Obsession: Lakewood has a fixed history

Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 11:45pm

Lakewood is most famous these days for being a little stretch on Old Hickory Boulevard where it is wise to hit the brakes. The “independent city,” which never fully joined up with Metro, has a reputation — cultivated and deserved or not — as a speed trap.

But now the Slow Down City has a new controversy on its hands. The pro-Metro forces won the vote to finally join the consolidated government by the slimmest possible margin: 400-399.

Lakewood leaders — a decidedly anti-Metro bunch — are preparing their challenge to the vote, with the council setting aside money to formally contest the results.

There are rumors circulating of Lakewoodians having to ask for the referendum ballot. There are rumors of non-Lakewoodians getting to vote on the referendum.

It’s a very sticky situation.

Perhaps to some old-timers it seems a little too familiar. Maybe to the longtime residents, as they look around town trying to decide which anti-Metro voter stayed home or which on-the-fencer voted for consolidation or where the ineligible voter came from, they look up and down the OHB at Lakewood’s two neighboring burgs and think of the old days.

Lakewood sits between Old Hickory and Hopewell on the boulevard: Old Hickory, where Garner Robinson pulled the strings for the Sheridan-Robinson machine that controlled Nashville for decades; and Hopewell, a now mostly forgotten wide spot in the road where Robinson and his cronies allegedly manufactured decisive margins in key elections.

James Squires wrote a whole book about the secrets of the Hopewell Box, about all the (alleged) vote rigging that came out of this one little corner of Davidson County. Who knows how many jiggered ballot boxes passed through what is now Lakewood as the funeral-director-cum-sheriff and his pals inflated the numbers?

So, forgive the folks in Lakewood if they smell something fishy about the vote. They’ve seen a fix a before.

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5 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 8/23/10 at 3:14

This little village shows that the lower middle class surely have some connection to underclass values.

By: gohomenow on 8/23/10 at 10:13

If underclass values means not wanting to be a part of Carpetbagger Karl Dean's big growth rip you off machine then yeah that's what I am.

By: gohomenow on 8/23/10 at 11:39

And yes, as a citizen of Lakewood I am proud of Lakewood's reputation as a speed trap. Keeps idiot drivers from running over us.

By: breathofdeath on 8/23/10 at 1:24

But Lakewood is still a part of Metro regardless of the status of the Lakewood city charter. Lakewood residents pay Metro property taxes, are subject to Metro's codes and laws, and are a part of the General Services District. So if you live in Lakewood you're "a part of Carpetbagger Karl Dean's big growth rip you off machine" no matter what.

By: rbull on 8/23/10 at 1:45

For gohomenow ....I respect you being a resident of Lakewood and yes your little community has the reputation of being a speed trap and some of those redneck police officers on staff will stop anybody for any thing. Yes if you are doing 41 in a 40 miles speed limit and yes they hide behind buildings and trap people. Now you say to keep the idiots from running over you, I saw it must be idiots like you in the middle of the road or you would not be run over. LAKEWOOD IS A SPEED TRAP TOWN AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN.