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A Promise Kept: Memoirs of a Metropolitan Councilman

Stanley, James Bruce

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ISBN 10: 1577363493 / ISBN 13: 9781577363491
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Title: A Promise Kept: Memoirs of a Metropolitan ...

Publisher: Providence Publishing Corporation

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James Bruce Stanley was elected to the Nashville Metropolitan Council in 1995 as a passionate neighborhood and citizens’ rights advocate. He promised supporters that he would give them a voice in Metro activities and that he would never support something against their wishes or best interests. What the young public servant discovered, however, was that joining the forty-member Metro Council would be an adventure in citizenship, large municipal management, closed-door politics vs. community rights, and big-business incentive deals. From his seat on the Metro Council, Stanley shared in some of Nashville’s biggest challenges, including the wooing of a professional hockey team, the corporate incentives that brought Dell Computers to Nashville, and the controversial deal that allowed football team owner Bud Adams to move the then-Houston Oilers to Tennessee and receive great favor from the Metro government. In A Promise Kept, Stanley gives an insider’s portrait of this increasingly popular form of local government and how it impacts the people and communities that make up Metropolitan Nashville and surrounding communities.

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James Bruce Stanley developed a passion for public service while growing up in the Donelson-Hermitage area of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1995, he was elected to the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Council and served as representative for its fourteenth district until 2003.

While on the Metro Council, Stanley chaired the Education; Parks, Library, and Recreation; Noise Mitigation; and the McGavock Cluster Capital Needs Committees. In addition, he served on the Council’s Planning, Zoning, and Historical Committee; the Transportation and Aviation Committee; the Storm Water Management Task Force; the Tornado Recovery Board; and the Courthouse Commemoration Committee. Stanley also served as a Council representative on the Metropolitan Nashville Greenways Commission.

Stanley graduated from McGavock High School and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University. He completed the teacher licensure program at MTSU and is certified as a teacher of secondary education history.

A resident of Donelson, Stanley currently serves on the board for the Stanford Estates Homeowners’ Association and is an active member of the Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association. He co-authored Donelson & Hermitage, Tennessee: A Suburban History, which was published by Hillsboro Press in 2003.

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