Family members of some survivors said their relatives told them that the gunman, identified as Chris Harper Mercer, 26, specifically targeted Christians. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed that.
“‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them,” Stacy Boylan, father of Anastasia Boylan, 18, told CNN. “ `And if you’re a Christian, stand up.’ And they would stand up and he said, `Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them, and then he kept going down the line doing this to people.”
He said his daughter was shot in the spine but survived.
Amendment 3 directly contravenes Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-6-111(i)(2)(c). Most — if not all — contractors bidding on or procuring public building project work for Metro would be required to be licensed contractors under the Act. Metro is prohibited by the Act from imposing any additional requirements on such state licensees or their employees and Metro is prohibited by the Act from discriminating against licensed contractors because they are not Metro residents. But that is what Amendment 3 does: it imposes additional requirements, namely residency requirements, on licensed contractors and it discriminates against non-resident contractors. Thus, Amendment 3 conflicts with a state statute.
"This delay in implementation will give us all a chance to research best practices in other cities and for my office to meet with members of the Metro Council, the business community, labor leaders and other stakeholders to develop guidelines that will meet our goals of training and hiring more Davidson County workers for jobs funded with their tax dollars."
This is fair, I guess. But FWIW: I really don't "love a fight." But I'm not afraid to fight. There's a difference. https://t.co/eURULfwUeS— Pinkston for Schools (@WillPinkston) October 1, 2015
As with most other topics, Pinkston has some strong opinions about priorities the next director should take.
- A focus on pre-kindergarten expansion
- Adoption of English Language Learner initiatives
- Efforts to improve reading in early grades
- Reduction of standardized testing time
- Turnaround strategies to remove 14 Metro schools from Tennessee’s “priority list” for poor performance
- Lobbying for more funding at the state level (Metro is ranked 54th of 67 urban school systems in per-pupil funding at $9,000)
- Creation of a teacher recruitment and retention plan
- Stopping unabated charter growth
About a month ago, Metro Parks gave homeless campers a Sept. 15 deadline to leave Fort Negley, a historic site that was grounds for fugitive slaves during the Civil War. Last month, nearly 30 people were living there behind the Adventure Science Center.
Now, maybe fewer than 15 campers remain.
"I haven't been able to light a fire in this pit at night since we found out they'd be out here looking to kick us out," says Dorven, 46, who became homeless earlier this year after losing his job and then his wife in a car accident. "I've been too scared Ranger Rick and his sidekicks would be out here to get me."
Nashville's lack of affordable housing has raised the question of what to do about tent cities like the one Jim Dorven calls home. Makeshift encampments have popped up increasingly over the past few years, comprising roughly 200 sites as of the city's last count. A year ago, at an executive Metro Homelessness Commission meeting, someone asked a pointed question that's only gotten thornier: "Has any community effectively ended homelessness?"
That person was Nashville's new mayor, then At-Large Metro Councilwoman Megan Barry.
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