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Amendment Deferred Until May 20th

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, News, Press, Save Our Fairgrounds News

The amendment was deferred tonight until May 20th. This happened due to all of you who emailed the council! Apparently this was being sneaked in and was being fast-tracked versus going before the Charter committee (an outside agency). Because of your efforts, we delayed it and it was sent through proper channels. Now we must stay on top of this and encourage the committee to dismiss it and keep what already exist on the Charter. We will keep you informed in the next coming weeks for actions to take and updates as we receive. Once again, a BIG THANK YOU for your emails and calls to the council today! If you haven’t joined our mailing list please do so,  this is where all Call to Action Alerts are sent out. Please also friend us on our Facebook...

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CALLING ALL FAIRGROUNDS SUPPORTERS!!! Urgent need for your help and support!

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, News, Save Our Fairgrounds News

CALLING ALL FAIRGROUNDS SUPPORTERS!!! Urgent need for your help and support!  Metro Councilman Sandra Moore and several others are proposing an amendment to change to referendum we worked hard to pass and 72% of the voters in Nashville voted for!  Please contact the Davidson County Metro councilmembers at and tell them to vote DOWN and AGAINST the amendment to change …the Charter referendum as was voted by the people!  Below is the amendment which will undo and give the power back to the council!  This goes before the council TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!!!!  This puts the fairgrounds in major jeopardy if this passes!!!!!!!!! AMENDMENT NO. __________ Section 11.602 of Article 11 of the Charter of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County shall be amended by deleting subsection (d) in its entirety and substituting with the following new subsection (d): “(d) All uses of and activities conducted on the premises of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds as of December 31, 2010, including, but not limited to, the Fair, Expo Center Events, Flea Markets, and Auto Racing, shall be continued on the premises unless the elimination or modification of such uses or activities is approved by the Metropolitan Council by an ordinance receiving twenty-seven (27) affirmative votes. Likewise, no redevelopment or demolition of the Tennessee State...

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Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in News, Press, Save Our Fairgrounds News

resolution on the agenda for tomorrow night’s Metro Council meeting reveals four Charter Amendments that could be put to voters this year.

Among them are an amendment that would shrink the council to 27 members and limit them to three consecutive terms, and another that would allow the council to demolish or redevelop the Tennessee State Fairgrounds with 27 votes.

You can read all the amendments here and a summary for each after the jump:

— This amendment would prohibit members of the Metropolitan Council from holding any other elective office in local, state, or federal government.

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State Fair Commission Chooses Event Operator

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in News, Press, Save Our Fairgrounds News, Video

NewsChannel 5 The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission voted to enter into an agreement with the group it has chosen [TSFA] to operate the Tennessee State Fair for the next 5 years…. | Nashville News,...

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Concerns Surround Tennessee State Fair

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in News, Press, Save Our Fairgrounds News, Video

FOX 17 WZTV Nashville | John Dunn WASTE WATCH Concerns and conflicts surround the Tennessee State Fair. State auditors have found problems with grant money, and some believe the state fair commission is biased.      “When the comptroller finds a questionable financial practice, than it is pretty serious,” says Rick Williams who leads the “Save Our Fairgrounds” group. The group “Save Our Fairgrounds” is talking about an audit of the state’s Department of Agriculture. It says the state granted...

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Save Our Fairgrounds members on News Channel 5 OPEN LINE

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in News, Press, Save Our Fairgrounds News, Video

Save Our Fairgrounds members Neil Chaffin and Rick Williams were on News Channel 5 OPEN LINE this evening to discuss the Fairgrounds, the State Fair and the RFP process under way to select a future producer of the State Fair | Nashville News,...

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Tennessee State Fair advocates bash bid process for operators

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 in Press, Save Our Fairgrounds News

They accuse state of tailoring rules to ensure pick Written by Michael Cass | The Tennessean Advocates for saving the Tennessee State Fairgrounds say the state has tailored the requirements for running the state fair so that only one group can qualify. The state is looking for someone to plan, operate and manage the fair, which is held for 10 days every September, through 2018. Its request for proposals, which was issued Nov. 20, asked applicants to file a “notice...

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Controversy Surrounds Process To Choose State Fair Operator

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 in Press, Save Our Fairgrounds News, Video

by Chris Cannon | News Channel 5 A grassroots organization has taken issue with the Tennessee State Fair Commission’s process of choosing a group to run the event. The Commission put out a request for proposal, or RFP, to non-profit groups interested in operating the fair. Those organizations had until Tuesday to reveal their interest in the job. “Anybody that is a serious contender for being able to operate the state fair should have no trouble filling out the...

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