Thursday, December 18, 2014

Suspect, 16, killed; officer injured in Nashboro Village by the Tennessean Newspaper

My comments in this article on the Nashboro Incident. Thank you. Please continue to pray for the officer. ""I'm praying for the officer," said Metro Councilwoman Karen Johnson, whose Antioch-area district includes Nashboro Village. "It's a very unfortunate situation that has happened. It's just tragic all the way around for both the officer and the 16-year-old that was involved as well."















Suspect, 16, killed; officer injured in Nashboro Village

A prominent local church leader is urging community members to pray together after a Sunday-night shootout in a condominium complex that left a police officer injured and a 16-year-old dead.
The teenager, identified as Xavier McDonald, had fired on police in Nashboro Village, hitting Officer John Downs in the leg, according to police spokesman Don Aaron. Four officers returned fire, killing McDonald at the scene.
In a column published by The Tennessean, Bishop Joseph W. Walker III of Mt. Zion Baptist Church said the incident highlighted the need for church and community leaders to work together to mentor troubled teens.
"Parents, churches (mine included), schools and community organizations must put at the top of our list the mentoring of this generation," he wrote. "We must be willing to join our efforts together. Issues of hopelessness and despair continue to permeate our society and as a result a blatant disregard for life has begun to emerge."
The incident began Sunday afternoon when police were called to the area to investigate a robbery. The robbery victim told police he had come to the neighborhood to give a woman a ride when two males robbed him.
The investigation led police to unit 825 in the Hunter's Trace complex in Nashboro Village, a collection of residential complexes southeast of the airport near Murfreesboro Road. When they arrived, Aaron said, a woman allowed officers inside, where they saw McDonald and others.
When an officer attempted to pat McDonald down, he barricaded himself in the bathroom, Aaron said. Officers then called in negotiators and the force's special response team.
As McDonald emerged from the bathroom and proceed to walk out the front door of the condo, an officer tried unsuccessfully to take him into custody with a Taser. McDonald then fired a semiautomatic handgun at the officers around 7:30 p.m., Aaron said, hitting Downs, who was to the right of the door.
"He came out firing," Aaron said.
Downs, an 18-year veteran of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, was shot in the leg near his groin. Downs, 42, is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, although Aaron said his recovery will require multiple surgeries.
"I'm praying for the officer," said Metro Councilwoman Karen Johnson, whose Antioch-area district includes Nashboro Village. "It's a very unfortunate situation that has happened. It's just tragic all the way around for both the officer and the 16-year-old that was involved as well."
Aaron said McDonald had a juvenile record, although confidentiality laws shield details about that record. He was enrolled in Metro Schools' transitional program for students who have had previous issues with the Juvenile Court.
Police had listed the African-American teen as a runaway on Dec. 7, when he left a Holder Drive home after he allegedly threatened to shoot his mother.
Aaron said that McDonald and his mother began fighting that day when he arrived home after curfew. His mother saw a white box in his pocket and grabbed it, Aaron said. A scuffle ensued.
During the scuffle, Aaron said, the box fell to the ground and bullets fell out. McDonald's mother told police that he scooped up some of the bullets and threatened to shoot her.
McDonald's mother said she saw a gun at his waistband before he fled, although he did not draw the gun during that incident.
"The prayers of our community should go out to this young man's family as well as the officer involved," Walker said in his column.
Walker stressed that the community should not rush to judge McDonald, but rather should work together to create a more positive environment for young people.
"This is not the time to point fingers or use language that lumps this event into recent events around the country," he said. "This is a time for our city to truly begin to work collaboratively and seek solutions to an array of longstanding social ills."
The officers who fired Sunday night, Lieutenant Ken Spencer, Sergeant Robert Nielsen, Sergeant Brian Gottschall and Officer Brandon Vance, are on routine administrative assignment while the investigation continues, according to police.
Witnesses, including the officers involved, were being interviewed overnight at police headquarters. Police are planning to release more information about the later Monday, although a press conference has not been set.
Nashboro Village resident David Barton, who lives near the condo where the shooting took place, could not get into his home because of the investigation. He described his neighborhood as a middle-class melting pot that is typically safe. It's the kind of place where you can leave your door unlocked or walk your dogs late at night without worrying, he said.
Said Barton: "It's normally pretty quiet."
Officer-involved shootings
Officer-involved shootings in Metro Nashville have been relatively rare in recently years.
Earlier this year, two Metro police officer shot and killed a woman after she allegedly pointed a pistol at them. Police had been called to her home after her daughter reported that her mother was threatening to kill herself and had started shooting at the family's dog.
In March, Aaron Dino Smith Jr., 51, a parolee from Franklin, was shot and killed by Nashville police after they said he stole a car at gunpoint and led officers on an hour-long pursuit.
Smith was outside Roma Pizza on Elliston Place and police said he pointed one of two guns in his hands toward five officers.
The heaviest year for police-involved shootings for Metro police was 2010, when there were at least four incident involving six people.
In March of that year, undercover officer Justin Fox interrupted an early-morning robbery at a Brentwood hotel. During the encounter, the robbers ordered two officers to the ground at gunpoint, punching and kicking them. In the end, one of the officers spun around and shot all three suspects.
That same year, officer Joe Shelton shot and killed 40-year-old Reginald Dewayne Wallace, who was robbing an Edgehill home. Shelton repeatedly told Wallace to get down. Instead, Wallace reached into his pocket, and Shelton fired. Wallace was pulling out an iPod.
Just a few days earlier, officer Michael Hunnicutt shot Pedro Valencia Barragan, 31, after Barragan stabbed Officer John Timm during a domestic violence call.
In 2010 in Lebanon, Gregory Thompson was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting in Lebanon during a pursuit with officers.
Thompson had driven off an embankment on Carthage Highway during a chase. According to statements, an officer went down the embankment on foot and his weapon discharged when he slipped causing another officer to fire resulting in Thompson's death.
The shooting has resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Thompson's stepmother Melinda Thompson now on appeal with the 6th Circuit Court.
In 2008 and 2009, there were two Metro officer-involved shootings per year.
Adam Tamburin, Tom Wilemon, Holly Meyer and Andy Humbles contributed to this report.

Sergeant 'did everything within her power to help' slain teen

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Nashboro shooting shows need to keep youth focused

By Mayor Karl Dean


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Cop hurt in Sunday shootout released from Vanderbilt


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District 29 Begins Holiday Season with Christmas Holiday Event benefitting Metro Police Christmas Charities and Second Harvest Food Bank and with Entertainment from Lighthouse Christian Elementary Choral Students

I want to first start this post to thank the outstanding community leaders Phyllis and Leon Stinson, Sue Luttrell, Shirley Gilbert, Sue Paugh, Lorinda Hale, Alma Sanford, Jennifer and George Clarke and Emily Hale.  The incredible amount of time each of them spent to plan and put together a beautiful Christmas Holiday Event for all of us in this community is greatly appreciated beyond words.....beyond measure.  THANK YOU to EACH OF YOU from ALL OF US IN THIS COMMUNITY!  We even had a former councilman Jim Shulman who is running for Metro Council at Large chip in at the end to help clean up after the event.  He worked really really hard alongside all of us.  

For those who were not able to make it, you missed a great time with neighbors.  Below are some of the pictures from the event and a link to more.  

 Link to More Pictures here (click on the link to view more)

This event would not have been successful without the great sponsorship of our very own Southeast Nashville HomeStyle Bakery, all of the Mayoral Candidates who have declared their candidacy's to date to include Megan Barry for Mayor, Charles Robert Bone, Esq., for Mayor, Jeremy Kane for Mayor, Linda Eskind Rebrovick for Mayor, David Fox for Mayor, our Vice Mayoral candidates David Briley, Esq., for Vice Mayor, Tim Garrett for Vice Mayor, others such as our community's very own from Smith Springs Church of Christ Beecher Frasier, David Waynick, Esq., Ben Freeland, State Representatives Sherry Jones and Mike Stewart, School Board Members Tyese Hunter and Will Pinkston, and our very own Southeast Nashville Smith Springs Road Shell Station owners Duke and Misty.

Another Huge Thank You is in order for the Lighthouse Christian School's Elementary Choral Group led by teacher and Director Sue Clark and Headmaster Brian Sweatt, M.Ed.  The children who are our neighbors in the choral group are Naomi Bailey, Marielis Benitez, Alena Borges, Jack Clouse, Anysa Hodges, Cal Lopez, Cheyenne Mireles, John Mireles, Lenny Moss, Jadyn Peters, Quentin Reynolds, Daylan Smith, Laci Wall, Tessa Wallace, Emilie Webb.

Equally another shout out and a huge thank you to some of our great small businesses right here in our very own Southeast Nashville Community - Ease Custom Framing, Ensor's Comfort Shoes, Razz'z Restaurants, Angelo's Pizza, and A Greener Way, LLC formally All Natural Lawn and Garden for providing the door prizes. 

Last but not least, A HUGE THANK YOU to Ms. Hattie and her team at H&T's Homecooking here in Nashboro.  The food melted in everyone's mouths.  People are still talking about the food.  The team at H&T's Homecooking were so impressive with their hospitality and service.  They served with Style.
In Closing, the below pictures are the great gifts that each of you gave for the Metro Police Christmas Charities which were delivered to the Hermitage Precinct and the Second Harvest Food Bank which were delivered to the Hamilton United Methodist Church Second Harvest Food Bank site off Hamilton Church Road at Murfreesboro Road. 

What a way for us to begin the Holiday Season in our Community in Southeast Nashville! 
It's all about Community and ours is a great one!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gould Turner Group 3D Video for the New Smith Springs Elementary School

From one of our 2 school board members Will Pinkston:  As the Nashville School Board member representing upper Antioch and the Percy Priest Lake area, I'm pleased to report that we've arrived at a consensus on the name for the new Antioch Cluster Elementary School on Smith Springs Road. This past week, the school board's Naming of Schools Committee recommended the name "Smith Springs Elementary School." This proposed name, which goes to the full school board for consideration on Tuesday, December 9, is a nod to the history of the area and the result of broad-based neighborhood input as well as recommendations by Councilman Robert Duvall and Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson. This two-minute animation shows what a cool school it will be. Thanks to everyone who has been patient with the school-siting process. MNPS endeavors to be a good neighbor and operator of world-class schools. We're on the right track.

The new Antioch Cluster Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony took place July 23, 2014. The new elementary school in the Antioch Cluster will be located on Smith Springs Road. The new school is being designed with a capacity of 800 students and will open in the 2015-16 school year. The zone for the new school will alleviate overcrowding in Edison and Lakeview Elementary Schools. These changes are consistent with the 10-year plan for Antioch and Cane Ridge clusters and are stage three of the plan that was adopted in July 2010. Click to view photos from the Antioch Cluster Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony: Click to view more project information from Metro Nashville Public School:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

2014 Night Out Against Crime in District 29 Southeast Nashville

Pictures from our Night Out Against Crime. A Special thanks to Metro Nashville Public Schools, Walmart Corporation, The Neighborhoods Resource Center, Damon King with the Light FM 102.1 The Light Radio, Fifth Third Bank, Ferrell Automotive, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan's Official Page team, Sue Paugh, Karen VanCleave, Sue Luttrell, Mike Hassell, Cynthia Dirkson, Berni Cicirello, Phyllis Stinson, Angel Greer, Sgt. Jeffrey White with the Hermitage Police Precinct, Juvenile Court Clerk David Smith, Circuit Court Clerk Ricky Rooker, Property Assessor George Rooker, County Trustee Charlie Cardwell, State Senator Steve Dickerson, State Representative Mike Stewart, State Representative Sherry Jones, Steve Cardin, David Chilton, Santos Gonzalez, Debbies School of Dance, Crimestoppers, The Metro Nashville Health Department and all of the vendors and The Metro Nashville Police Department, The Office of Emergency Management, The Metro Nashville Fire Department, Smart 911, The Tennessee Highway Patrol and all of our food trucks and vendors.

More Pictures can be viewed at this link 

2014 Fall District wide Community Wide Cleanup

The 2014 District 29 Community Wide Cleanup was a huge success again! Thanks to the incredible leadership of our Beautification Commissioner Karen VanCleave and the phenomenal volunteers and neighbors who help to make it all run smoothly. Special thanks to Sue Paugh, Phyllis Stinson, Leon Stinson, Mike Hassell, Steve Cardin, Scout Pack 425, Cynthia Dirkson, Sue Luttrell, Jean Sussey, Martha Mehlem, The YMCA Camp Widjiwagan's Official Page team, Fifth Third Bank, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc., Shred-it and our State Representatives Mike Stewart, Sherry Jones. We finally received the pictures! More Pictures can be viewed at this link.  

CNAP 2014 Science Fair at the Southeast Nashville Library

Exciting Cnap Nashville Science Fair. Was equally excited to see our School Board Member, the Honorable Tyese R. Hunter and her daughter Tylani there today! President Alma F. Sanford and the entire CNAP board and sponsors did a phenomenal job. The Adventure Science Center, had a Robotics Universal Robotics Demonstration, The Home Depot had a awesome Building Project and Tennessee State University had an indoor planetarium. Snagged a couple of pictures from the twitter accounts for Mayoral Candidates Charles Robert Bone for Mayor and Jeremy Kane who were in attendance today. Another great event for our area! Thanks for your leadership Alma! #Community #Partnerships #Education

Monday, October 20, 2014

Payday lending meeting called as Metro mulls change

 Meeting Held on Saturday.  Great response from Neighborhood groups.

Payday lending meeting called as Metro mulls change
 Tony Gonzalez, 3:18 p.m. CDT October 14, 2014

A community meeting on Saturday will put Metro Council representatives face-to-face with residents to discuss legislation that could restrict pawnshops and payday lending businesses.
The Neighborhoods Resource Center will host the meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1312 Third Ave. North.
Council members Fabian Bedne, Jacobia Dowell and Karen Johnson are scheduled to attend. They are sponsoring legislation that would change Davidson County zoning to limit the size of financial institutions to 2,500 square feet and create a distance requirement of a quarter-mile between such businesses.
The proposal cites a Chattanooga study that found payday lenders can reduce property values and a federal study that shows the businesses tend to locate in disproportionately minority areas.
“If you allow a certain industry to cluster within a block or small geographical area and create a financial drain, it creates an economically blighted and distressed area,” said Johnson, who represents a South Nashville district between the airport and Percy Priest Lake.
The bill has been through one reading before the council and is scheduled to be next considered by the Metro Planning Commission on Oct. 23, before going before the council again on Nov. 4.
In April, a payday lending forum in Nashville drew hundreds — in opposition to and in defense of the industry. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shared data at the meeting showing that loans are typically less than $500 at annualized interest rates of nearly 400 percent, with four out of every five loans rolled over or renewed.
Reach Tony Gonzalez at 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @tgonzalez.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Night Out Against Crime Event to take place Tonight Tuesday October 14 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm on the Grounds of Smith Springs Church of Christ 2783 Smith Springs Road

See everyone tonight!

 Buford Tune with Apps will be doing a presentation for our community on safety, watch groups, defensive sprays and tasers that we can use in our home to protect us. He will also have handouts on various guns recommended for home protection with a listing of classes that are offered for people to take with them.
 Entertainment by our very own Debbie's Dance Studio who has proudly served our area for 26 years!

 The Helicopter will land and be on site for the children to view.
Our featured Food Truck is Smokin Thighs

SKY Nashville will be on site and will be videoing aspects of the event.