2015 Franklin Wine Festival Benefits Fellow Tennesseans

October 16, 2015 | The Factory at Franklin

FWF Committee LogoAn enjoyable night for foodies and wine connoisseurs benefiting our fellow Tennesseans… Please join me in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee!

I am proud to once again be a member of Franklin Wine Festival’s Silent and Live Auction Committee benefiting young Tennesseans of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBS). We are now in full swing for the upcoming event and need your support and donations as we collect items for this important fundraising auction. Suggested items that auction well are hard to find or rare wines, get-away trips, quality cigars, gift certificates, dining experiences, sports tickets, artwork, etc.

The annual Franklin Wine Festival, presented by Cool Springs Wines & Spirits and supported by Nissan is Middle Tennessee’s premier celebration of wine and food. Extensive offerings by Middle Tennessee’s finest chefs from 35 area restaurants and caterers – 300 selected wines from around the world – live entertainment – silent auction – live auction.

PURPOSE  Funds raised by this event are used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. BBBS programs introduce children to new opportunities for the future, positively impacting our children and the community.


I truly appreciate your consideration in supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Please feel free to give me a call or drop me a line with any questions or concerns.  All the best – Kenneth



It’s time for some Fireworks!

It’s time for some Fireworks!

July2014-eblast-imageAs the nation celebrates Independence Day on July 4th, Nashville hosts two popular and nationally-recognized events.  You don’t have to wait for the sun to go down for one of America’s best July 4th celebrations – the heat and the fireworks start early at the annual Music City Hot Chicken festival.

Food.. Music.. Fireworks.. Fun!  July’s In The News details the day’s activities and schedules for the Music City Hot Chicken Festival and Music City July 4th Celebration.  Also featured this month are Buying and Safety Tips for Grills courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS®, as well as a few new recipes and some southern favorites from the Tennessee Foodie blog to share during the summer months.


Wishing each of you a terrific month of July! As always, thank you for your continued support, feedback and referrals.

All the best – Kenneth

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Visit Our Farmers Markets and Support Our Fellow Tennesseans

Visit Our Farmers Markets and Support Our Fellow Tennesseans

Tennessee Farmers MarketThe farmers market is an excellent way to support our fellow Tennessean’s talents and hard work whether they are the farmer, artisan, craftsman, entrepreneur, baker and chef. April’s In The News highlights several of the local farmers markets.

Many of the markets also benefit worthy charitable organizations throughout Middle Tennessee. I invite you to check out the vibe of each of the farmers markets this year. This is also a great opportunity to EXPLORE these locations and neighborhoods to become more familiar with the charm and character of the Greater Nashville Area… Live! Work! Play!

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No Southern Hospitality from Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn

No Southern Hospitality from Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn
a response to Congressman Blackburn’s Press Release; 012514

Welcome President Obama to the Greater Nashville Area and the State of Tennessee!  We are honored to have you visit one of the most productive MSA’s in the United States.

See Congressman Blackburn, this is how you should welcome the President of the United States with southern graciousness. You have been focused far too long in the arena of your Washington DC politics that you need to brush up on your southern charm skills. A simple Welcome to Tennessee would have been much better received by Tennesseans rather than pulling out your political punching bag of tricks. I would think your political advisors would do a better job on your behalf since this press release focuses on the President’s Nashville visit, which as you know is not your base of support.


Each year the Greater Nashville area earns numerous top-tier national rankings for our strengths in business investment, quality of living, education, entrepreneurship, entertainment and diversity of population. The recognition of our communities’ existing features and future potential provides an impressive list. 2014 Rankings  2013 Rankings  2012 Rankings

These recognitions and rankings are achieved due to the hard work of our business leaders, local government leaders and chambers, community leaders and charitable organizations relentlessly serving the citizens of the Greater Nashville Area each day.

Congressman Marsha Blackburn’s statement:

“Welcome to Tennessee. While you’re here take a look around because this is what a thriving economy looks like. Despite what your teleprompter may tell you, our success is not a result of your failed policies. It’s rooted in what’s always made our state and country great- hard work, ingenuity and fiscal responsibility.

“We have the lowest debt ratio in the entire country, have been ranked the top state for Automotive Manufacturing Strength for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, are continually ranked as the number one state in the country for retirement and are largely considered one of the best states in which to practice medicine.

“Furthermore, in just a few short months hard working Tennesseans will be able to keep a little more of their income because of a fight I led while serving in the State Senate that prevented a state income tax. I knew then what I still know to be true today. When given the opportunity, free people will always be more successful at achieving and securing their own economic freedom than the government.

“All in all these are just a few of the many reasons why Tennessee is consistently ranked as one of the freest states in the country.

“However, we didn’t get here overnight. More than a decade ago we dealt with the failed experiment of TennCare, which was the precursor to Obamacare. TennCare tried to bankrupt our state just like how Obamacare promises to do the same for the rest of the country.

“Instead of letting the program ruin our economy, we banded together, made tough decisions and survived TennCare similar to how we will eventually survive Obamacare.

“The Tennessee Volunteer spirit is strong. It has taught us over time that we can weather any storm and fight our way back towards a path to prosperity.

“So enjoy your time in Tennessee and for the sake of the rest of the country, try to take a little bit of the Tennessee Volunteer spirit with you back to the White House.” http://www.fox17.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/tennessee-congressman-marsha-blackburn-issues-statement-president-obama-pending-visit-19194.shtml

Greater Nashville Home Sales Continue to Increase

Greater Nashville Home Sales Continue to Increase
Press Release by Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®, 120513

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 5, 2013) – There were 2,287 home closings reported for the month of November, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This figure is up 4 percent from the 2,198 closings reported for the same period last year.

Year-to-date closings through November are 28,476, an 18.9 percent increase from the 23,950 closings reported through November 2012. The total number of closings through November in 2013 already exceeds the 26,097 total closing for all of last year, with one full month remaining.

“2013 has been a year of meaningful improvement for home sales. The increase in November, though single digit, is evidence that the market in this region is stable and growing,” said GNAR President Price Lechleiter. “With more than 2,000 sales pending the Greater Nashville area is well on its way to 30,000 closings for the year. These signs are welcome as we begin to look toward 2014.”

There were 2,192 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,069 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 70 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during November was $195,000, and for a condominium it was $150,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $179,900 and $152,000, respectively.

Inventory at the end of November was 15,262, compared to 16,577 in November 2012.

“The median price for single family homes is up significantly, though down slightly for condominiums. Inventory remains low and will likely remain that way until early 2014 when seasonal home buying trends increase,” added Lechleiter. “Though there are fewer properties available now compared to 2012, it’s still very important for sellers to have a well-maintained, show ready home that is appropriately priced. Buyers looking during the holiday season are serious shoppers and transactions will definitely continue this month.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Source: GNAR Press Release, 120513 | Blog, In The News, distribution provided by Kenneth Bargers and Bargers Solutions, member of Pilkerton Realtors, residential real estate services located in Nashville, Tennessee

Supporting our Communities… Season of Giving


Tennessee: The VOLUNTEER State

We are known as the Volunteer State! This well-deserved reputation is historical in nature and takes on numerous meanings when you think of Tennessee’s volunteerism. Our reputation is evident in Middle Tennessee as we are blessed with an abundance of goodwill from individuals and organizations alike that contribute their time and resources throughout the year.

Season of Giving

This time of year, as we pause to give thanks during Thanksgiving, celebrate the gift of life during Christmas, and reflect on memories of 2013 and the possibilities of the upcoming year; we naturally think of others, their needs and what we can do to help during the Season of Giving.

Our communities’ volunteer and charitable organizations respond to numerous roles of participation. We all are aware of filling the food banks, gather clothing for the needy, promote coat drives, collect care packages for our men and women that volunteer their lives in the protection of all of us back home in the United States. There are also many unsung heroes that touch Tennesseans everyday whether through immediate survival or long-term needs.

Each November, I dedicate the newsletter as awareness of the NEED and CONTRIBUTION through volunteerism or financial support sought by these worthy organizations during the Season of Giving, and year-round. I invite you to visit these Middle Tennessee organizations to learn about their servicing philosophy and goals.

Visit these Charities

100 Club of Nashville; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee; Brightstone; Ronald McDonald House Charities Nashville; Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee; Thistle Farms; United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee

All the best – Kenneth