Nashville Firefighters Promoted

Nashville Fire Department officials recently promoted 46 firefighting leaders during a ceremony held at Nissan Stadium.

Mayor David Briley joined Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann at the ceremony where promoted personnel received certificates and new badges. Retired NewsChannel 5 Anchor Harry Chapman served as emcee for the departmental event.

Deputy directors, commanders, district chiefs, fire captains and engineers were among those elevated to new roles. The department’s firefighters are responsible for fire protection and emergency medical services for an area of 533 square miles. Photography by Joseph Pleasant

Metro Parks Receive Statewide Awards

Metro’s Parks and Recreation Department team won three statewide honors during Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association’s 67th annual conference.

“Awards like this exemplify why we’re considered one of the best park systems in the country,” says Metro Parks Director Monique Odom. “I’m very proud of the continued innovation, collaboration, creativity and solid teamwork our employees display year after year. This city is fortunate to have dedicated and motivated Park and Recreation employees.”

The association’s four-star award for Best Renovated Facility went to Fannie Mae Dees “Dragon” Park Restoration Project. The iconic dragon was closed for much-needed repairs since May 2016. After two years of renovations, the city’s legendary and much-loved dragon reopened this summer due to collaboration between Metro Parks, the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood, local residents and volunteers.

The Save Our Dragon Campaign generated enough funds to restore the colorful creature for children to play on once again.

The dragon was commissioned by Metro Parks and was dedicated in 1981 following the work of hundreds of volunteers laying mosaics under the direction of the renowned national artist Pedro Silva.

Hurry for Tickets: 2019 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

Attendees are anticipated to come from 36 states and multiple countries to the 2019 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville Feb. 1-3, so tickets are expected to sell out. It’s the show’s 29th year, making it the longest-running, largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the country.

This year’s theme is “A Passion For Home,” with speaker and Grammy Award-winning superstar Faith Hill, designers, architects, floriculture experts and a world-class chef. It will be held at at the magnificent Music City Center.

In addition to informative lectures, the show floor features 150-plus extraordinary antique, art and horticulture dealers and gardens to create the go-to design event that attendees enjoy each winter.

All of the show’s proceeds benefit two beloved charities in the local community: Cheekwood and the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) Charities. 

Tickets are $20 each if purchased before midnight on Jan. 27; $25 beginning Jan. 28; $15 at the door or in advance for those 65 years or older, active military and students. Children 12 and younger are free. Visit for details.


Josef Ganz Story: How a Jewish Engineer Helped Create Hitler’s Volkswagen

Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, hosts a new exhibit Jan. 25 through Feb. 11, highlighting an oft-hidden chapter in the tumultuous and sometimes unpleasant creation story of one of the world’s most popular cars, the Volkswagen Beetle. In the decade prior to World War II, the German automotive industry was declining. Josef Ganz, a Jewish engineer and editor of a German automotive magazine, advocated endlessly for the development of a lightweight, inexpensive car, streamlined for aerodynamics, independently suspended at all four wheels with swing axles in the rear and powered by a rear-mounted, horizontal engine. Josef even developed a prototype, of which Adolph Hitler eventually had others copy.

Josef’s name was ostensibly removed from the Beetle’s creation story due to his Jewish heritage. Ultimately, Josef left Germany for Switzerland and later died in obscurity in Australia in 1967.

The “Josef Ganz Story” mini-exhibit is part of a programming partnership with the Nashville Symphony and the Violins of Hope project. The Violins of Hope is a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.