyone, including egg hunts for children of all ages, an inflatable bounce house and obstacle course, light refreshments, and the ever-popular Easter Kegg!

We need volunteers to donate filled eggs for the hunts. These may be filled with candy or toys/trinkets, but please make sure that the candy is packaged and try to avoid choking hazards. We have leftover plastic eggs from last year -- if you are interested in recycling some of these eggs, please contact Melanie Block at mmblock@comcast.net or 615-491-9087 to receive your bag of eggs. Delivery and pick-up service is available!

We will also need volunteers to hide the eggs and to assist with setting-up prior to the festivities, and to assist with cleaning up afterwards.

If you would like to participate in this fun-filled afternoon, please RSVP and sign up to help make this a wonderful event using this link below.


We hope you can join us!

Posted on 04/02/2014 8:42 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance will manage a neighborhood tree and shrub planting event on the bank of Kingfisher Creek on Saturday, March 29, at 9:00am.  Native species of trees and shrubs will be provided by the Tennessee Department of Forestry, with funding from RCWA and the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund.  Please volunteer to help if you can.  Wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring a shovel and gloves.  Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will meet at the footbridge at the end of Carden.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, March 30th at 10:00 AM

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

Posted on 03/18/2014 8:44 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Affectionately known as Dumpster Day, the Whitland Area Neighborhood Association will host a collection of yard sales on Saturday, September 21, starting at 8am.  If you would like to conduct a yard sale at your house that day, please register your sale by emailing me at rmichael@healthcarerealty.com.

The neighborhood association makes it so easy, you can hardly resist.  Services provided by your friendly neighbors include

  • Advertising the sales
  • Posting signs that direct shoppers into the neighborhood
  • Marking your sale with balloons at the curb
  • Providing a map of all the sales

Denise Hawkins and Frank Smith have kindly arranged for the Goodwill truck and dumpsters to be here as usual, so clean out your closets.  If you plan to have a sale on September 21, please register by Revell Michael at the email address provided above.

Posted on 09/17/2013 8:47 PM by Bob Duthie


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