The Tennessee Tea Party and Hobby Lobby (seriously)

In an e-mail sent to supporters, the founders of the Tennessee Tea Party announced they will be stepping down from the group to focus on new projects:

Who would know that at our last rally a stranger would place a business card in Robert’s hand and encourage him to call a phone number? That this stranger believed completely in what Black Robe Regiment was all about? Who would know that the Lord would shut all doors around Robert and I, and at the same time move us into a new and deeper relationship with Him? Who would know that out of all the suffering our family has encountered, that when all the doors finally closed, one enormous door would fling wide open?

That door is Black Robe Regiment, Salt and Light Institute, and Genesis Events. Through the vehicle that is BRR, we have begun a new enterprise that is Salt and Light Institute, a not-for-profit entity that will provide ongoing weekly, monthly, and annual educational course offerings, seminars, and events operated by the founder, Robert Kilmarx, and governed by our board at BRR. Genesis Events is a for-profit event coordinator and management team, owned and operated by me, Tami Kilmarx. We have been offered the management for all these events through these three entities by a very gracious benefactor who has offered up his/their facility near Nashville. This benefactor has been around for a long time and has managed to acquire properties all over the U.S., Europe, Russia, and Australia.

According to a link in the e-mail, these new projects will be located at 612 W. Due West in Madison (the former Nashville Memorial Hospital site), but will not be affiliated with the various Gothard Ministry entities already located there, indicating Gothard's IBLP is not the mysterious benefactor.

So who is?

As they frequently do, property records tell the story.

A subsidiary of PNL — a standard run-of-the-mill vulture investment company — bought the old hospital for $2 million in 2001. Over the next two years, PNL moved some of that property to the state, city and various utilities (not unusual), but in 2003, they sold the main portion for $3.4 million to something called GDT CG1 LLC.

Two years later, GDT quitclaimed — for a grand total of zero dollars — this multi-million tract to the aforementioned IBLP, still the owner of record.

So who — or what — is GDT CG1, a real-estate investor so flush it can simply give away a $3 million-plus piece of property? While its name gives few clues, the LLC did not hide its affiliation in its filing with the Tennessee Secretary of State.

Turns out GDT CG1 is an arm of Hobby Lobby, the scrapbooking and sundry giant. Hobby Lobby is open about supporting various ministries, going so far as to list them on its website. In addition, a Google search shows GDT/Hobby Lobby does this all the time.

Jan 6, 2012 9:47 AM

Deed Geek: Shea sells short

Don't freak out, Predators fans, but Shea Weber sold his Hillsboro Village condominium Tuesday.

No reason to panic, as he still owns a home in Green Hills, according to property records.

Weber bought the condo in The Enclave back in his first full season in Nashville in 2006. He bought a new home three years later, but held on to the condo.

Weber, like so many other folks selling in this market, took a bit of a bath on his condo. He paid $383,900 for it five years ago and has sold it for $320,000. But it's doubtful there will be any tears shed: Remember that the Preds' captain just scored a franchise-record $7.5 million contract from a league arbitrator.

Aug 17, 2011 7:05 AM

Deed Geek: You Belong With Me?

Among the top-sellers in Nashville residential real estate this month is a lovely, 1930s, 5,000-ish square-footer — recently renovated — on Whitland. It was purchased by Dr. Michael Neuss and his wife, Gwyneth, for $1.24 million in a deal that closed late in April and was filed with the Davidson County Register of Deeds Monday. Dr. Neuss was named the Chief Medical Officer at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center back in February. He'll start that gig — he's VICC's first CMO — July 1.

Why are we giving you this free preview of Headline Homes when the next edition will appear in Monday's City Paper with the year-in-review edition in the following issue?

Frankly, it's to clear up some confusion.

Various celeb gossip blogs picked up this item recently from Us Weekly:

More proof their little girl is all grown up? Taylor Swift recently bought her mom and dad, Andrea and Scott Swift, a $1.4 million home in Nashville, Tenn..

The three-bedroom, 5,000 square-foot estate -- built in the 1920s -- was recently renovated and boasts a blue stone terrace and a massive outdoor fireplace. "It's an incredible house," a source close to the 21-year-old Grammy winner tells the new Us Weekly.

Sounds awfully familiar, right? Roughly the same size, same age, same price range, though not exactly right, as the house on Whitland. In compiling the April Headline Homes list, we figured we'd found Taylor's gift to mom and dad. Until the actual purchasers of the Whitland house were revealed via public record. 

So what gives?

In the wake of the US Weekly piece, Real Estalker ID'd the house more specifically:

Information about the brick-built residence that Your Mama horse-whispered out of the interweb shows that the somewhat staid but not particularly imposing residence (above) with its sensuous low-profile eyebrow dormer was at listed for $1,595,000. Property records reveal it was sold, way back in September 2010, for $1,400,000.

If Real Estalker is right — and why not? — then the new home of Mom and Dad of Taylor is not on Whitland itself, but rather around the corner on Bowling and was reported by the inestimable E. Thomas Wood back in October:

Who really owns this renovated 1920s home remains a tightly held secret, despite all the wiles typically deployed in researching this column. Morgan, of the Morgan & Akins law firm, has been known to represent celebrities in past real estate transactions.

The Penningtons listed it at just under $1.7 million and held on for more than six months before accepting the lower offer. Thomas Pennington, a lawyer formerly with Manier & Herod PC, is now a partner at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP in McLean, Va. Kathryn Pennington is also an attorney and practiced for some years with the Nashville firm of Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin PLLC.

So Us Weekly's "source close to the singer" got it right — just seven months late and coincidentially reported it at the same time as another, similar house was sold.

May 3, 2011 1:10 PM

Deed Geek: Bad Branding Edition

A good rule of thumb is if a company has an overly generic ("American Tennessee Corporation") or a truly ridiculous ("Little Miss Bubbles' Kat Kastles LLC") name, it will eventually be hit with a state tax lien. It happens every week.

But sometimes companies that draw the ire of the Department of Revenue have names that are a touch ironic. Such is the case with Maintaining Our Business LLC, a Nashville company slapped with a lien today, proving that an optimistic name is no guarantee of success. Not much information is forthcoming on the entity. In part because, in another level of humor, the LLC was administratively dissolved in August 2010.

Maintaining Our Business, it seems, did not.

Mar 17, 2011 2:09 PM

Deed Geek: Price of the Century

Duke Realty's sale of its three Century City buildings got filed Monday afternoon. Total price paid by the JV between a firm run by veteran local real estate investor Tom Smith and Alabama’s Harbert Management comes in it at $26.55 million. The JV mortgaged about $20 million of that, according to a filing with the Register of Deeds.
Feb 15, 2011 7:23 AM

Deed Geek: Mindy's big week

Controversial tabloid-fodder country music singer Mindy McCready has caught up on her taxes. The IRS filed a release of McCready's 2008 $119,856 tax lien Monday. The end of McCready's IRS troubles comes less than a week after the release of her new album, I'm Still Here, and the final episode of Season 3 of the Socratic wonder that is VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which featured the singer, who had a chart-topper in 1996 with "Guys Do It All The Time."
Mar 29, 2010 12:45 PM

Deed Geek: NHPP shirking on unemployment

The Nashville Homeless Power Project, the oft-controversial homeless advocacy nonprofit, is in a bit of trouble with the state. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development filed a lien against the group Monday for non-payment of unemployment taxes.
Mar 5, 2010 7:17 AM

Deed Geek: When not to lien

Filed today with the Davidson County Register of Deeds — a lien by the Stoneridge Townhomes Homeowners Association against one of its members for $1,950.75 (plus $630 in legal fees) in unpaid maintenance and other HOA fees. The delinquent property owner (and the name which piqued the Deed Geek's interest): former Tennessee Vol and Tennessee Titan Jesse Mahelona, who according to the filing had not paid his HOA dues for some time. Mahelona, sports fans may recall, died in a car accident in his native Hawaii back in September. The lien does not specifically seek payment from Mahelona's estate — though it's likely, of course, it will be settled in probate — but perhaps the HOA and its attorneys could have have held off on seeking the relatively small amount of money owed.
Feb 2, 2010 2:37 PM

MCC involved in foreclosure

Not that one. But fellow Deed Geeks trawling the Register of Deeds site lately may have noticed the surprisingly frequent occurrence of "MCC TN LLC" in foreclosure filings. Persistent Deed Geeks will see the company is the grantee on the form, immediately assuaging fears that somehow a yet-to-be-built civic project is facing a bank takeover. It turns out MCC TN is the local arm of McCurdy & Candler, a Georgia-based law firm specializing in business and real estate law. The Tennessee branch formed in November.
Jan 28, 2010 1:10 PM