Tygard seeks to rename council chambers after Scobey

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 2:12pm

Metro’s 40 council members could soon convene inside chambers named after former Vice Mayor David Scobey.

At-large Councilman Charlie Tygard and several other council members who worked with Scobey over the years are set to introduce legislation that would honor the city’s longest serving vice mayor, having presided over the council from 1971 through 1995. Scobey died in 2008.

“David Scobey molded the council into what we are today,” Tygard said. “He was fair. He was firm. He knew the rules. He presented a great face to the Metro Council that I think has continued on through the rest of the vice mayors. We’re a better city for his leadership and contributions.”

Other bill sponsors, according to Tygard, include Edith Langster, Tim Garrett, Frank Harrison, Rip Ryman and Parker Toler.

Tygard had previously hoped to rename the downtown Public Square in honor of Scobey, but pulled those plans after it became unclear whether the council or the parks board has naming rights for the square.

As part of Tygard’s new plan, a picture of Scobey and plaque could be installed above where current Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors sits today.

“If you can envision where the vice mayor sits,” Tygard said, “you would have a picture and a plaque to one side or the other so that as you stare at the vice mayor you would see the ‘David Scobey Council Chambers.’”

Marilyn Swing, the council’s master municipal clerk, is Scobey’s daughter. Swing sits below Neighbors during meetings.

Tygard said the bill would go before the council on the first of three votes on Dec. 6.

2 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 11/3/10 at 2:09

A great feature of Mr.Scobey was that he was never the lacky of
any of the Mayors he served with. That alone served the citizens
and taxpayers of Nashville like an independenly elected
head of the council should be. Unlike the last several Vice-Mayors
that have served in that capacity!

By: shinestx on 11/3/10 at 8:15

Is it too much to ask for these fat-@sses to actually do something useful. Naming things and renaming things (e.g. Changing the sensibly named 8th Ave to Rosa Parks... and Gateway to Korean Veterans [sic] Boulevard... Um, presumably the street is named for American Veterans of the Korean Conflict, or War if you prefer) is the height of a governing body with nothing better to do.