City Honors Longtime Streets Employees, Hears Updates To Nashville Hometown Christmas

By Leah Williams

The Nashville City Council honored two longtime city street employees for their years of dedication during its regular meeting on Thursday, October 3.

Leonard Bathon retired back in the city back in July with 30 years of experience working with the city streets department. Another longtime employee, David Lea, spent his last day on Tuesday after 37 years. Each employee received a plaque commemorating the occasion.

“That’s a lot of years retiring from the city,” Mayor Erik Rolf said during the meeting. “We thank each and every one of them for their services.”

Also during the council meeting, Courtney Gladson provided details on the upcoming second annual Nashville Hometown Christmas, which will take place on Saturday, December 7.

Some of the new events include an ugly sweater 5K, the addition of food trucks and vendors, a gingerbread house competition, a setup for families to take their Christmas card photos, free horse carriage rides, Christmas tree sales and a matinee showing of the holiday film “Elf” at the State Theater.

The city had previously purchased a 20 foot Christmas tree that is to be lit as part of the event’s festivities.

In other city council news, the council approved a payment to Epco for painting the city’s water towers. The amount came to $97,800.

The annual leaf bag pickup will begin on Monday, October 14. The city will collect bags that are along the curb every Monday and Friday morning.

Bags must be out before 7 a.m. If residents are not able to put their bags out in time, they are advised to consider waiting until the following pickup day or take them to the city compost site, which is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All leaves must be placed in recyclable paper leaf bags, and any bags that are found to be unacceptable for collection will be left on the curb.

Mayor Rolf congratulated the Nashville Community High School Hornets and Hornettes golf teams for winning their respective conferences.

The next city council meeting is set for Thursday, October 17.

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