Photo: Eric EnglandTaurean C. Sanderlin. Joe R. Perez. DeEbony Groves. Akilah DaSilva. These are the names James Shaw Jr. wants everyone to remember. Shaw, the 29-year-old electrician who gained national attention after charging and disarming a gunman at an Antioch Waffle House this spring, made it out of that deadly situation with minor injuries. Sanderlin, Perez, Groves and DaSilva, however, never made it home at all that early morning in April. Sanderlin, 29, was an employee at the Waffle House. Perez, 20, was originally from Texas and was in town working for a surveying company. Groves, 21, was a Belmont University student majoring in social work. DaSilva, 23, was a local rap artist who went by the name Natrix Dream.Two others, Shantia Waggoner and Sharita Henderson, are still healing from the wounds they sustained during the attack. Still others were injured by the glass that broke as the gunman shot the windows out. All of the victims of the shooting were in their … [Read more...] about Nashvillian of the Year: James Shaw Jr.
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NASHVILLE,TN – Sec of State Tre Hargett issued an election alert Oct 4 about anonymous groups filling out voter registration forms and sending them to people who were dead or calling live people to tell them they weren’t registered. State Election Administrator Mark Goins says he doesn’t know who’s doing it. “That’s a red herring,” said Mary Mancini, Chairman of TN Democratic Party. Democrats say Hargett raised a false flag to hide what is really going on. “They are generating that stuff to make it seem they are justified in doing what they are doing,” said Representative Joe Towns Jr. (D, Memphis). Towns said 50,000 people registered to vote in Shelby County before the Oct 9 deadline but election officials said they couldn’t process all of them and get deficient forms corrected in time for the election. The Tennessee Black Voter Project (TBVP) and the NAACP-Memphis branch filed suit against the Memphis Election … [Read more...] about Sec of State Raises False Alarm; Republicans Playing Dirty Tricks
The Diocese of Nashville, "as part of its ongoing commitment to transparency, accountability, and pastoral care," has published the names of the 13 former priests who served in the diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor. Some served in Chattanooga and in Cleveland. Of the 13, nine are dead and two are in prison. None are in active ministry. The names are being released after consultation with the Presbyteral Council and Diocesan Review Board, which is made up almost entirely of lay people not employed by the diocese. Files on abuse cases were shared with the Davidson County District Attorney General’s office nearly 20 years ago. The names are those of priests against whom an allegation of abuse was made either while an active priest or following his death. Following the report, an investigation was commenced, after which a review of the facts and information obtained took place. Following this review, a recommendation was made to the … [Read more...] about Catholic Priests Accused Of Abusing A Minor Include Some Who Served In Chattanooga, Cleveland
Holly Meyer Nashville Tennessean Published 4:28 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville has published the names of 13 former priests accused of sexually abusing minors. The ex-clergy listed served as priests from the 1940s to the 1990s and held positions at Catholic parishes, schools and youth programs across the state. Nashville Bishop J. Mark Spalding decided to release the names — many of which local media have already reported — in response to this summer's damning Pennsylvania grand jury report that found allegations of widespread clergy sex abuse and cover up in six of that state's dioceses. "It's really a part of the ongoing effort that Bishop Spalding has been stressing of transparency and accountability and pastoral care for people of the diocese," said Rick Musacchio, Nashville diocese spokesman. "He thought it would be appropriate for us to publish these names at this time as part … [Read more...] about Nashville diocese releases names of 13 former priests accused of sexually abusing minors
Travis Loller, Associated Press Updated 7:24 am CDT, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Tennessee publishers and broadcasters is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn precedent and strengthen protections for the press. The request comes in a defamation case against Nashville television reporter Phil Williams. At issue is whether accurately reporting on a court case protects Williams from prosecution. In 2016, Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk sued Williams and WTVF-TV station owner Scripps Media for more than $200 million over Williams' reporting on a case in which Funk was accused of soliciting bribes. Funk wants the Tennessee Supreme Court to rule that the accuracy of the reporting does not matter if a reporter's motives are found to be malicious. Funk's attorneys point to lawsuits going back to the 1800s in which Tennessee courts have taken into account whether "express malice" — defined as ill will or spite … [Read more...] about Media asks Tennessee high court to boost press protection