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Re: “2001 Nashvillian Of The Year

"None of Nashville, and incredibly I could say all of this worlds' wealth would have been possible, without the life of the Hillbilly songwriter/singer Hank Williams Sr., even if he were not a native Nashvillian, because of him and his incredible writing talents, none of what is and has occurred in the last 58 years and 9 months of "progress" [if you wish to call it that] would have been a part of this world, and of our lives, and anyone alive today that says otherwise is just a blatant liar!"---© 05232014 Melody Rose Williams, his biological daughter

Posted by Melody Rose Williams on 05/23/2014 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Losing The Connection

The Connection was my first gay bar ever in 1997. In 1997...I remember standing outside in long lines to get in, especially if you arrived after 11pm when the first show started. Upon entry to the left was the "under 21" ticket counter and those of us over 21 just went straight on in after showing our IDs and paid at a counter further inside. Upon entry to the right were a few tired old pay phone booths probably not used for calling Further inside, the gift shop was to the right (down some steps) and was pretty big and had "interesting" stuff. To the left just past the "under 21" ticket counter was the entrance to the Country & Western bar and sunken dance floor as well as the stairway to the upper balcony that looked down over the whole C&W dance floor. There was a small sunken lounge on each side of the C&W dance floor and the lounge closest to the entrance had pool tables. The back wall of the C&W dance floor was fully mirrored I think...and I really got a kick out of seeing two men two-step together or tons of gay men line dancing. The balcony over the C&W bar was dark and creepy and mysterious activities occurred there for sure. In the middle of the complex beyond the C&W bar was a ramp that led down to the Main Dance Floor. The black & white tiled floor was HUGE and had a large and tall platform surrounding a large post in the middle of it that you could stand on and dance above the surrounding crowd below. Guys pushed and shoved for a spot on the platform and guys below would wait for someone to jump down to get a spot. Also, much flirting could be done while you were dancing on the floor looking up at guys on the platform because you were basically eye-level with their crotches. It was awesome. There was a large screen that hung from the ceiling in the far corner of the Main Dance Floor and strange/odd videos were shown on it while the music played. They were almost like hallucinations on a movie screen, so I usually danced under the screen facing away from it so I didn't have to watch it. There was a bar or two (later a platform bar was built) in the Main Dance Floor room. The DJ booth was high up in a corner of the room but across from the movie screen. The area surrounding the dance floor was carpeted. The DJ was very good and the music was the best in town. Personally, I don't think I ever saw the DJ....he was like The Wizard of Oz making everything happen from behind his dimly lighted window high above. The ceilings were very high and so the Main Dance Floor room seemed gigantic ! In 1997, I don't remember much about the restaurant, but it was off the Main Dance Floor room to the left when you entered the ramp. This restaurant was remodeled and larger patios, etc were added later. Off to the right side of the Main Dance Floor Room (off to the right from the ramp entrance) were a couple of nasty bathrooms and the entrance to the Drag Show Theatre. This room was impressive! Tables and chairs filled surrounded a large stage and long runway for the drag queens to perform. A bar was against the left wall (upon entering) and across the room was a stairway leading to the balcony (it was small balcony in 1997 but was enlarged greatly later). I think a back stairway led back down to the Main Dance Floor room, but I can't remember if that was added later or always existed. By far the best drag performer was "Bianca Paige"...she was the hostess when I first attended in 1997. Some other favorites in 1997-98 were "Judy Jetson", "Stephanie Wells", "That Girl", "Robin Duprey", and "Austria Andrews". Others also came & went, but I mostly watched the first show and then danced my ass off all night long. At the end of the night at 2.a.m. DJ Russell always played "Last Dance" by Donna Summer or "Its Such A Perfect Day" dance remix version. I remember they even made a dance remix of the Theme song from the movie Titanic....hahaa. We used to laugh how they could make a remix of ANYTHING at Conneciton. On a Saturday night in 1997, there would be 2,000-3,000 gay guys at the Connection (or at least I was told that by one of the ticket takers once). I did my share of signing on behalf of a few "under-21" boys who would stand at the entrance outside and beg for sponsors to get in. It was THE PLACE to be in gay Nashville in 1997. No club will ever be like The Connection.

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Posted by E.T. on 05/22/2014 at 7:02 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination


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Posted by deceptivemarketing on 05/11/2014 at 9:16 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

Would Aquinas dare take on Blizzard again, after he showed them what real men are made of? Especially when teamed up with modern soldiers of justice? Well, heck no! Blizzard and his team, bad-boy attorney Thomas Jeff Hendrickson III, and former Navy Seal (Fu****) "Black Hawk Down" attorney Joe Napoltonia went in and said "What's up ladies?" you want some sh**? Let's dance!

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Posted by Reconwherecoming on 05/01/2014 at 1:05 AM

Re: “Pest Control

In my opinion one must regularly do pest control in his/her home and garden to keep his/her family and pets safe. Pest control kills all rats, mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs and makes our environment healthy to live. For more visit:

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Posted by keithlacon on 04/24/2014 at 4:54 AM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

How can a business federally governed by Title IX blatantly engage in discrimination, framing their discrimination clearly by labeling it a "male-to-male-swap?!" What a collection of buffoons! Federal fund recipients are clearly 'prohibited' from making gender-based decisions regarding students: Here's what Title IX states: Congress enacted Title IX in 1972, with two principled objectives in mind: 1. To avoid the use of federal resources to support discriminatory practices, and 2. To provide individual citizens effective protections against those practices. The statute was modeled after Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is parallel to Title IX except that Title IX expressly prohibits sex discrimination, and applies in all programs receiving federal funds, no only in education programs. The two statutes operate in the same manner, conditioning an offer of federal funding on a promise by the recipient not to discriminate, in what amounts essentially to a contract between the Government and the recipient of funds. That contractual framework distinguishes Title IX from Title VII, which is framed in terms not of a condition but of an outright prohibition. Title VII applies to all employers without regard to federal funding and aims broadly to eradicate discrimination throughout the economy. Thus whereas Title VII, aims centrally, to compensate victims of discrimination, Title IX focuses more on 'protecting' individuals from 'discriminatory practices' carried out by recipients of federal funds. Title IX's contractual nature has implications for remedies. Congress has attached conditions to the award of federal funds under its spending power, as it has in Title IX and Title VI, which hold the recipients liable, in private right of actions, for damages for noncompliance with the contractual condition. All recipients of federal funds receive 'notice' that it will be liable for receiving monetary award..

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Posted by gyralgal on 04/23/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

I've got to post about Brian Lassiter. First off. He is a Hot-Head loser! He's one of those little Napoleon Complex guys. He's constantly telling people about what a tough guy he thinks he is, thinks he a Karate guy: jumping on the hoods of people's cars in puplic and punching people's car windshields, screaming and yelling and threatening to become violent with people in public places. Always something to prove with him. Mr. Brian Lassiter brags about the Cops showing up due to his crazy, criminal behavior. He even will go so far as to try and make you believe the Cops are to afraid to arrest him. lmao He's such a nut job, and so full of it. The real reason Brain Lassiter is believed to have teamed up with Peggy Daniel and Suzette Telli (well they're all nut jobs, so they have that in common) is due to the fact that Blizzard embodied everything that Brian Lassiter wished he could be, and Brian Lassiter was afflicted by a profound envy. Why is it believed Brian Lassiter engaged in such a two-faced, insidious campaign to try and oust Blizzard? Blizzard is a former National and International Martial Arts champion, a Black Belt in both Karate and Jujitsu, and was awarded his Black Belt by Former World Heavyweight full-contact Karate Champion Glen Hoyen! (Glen Hoyen is one of just a few Black Belts under the Legendary Gordon Doversola). Blizzard trained in California. Blizzard was super smart, holding multiple college degrees, good looking, tall, super fit, good natured, and well liked by the girls. Blizzard was also a successful bouncer in Los Angeles California (this is the real street fighting sh**), and a well known Bouncer in Nashville, TN, too. Blizzard, who was known by the nickname "Legend," I've learned is supposed to be quite impressive. So, in short, Brian Lassiter was a two-bit poser who dabbled in Steroid use, and the sabotage of guys who fit the Blizzard profile. Brian Lassiter is a little sissy-boy who talk a big talk, but he nothing but a joke.

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Posted by theswordsman on 04/17/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “We Desperately Need Sidewalks

Go sidewalks in Nashville. Share this with everyone

Posted by Sherrie Dorris on 04/10/2014 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Losing The Connection

Feeling nostalgic this evening. I was there in 2002, and although not in its heyday, I swear I had some of the BEST times ever. Oh to dance!

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Posted by westcoastgal on 04/04/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Nashvillian of the Year

and this one:
The team is now called the Grey Sox—named for their hair color, not their footwear—and it gives Strobel great joy. "Baseball is therapy to me," he says. "When I'm on the field, nothing else matters. It is so important because it is not important. It's just the best game in the world."

Posted by Benjamin Michael Passino on 04/04/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Nashvillian of the Year

what a fantastic article. charles strobel was a great man.

this paragraph is repeated:
The campus continued to grow. Respite Care answered another need, serving ill or injured homeless just released from the hospital. Odyssey is a residential program for men suffering from addiction but committed to sobriety. It's rooted in recovery, therapy, education, employment, case management, spirituality, recreation, leisure, artistic expression and community living.

Posted by Benjamin Michael Passino on 04/04/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Criminal Probe at Winston-Derek

Alleged is correct, to bad no follow up was written. No wrong doing was ever proven.

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Posted by Jill Zarend-Peebles on 03/25/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

So this is what I recently learned (just what I've heard, maybe its not true, who knows)about how Aquinas came to retaliate against Blizzard. Blizzard's class representatives, Brian Lassiter and Katie Hayes were working with Aquinas employee Ms. Suzette Telli, filing false complaints against Blizzard, to try and get Blizzard kicked out of Aquinas after Blizzard slammed Ms. Lydia Grubb with a complaint for subjecting an entire class, rumored to be his class, of nursing students to old, used "Blood-Bags!!!!" Yeah! and, the blood-bags had actual human "blood" in them! and Ms. Grubb was handing the blood-bags to students to pass around the class...oh my god! how stupid can one school be? The story goes Blizzard refused to touch them and Ms. Grubb got pissed at him. Other students complained and OSHA came to Aquinas and fined the college, and made them sanitize all areas contaminated, provide proof to OSHA they had done what they were ordered to do, take pictures, barricade contaminated areas, and file and post a "WARNING" notice to all students at Aquinas of contaminated areas, an official response to OSHA, and ordered to dispose of the old used blood-bags. Out of pure retaliation Aquinas solicited Mr. Brian Lassiter who it was know was jealous of Blizzard's size (muscles), physique (Mesomorph), and looks and his height (6'3"). The girls were all very interested in Blizzard, and Brian Lasssiter being a very small, square, chubby guy who admitted to being a 'steroid-head' was always harassing Blizzard...asking Blizzard to work-out with him, asking him for training tips and so on, showing up at Blizzard's work uninvited, and just behaving like a creepy stalker. Katie Hayes, who tried to get Blizzard to go out with her, was angry because Blizzard wasn't interested and rejected her. So Aquinas, retaliating against Blizzard via Brian Lassiter and Katie Hayes to make it look like Blizzard had done something wrong, all the while Mr. Lassiter and Ms. Hayes were jealous, rejects who were just 'Haters.'

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Posted by haters on 03/17/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Losing The Connection

I am just now seeing this and it is a wonderful article. Gives some nice historical information. I was right up in the middle of all of this back in the day. And yes, we knew it was something special then but didn't know HOW special. The only thing I had really seen in comparison was "Backstreet" in Atlanta and I was overwhelmed by that. The Connection was posh and without attitude. Sometimes I almost like the original location better because of that lounge with the huge plate glass window that faced the dance floor. It helped shield some of the "thumpa-thumpa" where you could giggle, gossip and gab. The location on the river was just.....well....WOW! MONSTEROUS! When it first opened and you went in there your jaw dropped. It was very high class for Nashville and it was widely talked about. It is very true that straight and gay alike attended. You'd ask straight men and straight women why they came to Connections and they would always say, "The music. It's the best music in town." Up to this point the so called "dance music" played in the clubs were pitiful remixes of popular songs on the radio. This was different. It had an edge and was right on the cusp of all the techno dance music coming in.

The little "ass grabbin" bars as I like to call them, went out of vogue very quickly. It did the Warehouse in! The Chute tried to come back and expand but it never caught the glamour of Connections. However, the Chute catered to a different type of crowd. Connections was about the young'uns and boy did we take full advantage of it! I feel like I grew up inside Connections. I certainly became the person I wanted to be. And being from a rural town south of Nashville where you couldn't be yourself, THIS was a major breakthrough! Come as you are or who you think you are. You got to meet "city kids" and find out that you weren't any different. It was a whole new world opened up to me and it was fabulous!

I agree that the straight/gay alliance formed because of the place. Prior to that, the gay bars in Nashville were small. Hell, even to a young gay kid they were scary! I couldn't imagine being straight and trying to go in one of those dark, creepy clubs. LOL. The Connection was very colorful - very open and it had a variety of things including a gift shop, country bar and restaurant so there was a more easy feeling about it. Prior to that you basically went to these other bars to pick somebody up. There really wasn't much of a dance bar or place to be social. The Connection really did change the entire make up of gay social life in Nashville for YEARS. It was certainly a mecca and I sure am glad I got to experience it. I owe it a debt of gratitude for helping me be comfortable with who I am and to be the kind of person I wanted to be.

By the time it closed I was already into a relationship and that portion of my life was over. I've never been to Play so I'm really glad that as far as the Nashville gay life goes, my memories are with The Connection. Kids that have no clue about it and really don't understand how massive and impressive it was. Now all the little "theme" trendy bars are the rage and I feel kinda sorry for the kids today. They never had that experience with a club THAT big with THAT many people in it. There were THOUSANDS of people there on a good Saturday night and you had to walk a few blocks down in the warehouse district which was not exactly the best place in the world to be on foot. And that was not fun in the winter because they stopped having a coat check after a point! You left your coat in the car because you didn't wanna fool with it and you damn near froze to death with that wind coming off the water. LOL. AHHHHHHHHHHHH...........what a wonderful period in time.

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Posted by seywhut on 03/17/2014 at 3:27 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

All I can say is that Aquinas College has some major issues, their grading system is absurd, students need a 78 to pass. The nursing program tests are extremely hard and setup for students to fail them. They only want your money.
Peggy Daniel is the biggest bully and completely ignorant, she doesn't give a crap about male students and discriminates against them all the time. I wonder why she is still around.

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Posted by RN-Girl on 03/11/2014 at 2:33 AM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

Only a bunch of caustic idiotic catholics would think they'd be able to try and destroy someone's academic and professional career and get away with it. catholics are ignorant idiots! Relics of a time when people thought the world was flat. Remnants of an evil that once killed millions of innocent people for not believing what they believed..for not submitting to the will of catholicism, aka stupidity. They falsify documents, conflate events to muddy the waters, rape and molest children. Just disgusting people. They hide behind the relativistic nature that defines their body of ridiculous beliefs and silly philosophy, assert that 2 & 2 = 6, unless 5 is more convenient to try and stop the flow of knowledge and fact that 2 & 2 is 4. blahahhahaha...blah, relativism is king type nonsense. aquinas is a nothing school, poor white-trash running the show over there. They market themselves like they are a part of the Vatican, when in fact the Vatican does not recognize the Dominican branch of catholics. Dominicans were used during the Inquisition to do the Vatican’s dirty work and murder anyone and everyone they decided was a heretic. In modern society, Domincan’s no longer serve a purpose to the Vatican. But, if the murder of so-called heretics is ever put back in motion and a bid opens up there is no doubt the Dominicans, like those at aquinas, will be begging to for that contract. Another word about aquinas, being isolated is the least of their problems over there at aquinas. They have zero intelligence over there. These ruffians are the same wicked breed that existed during the inquisition, they just persecute secular people in a different way now. They couch there hatred for the world (non-catholics) the 'smart' people, and their stupidity in contrived smiles, false marketing, seemingly humble garb, and lies and more lies to bait young impressionable kids into becoming a student at aquinas, get those federal funds, and then kick them out of school. Ugly, Ugly, wicked people.

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Posted by nutjobinst on 03/08/2014 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Middle Tennessee designer Jeff Garner fights the fashion of conspicuous consumption and waste — with fashions

Trust fund baby narcissist Jeff Garner whom lives as a fraud is currently on his second divorce. Again found guilty of verbal and physical abuse Jeff is nothing of what he personifies in the public eye. Women should not support this man for he is a predator of women found to be very abusive behind closed doors.

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Posted by Jennifer on 03/06/2014 at 12:55 AM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

Lori Kelly is rumored to have been married to a doctor at St. Thomas Hospital, and the doctor was having fun, if you know what I mean, with a young really hot nurse at St. Thomas. I've heard Lori Kelly caught her husband with his new squeeze, and people have said Lori Kelly has hated men ever since. A hatred so strong, evidently, she now swings both ways. Even, some have said, Lori Kelly has made it known to female students she likes girls. Is she sleeping with them, or doing inappropriate stuff? I can't say for sure so I won't. who knows, but she could be. I've also heard that Lori Kelly especially hates big muscular men, because her husband was a big muscular handsome man like Blizzard. Sad she would team up with Peggy Daniel and Suzette Telli and others to attack Blizzard when he did nothing wrong, when being angry at her x-husband was probably her motivation.

I've personally worked with Aquinas nurse management people and I find them to be creepy, shady, and hostile. So I'm sure Blizzard was hating life at Aguinas surrounded by a lot of female lesbians who hate men. god, I can't imagine what Blizzard went through.

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Posted by slogun on 01/24/2014 at 7:45 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

I have a girl who works with me who was talking about Blizzard. It was obvious she wanted to f*** him while she was a student at Aquinas. Guess she never got any cause she was like, "he thought he was like all that...blah blah blah...." Found his pic online...Yeah boy, me like...Hot!!!

Posted by yeahboy on 01/23/2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “The late Neuhoff philanthropist Stephen McRedmond saw life where others saw only a killing floor

Can anyone tell me about Ravi Mohan Chaturvedula who is married to Theresa Mcredmond.

Posted by rama on 01/19/2014 at 12:55 PM

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