CMT HEADS TO “SWEET HOME ALABAMA” FOR NEW SERIES DEBUTING THURSDAY, JULY 14


[via press release from CMT]

NASHVILLE – June 22, 2011 – Bachelors from big cities and small towns are vying for the affections of Devin Grissom, a beautiful southern girl from Alabama, in the new CMT series, SWEET HOME ALABAMA premiering Thursday, July 14 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. In order to win her heart, the guys from across the country compete in challenges to win time with this modern day southern belle. In each one-hour episode set in the charming city of Fairhope, Ala., Devin says goodbye to more of her suitors in the hopes of finding her true love and someone her family approves.

Devin Grissom is a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Raised in Cordova, Tenn., Devin considers herself a southern belle who values and respects the traditions of the south. A huge sports fan, Devin spends her Saturdays in the fall watching SEC football games and hopes to pursue a public relations career in professional sports. Devin’s parents were high school sweethearts, still married for 34 years, and she aspires to have a relationship like theirs and settle down at a young age.

The bachelors of SWEET HOME ALABAMA are below:

Adam Moyer – Horse trainer from Franklin, Tenn. 
Beau McKinney – U.S. Marine veteran from Birmingham, Ala. 
Brian Wilson – Music manager from Los Angeles, Calif. 
Britton McPherson – Vintage home restoration carpenter from Mobile, Ala. 
Cody Harris – Rodeo professional from Robertsdale, Ala. 
Cody Lynn Johnson – Tobacco farmer from Kingsport, Tenn. 
Collin Varallo – Landscape company owner from Birmingham, Ala. 
David Weeks – Student and coach from Long Island, New York 
Jason Maxim – Brand manager, entrepreneur and stuntman from Hollywood, Calif. 
Jeff Miranda – Singer/musician and DJ from Newark, New Jersey 
Joey Huskins – Licensed broker from Phoenix, Ariz. 
Kash Keifer – Football player/punter from Bridgeport, West Virginia 
Mark Marchant – Financial advisor from Hollywood, Calif. 
Matt Crofton – EMT from San Diego, Calif. 
Michael Chadwick – Real estate agent from New York, New York 
Michael Dean – Personal trainer from Las Vegas, Nevada 
Mike Short Jr. – Singer/songwriter from Murfreesboro, Tenn. 
Pete Westwood – Music label talent manager from Brooklyn, New York 
Tribble Reese – Bartender from Birmingham, Alabama 
Tripp Davis – CPA from Jackson, Miss.

The eight episode series, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, is produced by Glassman Media (“Three Wishes”) with executive producers Andrew Glassman, Grant Julian and Carrie Franklin. Claire McCabe and Jayson Dinsmore are executive producers for CMT.

CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

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Knoxville’s Inskip Pool closed for repairs


 The City of Knoxville’s Inskip Pool at 4204 Bruhin Road will be closed until at least the middle of this week to repair a damaged pump.

In addition to repairing the pump the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has asked KUB to examine the wiring associated with the pump, which was damaged during an apparent electrical surge late Saturday afternoon.

The city hopes to reopen the Inskip Pool on Wednesday or Thursday.

Swimmers can still use the Ed Cothren Pool located at 1747 Reynolds Street. It is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

More information about city pools is available at http://www.cityofknoxville.org/recreation/swimming.asp

ACT Scholars Program Fellowships


In collaboration with ACT, the University of Iowa Graduate College is pleased to accept nominations for the ACT Scholars program. This program provides both academic and professional development opportunities for qualified students pursuing graduate degrees at the University. 

ACT, an international not-for-profit organization with headquarters in Iowa City, is dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success.  ACT provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions, serving millions of people in middle and high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies each year.  ACT employs approximately 1,000 people in Iowa City, from a wide range of disciplines and professions, including educators, psychometricians, statisticians, psychologists, counselors, computer scientists, industrial engineers, industrial/organizational psychologists, lawyers, and accountants.  ACT employees are highly educated: 
– More than 64% have bachelor’s degrees or higher
– Nearly 30 % have master’s degrees
– More than 10% have earned doctorates.

ACT strives to be a leader in diversity and inclusion.  Nearly 14% of its regular workforce come from underrepresented racial/ethic groups. This diversity creates enthusiasm, commitment, and collaboration that have supported ACT’s mission to help people achieve education and workplace success.  To further promote diversity and inclusion, the ACT Scholars program gives priority to students from historically underrepresented populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

All ACT scholars participate in professional activities (typically 15 to 20 hours per week, but variable according to the scholar’s on-campus responsibilities) with a pertinent ACT business unit.   Activities are designed to support professional development and learning and typically include research, participation in corporate seminars and meetings, etc.   Specific activities are developed with an ACT mentor, in concert with each scholar’s individual academic program and interests.  The ACT mentor and UI faculty advisor are in regular communication to ensure that the scholar’s research and professional development activities complement each other.  Numerous ACT staff members serve in adjunct faculty positions at The University.  In some instances, the ACT mentor may also serve on the student’s graduate committee.

Students pursuing graduate degrees in the following general areas are eligible.  Students in related areas of graduate research will also be considered, on a case by case basis.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

Statistical research
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Communications
Computer Science

    College of Business:

    Accounting
    Management and Organizations

      College of Engineering:

      Electrical and Computer Engineering
      Industrial Engineering

        College of Education:

        Curriculum and Instruction
        Educational Measurement

          College of Law:

          Business Law

            • ACT Scholars will receive an annual (nine month) stipend equivalent to a 50% research assistantship ($20,000), benefits, and a full resident-rate tuition scholarship.
            • During the term of the award, scholars will not be eligible for other graduate support (assistantships or fellowships), regardless of source, and may not be otherwise employed during the nine-month academic year.
            • Priority will be given to students from historically underrepresented populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Students must have been accepted for graduate study at the University of Iowa.
            • It is anticipated that ACT Scholars will receive support for up to four years (maximum), pending successful academic and research progress.
            • Each Scholar’s work will be reviewed annually by the ACT and UI co-directors to ensure adequate progress. An award may be terminated if the co-directors agree that the scholar is making insufficient progress.
            • Each participating College may nominate up to three individuals per year.

            THREE COUNTIES JOIN STATE’S RETIRE TENNESSEE PROGRAM


            NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today Maury, Roane and Warren counties have met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program, bringing the state’s total number of active Retire Tennessee programs to 13.

             

            “The addition of Maury, Roane and Warren counties to our Retire Tennessee Program reflects a commitment from each community to promote Tennessee as a great place for retirees to call home,” said Commissioner Hagerty.  “I applaud those communities that have made retiree recruitment a part of their economic development strategies and who see the benefits retirees can bring to the communities in which they choose to live.”

             

            “Our Retire Tennessee communities continue to attract active adults from all over the country to relocate to Tennessee,” said Ramay Winchester, Retire Tennessee Program director. “Their enthusiasm and passion for their communities inspires potential retirees to take a serious look at Tennessee, and we are continually looking for new ways to promote our state as a ‘destination retirement’ state.”


             


            Communities participating in the Retire Tennessee Program have established a Retiree Relocation Committee, conducted a community assessment, started marketing efforts to attract and relocate the retiree market and participate in trade shows geared toward attracting retirees.


             


            The other Retire Tennessee programs are Cumberland, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Lincoln, Loudon, Putnam, Robertson and Sullivan counties.


             


            For more information on the Retire Tennessee program, please contact Ramay Winchester at (731) 423-5771 or via email at ramay.w.winchester@tn.gov.


             

            Carter Community Has Lab Confirmation of WNV in Mosquitoes


            In response to positive lab results for West Nile Virus, Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will be spraying to reduce the mosquito population in the Carter area on Thursday, June 30 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Signs will be erected in the affected areas to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside and bring pets inside during spraying.

             

            Mosquito spray trucks will be on these roads Thursday night

            Carter Community

            • All of Carter Mill Subdivision
            • Knox County’s Carter Park
            • Strawberry Plains Pike from Asheville Highway to Carter School Road
            • Carter School Road from Strawberry Plains Pike to Asheville Highway
            • Asheville Highway from Carter School Road to Strawberry Plains Pike

             

             “This year looks like it will have unusually high mosquito activity because of the rain and high temperatures.” said Ronnie Nease, KCHD director of Environmental Health. “And, as always, I want to remind everyone to wear light-colored, protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks, and use a mosquito repellant containing DEET if you go outside when mosquitoes are prevalent.” (NOTE: See more mosquito control tips below.)

             

            Follow up spraying will be done on Thursday, July 14 in the same areas.

             

            To address the public health concerns caused by mosquitoes, KCHD conducts a mosquito control program during the summer months. As the weather begins to warm each spring, public health professionals begin trapping mosquitoes around the county, testing batches weekly for West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne disease which can infect humans, horses and birds. WNV affected areas are sprayed according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols with an approved mist when needed to reduce the mosquito population. Application is recommended between the hours of 9 p.m. to midnight when mosquitoes are most active. From March until the first frost, larvicides also are used in areas with standing water to prevent mosquito proliferation.

             

            TIPS FOR CONTROLLING MOSQUITOES

            Eliminating breeding areas is an important factor in controlling the mosquito population. KCHD urges the public to reduce breeding sites around their homes by following these tips:

             

            ·       Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flowerpots, or trashcans.

            ·         Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.

            ·        Make sure roof gutters drain properly and water doesn’t stand in them.

            ·         Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week.

            ·       Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

            ·         Keep swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs clean and properly chlorinated;

            ·        Remove standing water from pool covers.

            GOVERNOR HASLAM, COMMISSIONER HAGERTY ANNOUNCE STARTUP TENNESSEE


            NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Bill Hagerty of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced the formation of Startup Tennessee, a public-private partnership designed to connect and align entrepreneurial efforts across Tennessee. In addition, ECD posted a request-for-information to gather suggestions about the regional business accelerators the state is planning to support in each of the state’s nine economic development regions.  Both Startup Tennessee and these regional business accelerators are part of the Governor’s INCITE Initiative, a key component of the Governor’s Jobs4TN plan.

             

            “Business startups are an important generator of new jobs in our state,” said Governor Haslam.  “There are many Tennesseans today who have innovative ideas for creating a successful business, and Startup Tennessee is one of the steps we’re taking to put the infrastructure in place to help these entrepreneurs find the support, mentoring and capital they need to make their business a reality.”

             

            “Our research tells us that a significant number of jobs in Tennessee come from people starting new companies,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “If we can create a system which helps entrepreneurs develop a sustainable business model and grow their company, we can make a significant impact on job growth in our state.”

             

            Governor Haslam announced he has asked Michael Burcham, CEO of The Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, to lead Startup Tennessee. The plan for Startup Tennessee includes the creation of a website to connect entrepreneurs with training opportunities, mentors, and investors across the state who could potentially provide capital to early-stage companies.  Startup Tennessee will regularly convene business accelerators from across the state to share best practices and will provide entrepreneurs with access to free or low-cost resources from companies such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and SalesForce.com.  These latter benefits are possible through Startup Tennessee’s partnership with Startup America, a national public-private partnership focused on growing entrepreneurs across the nation.

             

            “I’ve been incredibly impressed by the remarkable entrepreneurial leadership here in Tennessee,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “We look forward to working with Tennessee to take its startup ecosystem to the next level and creating the jobs of the future.”

             

            “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs across the state as well as those organizations with a passion for supporting entrepreneurial activity,” said Michael Burcham. “Startup Tennessee is a great opportunity to move our state ahead of the curve in building the right climate for new businesses.”

             

            Commissioner Hagerty also announced today that ECD has posted a request-for-information (RFI) on the agency’s website to gather feedback on the regional business accelerators the state is planning to support in each of the state’s nine economic development regions.  Respondents are being asked to provide feedback on a number of questions including best practices in recruiting and training entrepreneurs, strategies for measuring the success of business accelerators, and strategies for helping business accelerators become financially self-sustaining over time.  Responses are due to the state by July 15, 2011. The RFI can be found at www.tn.gov/ecd.

            Former Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist joins BioPet Vet Lab Board of Directors


            Knoxville, TN – BioPet Vet Lab, a biotechnology company specializing in canine genetic testing, is pleased to announce that former Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist has joined its Board of Directors. 

            BioPet, a Knoxville, TN, based company, has recently launched their franchise program for PooPrints™, a product designed to promote responsible pet ownership and address one of the world’s growing environmental problems.  Governor Sundquist’s experience in dealing with the government will be a great plus to BioPet Vet Lab as they move forward with the PooPrints™ franchise program.

            Governor Sundquist served as governor of Tennessee from 1995 to 2003.  He also served as US representative from 1982 to 1994.  Presently he is a Partner at Sundquist Anthony LLC, Director at Howard Baker Center for Public Policy – University of Tennessee, Advisory Board Member at ICCF (International Conservation Caucus Foundation), and Governors Board of Director, among several other board appointments.  In addition, he remains active in his consulting firm in Washington, DC.

            Over the past 30 years, the canine population in the United States has doubled to over 78 million pets.  Records show that up to 40% of dog owners do not pick up the droppings, creating an increasingly negative environmental impact.  Consumer Reports survey in 2010 has shown that the nuisance from this is now ranked no.6 on their list of “America’s Top Gripes,” right below unreliable internet service.  The greater impact, however, occurs when the droppings wash into lakes, rivers, and streams, bringing a host of bacteria with them.  Because of this, the EPA now ranks the pollution problem in the same health category as toxic chemicals and oil entering the water supply. 

            Eric Mayer, Director of Franchise Development at BioPet, states that the EPA lists pet waste management at the top of their guidelines for Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations, and that there have been several reports recently of lakes and rivers closing from ground seepage.  He further states the general public does not understand the very real health and environmental risks that dog waste poses.  As an example, each dog dropping carries approximately 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria including Salmonella and E.coli.  Exposure to these microbes not only causes fish kills, but can also transfer from dog-to-dog, and dog-to-human.

            BioPet views PooPrints™ as the responsible answer to solving these environmental and health problems.  Government regulation related to pet waste management will soon be implemented on a large scale, as many cities and towns currently have these ordinances on the books.

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            About BioPet Vet Lab:  BioPet Vet Lab is an animal DNA testing laboratory located in Knoxville, Tennessee. BioPet’s research and development group explores genetic science in order to offer new tests that can be used to improve the healthcare and quality of life for our beloved pets. For additional information about BioPet Vet Lab, visit their website at www.biopetvetlab.com.

            DUNCAN CALLS THE DREAM ACT “COMMON SENSE LEGISLATION IN KEEPING WITH CORE AMERICAN VALUES”


            U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Congress today that the Administration supports passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, for two basic reasons: it’s crucial for meeting our national goals and future workforce needs, and also sends the right message about the value of hard work and our Nation’s basic sense of fairness.
             
            In testimony at the first-ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugee, and Border Security, Duncan said, “The DREAM Act is a common-sense piece of legislation that is in keeping with core American values. It will open the doors of higher education to those individuals who were brought to American by their parents as undocumented children.  And in the process we will sustain our economic competitiveness into the future.”
             
            The DREAM Act, which creates opportunities for young people to attend college or serve in the military even though they don’t have documentation, requires a rigorous process to qualify: they must prove they came to the United States before the age of 16, have lived here for at least five years, graduated from high school or received a GED, possess good moral character, and been admitted to an institution of higher education or to serve in the military.  Only once they’re in college or serving in the armed forces will they have the chance to earn a legal status.

            “These are demanding standards that demonstrate academic achievement and personal integrity,” Duncan said.
             
            It is estimated that each year, 65,000 young people graduate from high school in the U.S. and find themselves unable to work, join the military or go to college because of their immigration status. Approximately 800,000 young people would be eligible for the DREAM Act upon passage. 
             
            Duncan discussed the DREAM Act in relation to the President’s 2020 goal for America to once again be the country with the highest proportion of college graduates, pointing out that students served by the DREAM Act will help grow our workforce and fill shortages in STEM jobs and other high-demand fields. 

            He called higher education “an economic growth engine and a ticket to a middle-class lifestyle,” and outlined the many benefits of attending college, including higher earnings and by extension, tax revenue; lower unemployment, and greater likelihood to vote and do volunteer work.
             
            In his testimony, Duncan also dispelled several misconceptions about the DREAM Act: it does not create an amnesty program with an easy path to citizenship; it will not affect the availability of federal student loans or Pell Grants for citizens, or create incentives for an increase in undocumented immigration. 
             
            “Simply put,” Duncan concluded, “educating the individuals who would be eligible under the DREAM Act would benefit our country.”

            Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in advance of his DREAM Act testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 28:


            “The DREAM Act is a common-sense piece of legislation that is in keeping with core American values. By creating opportunities for these bright and talented young people to attend college, not only will they have a chance to realize the American dream, but they will be able to strengthen the American economy and make our workforce stronger.
             
            “The students of the DREAM Act are some of the country’s best and brightest, and it’s important to note that the process for legalization is by no means automatic. The DREAM Act would cover those young people who meet a number of high standards that demonstrate academic achievement and personal integrity, and who complete a rigorous, multiyear process. The DREAM Act would unleash the full potential of young people who live out values that all Americans cherish—a strong work ethic, service to others, and a deep loyalty to our country.
             
            “The path to prosperity through higher education is particularly important to our American belief in equality—the notion that anyone, regardless of their background or who their parents are, can thrive through hard work. I feel very passionately about the need to pass the DREAM Act because of the opportunities it provides promising young people, but this legislation is also crucial for meeting our national goals and future workforce needs. The result of the DREAM Act will be a new generation of college graduates who will help strengthen our economic security and a new set of future taxpayers who will contribute much more as college graduates than they ever would as struggling workers. They will help build the economy of the 21st century.”

             

            Declaración del secretario de Educación Arne Duncan previo a su testimonio sobre el proyecto de ley DREAM Act, ante la comisión judicial del Senado el martes, 28 de junio:
             
            “El DREAM Act es una ley de sentido común que cumple con los valores fundamentales de  Estados Unidos. Cuando le damos la oportunidad de asistir a la universidad a estos brillantes y talentosos jóvenes, no sólo tendrán la oportunidad de realizar el sueño americano, sino que también podrán fortalecer la economía y la fuerza laboral de nuestro país. 

            “Los estudiantes acogidos por el DREAM Act son algunos de los mejores y más brillantes de nuestro país, y es importante tener en cuenta que el proceso de legalización no es de ninguna manera automático. El DREAM Act acoge a jóvenes que reúnen una serie de estrictos requisitos que demuestran éxito académico e integridad, y que cumplen un riguroso proceso que dura varios años. El DREAM Act libera todo el potencial de los jóvenes que ejemplifican los valores que todo estadounidense aprecia –una fuerte ética de trabajo, servicio al prójimo, y profunda lealtad a nuestro país.

            “El camino a la prosperidad mediante la educación superior es particularmente importante para nuestro criterio de igualdad –la noción de que cualquier persona, independiente de su origen o quiénes son sus padres, puede prosperar con fuerte dedicación al trabajo. Me siento muy apasionado sobre la necesidad de aprobar el DREAM Act, porque ofrece grandes oportunidades a los jóvenes prometedores. Pero esta legislación es también crucial para alcanzar nuestros objetivos nacionales y nuestras futuras necesidades de mano de obra. La ley DREAM Act nos dará una nueva generación de graduados universitarios que ayudarán a fortalecer nuestra economía y añadirá futuros contribuyentes que contribuirán mucho más al erario público como graduados universitarios de lo que jamás hubiera sido posible como trabajadores marginados. Estos jóvenes ayudarán a construir la economía del siglo 21″.

            7-7-7 Day: Free Immunization Clinic


            NASHVILLE,Tenn.–To help with the immunization requirements for incoming 7th graders, kindergarteners and pre-K students, Metro Schools has teamed up with the Metro Public Health Department for a special clinic where your child can get all of the immunizations that he or she needs. They will also be able to get the immunization certificate required for entry into school this fall. For a full list of the new requirements, click here.

            The Health Department offers free immunizations for Davidson County children under age 18 throughout the year. Immunizations are offered Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at each of the Health Department’s three health centers — Lentz Health Center; Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Avenue; and East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane. These are walk-in clinics so no appointment is necessary

            Megabus.com Reaches 10 Million Customers


            Now serves more than 50 cities in North America

             NEW YORK (June 24, 2011) – Megabus.com, the first intercity, express bus services with fares from $1, has served 10 million passengers across North America and continues to see solid growth and popularity. “Megabus.com revolutionized the bus industry and we’ve continued to grow as travelers continue to look for affordable transportation options,” said Dale Moser, CEO of megabus.com.

            “We are very excited to reach 10 million passengers and thank all our customers for helping us reach this milestone. A December 2010 national study conducted by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University shows intercity bus service was the fastest growing mode of intercity transportation for the third year in a row, outpacing air and rail transportation.

            Megabus.com is leading this growth and now serves more than 50 cities across the Northeast and Midwest and seven cities in Canada. Service is available to/from six hubs: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington D.C. Megabus.com’s also offers environmental benefits. Each megabus.com double-decker bus has the potential to remove 81 automobiles from the highway and is among the most energy and fuel efficient way to travel.

            Megabus.com double-decker buses are 10 times more efficient than a 737 airplane and 25 times more efficient than a single-passenger car per passenger per mile. Visit http://www.megabus.com for additional information about the service, schedules and fares.

            14-year-old arrested for robbery


            NASHVILLE, Tenn.–Charges have been upgraded against 14-year-old Antwain Martin who is accused of pushing an elderly woman to the ground Thursday morning while trying to take her purse outside the public library at 2325 Hickory Highlands Drive.

            The 74-year-old victim was walking toward the library at 10:30 a.m. when Martin ran up behind her and attempted to take her purse. When she did not let go, he pulled her to the ground and dragged her several feet before he fled on foot. She was transported to Southern Hills Medical Center where she was treated for cuts to her arms and legs and released. The teen was later arrested at his Edencrest Drive residence. Martin admitted his involvement in the attack.

            Initially, the victim did not think anything was missing from her purse but she later realized that items had been taken. Martin had been charged in Juvenile Court with attempted aggravated robbery. This morning that charge was upgraded to aggravated robbery.

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            Renard to host Social Media meeting


            Nashville Metro-At-Large candidate Renard Francois will be holding a meet and greet for Nashville’s online community on Thursday, June 2 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

            “Politics is all about accessibility, conversation and personal interaction, particularly at the local level,” said Renard. “I believe social media networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as the active blogging community, play an important role in shaping public dialogue across Nashville/Davidson County. We are running our campaign with open arms and we are eager to listen and respond to the issues that will keep Nashville moving forward.”

            Karl Dean on bus from Lebanon


            NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean will ride on MTA’s 6 Lebanon Road bus route on Wednesday morning as part of his “Mayor On Board” bus rides, which take place on a regular basis throughout Davidson County. 

             The bus rides allow the mayor to experience each of the major MTA routes and promote Nashville’s bus system as a transportation alternative.  

             Mayor Dean and MTA Chief Executive Officer Paul Ballard, both regular bus riders, will board the 6 Lebanon Road bus at the Hermitage station at 7:25 a.m.  The bus will arrive at the Music City Central downtown transit station in Bay 10 at 8:25 a.m.  A map with a complete list of stops for this trip is attached.

             In May, the 6 Lebanon Road route recorded a monthly ridership of nearly 18,000 passenger trips.  For the year, MTA ridership is up 7 percent.

            Woman killed during night drive in motorcycle


            The woman killed in Friday night’s motorcycle-tractor trailer collision in front of UPS at 3205 Whites Creek Pike is identified as Roshanda Baugh, 35.        

            Baugh was riding her 1998 Honda motorcycle northbound on Whites Creek Pike when she collided with a tractor trailer driven by Jason Sanders, 33, of Buena Vista, Tennessee. Sanders was attempting to turn into UPS at 9:45 p.m., resulting in the motorcycle colliding with the tractor trailer.

            Baugh, of Whites Creek Pike, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died.
                                                                                                                                                      

            Sanders told officers he saw the motorcycle off in the distance but felt he had time to turn.     There is no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement in this fatal crash.  No charges have been placed at this time. The investigation continues.

            HELP AVAILABLE TO TENNESSEANS AFTER RECOVERY CENTERS CLOSE


            NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The closing of a nearby Disaster Recovery Center does not mean federal assistance is at an end for survivors of the recent severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. 

             Helpful information is still just a phone call or mouse click away.

             Even after recovery centers shut their doors, individuals can register with FEMA or ask questions about an existing registration by calling FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and multilingual assistance is available.   

             Online help and registration is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.  

             Disaster survivors also can reach representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration by telephone or computer.

             While FEMA grants often help individuals and families with immediate recovery needs, FEMA seldom provides enough to restore people to their pre-disaster condition. SBA disaster recovery loans, on the other hand, are a primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery. To learn more, call

            800-659-2955 or go online to www.sba.gov/services. 

             “We want people to know help is available even if a Disaster Recovery Center has closed,” said Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Bassham. “We want to reassure survivors that they can still register, and they should if they had any damage that is not completely covered by insurance.”

             

            Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

            AYUDA DISPONIBLE PARA LAS PERSONAS DE TENNESSEE DESPUÉS DE CERRAR LOS CENTROS DE RECUPERACIÓN


            NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  El cierre de uno de los Centros de Recuperación por Desastres, no significa que la asistencia federal ha llegado a su fin para los sobrevivientes de tormentas severas, tornados, vientos en línea recta e inundaciones reciente. 

             Información sigue siendo útil con sólo una llamada telefónica o un clic al ratón de su computadora.

             Incluso después de que los centros de recuperación cierren sus puertas, las personas pueden inscribirse con FEMA o hacer preguntas sobre un registro ya existente llamando a la línea gratuita de FEMA al 800-621-3362. Las personas con impedimentos auditivos y del habla pueden llamar al TTY 800-462-7585 . Las líneas están abiertas desde las 7 a.m. hasta las 10 p.m. y disponen de asistencia multilingüe.   

             

            Ayuda en línea e inscripción está disponible en www.DisasterAssistance.gov/espanol o mediante teléfonos habilitados para navegar en internet en m.fema.gov/esp.  

             Los Sobrevivientes de desastres también se pueden comunicar con los representantes de La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa de los EE.UU. (SBA) por teléfono o por computadora.

             

            Mientras subvenciones de FEMA ayudan a menudo a los individuos y familias con necesidades de recuperación inmediata, raramente FEMA proporciona lo suficiente para restaurar a las personas a su condición previa al desastre. Por lo contrario, los préstamos de recuperación por desastres de la Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA), son una fuente principal de fondos federales para la recuperación a largo plazo. Para obtener más información, llame al

            800-659-2955 o visite al sitio www.sba.gov/services. 

             

            “Queremos que la gente sapan que hay ayuda disponible, incluso si un centro de recuperación por desastres se ha cerrado”, dijo el director de la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Tennessee, Jim Bassham “Queremos reasegurar a los sobrevivientes que aún se pueden registrar, y deben en caso de que tengan algún daño que no está completamente cubierta por el seguro.”


            Los programas de recuperación por desastre están disponibles sin prejuicio en virtud de raza, color, religión, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, discapacidad, nivel de competencia en inglés o situación económica. Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido víctima de la discriminación, llame sin costo a FEMA al número 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Si tiene impedimentos auditivos y del habla, llame a la línea TTY 800-462-7585.

             

            La misión de FEMA es apoyar a todos los ciudadanos y a las agencias de primera respuesta y garantizar que como país  trabajemos juntos para desarrollar, mantener y mejorar nuestra capacidad de preparación, protección, respuesta, recuperación y mitigación ante todos los peligros.

             

            Los subsidios de FEMA para asistencia de vivienda y otras necesidades destinados a cubrir gastos médicos, odontológicos y funerarios no requieren que las personas le pidan un préstamo a la SBA. No obstante, los solicitantes que reciban solicitudes de préstamos de la SBA deben enviarlas a los funcionarios de préstamos de la SBA a fin de reunir los requisitos para recibir asistencia que abarque propiedades personales, reparaciones o reemplazo de vehículos y gastos de mudanzas y almacenamiento. Los solicitantes

             que no reúnan los requisitos para el préstamo de la SBA quizás sí los reúnan para recibir subsidios de asistencia para otras necesidades (“ONA”, por sus siglas en inglés) para esos elementos.

            Help was given, Now it is closing up


            NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Disaster Recovery Centers are closing in Bledsoe, Greene, Johnson and Washington counties after weeks of helping survivors of the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding.

             The official closing time for the centers in Bledsoe, Greene and Johnson counties is 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011. The center in Washington County will close the same day at 8 p.m.

            The closures do not mean federal assistance is at an end, however. Help is still just a phone call or mouse click away.

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Disaster Recovery Centers in Carroll and Crockett counties close Monday, June 20, 2011, at 8 p.m.

             The closures do not mean federal assistance is at an end for survivors of the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Help is still just a phone call or mouse click away.

             Individuals can register with FEMA or ask questions about an existing application by calling

            FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call

            (TTY)  800-462-7585. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and multilingual assistance is available.

             

            Online help is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

            Individuals can register with FEMA or ask questions about an existing application by calling FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call (TTY)

            800-462-7585. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and multilingual assistance is available.

            Online help is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

            DNA confirms rapist


            DNA evidence has led to the indictment of convicted felon Charles Rynard Donaldson for sexually attacking three women in May 2010.

                     

            Donaldson, 49, of 10th Avenue South, is jailed on one count of attempted aggravated rape, two counts of rape, one count of aggravated assault and two counts of burglary.

                      The victims reported similar scenarios.  Two were walking on different days along Murfreesboro Pike when they were picked up by a black man in a work-type truck.  The victims were taken to an abandoned house on Argyle Street where they were sexually assaulted.  The other victim was attacked as she walked near the abandoned home and was taken onto the property.  Although the victims have prostitution histories, they reported that they did not make prostitution deals with the suspect.

                      The vehicle used was recovered on May 6th of last year at Alloway Street and 8th Avenue South.  There was blood throughout the vehicle.  When swabs of the blood were analyzed by the TBI Crime Laboratory and a DNA profile obtained, it was determined that the samples matched Donaldson’s profile.  Donaldson’s DNA had been entered into the database due to his criminal history, which includes a 2003 conviction for aggravated assault, for which he received a six-year sentence.

                      During an interview, Donaldson told detectives that he didn’t know what they were talking about and claimed that they had the wrong DNA.  However, when a search warrant was executed for photos of Donaldson’s body, he was found to have a large stab wound scar on his back, precisely where one of the victims said she had stabbed him when she managed to get a knife away from her attacker.

                      Donaldson is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

            Mujeres de Nashville se preocupan por el cancer a la mama


            NASHVILLE, Tenn.— La comunidad femenina de la capital del estado que se preocupa por su salud y la amenaza del cancer al pecho recibe la ayuda de Saint Thomas Health para realizar una mamografia en las siguientes
            direcciones y fechas en el condado Davidson:

             
            FECHA: Sábado, 27 de agosto 2011
            LUGAR: Lead Academy
            1704 Hemian St.
            Nashville, TN 37208

            FECHA: Sábado, 29 de octubre 2011
            LUGAR: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
            Maryland Farms
            Brentwood, TN 37027

            Roane State’s emergency medical dispatch course open


            Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare Education Department is offering a six-week course that will train people to work as emergency medical dispatchers.

            The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays (6-9 p.m.) from Aug. 1-Sept. 12 at the college’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences, 132 Hayfield Road. Students who complete the course will have the training needed to dispatch for fire departments, police departments or emergency medical services.
            The course will cover topics such as legal and liability issues in emergency medical dispatch, obtaining information from callers, and stress management. Students must be 18, have a CPR card and a high school diploma. The cost is $450 (book included), and fees are nonrefundable.
            The class is fast-paced and requires 100 percent attendance. For more information or to register, visit www.roanestate.edu/che or call (865) 531-8051.

            Summer Solstice Show, July 1


            Knoxville, Tenn. – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of 2-D works by the Fountain City Art Guild entitled “Summer Solstice Show”, opening Friday, July 1, at 5:00 PM in the main gallery of theEmporium Center. The Guild is currently comprised of 40 artists living in Knoxville and surrounding areas, and media for the exhibition will include oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and pastel.

             

            The Fountain City Art Guild formed in 1985 by a small group of women who enjoyed painting together in watercolor. Since that time, the Guild has expanded to more than 40 members and has been joined by many talented and artistic men. In 2004, the Guild was instrumental in helping open the Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue, the location of the old Fountain City Library. The Fountain City Art Guild welcomes new creative, committed artists who will bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to the Guild.  Meetings are currently held at theFountain City Art Center at 7:00 PM on the last Monday of each month (the May meeting is held on the second to last Monday).  Programs and/or demonstrations follow the business portion of each regular meeting.  The Guild does not have regular meetings in June, July, and August; instead, they plan museum field trips and plein air painting opportunities. Applications for admission to the Guild are accepted twice per year, and the yearly dues are $30. The Guild has two regularly-scheduled juried exhibitions at the Fountain City Art Center (213 Hotel Avenue) in the spring and fall.  For more information, visit www.fountaincityartguild.com.

             

            The Fountain City Art Guild’s “Summer Solstice Show” will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center,100 S. Gay Street, from July 1-29, 2011.  An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on July 1 from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

            Zoo-py Father’s Day


            KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Daring dads who accompany their kids to Knoxville Zoo on 
            Father’s Day will receive free admission and a family adventure during the zoo’s “Double Dare Your Dad” event scheduled for Sunday, June 19.   
             
            Kids are encouraged to “double dare” their dads to have a wild time by riding a tiger (on the zoo’s carousel), get a tattoo, (a temporary one) or to peer into the open jaws of an alligator 
            (who has been preserved for posterity as well as safety)!   
             
            Visitors can learn all about the zoo’s animal dads by taking part in the Double Dad Dare challenge and have the chance to win a family zoo membership by identifying the oldest dad, 
            the dad with the most offspring, and other genealogical quizzes throughout the zoo.  Dads 
            can take a break in the shade at the zoo’s exciting new Animals in Action show and take a double-dog dare when some very talented canines take the stage.    
             
            Dads will receive free admission with a paid child’s admission on Sunday, June 19, 2011. 
            This offer is not valid with any other coupon or promotion.            
             
            Knoxville Zoo is open year-round.  Located off exit 392A from 
            Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally 
            accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) 

            Currently, the zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. 

            Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information, please 
            call 865.637.5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxville-zoo.org 

            FREE FISHING DAY, SUNDAY!


             

            Dads, kids, and the whole family will have the chance to catch a bonding experience during the City of Knoxville’s Father’s Day Fishing Event. The Mast General Store joins the city government to offer on Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Victor Ashe Park this unique family moment. 

            The event will run from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the park located at 4901 Bradshaw Rd.

            More than 200 children and their parents participated in last year’s event.

            “There is always a great turnout for this event because it is good, free, family fun,” said Joe Walsh, Director of Knoxville Parks and Recreation. “Events like this—that bring families and communities together—is what parks and recreation is all about.”

            The two-acre lake at Victor Ashe Park contains channel catfish ranging from 2-8 pounds that were donated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, in addition to the existing large mouth bass and bluegill.

            The Mast General Store is partnering with the City of Knoxville by donating prizes to be given away, including a grand prize for the largest fish caught by a father/child team. There’s also a prize for the first person to catch the albino catfish that will be put in the lake.

            Participants should bring their own bait, tackle, fishing poles, and blankets. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.

            Fishing licenses are required on site for everyone over the age of 13 that will be fishing. There is a take-home limit of two fish for this event.

            No pre-registration is necessary. However, participants can register for door prizes on the day of the event.

            For more information, please visit ww.cityofknoxville.org/recreation/ or call 3-1-1.

            Knoxville Students Win Annual Law Day Contests


            NASHVILLE, June 1, 2011 — Knoxville fifth-grader Kylie Mackenzie Bowman of Cedar Bluff Elementary has won first place in the annual Law Day Art Contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, while Victoria Rochelle Nelson, a 10th grader at Bearden High School placed second in the TBA’s annual essay contest. Both Bowman and Nelson were named first place winners in the local Knox County competition, which qualified them for state consideration.

            Second place in the art contest went to eighth-grader John Gannaway of Meigs Middle School in Decatur and third place went to Caroline Melancon, a fifth grader at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Germantown. First place in the essay contest went to Ashton Banta, a senior at Red Bank High School in Chattanooga, while third place went to Oleksandr Oliynyk, an 11th grader at Northwest High School in Clarksville. Students placing in the top three will receive cash prizes for their entries and have their work displayed at the TBA’s annual convention in Chattanooga, June 15-18. Winning entries also can be viewed online at http://www.tba.org/YLD/artessay_2011.html

            Each year, the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division holds a statewide art and essay contest in conjunction with Law Day — a national day set aside on May 1 to celebrate the rule of law. Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day provides an opportunity for young people to learn about the law and the American judicial system and an opportunity for lawyers to serve their communities.

            The theme of this year’s contest was “The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo,” which asked students to consider the role Adams played in American history, and explore the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused — even those who are unpopular.

            The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with over 11,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.

            Another bank robbery in Nashville


            NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Metro Police and the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force ask the community for assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Bank of Nashville located at 2575 Highway 70 South in Bellevue.

            The suspect approached the teller and demanded cash at gunpoint.

            The suspect is described as a black man approximately 5’8” tall and 215 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt and a New York ball cap.

            Anyone who has information concerning the robbery is urged to contact Detective Reggie Miller with the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force at 615-232-7500 or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME. Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at http://www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com. Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

            Out of Bounds Bar Padlocked as a Public Nuisance


            South Precinct officers and the District Attorney’s Office today shutdown and padlocked a Murfreesboro Pike bar that has become a regular source of fighting, quarreling, assaults and breaches of the peace, as well as a real headache for neighboring businesses and residents.

            Out of Bounds Bar & Grill, 1211 Murfreesboro Pike, has been declared a public nuisance in a temporary injunction and padlocking order issued today by Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn. Judge Fishburn’s order provides that the business be closed and padlocked and prohibits the operators of the bar, brothers Gardner Lewis Dixon and James Andrew Dixon, from entering onto the property until a hearing is held on June 8th.

            An investigation led by the South Precinct’s Crime Suppression Unit revealed that between January 1, 2010 and May 6, 2011, officers responded to a total of 187 calls at the bar. During the time that the current owners have been in control of the location (September 2005 to the present) there have been more than 580 police calls. The most recent serious incident occurred in the early morning hours of May 6th when Out of Bounds patron Jordan Gardner was shot to death during a robbery across the street from the bar.

            Other notable incidents include:

            · January 24, 2010—a victim was robbed a gunpoint in the parking lot of Out of Bounds as he exited his vehicle. The victim stated he first noticed the suspect standing in front the business when he pulled into the parking lot.

            · February 14, 2010—Club security at Out of Bounds called police to report that there was a large crowd forming outside the business at closing time. The caller also stated that he observed several guns amongst the patrons who were causing the disturbance. It took police approximately an hour to quell the disorderly crowd and restore order.

            · February 28, 2010—Rhonda and Jason Jennings were sitting in their vehicle at Fat Moe’s which is located across the street from Out of Bounds. They had been at the club, but parked there vehicle in Fat Moe’s parking lot because the lot for the club was full. A suspect approached their vehicle, pulled a gun, and demanded money.

            * April 16, 2010—a couple was robbed at gunpoint when they exited Out of Bounds and walked across the street to their car. The suspect was detained by club security and had a loaded 9mm pistol which he threw under a car when club security approached. The suspect also threw a bag of cocaine into some bushes. The suspect was charged with aggravated robbery. The suspect, Kendrick Eubanks, a convicted felon, had been drinking at the club prior to the incident.
            * May 23, 2010—club security at Out of Bounds called police due to several people fighting and a large crowd gathering. The caller advised the dispatcher that they needed help immediately due to the large crowd forming.
            * June 13, 2010—security at the club called for police assistance due to a fight between several female patrons at the club. Security advised that they had 4 suspects in custody but needed the police to respond because there were still several people fighting and a large crowd was starting to form which security was unable to properly handle.
            * June 20, 2010—police were called to Out of Bounds due to a person being shot in the parking lot of the club. The victim was shot in the back by an assailant for reason(s) unknown.
            * July 16, 2010—police were dispatched to Out of Bounds regarding a fight call. The text of the call stated that a random male black subject assaulted the complainant’s sister. The suspect was not apprehended.
            * July 25, 2010—police were dispatched to Out of Bounds regarding a robbery that had reportedly just occurred. Once Officers arrived on scene, the victim stated that two male white suspects pulled up behind the location at 1211 Murfreesboro Rd. One of the suspects exited the vehicle and pointed a pistol at the victim and demanded money. The victim did not have any money, so the suspects tried to take the victim’s cell phone. The suspects decided not to take the cell, then fled the scene southbound on Murfreesboro Rd.
            * August 8, 2010—officers were dispatched to Out of Bounds regarding a fight call. Upon arrival, Officers learned that a female had been assaulted by a male suspect. Security guards escorted the suspect out of the nightclub. Club security used chemical spray to subdue the suspect.
            * September 6, 2010—MPD officers Robert Davenport and Chris Turner were driving through the parking lot of Out of Bounds when they noticed Timothy Chaffin acting disorderly. Club security advised the officer that he had been ejected from the club for possessing a firearm inside the premises, though this had not been reported to police. Timothy Chaffin was observed by the officers throwing down a baggie with oxycodone tablets inside it. Chaffin was arrested and was also found to be in possession of 5.7 grams of powder cocaine. When questioned about the weapon, Mr. Chaffin admitted that he paid a club security guard $20 to bring the gun inside the club. There were photographs in Mr. Chaffin’s possession that were taken inside the club which show him holding the gun. The photographs were turned in at the property room.
            * October 1, 2010—at approximately 0216 hrs, club security at Out of Bounds called dispatch to advise that 25-30 people were fighting outside, in the parking lot, as the club was closing. The caller advised that 3 club security guards were attempting to break up the fights and disperse the crowd, but the crowd was refusing to leave. Club security was unable to control the unruly crowd and requested police assistance.
            * December 26, 2010—at approximately 0154 hrs, complainant called dispatch to advise that a fight had broken out inside Out of Bounds between a male and a female. Around the same time, another person also called dispatch and advised that 6 subjects were also fighting. Two people were taken into custody as a result of the incident. One of the individuals was arrested for disorderly conduct.
            * January 9, 2011—at approximately 0216 hrs, a neighbor in the area called dispatch and advised that loud music was coming from a subject on a microphone at Out of Bounds. The caller also stated a male black was outside firing shots in the air. The investigating officer was sitting across the street with his blue lights activated when he heard one gunshot that came from the back parking lot of the club. Club security advised the officer that following an argument over a cell phone, the subject fired a shot into the air so that he could post it on You-Tube. After firing the shot, the subject went back to the front of the location but was not located. There are two residential apartment complexes adjacent to the club.
            * January 13, 2011—caller stated that multiple subjects were involved in a fight at Out of Bounds. Club Security at the location took several subjects into custody and requested police respond to the scene due to the altercation.
            * January 16, 2011—a 35 year-old female was assaulted at Out of Bounds. The victim sustained a laceration and NFD ambulance had to be called to the scene to treat her.

            · February 4, 2011—at 2:20 a.m., Derrell McClain was arrested by Police Officer James Reese for unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon while intoxicated, and for theft of property over $500 but less than $1000. Mr. McClain was stopped by security while trying to enter Out Of Bounds. Club security guards located an HK .45 cal pistol on his person. Mr. McClain was extremely intoxicated at the time of his arrest. Officer Reese checked the gun that Mr. McClain had on his person for stolen records. The gun did come back confirmed stolen out of Tuscaloosa, AL.

            * February 13, 2011—Kenneth Smith, Jr. was shot in the upper back at Out of Bounds. The suspect was detained by club security. The suspect had two handguns in his possession, a .380 and a .22 caliber. The .22 caliber was found to be a stolen handgun. The suspect, Broderick Leggs, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm where alcoholic beverages are sold, and theft of property.
            * March 3, 2011—police were called to Out of Bounds due to a fight. The caller stated that the owner of the club had been smacked by a female black and security had a few people involved in custody but had not been able to get the female that had smacked the owner into custody. Security called back before police arrival stating that they had taken five persons into custody and needed police assistance.
            * March 5, 2011—Officer Vixay Sengkhounmany was on a traffic stop in front of Out of Bounds. The officer heard gunshots coming from the rear of the club. About the same time, he was flagged down by witnesses who observed a patron being thrown out of the club pull out a gun and fire into the air. There were numerous patrons inside the bar and in the parking lot when this occurred. Officer Sengkhounmany located and arrested Marvin Henderson for Possession of a firearm.
            * March 18, 2011—MPD received a call stating that there had been someone shot in the parking lot of Out Of Bounds. The caller stated that the 33yr old victim had been shot in the foot and that the shooter was still possibly in the woods located just behind the night club. The responding officers arrived to find the victim in the back parking lot surrounded by club security tending to his bleeding foot until EMS arrival. The victim of the shooting was transported to Vanderbilt Hospital for further treatment.
            * March 31, 2011—Detective Alex Moore was in the parking lot of Out of Bounds and spoke with two individuals. During the conversation in the parking lot, they they had come to the parking lot to purchase narcotics. Both of the subjects were issued citations for criminal trespassing.

            · April 29, 2011—at 1030 pm Clement Fleming was arrested by MPD Police Officers William Morgan & Thomas Spence for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers noticed the vehicle that Mr. Fleming was seated in parked in a parking spot at Out Of Bounds. Upon making contact with Mr. Fleming, officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle. A search of Mr. Flemings vehicle revealed marijuana and rolling papers inside the vehicle. a marijuana joint and rolling papers inside of his vehicle.

            · May 6, 2011—around 0230 hrs, MPD was called to Out of Bounds in relation to a person that was shot. When officers arrived, the victim was pronounced dead my NFD paramedics and was not transported. The victim was with his friend at Out of Bounds. As the victim left the club with other patrons, two m/b subjects approached the victim and told them he still owned them. A struggle ensured, and the smaller of the two subjects shot the victim.

            · May 13, 2011—MPD Officer James Williams was dispatched to Vanderbilt Hospital to investigate an aggravated assault case. While there, Officer Williams met with Erica Turner (victim) who stated that she and her friend were at Out of Bounds when the suspects in this case took her cousin’s wallet. Her cousin then took one of the suspect’s cell phones in retaliation. After this altercation occurred, the suspects in this case were kicked out of the bar. When Ms. Turner was leaving the bar at around 0215 hours, she was attacked in the parking lot of the club by the two suspects. One of the suspects hit her with a liquor bottle and the other suspect struck her with a broken beer bottle. The strike from the broken beer bottle caused a deep laceration to Ms. Turner’s forehead. Ms. Turner was transported to and treated at Vanderbilt Hospital.

            Numerous business owners, operators of properties, and residents located or living near to 1211 Murfreesboro Road (Out of Bounds) report the following facts and information about the business:

            Murfreesboro Road Liquor & Wines, 1187 Murfreesboro Road

            Stated that frequently, especially on weekend nights, the patrons of Out Of Bounds park their vehicles in the parking lot of the liquor store and refuse to move them when asked. She also stated that she sees some of the patrons committing what she believes to be drug deals in her parking lot prior to going inside Out of Bounds. The patrons of Out Of Bounds are extremely loud and disruptive when they come into her business and she has had to ask many of them to leave the store. She has found her parking lot trashed with paper and broken bottles on numerous occasions when she comes into work on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

            Mapco, 1189 Murfreesboro Road

            Stated that due to the patrons coming over to his store after Out Of Bounds closes at 3 am he has had to shut down his store from 3 am to 4 am. He stated that he began locking his doors during this time in June 2010 and is forced to continue to do so. The business used to be in operation 24 hours a day. The reason why he has had to shut down his store during these times is because, on numerous occasions, the patrons from Out of Bounds would come into his store in mass numbers, grab everything they could get their hands on, and run out of the store without paying. There was only one clerk working at the store during those hours and the clerk was not able to control the large number of people entering the store. They have also had to shut down all of their gas pumps between these hours due to patrons from Out of Bounds coming to the gas station to get gas and either driving off without paying or staying parked in front of the pumps for more than an hour and refusing to leave. Prior to the manager locking the doors for one hour, patrons from Out of Bounds would come into the store and cause loud disturbances, leave their trash on the floor of the store and destroy the bathrooms by leaving trash all over the place and vomiting on the floors. The manager has had to put up “NO PARKING” signs in his parking lot to try to keep the patrons from Out of Bounds from parking in his parking lot. The patrons of Out of Bounds still continue to park in his lot and he has had to have numerous cars towed from his parking lot. The manager stated that the patrons from Out of Bounds still continue to parking in his lot between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. and trash the parking lot and block the entrances and exits. He continuously finds broken bottles and papers all over his parking lot when the crowed leaves. He also stated that during the hours of operation for Out of Bounds, the music coming from there is extremely loud and they consistently have speakers outside of the business playing loud music. The night clerks from the store have also reported hearing multiple gunshots from the parking lot of Out of Bounds bar.

            Wynterdown Apartments, 1199 Murfreesboro Road

            Stated that the residents who live in the Q building are constantly complaining about what goes on at Out Of Bounds. The Q building runs parallel with Glengarry Drive and faces directly toward Out Of Bounds. She stated that about 10 residents from separate units complain about the loud noise coming from the location on bike night. They are kept up all hours of the night from the loud music coming from the location, and from all the noise from the motorcycles. The residents also complain that they constantly hear gunshots on the weekend coming from Out Of Bounds and are very afraid that a stray bullet could come into their apartments.

            Glengarry Heights Apartments, 914 Winthorne Drive

            Stated that she has 2 separate buildings that back up to the rear of Out Of Bounds. She has fielded numerous complaints from her residents in these 2 buildings about the fights that occur in the parking lot of the bar on a nightly basis. Tenants from these 2 buildings complain that they are kept up all hours of the night due to the loud noises and music coming from the bar and also from the patrons of the bar who hang around after the bar closes. She has had 4 separate residents break their leases and move out of the complex due to the constant loud noises coming from the bar, and for safety concerns because they are extremely scared that a stray bullet will come inside their apartments when all the shootings start happening at Out Of Bounds. The fence that separated their property from Out Of Bounds property has been broken and they have to repair it to keep the patrons from the bar off of their property. She stated that patrons from Out Of Bounds always run up onto their property whenever there is a fight that breaks out in the parking lot when the police are called to the bar. Many tenants frequently complain about the numerous gunshots that are heard coming from the bar parking lot and that they are extremely afraid of being shot living so close to Out Of Bounds. A Glengarry Heights maintenance worker lives in one of the buildings that is close to the bar and complained that he cannot sleep at night due to the loud noises coming from the bar ( fights, music, motorcycles, etc.). The property manager fields numerous complaints on a weekly basis about the goings on at the bar and how it is a burden to the quality of life for the residents of the property. The property manager was asked what is her number one complaint from residents living at her property. She stated it is always Out of Bounds.

            Krystal, 1201 Murfreesboro Road

            Stated that there is constant loud music and noise coming from Out Of Bounds every weekend night. The business constantly finds their parking lot littered with trash and broken bottles when they open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. The inside of the business is closed after 11 pm but the drive thru remains open. The manager stated that patrons from Out Of Bounds will come through his drive thru extremely intoxicated and curse him for no reason at all.

            Associated Pediatric Dentistry, 304 Glengarry Drive

            Stated that they consistently find their parking lot littered with trash and broken bottles. The business has had to put up “NO PARKING SIGNS” in their parking lot to try to keep the Out Of Bounds patrons from parking in their lot. On multiple occasions the business has had to tow cars out of their parking lot that were left there from patrons of Out Of Bounds.

            Fat Moe’s, 1216 Murfreesboro Pke,

            Stated that there are a lot of people who park in his lot to go over to Out of Bounds. He stated that they park in his lot even when he asks them not to. He says that these individuals have tried to intimidate him and have yelled obscenities at him. He says he is afraid of his business being damaged by these people and that he does not press the issue for this fact.

            Recently, police officers met with the owners/managers of Out of Bounds to ascertain whether they would take immediate steps to prevent their property from being operated as a disorderly business. The owners did not provide any assurances that they intended to change their operations in any manner.

            “Seeking a padlocking order against a bar is not something that we take lightly and is, frankly, a last resort,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “It is clear that quality of life in the area of Out of Bounds is continuing to significantly suffer, making today’s action necessary.”

            “We are aware of other businesses in Nashville that are on the verge of having problems similar to those of the Out of Bounds club. Today’s action should be a notice to them that they are expected to operate responsibly, safely and take into account any impact on their neighbors,” Anderson said.

            The police department and District Attorney’s Office are committed to working with community groups in all parts of Nashville to help eliminate trouble spots of criminal activity.

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            South Precinct Commander Mike Alexander explains that a series of criminal incidents led to today’s padlocking of Out of Bounds Bar & Grill. With Alexander are Deputy Chief Todd Henry and State Representative Janis Sontany.

            Photo 9

            Commander Alexander answers media questions.

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            Representative Sontany said that she had received complaints about the business from constituients.

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            Out of Bounds Bar & Grill padlocked pending a court hearing.

            Insurance Division to set up Memphis storms response center


            Consumer section takes complaints, mediates coverage disputes
            NASHVILLE, TN – In keeping with its custom of providing insurance support to victims of natural disasters, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) will set up a customer response center in Memphis, June 6-10.

            “Every day, our Consumer Insurance Services section helps policyholders across the state understand the terms of their coverage, takes their complaints against insurers and mediates disputes with them,” says TDCI Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “The weather-related events that affected West Tennessee make the section’s services even more critical for that region. The section set up a similar response center in Chattanooga, a few weeks ago, to help answer questions and resolve issues for people affected by tornadoes in Hamilton County.”

            The Memphis/Shelby County Code Enforcement building, at 6465 Mullins Station in Memphis, will be the location of the response center. Commissioner McPeak will have a press availability there at 2 p.m. Monday. CIS will begin work midday June 6. On subsequent days, the hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

            The Federal Emergency Management Agency handles flood insurance through its National Flood Insurance Program (http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip/index.shtm). The CIS team will assist with non-flood-insurance issues.

            TDCI’s staffers routinely play a significant role in responding to Tennesseans’ needs after natural disasters, which are events that give rise to insurance and consumer concerns.

            Last year, CIS staffers reached out to flood and storm victims in North Nashville, Gallatin and Cheatham and Williamson County. In 2009, CIS set up a counseling center for insurance policyholders affected by spring tornadoes in the Murfreesboro area.

            The Department of Commerce and Insurance works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee. http://www.tn.gov/commerce/

            “I Read It in the Newspaper: Civil War Knoxville” A Brown Bag Lecture by Robert Booker


            Knoxville, Tenn.–— Author, popular newspaper columnist, researcher, and historian Bob Booker will share his insights into the everyday challenges faced by Knoxville citizens as they struggled through the devastation of war. The information is gathered as part of a larger project in which Mr. Booker has spent hundreds of hours reading old newspapers to extract information on a variety of Knoxville topics. “Learning about the everyday challenges and activities of people from all walks of life gives texture to history. This is especially true of the Civil War. Newspapers are rich with this information,” explains Mr. Booker.

            The ETHS Brown Bag Lecture Series is sponsored by 21st Mortgage Corporation. The program is free and open to the public and will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call or visit the website at http://www.EastTNHistory.org.

            MaryEllen Locher Breast Center Named a Breast Center of Excellence


            Chattanooga, Tenn.– – The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at Memorial has been named a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, the top level certification designated by the National Consortium of Breast Centers.
            Memorial is one of only 15 breast centers in the U.S. with this designation and the only one in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
            “We are honored and extremely proud to be certified as a Quality Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers,” said Kathy Dittmar, director of women’s and support services at Memorial. “This validates all the hard work and compassion that our multidisciplinary team gives each and every day to ensure our breast patients receive the best and most compassionate care available.”

            The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center received the Certified Participant honor in 2009, the first level of certification, but in 2010 the facility reached the second level, Certified Quality Breast Center. The recent designation as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence is valid through April 2012.

            “This distinguished honor represents commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast healthcare to patients in their community,” according to a spokesman from the National Consortium of Breast Centers. “A center’s staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology. MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at Memorial Hospital actively ensures they provide the best possible quality care to breast patients in their community.”

            The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board’s Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers, published in the fall of 2004. The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers reflect more than five years of work which has culminated in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators.

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            Memorial Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to the healing ministry of the Church. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and strengthened as part of Catholic Health Initiatives, it offers a continuum of care including preventative, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer and cardiac care, orthopedic and rehabilitation services. Memorial is a regional referral center of choice with 4,000 associates and more than 700 affiliated physicians providing health care throughout Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Memorial Health Care System is recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, the health care industry’s leading source of information on hospital quality. To learn more, visit http://www.memorial.org.

            The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast health care for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources. It serves as an informational resource and provides support services to those rendering care for people with breast diseases through educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums. It encourages patients to concentrate and specialize in activities related to breast disease and encourages the development of programs and centers that address breast disease and promote breast health. It facilitates collaborative research opportunities on issues of breast health; and developed a set of core measures to define, improve and sustain quality standards in breast health care programs and for quality performance in all types of breast health care facilities. For more information, visit http://www.breastcare.org.

            REGRESA CAMPAÑA DE U.S. CELLULAR “CALLING ALL COMMUNITIES” CON MÁS OPORTUNIDADES PARA QUE ESCUELAS COMPARTAN PREMIO DE 1 MILLÓN DE DÓLARES


            Todas las escuelas pueden empezar a planear su campaña para acumular más votos

            TENNESSEE (Mayo 18, 2011) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) anunció que su campaña “Calling All Communities”, (Llamando a todas las comunidades), regresará el próximo mes de septiembre con emocionantes cambios, como la oportunidad de que más escuelas de la nación puedan compartir el premio de un millón de dólares. Por tercer año consecutivo, esta campaña desafiará a las escuelas a obtener el apoyo de sus comunidades para poder mejorar sus herramientas de enseñanza, en cualquiera de las áreas que crean más convenientes. Este año en lugar de 10 escuelas, serán 18 las afortunadas que acumulen el mayor número de votos en su comunidad y puedan ganar parte de este millón de dólares.
            “Queremos brindarle a más escuelas la oportunidad de recibir estos fondos tan necesarios, y con esto consolidar todos los beneficios intangibles que este programa puede ofrecer; por ejemplo, conexiones y relaciones duraderas entre los vecinos, y crear una orgullosa comunidad”, dijo Carter S. Elenz, vicepresidente ejecutivo de ventas y servicio al cliente de U.S. Cellular. “Nuestro probado compromiso con la educación a través de Calling All Communities es sólo una de las razones con las que contamos para tener a los clientes más felices de la industria”.
            El valor de invertir en las escuelas se extiende desde las comunidades locales hasta iniciativas nacionales. La presente administración ha hecho de la educación y el acceso a la banda ancha móvil una prioridad, con el fin de reforzar la competitividad de la economía de los Estados Unidos. El recientemente revelado National Broadband Plan (Plan nacional de banda ancha), el cual proporcionará cobertura inalámbrica de alta velocidad al 98% de los americanos, ofreciéndoles a más estudiantes la oportunidad de tener fácil acceso a recursos de aprendizaje en línea.
            “Muchas escuelas nos han contactado para compartir con nosotros la positiva y gratificante experiencia que Calling All Communities fue para ellos, y el cómo utilizaron los premios para mejorar su equipo tecnológico”, dijo Elenz “Hoy es un buen momento para las comunidades de comenzar a organizar sus campañas para participar, especialmente ahora que hay más oportunidades de ganar”.
            Desde el comienzo de la campaña en 2008, U.S. Cellular ha otorgado 2 millones de dólares a 20 escuelas. Los ganadores de Calling All Communities han utilizado sus premios en una gran variedad de formas para fortalecer y mejorar la experiencia de aprendizaje de cientos de estudiantes de todo el país. Muchos de ellos equiparon sus salones de clase con nuevas computadoras, “Promethean” o pizarrones electrónicos, y otras tecnologías.
            “Estoy muy feliz de que nuestra escuela ganara el premio de U.S. Cellular”, comentó Griffen Kornegay, estudiante de sexto grado de B.F. Grady Elementary School, en Alberston, Carolina del Norte; y una de la escuela ganadora de Calling All Communities del 2010. “Mi maestra está enseñándonos cómo utilizar esta nueva tecnología, y es muy divertido”.
            Otros de los ganadores mejoraron su infraestructura y renovaron sus gimnasios, comedores y laboratorios de ciencias. Algunos otros decidieron brindar becas a estudiantes graduados y donar 10% a organizaciones sin fines de lucro alrededor del mundo.
            Muchos de los ganadores comentaron que si bien el dinero fue una gran ayuda para las escuelas, la campaña que llevaron a cabo para conseguir los votos fue muy estimulante e igualmente gratificante; ya que trajo el sentido de comunidad que desde hace mucho tiempo no se veía, mucho antes de saber y festejar con confetti el sorpresivo anuncio de la victoria.