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Nashville Arbor Day Ceremony

Metro's Annual Arbor Day Ceremony Held March 14

Trees were planted in memory of four Nashvillians during the City's annual Arbor Day commemorative ceremony in Centennial Park. Emmett Edwards, a businessman and public servant for more than three decades, who recently served as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sports Authority; Scott Fillebrown, a community, church and business leader who served 16 years as Commissioner, Vice-Mayor, and Mayor of the City of Belle Meade and served on the Metro Council; Sherry Force, a long-time employee of MNPS at Granbery Elementary School and dedicated environmentalist who, among other accomplishments, assisted with the opening of one of Nashville’s first recycling drop-off sites; and Al Gray, along term investigator for the Davidson County DA’s Office whose career also included 19 years with the Metro Police Department.

Mayor Karl Dean; Tn Department of Agriculture Senior Urban Forester, Bruce Webster; Metro Parks and Recreation Director, Tommy Lynch; Randy Lovett, Public Works Acting Director; Metro Beautification and Environment Commission Director, Veronica Frazier; Metro Beautification and Environment Commission Education Specialist, Jeffrey Ezell; Metro Tree Advisory Committee Chairman,Chris Armour; and other officials led the ceremony which included a presentation of the “My Favorite Tree” student essay. This year’s winners were:

  • 1st Place - JT Moore Middle School - Olivia Rhee
  • 2nd Place - Harding Academy- Emma Mirnics
  • 3rd Place - Meigs Middle Magnet School - Victoria Guo

Trees were also planted in honor of retired Metro Public Works employee Vickie Ingram and in honor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County 50th anniversary.

Nashville received its first Tree City USA Growth Award in recognition of Mayor Karl Dean’s creation of the Metro Landscape Coordination Program for environmental improvements and higher levels of tree care. Nashville also received its 18th “Tree City USA”designation, and NES was recognized for a 5th year by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters as a “Tree Line USA Utility.”

The Metro Tree Advisory Committee’s George H Cate, Jr. award was presented to Mark Magnuson owner of East Nashville business,Anode, an interactive design company. Of the award, Councilman Peter Westerholm said, “It is nice to see East Nashville's Anode receive city-wide recognition for their tree and beautification efforts. Their location along our community's main corridor makes their example an inspiration for others to follow in making Main Street a welcoming place for business, residents, and visitors alike. “

“Arbor Day is a special day for our city,” said Metro Beautification and Environment Director, Veronica Frazier, of the event. “Arbor Day gives us the perfect opportunity to come together to plant trees. By doing so, we say that trees are important to us individually and also as a community.”

Tree City USA designation banner

Vickie Ingram receives award

George Cate presents award

(Left to Right on Stage) Bruce Webster, Veronica Frazier, Torry Johnson, Vickie Ingram, Anode Owner Mark Magnuson, and Chris Armour

Bruce Webster (center) presenting Tree Line USA Utility designation to NES’s Allen Bradley and Dennis Boehms

2013 Arbor Day Ceremony Photos

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2013 Arbor Day Ceremony Highlights

My Favorite Tree Essay Contest

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2013 Winning Arbor Day Essays