Friday, October 29, 2010

Wells Fargo admits mistakes in 55K foreclosures

Antioch, Cane Ridge students learn whether zones will change

By Julie Hubbard • The Tennessean • October 28, 2010 The Metro Nashville Public School District is sending out letters this week to about 2,000 students in the Cane Ridge and Antioch High School cluster zones who may be affected by redistricting next school year. “The Antioch and Cane Ridge areas have seen significant population growth over a number of years,” said Chris Weber, the district’s director of student assignment. The redistricting changes are the first-year implementation of a 10-year plan for managing the growth in the southern Davidson County. The school board approved the plan last summer. Parents will receive a letter by way of students that explains which school their child will be assigned to attend next fall, as well as where to learn about other available school options. A second copy will be mailed home. Changes will not affect enrollment for children currently assigned or approved to attend an out-of-zone school or magnet school.

TN lawmakers consider making discipline of judges public

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Council tabling proposal to restrict restaurants near churches, parks

Nashville Business Journal - by Eric Snyder Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 10:19am CDT - Last Modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 4:58pm CDT UPDATE: District 29 Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite said she is deferring indefinitely her proposal to prohibit nightclubs, bars and restaurants from locating within 100 feet of a school, church, park or single- and two-family homes. Wilhoite said she has tabled the proposal so she can work with the Metro Planning Commission staff on a proposal they could support. Staff at the Planning Commission, which was to hear the proposal at today's regular meeting, had recommended disapproval. Wilhoite said said restaurants, bars and nightclubs were included because of the amount of traffic and customers they create — and impact that results on surrounding neighborhoods — not because of the nature of the businesses. Wilhoite said she hopes to craft new legislation that she says will smooth the transitions between residential and commercial areas. For more info click here

Subject: Antioch's Gran Dale Mansion to get makeover

Hello District 29 Neighbors: The Glendale House in Nashboro Village which we affectionately call, The White House, is getting a make over. For the past months since June, Mr. David Waynick, the proud owner and his crew has worked tirelessly on this jewel in District 29. I have discussed with Mr. Waynick at length about the great work that he is doing and his love for preservation. Check out the article that appeared in the Tennessean Davidson AM about a week ago. Here is the article just in case you missed it! Enjoy! Gratefully, Vivian To view the contents on, go to:

Price hike set for Metro waste disposal facilities

Comcast drives growth with pricier bundles

Thursday's crime log: Fatal shooting near TSU

By Andy Humbles • THE TENNESSEAN • October 28, 2010 A person police believe was a Tennessee State University student was shot and killed at about 7 p.m. Wednesday while riding in an SUV near campus. The victim was in the backseat of the SUV with two other passengers riding in an alley behind the 2500 block of Jefferson Street, according to Metro Police Captain Chris Taylor. A person standing in the alley fired a gunshot through the back windshield of the vehicle and hit the victim, Taylor said. The driver drove to Skyline Medical Center where the victim died, said Taylor. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of the family. No information is yet available on a possible connection between the shooter and the vehicle, Taylor said. Police at the North Precinct have a “viable lead,’’ on a suspect in the shooting according to Taylor.

Hundreds of Nashville flood victims may be missing out on help

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Federal Reserve joins foreclosure inquiry

Hickory Hollow Mall leases go to Metro Council

Metro to pay $1.8M annually for space in Hickory Hollow By Michael Cass • THE TENNESSEAN • October 26, 2010 Metro government would pay more than $1.8 million a year to lease space at Hickory Hollow Mall for several city facilities under plans Mayor Karl Dean has sent to the Metro Council. The three lease agreements, with terms of 10 to 15 years each, call for Metro to rent more than 350,000 square feet in the former J.C. Penney and Dillard's buildings and in nine spaces on the mall's first floor. The city eventually would have options to buy the Penney and Dillard's buildings. Dean announced last month that he planned to build a community center, a library, a public health center, a park, and the Tennessee State Fairgrounds flea market and expo center at the mall near Bell Road and Interstate 24. His administration filed the lease proposals with the council office Friday, giving them a chance to win final approval by mid-December. Under the three agreements, Metro would: • Lease 138,189 square feet in the J.C. Penney building for $690,945 a year — $5 per square foot. The city would be able to buy the building from Hickory Hollow/SB LLC for up to $4 million after two years, with the purchase price dropping with each passing year. The two-story Penney building would house a 23,000-square-foot library and archives reading room; a new home for the library system's archives; and a 25,000-square-foot regional community center. A "multi-acre" public park would sit in front of the building, which would have 362 parking spaces. • Lease 200,000 square feet in the Dillard's building for $1 million a year, also $5 per square foot. Metro would be able to buy that building from Hickory Hollow/SB LLC for an estimated $5 million after four years. About half of the purchase price, which would drop by $200,000 each year, would repay Hickory Hollow/SB LLC for building out the space for Metro's use as a flea market and expo center. Dean wants to redevelop the fairgrounds, which will stay open until the mall is ready for its events. Hickory Hollow/SB LLC still needs to close on its purchase of the facility from Dillard's, Metro Finance Director Rich Riebeling said. • Lease 15,351 square feet of reception and clinic space from Hickory Hollow Mall Limited Partnership for the public health center on the mall's first floor. Metro would pay $12 to $16.12 per square foot over 15 years, with annual rent starting at $184,212 and ending at $247,458. The agreement says Metro ultimately could consolidate the services it offers in that space with programs in other "mutually agreeable space" owned by Hickory Hollow Mall Limited Partnership or any of its affiliates. The city also can terminate the lease with 90 days' notice if it loses federal funding. Hickory Hollow owner CBL & Associates Properties Inc., which is based in Chattanooga, controls both of the entities Metro is negotiating with, Riebeling said. Contact Michael Cass at 615-259-8838 or

Debt defers retirement dreams for workers over 55

TN revenue department shuffles staff before end of Bredesen's term

Monday, October 25, 2010

Metro's Most Wanted & Arrested

Sam's Club parking lot robbers arrested

Tennessean Two men suspected in the robbery of a woman's purse in a Nashville store parking lots have been arrested, according to the Metro Police Department. Deon Townsend, 19, and Marcus Norman, 23, both of 31st Avenue South, are charged with robbing a woman of her purse at 6:55 p.m. Saturday as she pushed a shopping cart to her vehicle in the parking lot of Sam’s Club at 1300 Antioch Pike. According to police, the suspects were stopped minutes. An officer, who had heard about the robbery on the dispatch radio, stopped the suspects' vehicle on Haywood Lane near Interstate-24 for a headlight violation Townsend later admitted to other similar robberies,according to police, including one on Oct. 13 of a woman in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Hamilton Church Road. Townsend is being charged in that case according to police.

Companies may weigh dropping health plans

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Davidson County Briefs: Restaurants warned of fake health inspectors

For the second time in recent months, local health officials are warning restaurants about scammers posing as health inspectors. At least seven restaurants notified the Metro Health Department after receiving suspicious calls from someone wanting to set up a food inspection. Food inspections are unannounced and are not scheduled over the phone or on a website. Metro Health inspectors are required to carry photo identification and will never ask for sensitive information over the phone, officials said. Metro issued a similar warning in late June. — NANCY DEVILLE THE TENNESSEAN Stones River Greenway to use old bridge The old Lebanon Pike bridge has been converted to a pedestrian walkway giving cyclists and walkers easier access to the east side of the Stones River Greenway. The greenway expansion includes a trail that runs beneath Lebanon Pike and connects across the river to Stones River Road. Previously walkers were forced to cross traffic on Lebanon Pike to use the greenway trail. Starting at the Percy Priest Dam, this 10-mile trail follows the Stones River, connecting neighborhoods, shopping areas, schools and parks until it reaches the Cumberland River near Opry Mills. Construction has begun on the Cumberland River Greenway extension from MetroCenter to Tennessee State University, which will be part of the greenway system that will link to the Stones River Greenway. — NANCY DEVILLE THE TENNESSEAN Haunted Nashville earns national ranking in top 25 Haunted Attraction Magazine has ranked Nathan Hamilton's Haunted Nashville in Hermitage among this year's 25 Must See Haunts nationwide — the first time any site in Tennessee made the list. "What we look for is great actors that stay in character, good costuming and their effectiveness in scaring people," said Leonard Pickel, editor with the Cincinnati-based trade publication. Guests experience paranormal activity followed by a startled scare. The attraction concentrates on illusions and special effects rather than the blood, gore and chain saws found at many haunted houses. Putting on 16 shows requires at least 60 actors and 25 support staff. Haunted Nashville, off Lebanon Pike, drew about 10,000 guests last year. — GETAHN WARD THE TENNESSEAN

Wanted: 1,000 ideas to make Nashville better after flood

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Michael Cooper - "Murals and More"

Hello All, I received this email from a good friend and outstanding artist, Michael Cooper. His work will be in District 29 very soon! Vivian - Just finished painting this CSX underpass in Bellevue, TN. Thought you’d like to see it. We’re actually going to have Bellevue Middle School students permanently mounting large artwork to the walls to resemble a gallery. Should look pretty cool. Anyway, hope all is well. Looking forward to working with you. Mike

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Sprinklers extinguish uniform supply warehouse fire

WKRN Channel 2 Posted: Oct 22, 2010 8:48 AM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A uniform supply store warehouse in South Nashville caught fire early Friday morning. The fire started just before 3 a.m. at G & K Services located on Airpark Commerce Drive. Fire investigators believe the fire was the result of a spontaneous combustion from items that were laundered in Memphis and delivered to the warehouse. The company's sprinkler system extinguished the blaze before firefighters arrived, leaving only smoldering piles of material. "I know there are rags in bundles and bags and different things with clothing and cloth," Nashville Fire Dept. Dist. Chief Ricky Taylor said. "It's hard to tell exactly what all is in there. A lot of it is melted, burned." The sprinkler system helped prevent any structural damage to the warehouse. Site workers do not know how many uniforms were damaged in the blaze.

At Halloween, 'gross' treats are cool, but chocolate still rules

TN jobless numbers don't tell whole story

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fire destroys Priest Lake home

STAFF REPORTS • October 20, 2010 Fire investigators are looking into what caused a blaze at 2921 Harbour View Drive near Percy Priest Lake. The home was a total loss, District Fire Chief Ricky Taylor said. The home was up for sale and had been vacant for some time, he said. Fire crews got the call just before 4 p.m. No one was injured.

Bredesen defends revenue commissioner

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Antioch cross country teams rule district

Runners repeat as champions By Lea Ann Overstreet • THE TENNESSEAN • October 20, 2010 Antioch High School's boys and girls cross country teams are back-to-back district champions. The two teams swept the district championships held Oct. 7 at Shelby Park, producing the first-place runners with multiple members in the top 10. The teams entered the competition undefeated, but that is not what makes these teams great, said Jamie Jenkins, boys coach. "The coaching staff values integrity over wins," Jenkins said. "We believe that success is a product of integrity, dedication, courage and hard work. We demand these from our athletes, and the result has been the successes we have been blessed with." Antioch's boys team finished with three runners in the top 10, with Quamel Prince taking first. Prince, a junior, kept the title of district runner of the year, a moniker he won at the 2009 championships. According to Metro Schools, Prince also set a national record at this summer's Junior Olympics in the Intermediate 800 with a time of 1:51:68, breaking a record set in 2006. Freshman Mamush Midagsa finished third at the championships, and Ron Higdon finished eighth. Other members of the varsity squad are Joseph Brown, Christian Elmore and Brandon Gentry. The girls had five runners in the top 10. "Our team has worked extremely hard to get to this point, and I am truly grateful to be associated with this team as well as this school," said Michael Beem, girls coach. Shaina Johnson finished first and was runner of the year. Oteia Prince, last year's runner of the year, finished third, followed by Andranae Lavender in fourth. Hikma Koko finished seventh and Rylee Thompson finished eighth. Other members of the varsity squad are JaKeima Campbell and Alleigha Williams. Of the 25 runners, nine set personal records, Jenkins said, and the teams will concentrate on qualifying for the Nov. 6 state meet. Jenkins describes all the cross-country members as hard-working, well-mannered leaders who have become a family that encourages one another, never letting each other give up. "Something that we reiterate to our athletes regularly is a quote by Martin Luther King, 'The measure of a man is not where he stands during times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands during times of challenge and controversy,' " Jenkins said. "We tell our athletes that when it gets tough out there running, what will they do? Give up or keep pressing forward? "This is practice for life. If you don't give up now, you won't give up in life. It will become part of who you are as a person, someone who never gives up and has the courage to keep moving forward when things get tough," he said. Jenkins and Beem each won the title of boys and girls district coach of the year for the district for the second straight year.

Latest crash renews grieving mom's push for better emergency response

Nearest unit should respond, she saysBy Chris Echegaray • THE TENNESSEAN • October 20, 2010 Lori Gregory, who lost her son in a car crash on Springfield Highway, says a fatal wreck on the same stretch of road last weekend shows the continued need for the closest ambulance available to respond rather than have such aid stop at the county line. A 59-year-old motorcyclist and his daughter were struck on Saturday in Goodlettsville when a vehicle switched lanes. It happened 10 feet from the site of the crash that took the life of Gregory's son, J.R. Ballentine, on May 30. A few miles down the road, county ambulances were available in Greenbrier and Ridgetop in Robertson County, Gregory said. They were never called, she said. "We can talk to astronauts on the moon, so why can't we coordinate our 911?" Gregory said. "It's frustrating. All it takes is a phone call. Metro and the counties need to do something." Gregory is reaching out to state representatives about the issue she says will persist near county lines. She wants a law enacted that would erase political boundaries in medical emergencies and require that the closest unit respond. A 2004 state law authorizes and provides a framework allowing emergency agencies across Tennessee to request and provide mutual aid. Assistance has to be specifically requested and is not automatic throughout most of Middle Tennessee. In Davidson near Robertson County Gregory's 18-year-old son and a passenger died in a two-vehicle crash a mile from the Robertson County line. The accident was called in at 5:10 p.m. Ambulances sent from other parts of Davidson County picked them up, and they arrived at Vanderbilt University Medical Center minutes before 6 p.m. Saturday, Rickey Otts, 59, was barely alive after the collision. His daughter, Tiffany Coe, 32, was his passenger on the motorcycle. She was injured but conscious. A Good Samaritan helped them and waited for emergency crews to get to the stretch of road that's in Goodlettsville, part of Davidson County. Nashville Fire Department District Chief Charles Shannon said that he would not be able to get the response time to Saturday's crash until today. Greenbrier Mayor Billy Wilson said Metro has the option to call for mutual aid. "He still had a pulse," said Wilson, also chief of the small town's volunteer fire department. "We have a mutual aid agreement. All Metro has to do is ask for it. We can't just show up." Liability, insurance and concerns about boundaries keep available ambulances from helping, Wilson said. "We can't self-dispatch," he said. "It opens it up for a lawsuit." The Good Samaritan was Wilson's daughter, a trained medical first responder. Contact Chris Echegaray at 615-664-2144 or

Metro Council gives Omni Hotel the green light

Nashville claims win in battle over cost of land near Music City Center

Private Medicare insurance options for seniors shrink

Where to get advice on Medicare health, drug plans

Tennessean October 20, 2010 Resources to compare Medicare health and prescription drug plans, find other answers. MedAssurance: nonprofit provides Medicare help. Contact: Mary Beth Best, 615-788-5925 Tennessee State Health Insurance Program: Call the helpline, 1-877-801-0044. Medicare toll-free info line: 1-800-MEDICARE. Medicare Rights Center: Consumer hotline, 1-800-333-4114 SAMPLE: MIXED BAG ON COSTS Charles M. Jones, a 65-year-old retired hospital executive, must pick another Medicare Advantage plan because HealthSpring will discontinue his old one next year. Costs under a new plan he’s considering are similar to his current payments. Category Old plan 2011 plan Monthly premium: $26; $26 Doctor’s visit (co-pay): $15; $10 Specialist (co-pay): $30; $40 Hospital stay (per admission): $225; $300 SOURCE: CHARLES M. JONES / HEALTHSPRING

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Today's Metro Council, committee meetings

Tennessean Staff reports • October 19, 2010 Tuesday’s Metro Council and committee meeting schedule at the Metro Courthouse: 4:30 p.m.: Codes, Fair & Farmers Market Committee — Committee Room 1. 4:30 p.m.: Health, Hospitals & Social Services Committee — Committee Room 4. 4:30 p.m.: Public Works Committee — Committee Room 2. 5 p.m.: Rules-Confirmations-Public Elections Committee — Committee Room 2. 6 p.m.: Council Member Announcements — Council Chamber. 6:30 p.m.: Metro Council — Council Chamber. For more information, call 862-6780

Nashville council may turn loan to Visitors Bureau into grant

ADHD, Suicide, and Parenting; Giving Your Kids Tools for Coping with Depression and Suicide

Article Taken Fron ADHD in Focus By Kathryn Goetzke (During such Troubling Times - thought this article might hlep parents) It seemed fairly obvious to me that those with ADHD have a higher rate of suicide and depression, but I was surprised to learn that according to WebMD research both are 4-6 times more likely to occur in those with ADHD than those without it. That scares me, and it’s a tricky subject because some research suggests that when you talk to students about suicide it puts the thought in their mind, and they are more likely to try it. Thankfully, recent research is starting to suggest that kids already know about it, so in fact talking about it does just the opposite and helps prevent it. While technology can exacerbates symptoms of ADHD, it is also a blessing in crisis situations. If you think about it, ADHD minds spin quickly, repetitively and impulsively. One distracting thought of ‘my life would be better if i weren’t here’ can snowball into a suicide attempt in the blink of an eye. The good news is technology has made it possible for these same kids to get help IMMEDIATELY. There are online groups, suicide hotlines and online support groups. It’s absolutely amazing that there are so many resources at the touch of a button, kids just have to know they are there and how to use them. The recent research suggests parents talk to children about suicide, and I agree. Unfortunately, if you’re a parent talking to your child, you’ll most likely bring some guilt and shame to that conversation even without knowing it. Just remember it’s not your fault. Having experienced these issues first hand, some tips I have for parents: •Talk to your child in a ‘please pass the butter’ voice. If you are too emotional try again. •Don’t put them on the spot – ‘Are you suicidal?’ can often appear threatening or embarrassing to the child. •Let them know depression is a medical problem and they are welcome to talk to you or someone anytime, just as they would with their foot or ankle or brain. •Encourage them to talk to others for support if they are feeling bad, and give them some online resources. •Let them know that should they ever feel desperate, there are immediate solutions available to them that they should write down / carry with them. Give them a personal friend, a suicide hotline (1-800-suicide), their doctor, a school counselor, and someone else impartial that they trust. •Let them know that if you are in a fight with them, you still love and accept them and would want them to reach out, if not to you, someone above. •Remind them that it is a temporary feeling, and it passes. Share stories of similar people that have successfully gotten through it / accomplished great things. •Soon we will have an online crisis center available as well. If I knew that it was normal, I wouldn’t have had such panic when those feelings arose. I might not have run from them through various escape routes and actually felt them. And during the times that I felt like my parents were NEVER going to forgive me and that I was the WORST kid ever, I would have had options to talk to people besides just them. Even if you do not think your child is suicidal / ever has the potential, you never really know. Especially if they have ADHD. I think every parent and person that has ever lost someone to suicide would say that it is much better to be safe and take the risk of talking, then sorry.

Majority Of Deleted Dashcam Videos Can Be Recovered

Channel 5 News Posted: Oct 18, 2010 5:28 PM CDT Updated: Oct 18, 2010 11:13 PM CDT by Brent Frazier NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dozens of suspected drunk drivers, arrested by Metro Police, might be relieved to learn dash-cam video of their alleged offense is missing in action. Metro Police are just relieved to learn the accidental purging of those computer generated files does not appear to be the department's fault. The incident, in video form, might be off the radar, but suspected DUI offenders are not off the hook. "We make DUI (driving under the influence) cases every day, without video. Obviously, having the video is very persuasive. But these cases will go on, with or without the video," Steve Anderson, Metro's interim police chief, told reporters Monday afternoon, shortly after findings of a third party investigation were released. The Hermitage based company Deloitte, after a careful, forensic review, ruled that Kansas-based ICOP Digital, Inc., is responsible for the communication breakdown that caused the deletion of countless, video files this past spring. ICOP is the vendor who sold Metro the computer software equipment designed to record and archive any video generated by police in-car video. The lengthy report points to a May 25 date as a significant turning point. That's the day Metro PD's computer server got a system upgrade, at the hands of ICOP, explained Keith Durbin, a spokesperson for Metro government. Durbin said the police department's IT department admits to having knowledge of the May 25 system upgrade. Someone, internally, even gave the computer expert access, according to Durbin. What the police department's computer savvy staffers did not plan for, and were not warned of, according to Durbin, was the subsequent electronic fallout; the triggering of settings, already in place, that appear to be the result of that software upgrade. "(Department staffers) did not anticipate (glitches) when the update happened, and therefore - that confluence of events caused the deletions and purges," Durbin told reporters. While this might not be the most favorable exposure for ICOP, this revelation comes as a tremendous relief to Metro PD's top brass, who were accused at one time of tampering or destroying evidence. It's proof that, "no one at the police department had the means or the ability to erase any videos," interim chief Anderson said. NewsChannel 5 was unable to get official comment from ICOP Digital, Inc., but the company's president and CEO has said in past interviews that it was Metro PD who dropped the ball; that the police department seemed unwilling, at least early-on, to listen to company experts trying to avert such a crisis; and that the PD did not successfully install a backup system as an electronic safety net. The 63 DUI traffic stops, currently missing in video form, could be retrievable by Metro's IT department. To read the full report, you can go to Email:

Man Beaten, Robbed Overnight At Apartment Complex

News Channel 5 Posted: Oct 19, 2010 6:39 AM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man was beaten, pistol-whipped and robbed at his apartment complex on Hickory Highlands Drive, just off Bell Road in Antioch. Police said the victim had just gotten out of his car around 1 a.m. when he was approached by two men who demanded his wallet and keys. Police are searching for the two men. The victim was treated at a local hospital, and he is expected to be okay.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Families welcomed to Habitat for Humanity homes

Tennessean October 18, 2010 DAVIDSON COUNTY The first six families of Park Preserve, a community that is being built on 220 acres by Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity, were welcomed to their new homes with a ceremony at each house Sunday. The six homes in the new community are off of Ewing Drive, between Brick Church Pike and Dickerson Pike. The families include a Nashville native, Burundi immigrants and a mother of two who works at a medical clinic, Habitat said in a statement. Nashville Area Habitat purchased the 220 acres for $2.2 million two years ago. The habitat homeowners pay mortgages based on appraised values of $126,000 to $147,000. The homeowners are required to take classes on homeownership. The delinquency rate for Nashville Area Habitat is around1 percent. For more information, call 254-HOME (4663) or visit — CHRIS ECHEGARAY

Metro Council committee meetings scheduled today

Tennessean Staff Reports • October 18, 2010 Today’s Metro Council schedule includes the following meetings: 4 p.m.: Council Budget & Finance Committee — Metro Council Chamber. 4:45 p.m.: Convention & Tourism Committee — Committee Room 1. 4:45 p.m.: Planning, Zoning & Historical Committee — Council Chamber. 5:15 p.m.: Personnel-Public Information-Human Relations-Housing Committee — Committee Room 4. 5:15 p.m.: Public Safety-Beer & Regulated Beverages Committee — Committee Room 2. 5:30 p.m.: Education Committee — Council Chamber. 5:45 p.m.: Parks, Library & Recreation Committee Meeting — Committee Room 3. For more information, call 862-6780

TN seeks more graduates with science degrees for high-tech jobs

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Metro police inform residents on gang related activities

Posted: Oct 16, 2010 7:10 PM CDT Antioch residents learn about gang activities 1:46 Antioch, Tenn. – Metro police held a presentation to inform people about gang related activities on Saturday morning. Dozens of Antioch residents attended the presentation, which was held at the Spirit of Life Church, to learn more about gang issues. The presentation consisted of a slide show that showed the history of gangs and also explained gang hand signs, colors and symbols used by gang members. "It really concerns the citizens when they start seeing these [gang] names, whatever gang name they use. People don't know the symbols," Councilman Robert Duvall told News 2. Metro police explained to attendees that not all graffiti is gang symbolism. "It's not all gang related, but it is all vandalism, so it is important to get that taken care of," Sergeant Suzanne Stephens told News 2. Most of the citizens that attended Saturday's meeting not only fear gang-related activity, but also have sympathy for the kids that get involved with gangs. "Kids start getting into gangs because they are intimidated, because they are not feeling loved," meeting attendee Linda Polk said, adding, "It's up to adults to start stepping up and letting these kids know we do them." Brother Craig Schaub is the pastor of the Spirit of Life Church where Saturday's meeting was held. He told News 2 he feels that kids are getting involved with gangs due to deterioration of families. "Everyone is looking for someone to look up to," Schaub said. He said that if children can't look up to someone at home, then they will look elsewhere.

Communications breakdowns led to confusion on severity of Nashville flooding

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two shot in South Nashville

Jenny Upchurch • The Tennessean • October 16, 2010 Two men walking on Lutie Street in South Nashville were shot at by a group in a car early Saturday morning, according to Metro Police. One man was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with life-threatening wounds. No identities have been released.

Vanderbilt police to close section of 21st Avenue South today

Tennessean October 16, 2010 Vanderbilt University Police will close 21st Avenue South between Scarritt Place and Edgehill Avenue to cars and pedestrians from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. today while workers airlift air conditioning equipment to the top of the library. The university will be doing the airlifts from the University School of Nashville parking lot and the sports field between the school and Wesley Place garage. The FAA requires the road be closed for safety purposes. Police will be stationed at Scarritt Place and Edgehill Avenue and there will be barricades, traffic cones and signs to re-direct traffic. — NICOLE YOUNG THE TENNESSEAN

Man Arrested In Connection With Nashboro Village Shooting

Channel 5 News by Chris Cannon NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro police have made an arrest in the Friday afternoon shooting of a woman in Nashboro Village. 18-year-old Jessica Biggs was shot during a possible carjacking at the Village Green apartment complex. Late Friday night, police arrested 17-year-old Richard Starks and charged him with especially aggravated robbery in connection with the shooting. That shooting happened at 3:40 p.m. on Village Green Drive in Nashboro Village. Police said two women drove up to the apartments. That's when two men came up to the car and demanded them to get out. The women refused, and that's when police said one of the men opened fire through an open window. "When she didn't get out of the car, fired a couple of rounds, one hitting her in the chest, the other hitting her in the leg," according to Metro Police Lieutenant John Drake. Biggs was rushed to Vanderbilt University Hospital where she was listed in critical, but stable condition Friday night. Starks is believed to have been acquainted with at least one of the women. He will be charged with especially aggravated robbery in Juvenile Court. Police are investigating and said the shooting could be gang-related. "We have had some incidents of gang activity. I don't know if it's related to this or not, but we are pursuing that lead as well. We do have a gang detective here that's looking into it. As of right now, we don't know until we identify suspects or persons of interest," said Drake. Alice Stinson was inside her apartment when she heard the gunshots in her building's parking lot. "And I looked out the window and all I saw was one little kid running and I could see the girl went to open the door and fell right in the door," Stinson explained. This all happened outside her second floor bedroom window. "All I could hear was her screaming, oh I can just hear her screaming, talking about 'somebody help me, don't let me die,'" Stinson said. The shooting happened in the middle of the afternoon with many children in the area. "Just seeing that is traumatic and makes you worry about the kids future over here and how safe are they," according to Teresa Stinson.A year ago this week a 21-year-old man was shot and killed not too far from the site of Friday's shooting. His death was linked to gang activity. Email:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Office Hours

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Please Attend! The Alliance of District 29 Great American Fall/Winter Clean-Up, Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hello Neighbors, Please come out to the Annual Fall/Winter Great American Clean-Up, Saturday, October 16, 2010. Starting at 7 am we will begin to pull up signs. I understand that some of you have already begun the clean-up! Way to go! I hope that you can attend on Saturday for the fun, fellowship and food! Gratefully, Vivian

Fire severely damages Nashboro Village townhome

WKRN Channel 2 Posted: Oct 14, 2010 7:29 AM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One man was taken to the hospital early Thursday morning following a fire that broke out in the kitchen of his Nashboro Village townhome. Nashville fire officials said the blaze began around 4:30 a.m. in the complex located on Long Hunter Court. Crews extinguished the fire quickly, but the townhome suffered heavy damage. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one unit. "Each apartment on each side is all good," a fire department chief said, "but, for us to be able to take a row of six units like this, knock out a fire in the downstairs of one of them, and have everybody else go back home, is pretty good. The guys did a good job this morning." The victim was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is expected to be okay. The Red Cross will offer their assistance, officials said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation

Haunting event hits Nashville Zoo

Zoo will treat visitors, helpers to good times with Halloween fun By Nicole Young • THE TENNESSEAN • October 13, 2010

Mosque could open in Antioch by end of year

Metro pension system at risk from unfunded obligations, study says

By Michael Cass • THE TENNESSEAN • October 14, 2010 Metro's pension plan will be insolvent by the year 2025 unless the city gets a handle on its unfunded financial obligations, according to a new academic study. The study says six major cities can only pay for promised benefits through 2020 at best:, including Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville and St. Paul. With $2.3 billion in unfunded liabilities, Nashville is one of 18 other major cities and counties that can't get through 2025 with current pension assets, the professors say. "What is clear is that state and local governments in the US have massive public pension liabilities on their hands, and that we are not far from the point where these will impact the ability of state and local governments to operate," according to the study by professors at Northwestern University and the University of Rochester. "Given the legal protections that many states accord to liabilities, which in a number of cases derive from state constitutions, attempts to limit these liabilities with benefit cuts for existing workers will only go so far." A study by the federal Government Accountability Office last year found Metro had $2.65 billion in unfunded retiree health benefits, mirroring a national problem for cities and states. Mayor Karl Dean's administration said it would look into the issue. Metro Treasurer Lannie Holland could not immediately be reached for comment on the new study. Contact Michael Cass at 615-259-8838 or

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Two-Week Early Voting Period Begins In Tennessee

News Channel 5 Posted: Oct 13, 2010 6:44 AM CDT Updated: Oct 13, 2010 8:24 AM CDT (AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Early voting is getting under way in Tennessee and election officials expect the turnout could beat the record for a non-presidential year. The early voting period runs from Wednesday through Oct. 28, five days before Election Day. Democrat Mike McWherter and Republican Bill Haslam are joined by 14 independent candidates running to succeed term-limited Gov. Phil Bredesen. Voters will also decide who will fill three seats in Congress where the incumbents are retiring and determine whether to amend the state constitution to guarantee the right to hunt and fish in Tennessee. State Election Coordinator Mark Goins said officials expect about 1 million early ballots to be filled, up from the previous record of 850,000 in a non-presidential election year.

Suspicious Package Found In Downtown Nashville

News Channel 5 Posted: Oct 13, 2010 8:57 AM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police are on the scene of a suspicious package at 3rd Avenue and James Robertson Parkway. Police are shutting down James Robertson Parkway, 2nd Avenue and Gay Street while they try to figure out what is in the package.

Mortgage companies hired 'foreclosure experts' with no training

Many Nashvillians could see lower heating bills this winter

Chile joyous at clockwork-like miner rescue

Chile joyous at clockwork-like miner rescue

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Antioch's Gran Dale Mansion to get makeover

By Juanita Cousins • THE TENNESSEAN • October 12, 2010 An antebellum house that has hovered between icon and eyesore could soon become a hub for the Antioch community. Former Mt. Juliet Mayor David Waynick bought the Gran Dale Mansion in June with plans to move his Donelson law office to its second floor and create a community facility on the ground floor. Construction began in August with Waynick recruiting his father and son to tear down rotting wood and scare snakes away. Pending Metro Planning Commission rezoning, he plans to open in December. “I hope it will be an asset,” he said. “I’ve received a lot of calls from people who are appreciative. It’s nice to have that kind of response.” The house dates to an era before Nashboro Village was first built in the 19th century. During the Civil War, it was a hospital for the Union forces. Confederate spies were hanged on its lawn. The Dale family bought it in 1930, adding two side wings. In recent years, the 15-room home has remained vacant and was a source of tension between residents and development. A developer petitioned Metro to demolish the historic home and replace it with a Kroger grocery store and asphalt parking lot in 1996. Residents objected. Eventually, the developer and grocery store won a rezoning case and the home was moved to an adjoining seven-acre tract. With plans to turn the historic home into a bed and breakfast, wedding chapel or restaurant, resident Bob Amity won the Gran Dale from a pool of several people who submitted proposals. After banks denied him a second loan, the mansion faded from memory. “It was something the community members were really concerned about,” said Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite. She took turns doing neighborhood watch duties to keep squatters and vandals away. “The difference that Mr. Waynick’s renovation makes is that it gives another sense of community,” Wilhoite said. “His vision is broad but centered around the community. Everyone is elated because what happens on that property bleeds over into our residential properties.” Waynick is working with the Metro Historical Commission to preserve the mansion’s integrity. He has preserved its original wood mantel and will keep its 15 rooms in the same layout. “I am a big believer that properties like that should be shared with the public as much as possible,” Waynick said. Reach Juanita Cousins at 615-259-8287, or

Couple donates portion of wedding budget to charity

WKRN Posted: Oct 11, 2010 5:58 PM CDT E, Tenn. – Instead of a having a lavish wedding, one Nashville bride-to-be is donating a chunk of her budget to a non-profit organization half a world away to improve young lives. Christin Negley and her fiancĂ© Ben Humeniuk got engaged earlier this year. "We got engaged in April. Ben and I have been best friends for a long, long time so it was really exciting," she told News 2. Once the ring was on her finger, Negley and Humeniuk began planning their special day with her parent's help. "They were very wise for the last few years and basically set aside a certain budget for us," Negley explained. Now, instead of using that money to throw a big wedding, the mission-minded couple decided to scale back and donate a portion of their budget to a better cause. The money will go to Preemptive Love Coalition, a non-profit based in northern Iraq that funds life-saving heart surgeries for Iraqi children. "It's a holistic process and we very much believe that the good news we're called to spread includes people finding new life physically, so a wedding is a perfect opportunity to represent that," Humeniuk said. The cause is close to their hearts. Negley, now a teacher, was once an intern with the organization, an experience that changed her life. "[There is] a very high number of children who have congenital heart defects. They can't run because they don't have enough oxygen to run," Negley explained. "They don't even have enough oxygen to blow a pin wheel." The couple is reducing costs by downsizing the wedding, making decorations instead of buying them and cutting out favors for guests. Many of the vendors are giving them generous discounts as well and with all the money they won't be spending on their wedding next month, the couple will be able to pay for a large part of a child's upcoming surgery in February. "When you're saving a child's life, it's pretty easy to get on board for that goal," Negley said.

Flood recovery meetings scheduled today in Nashville

U.S. News says Vanderbilt could break $60,000 a year barrier

Monday, October 11, 2010

Man fires shots into Shell station after attempting to light on fire

WKRN News ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Police are looking for the man who attempted to light a Shell station on fire in East Nashville. The Shell station is located on Crossings Way, near Interstate 24 and Hickory Hollow Parkway. Just before 4 a.m. Monday, a delivery truck driver saw a man walking from a Wendy's Restaurant across the street to the Shell station with a gas can. The suspect then threw gasoline onto the side wall of the station and attempted to light it on fire. The witness then said the suspect appeared to become frustrated when the building would not catch fire, so he fired at least five shots into the gas station. The suspect then began shooting at the delivery truck driver. "I was real nervous," Marco Grandberry, the delivery truck driver, told News 2. "I'm shaking now to a point where I, you know, I had to call my dispatch and let them know what was going on. He was telling me to lock the door until it was safe enough for me to come back outside." The suspect then fled the scene. The Shell station was closed at the time of the shooting. No one was hurt.

Solar gets $9 million in grants for 14 Davidson businesses

Few will stay after flood buyouts transform Nashville neighborhoods

Is there hope for children who kill?

By Erin Quinn • THE TENNESSEAN • October 10, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Nashboro Greens is having a Community Garage Sale and You are all Invited!

Garage Sale at "Nashboro Greens Condos" (Part of the Nashboro Village Area) When: Saturday October 9, 2010 Time: 6 AM to ???? Where- Nashboro Greens - Come down Nashboro Blvd and then go up Long Hunter and 2ND right will be the Greens!
Hope you can all attend!
Many different things will be up for SALE!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nashville council scrutinizes visitors bureau loan request

Council members say money is for convention center By Nate Rau • THE TENNESSEAN • October 7, 2010 The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau wants a $300,000 no-interest loan from city tax dollars that are designated for convention center operations, a move that may lead to bureau executives answering tough questions before the Metro Council. The Convention Center Authority board will consider approving the no-interest loan at its meeting today. According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the loan would cover expenses that kept two major conventions in Nashville after the May flood. The proposal is receiving scrutiny from Metro Council members who question whether the loan is an appropriate use of the tax dollars designated for convention center operations. The Convention and Visitors Bureau received a $200,000 appropriation from Metro this year. Those funds were designated for promotion of the Music Valley Drive area in the wake of the flood. Complete coverage of Nashville flooding Councilman Rip Ryman, who is chairman of the council's Convention and Tourism Committee, said he intends to ask Convention and Visitors Bureau President Butch Spyridon to appear later this month at a special meeting on the topic. "Evidently, some of the committee members read the (loan agreement) about post-flood expenses, and they want to know what's involved," Ryman said. "Some of them want to know about the budget and salaries of the CVB." Convention and Visitors Bureau spokeswoman Molly Sudderth said the loan would be used to repay expenses incurred after the May flood. After flooding put the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center out of commission, two major conventions were left in limbo. The CVB was able to keep the Moose International and Future Business Leaders of America conventions in Nashville, but the groups were spread out at 35 hotels across town. "Because we had to move them to so many different hotels, we paid for shuttle and bus expenses to get them to their meetings," Sudderth said. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded by a series of tourism taxes. Larry Atema, the senior project manager for the convention center project, said the Convention Center Authority's legal counsel had approved the loan. Metro Councilwoman Emily Evans said it was "unusual" for the government to offer a no-interest loan to a private entity such as the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Evans said the funds designated for the loan are meant for operations of the current convention center and not promoting tourism. "I think those are valid questions, and I think we should get answers from Metro Legal," Evans said. According to a memorandum of understanding outlining the loan's terms, the CVB would repay the loan in $100,000 increments over the next three years. Sudderth said the Convention and Visitors Bureau was able to save approximately $20 million worth of business after the record flooding. Metro already helps fund the Convention and Visitors Bureau by committing one-third of the 6-cent hotel room tax to the organization. In 2009, that amounted to about $10 million. Nate Rau can be reached at 615-259-8094 or

Nashville council scrutinizes visitors bureau loan request

Council members say money is for convention center By Nate Rau • THE TENNESSEAN • October 7, 2010 The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau wants a $300,000 no-interest loan from city tax dollars that are designated for convention center operations, a move that may lead to bureau executives answering tough questions before the Metro Council. The Convention Center Authority board will consider approving the no-interest loan at its meeting today. According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the loan would cover expenses that kept two major conventions in Nashville after the May flood. The proposal is receiving scrutiny from Metro Council members who question whether the loan is an appropriate use of the tax dollars designated for convention center operations. The Convention and Visitors Bureau received a $200,000 appropriation from Metro this year. Those funds were designated for promotion of the Music Valley Drive area in the wake of the flood. Complete coverage of Nashville flooding Councilman Rip Ryman, who is chairman of the council's Convention and Tourism Committee, said he intends to ask Convention and Visitors Bureau President Butch Spyridon to appear later this month at a special meeting on the topic. "Evidently, some of the committee members read the (loan agreement) about post-flood expenses, and they want to know what's involved," Ryman said. "Some of them want to know about the budget and salaries of the CVB." Convention and Visitors Bureau spokeswoman Molly Sudderth said the loan would be used to repay expenses incurred after the May flood. After flooding put the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center out of commission, two major conventions were left in limbo. The CVB was able to keep the Moose International and Future Business Leaders of America conventions in Nashville, but the groups were spread out at 35 hotels across town. "Because we had to move them to so many different hotels, we paid for shuttle and bus expenses to get them to their meetings," Sudderth said. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded by a series of tourism taxes. Larry Atema, the senior project manager for the convention center project, said the Convention Center Authority's legal counsel had approved the loan. Metro Councilwoman Emily Evans said it was "unusual" for the government to offer a no-interest loan to a private entity such as the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Evans said the funds designated for the loan are meant for operations of the current convention center and not promoting tourism. "I think those are valid questions, and I think we should get answers from Metro Legal," Evans said. According to a memorandum of understanding outlining the loan's terms, the CVB would repay the loan in $100,000 increments over the next three years. Sudderth said the Convention and Visitors Bureau was able to save approximately $20 million worth of business after the record flooding. Metro already helps fund the Convention and Visitors Bureau by committing one-third of the 6-cent hotel room tax to the organization. In 2009, that amounted to about $10 million. Nate Rau can be reached at 615-259-8094 or

Southern Book Festival This Weekend In Nashville

News Channel 5 (AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Gov. Phil Bredesen and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. will be among the authors participating in this weekend's 22nd annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. Bredesen will be promoting his book "Fresh Medicine: How to Fix, Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System." He has a background in health care. Ford has written "More Davids Than Goliaths: A Political Education." He represented Memphis in the U.S. House for 10 years before losing a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2006 to Bob Corker. New this year will be a series of sessions on "Building Community in the 21st Century - Perspectives on Civility & Democracy." Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker will be among the panelists. The festival, Friday through Sunday, has an annual attendance of about 20,000. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Woman Allegedly Sets Motel Bed On Fire

News Channel 5 Posted: Oct 07, 2010 2:42 AM PDT Updated: Oct 07, 2010 6:37 AM PDT DONELSON, Tenn. - Guests at a Donelson motel had to be evacuated after a woman allegedly set her bed on fire. The fire took place at the Extended Stay off of Elm Hill Pike around 2:45 a.m. Police said a 46-year-old woman told them that she took a pile of sheets and put them on her bed. She then lit the sheets on fire with possibly matches. The woman's entire bed was on fire when crews arrived. All the guests at the motel were evacuated. No one was hurt. Police believe the woman may be mentally ill. She was taken into police custody, and she will receive a mental evaluation

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

56 Metro School Workers Had Criminal Charges

Custodians Fail Background Checks, Not Rehired By Outsourcing Company Reported By Jonathan Martin WSMV Channel 4 POSTED: 2:46 pm CDT October 6, 2010 UPDATED: 6:48 pm CDT October 6, 2010 Background checks show that more than 50 people who had been working for Metro Schools for more than a decade had serious criminal charges the district never knew about. The people who clean Metro Schools no longer work for the school district. Outsourcing custodial work to save money meant the about 600 school janitors had to reapply for their jobs with the new, private company GCA. But 56 of those custodians didn't get hired by GCA because they failed a background check. "It is a disappointment, and we are examining those numbers with concern," said Meredith Libbey of Metro Schools. "We are examining those numbers with concern, and we're not at a point of having a policy change." Those custodians had been working in Metro Schools for a decade or more with criminal pasts the district had no clue about. GCA's background checks revealed eight custodians charged for aggravated assault with a weapon, one for assaulting a police officer and six for having dangerous drugs. There was one robbery charge, and child endangerment and sexual battery. Metro Schools has only been doing employee background checks for 10 years on new employees. Those who worked for the district before that were told to come forward if they had a criminal past. Many of the custodians did not. While all Metro workers are screened before they're hired now, Metro Council members Walter Hunt and Vivian Wilhoite said Metro government may need to go back and screen all of those people who were hired before background checks started. "If that shows we got 56 people within the ranks of janitors that couldn't pass it, I have to ask myself what else is out there," Hunt said. "Possibly more frequent background checks, if you're talking about every five years, every 10 years," Wilhoite said.

The Mt. Zion Political Forum @ Antioch is going on now.

Councilmembers Sam Coleman & Jim Gotto are the guests tonight @ the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for the Political Forum.

Lakeview children and parents getting healthy together on WALK TO SCHOOL DAY.

Ok future little Lakeview leader we will let you ride this time. Thanks to all of the Lakeview dads for walking to school today. Walk To School Day would not be fun or safe without our friendly Crossing Guard. Thanks to all of our crossing guards for keeping us safe on Walk To School Day and everyday! Yea Lakeview!

Lakeview's Walk To School Day was awesome, exciting, and exhilarating!

Lakeview Students rocked the chant (led by their Council lady Vivian Wilhoite & proud mother of Lelan, a Lakeview student)

"We want healthy bodies NOW!".

Yea Lakeview!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mayor Launches Cities of Service Plan to Engage More Citizen Volunteers

Mayor Karl Dean called volunteerism Nashville's “biggest asset and biggest source of community pride" following the May flood. "We need to harness that spirit of volunteerism to tackle some of our city’s other great challenges, and that’s what this plan sets out to do,” he said at the launch of Nashville's first-ever service plan.
Mayor Launches Cities of Service Plan to Engage More Citizen Volunteers

As part of his participation in Cities of Service, Mayor Karl Dean has launched Nashville’s first-ever comprehensive service plan intended to leverage citizen engagement to address some of the city’s most pressing needs. The plan, titled Impact Nashville, outlines service initiatives related to education and environmental recovery from the May flood. Read Nashville's Cities of Service Plan Mayor Dean was one of 17 founding mayors of the Cities of Service coalition, formed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last September. In January, Nashville received a grant from Cities of Service and the Rockefeller Foundation to hire a Chief Service Officer and develop a strategic service plan. The mayor held the kickoff event for Impact Nashville at Glendale Elementary on Thompson Avenue where students and parent volunteers helped construct a rain garden on the school property. View photos from the kickoff Glendale sustained water damage from the heavy rains that caused the May flood. The rain garden will help absorb and divert water during future rainfalls. Rain gardens and tree plantings are among the volunteer projects included in the Impact Nashville plan. Other service projects outlined in Impact Nashville include recruiting reading tutors to work with students in Nashville’s most high-need schools in kindergarten through second grade, and partnering high school student mentors with middle school students participating in one of Nashville’s NAZA afterschool programs.

Events to stay at state fairgrounds until Antioch mall is ready to host

DAVIDSON COUNTY The Tennessee State Fairgrounds will continue to host the monthly flea market and other events until Hickory Hollow Mall is ready for them, the chairman of the fairgrounds' board said Monday. "People need to rest assured that they're not going to be without a home," James Weaver told The Tennessean. Weaver said he plans to announce the decision when the Tennessee State Fair Board of Commissioners meets today. Mayor Karl Dean wants to redevelop the Metro-owned fairgrounds, take the city out of the fair business, and move the fairgrounds, flea market and expo center to Hickory Hollow in Antioch. The city had previously said it would close the fairgrounds at the end of the year. Weaver said he hopes Hickory Hollow will be ready to hold events by Jan. 1, but if it's not, the fairgrounds will stay open as long as necessary. He said Dean's administration has signed off on the move. — MICHAEL CASSTHE TENNESSEAN— STAFF REPORTS

First quota is met for TennCare plan to help those with high medical bills

2,500 register via hot line; another round of applications will be announced later STAFF REPORTS • October 5, 2010 In just over an hour, 2,500 Tennessee residents in need registered Monday to get a waiver for the state's TennCare program. It was the first round of applications for Standard Spend Down, a program to help people qualify for TennCare if they have high medical bills and are aged, blind, disabled or the caretaker relative of a Medicaid-eligible child. The state set up a toll-free hot line for residents wanting an application. Initially, it wasn't clear how quickly the applications would be snapped up. So the state scheduled the hot line to be open 2½ hours a day, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, until 2,500 applications came in. The phone lines closed at 7:10 p.m. After the first round of applications has been processed, the hot line will reopen and the public will be notified when to call to request an application. Program has 7,000 cap Tennessee hospitals partnered with the government to help the state's sickest and poorest residents offset the high cost of their medical bills. The program has funds to enroll only 7,000 people. It targets people with very low incomes or very high medical bills. People applying will be screened to see whether they're already receiving TennCare benefits. The applications are mailed within two weeks. Those who receive an application have 30 days to mail their information back to the Tennessee Department of Human Services in postage-paid envelopes. The $32.7 million program is funded in part by $9.6 million in voluntary fees that Tennessee hospitals imposed on themselves to attract federal matching funds for indigent health care. The one-year program will allow people who would not otherwise qualify for Medicaid to meet the income requirements — once their medical bills are factored into the equation. So, a widow living off a comfortable pension but dealing with mounting medical bills, or a single mother battling cancer, might be able to qualify for aid without sacrificing their incomes. For more information on the Standard Spend Down program, including eligibility requirements, visit the TennCare website at

Ceremony to launch riverfront redevelopment is today

Staff reports • October 5, 2010 A groundbreaking ceremony for the first project of the Nashville Riverfront redevelopment is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the east river bank, in LP Field Lot R, next to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. Mayor Karl Dean and other city officials will participate in the ceremony on the east riverbank for the new Play Park, a 6.5-acre family-oriented, multiuse play park.

Unsolved slayings along U.S. highways may be work of serial killers

TN cases are among hundreds over past four decades By Blake Morrison • USA TODAY • October 5, 2010 Click on link above to read the enitire article...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Have a voice in Nashville's Future! Attend a Long Term Recovery Discovery Open House near you.

These public meetings are for everyone in Davidson County who cares about the future of our neighborhoods, our economy, and our quality of life. Join us whether or not you were directly impacted by the flood. Your ideas for our long term recovery over the next five to fifteen years are important. Nashville united in response to the flood. Now is the time to unite again to make sure we emerge even stronger in the years to come! DISCOVERY OPEN HOUSES Come in to share your ideas anytime between the hours indicated: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Downtown Nashville, Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville, 37203 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm North West Davidson County: St. Paul's AME Church, 3340 West Hamilton Avenue, 37218 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm South East Davidson County: Lighthouse Ministries, 5100 Blue Hole Road, Antioch, 37013, Meeting in Sanctuary. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 8th Avenue North, Nashville, 37208 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 5:30 – 7:30 pm North East Davidson County:Pennington United Methodist Church, 2745 Pennington Bend Road, Donelson, 37214 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 5:30 – 7:30 pm South West Davidson County: Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 1212 Davidson Road, 37205, Meeting in Fellowship Hall. If you can't make a meeting, please visit us at the Long Term Recovery Plan Storefront at 300 Eleventh Avenue South or More Information:Gwen Hopkins-Glascock, Mayor's Office of Flood Recovery, (615) 880-1507

Cigarette caused Nashville apartment fire

WKRN Posted: Oct 03, 2010 7:43 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro Fire Department has determined the cause of the apartment fire in a complex near West End. The fire department concluded that careless smoking was the cause of the fire, which began around 11 a.m. on Friday. At least two apartments were damaged in the fire. After arriving on the scene, firemen were able to extinguish the fire quickly. No one was injured in the fire. This is the second fire in the Mid-State in the past week that has been caused by cigarettes.

Monday marks last day for voter registration

WKRN Posted: Oct 04, 2010 8:09 AM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Monday is the last day to register to vote in the 2010 mid-term election. Voter registration forms can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Davidson County Election Commission office on 2nd Avenue South downtown. Voters will head to the polls to pick a new governor in the the general election on November 2. Also, several key congressional and state legislature districts are up for grabs. Early voting starts October 13. For more voting information, visit the Davidson County Election Commission Web site.

Police investigate man's death in south Nashville

WKRN NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro police are investigating the death of a man who was found shot. Salvador Amador, 31, was found between 212 and 214 Wallace Road in south Nashville. A friend told police he saw Amador go into the San Jose Bar located at 99 Wallace Road around midnight. A resident in the 200 block of Wallace Road told detectives that gun shots were heard just before 2 a.m. Amador was not carrying any identification, but police were able to identify him by using a cell phone that was found near his body at the scene. Police were able to contact a relative that identified Amador. Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Flu shots are available today at Lentz Health Center

Shot are $20, TennCare and Medicare Part B are accepted Cindy Smith • THE TENNESSEAN • October 4, 2010 The Metro Public Health Department was scheduled to open its annual Fast Track Flu Shot Clinic 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., today, October 4th through Friday October 8th. The Health Department received shipments of the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine earlier this year and will open the clinic about three weeks earlier than in past years. This year’s seasonal flu vaccine will also protect against the H1N1 influenza virus. The Centers for Disease Control recently changed their recommendations of who should get a flu shot to anyone 6 months and older. The best available protection against influenza during the flu season is to get a flu shot. The Lentz Health Center is located at 311 23rd Avenue North. The Health Department will offer flu shots for a $20 fee (TennCare and Medicare Part B are accepted). Flu shots are offered on a walk-in basis at all three Health Department clinics (Lentz Health Center, East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane, Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Avenue) throughout the Fall and Winter- no appointment is necessary. Influenza season typically begins in Nashville in late December or early January, according to the Metro Health Department

Mayor Dean in no rush to launch re-election campaign

By Michael Cass • THE TENNESSEAN • October 4, 2010 To read entire story hit link above.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Shred day to benefit Nashville Crime Stoppers

October 2, 2010 A second community shred day, benefiting the Nashville Crime Stoppers program, has been scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 16 at LP Field. Middle Tennessee residents are asked to bring sensitive documents they no longer want or need to the stadium's main parking lot, where the paper will be destroyed on the spot by Shred-it. The cost is $5 per banker box of records, and all proceeds will be donated to the Crime Stoppers reward fund, which is used to help solve felony crimes in Nashville. Detectives from the police department's fraud unit will be on hand to pass out tips on identify theft prevention and to answer questions. The Crime Stoppers' Pharma Trash Disposal, for prescription medication that is outdated or no longer needed, will also be on hand. The inaugural community shred day, held April 10, raised $8,700 for Crime Stoppers. — NICOLE YOUNGTHE TENNESSEAN

Antioch man charged in overnight crime spree

By Nicole Young • The Tennessean • October 1, 2010 An Antioch man is facing numerous charges after Metro Police said he went on an overnight crime spree in Hermitage. Danny Burnett, 41, of Old Hickory Boulevard, was caught just before 9 a.m. in the Priest Lake area after police said he abandoned a stolen pick up truck when it became stuck and took off on foot. According to the police account, minutes earlier, Burnett had driven the truck into the driveway of a house on Hill Ridge Drive, hit the garage door got out and jumped into the homeowner’s parked car in the driveway. When the homeowner came outside to see what was happening, Burnett yelled that he was looking for loose change, jumped back in the pickup truck and took off. As he fled, he crashed into a car at the intersection of Hamilton Church and Mt. View Roads and kept going. Burnett then drove to a home on Pin Hook Road and attempted to load an air contioner unit, but the homeowner scared him away. Police found a lawnmower, two weed eaters, a leaf blower, a ladder and a dirt bike inside the bed of the stolen truck. Burnett admitted to the thefts and told investigators he was on medication and didn’t remember much, police said. He is charged with auto theft, burglary, trespassing, vandalism, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, reckless driving and driving on a revoked license.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Local health center to provide 1,000 free mammograms

WKRN Sep 30, 2010 8:31 PM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center hopes to provide 1,000 free mammograms through the end of November. "Last year we had about 300 women screened and maybe around three or four women who were found to have some early stages, early signs early stages of breast cancer," said Katina Beard with the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. "We were able to refer them and get them early treatment," she added. Mammograms will be available to women with no insurance and also those who have a family history of breast cancer but have health insurance that won't pay for the test. "We do find a lot of women that come and don't have any insurance and they're just ever so grateful to have this opportunity to be able to receive a mammogram with out that barrier of cost," said Beard. Screenings are by appointment only, by calling Matthew Walker at 615-340-1280 or 615-327-9400 ext. 341. Read more online at

Hunters Lane H.S. evacuated

WKRN Oct 01, 2010 9:01 AM CDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hunters Lane High school in north Nashville was evacuated Friday morning due to a strange odor. The school was evacuated at about 8:30 a.m. after students and faculty smelled what could be gas. A Metro Schools spokesperson said the students have been moved to the football field while the Nashville Fire Department goes through the building, looking for the source of the odor. There were no immediate reports of injuries and no students had been taken to the hospital. News 2 has a crew on the scene. This weekend is homecoming at Hunters Lane High School.

Heart Association expects over 10,000 for Saturday's walk

By Andy Humbles • October 1, 2010 Over 10,000 walkers are expected for the American Heart Association’s Start! Nashville Heart Walk, will start festivities at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Vanderbilt University on the corner of Children’s Way and Natchez Trace. The walk begins at 10 a.m. The course is 2.5 miles. Parking is free at the Natchez Trace lot. The walk aims to raise over $1 million for cardiovascular disease education and research. For information visit

Health-care law may threaten limited insurance plans

By Tom Murphy • ASSOCIATED PRESS • October 1, 2010 INDIANAPOLIS — The new health-care law could make it difficult for companies such as McDonald's to continue offering limited insurance coverage to their low-wage workers. The world's largest hamburger chain provides its hourly workers with low-cost plans known as "mini-meds" or limited benefits plans. These plans typically cover things such as doctor's office visits and prescription drugs. But they don't provide comprehensive coverage, and they often come with a cap on how much the insurer pays in annual benefits that is much lower than a major medical insurance plan. Next year, the health-care law passed by Congress will require insurers to pay minimum percentages of 80 percent and 85 percent of the premiums they collect toward medical care, figures that may be hard to meet for some of these limited plans. On Thursday, McDonald's denied a report that it's considering dropping health-care coverage for some employees because they won't meet those limits. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that McDonald's has warned regulators it could drop its plan for some 30,000 workers unless the government waives a new requirement in the health-care overhaul. The paper cited a memo from McDonald's to federal officials. McDonald's said Thursday in a statement that it has been speaking with federal agencies to understand the law, but the company called reports that it planned to drop health-care coverage for employees "completely false." A statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said the agency remains "committed to implementing the law in a way that minimizes disruption to coverage that is available today while also ensuring that consumers receive the benefits the (Affordable Care Act) provides." Still, insurance experts say the medical loss ratios may create a coverage gap for some people before the law starts offering coverage help through subsidies in 2014. Limited benefits plans have grown popular as health-care costs have climbed, said Steve Wojcik, vice president of public policy for the National Business Group on Health. Employers in the retail or hotel industries offer this basic coverage as a way to keep workers and improve employee productivity by cutting health-related absences. About 1.4 million workers have group health-care coverage through limited benefits plans, according to the National Restaurant Association, which doesn't track growth of the plans. The limited coverage means patients can be stuck with big bills if something serious happens, but they also can get insurer-negotiated payment rates for that care instead of paying full price. "Compared to nothing, they're a really good deal," said Robert Laszewski, a former insurance executive who's now a consultant. AP writer Emily Fredrix contributed to this report.

Mayor to kick off Walk Nashville Week today

Mayor Karl Dean will participate in the kickoff event for the 12th Annual Walk Nashville Week at 11 a.m. today, at the Nashville Farmer’s Market. Dean will greet participants and a group walk will follow. Other events planned for Walk Nashville Week include: • Saturday — Nashville Cares AIDS Walk; • Sunday — Walk to the Titans Game; • Monday — Walk Your Neighborhood; • Oct. 5 — Walk to Work; • Oct. 6 — Walk to School; • Oct. 7 — Walk for Active Aging; • Oct. 8 — Walk at Lunch. For more information about Walk Nashville Week, go to

TennCare program will give 7,000 a break on medical expenses

Neediest can apply only via hot line By Jennifer Brooks • THE TENNESSEAN • October 1, 2010 Tennessee hospitals have partnered with the government to help thousands of the state's sickest and poorest residents offset the sky-high cost of their medical bills. But if they want a shot at the program, the state's poorest and sickest will need to stick close to the phone on Monday night. The program, known as TennCare's Standard Spend Down, will help a limited number of Tennesseans qualify for Medicaid by deducting their hospital and medical expenses from their incomes. There are only enough funds to offer the medical relief to 7,000 people, and only to the neediest residents — applicants must be elderly, blind or disabled, or the caretaker relative of a Medicaid-eligible child. "You could have a $5,000-a-month job, but have $7,000 a month in medical bills," said Michelle Mowery Johnson, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The program will restore TennCare coverage to a fraction of the estimated 97,000 people who were cut out of the spend-down program in 2008, said Tony Garr, spokesman for the TennCare advocacy group Tennessee Health Care Campaign. "The fact of the matter is, reopening the program to 7,000 people … only scratches the bottom of the barrel," Garr said. The remaining people who have lost the spend-down support "are going without care or the hospital is picking up the bill for their care." Hoping to get the first few thousand people into the program as quickly as possible, the state has set up a toll-free hot line that swings into action on Monday night. The hot line will be open just 2½ hours every day — from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. — and will shut down as soon as the first 2,500 applications come in. Kelly Gunderson, TennCare's director of communications, said the hot line is designed to allow people in every corner of the state to apply for the aid without having to drive to a service center. Strict guidelines The program is operating under strict federal deadlines for the funds, so the first round of applications needs to enter the system within the next 45 days. Later, enrollment will open again until all 7,000 spots are filled. The $32.7 million program is funded in part by $9.6 million in voluntary fees that Tennessee hospitals imposed on themselves to attract federal matching funds for indigent health care. The one-year program will allow people who would not otherwise qualify for Medicaid to meet the income requirements — once their medical bills are factored into the equation. So, a widow living off a comfortable pension but dealing with mounting medical bills, or a single mother battling cancer, might be able to qualify for aid without sacrificing their incomes. "This is a program for people who either have very low incomes or very, very high medical bills," Mowery Johnson said. Because the eligibility requirements are so narrow, it's not known how many Tennesseans may qualify for the program, although TennCare officials expect to fill all the available program spots. It's also not clear how quickly the first 2,500 applications will be snapped up. Gunderson estimated that the hot line will shut down within a matter of days, and she urged people to call in as early as possible. But first, would-be applicants are encouraged to read the full eligibility requirements at