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Re: “Remembering some of the lives, legends and community leaders we lost in 2013

Wish you had added Don Evans on this list.

Posted by Concertina Terpsichore on 12/31/2013 at 11:28 AM

Re: “For a teen’s impulsive, unthinkable act, Cyntoia Brown got an adult’s life sentence. Was justice served?

Some of the comments that I've read are ridiculous. I can't imagine being in Cyntoia's shoes, the pain that she endured and so much heartache. We can't judge a book by it's cover. Cyntoia was only sixteen years old, she had her whole life ahead of her. The choices and decisions that she made, she thought those decisions were okay. I know she knew right from wrong, but it takes these choices to realize that this is reality. I could imagine what she's going through right now sitting behind bars, wishing she had her freedom. Only God could judge us. A beautiful girl like Cyntoia didn't have to settle for less, all she wanted was to be loved. But she felt like love wasn't enough, she felt like she needed more to be satisfied. I definitely can relate to her in some kind of way. We don't know what she's been through, so for some of us to just assume that we knew that she wanted to kill that man is wrong of us. And it's not okay for us to judge any criminal that's behind bars, whether if it's a serial killer, rapist, robber, it doesn't give us the right to judge them. Because one day we never know what God has in stores for us. Cyntoia this is a message for you: God can make a way out of no way. So don't give up, keep your head up, because I definitely have faith that one day you can be free.

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Posted by Kia on 12/30/2013 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Remembering some of the lives, legends and community leaders we lost in 2013

We memorialize a minor blip on the talent radar like Mindy MacCreedy and forfet Deford Baily Jr? Typical of The Scene and of Nashville.

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Posted by JDW on 12/28/2013 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Remembering some of the lives, legends and community leaders we lost in 2013

Year-end obits published by Music Row and The Nashville Scene make no mention of Connie Littleton's passing.

It is impossible to discuss Bill Littleton's contributions to (relatively) early Music Row public relations and publicity, not to mention Bill's role in elevating country-music journalism during the decades thereafter, without noting the role Bill's life partner played in the mix. Connie was a dynamo with a force of personality and singular sense of humor that could not be ignored.

Those who couldn't look past Connie's wheelchair, to which her body had been confined since contracting polio as child, thought Bill was a saint. Bill may well be a candidate for sainthood but, if so, his devotion to Connie (whose razor-sharp mind defied the incapacitation of her body), would not be the basis of that consideration.

The fact is that Bill not only knew about "better or worse" and "in sickness or in health" before he took his marital vows, he saw the responsibility as part of the package rather than, as most connecting couples, speculation about the future. As a matter of fact, Bill was so smitten with Connie after they met that he had an important decision to make: Bill, who was engaged at the time, decided to break off his engagement to a woman who might have seemed a better marriage prospect, but only to those who never took the opportunity to get to know Connie, who was a long-time state employee when she wasn't busy running Bill's office.

With or without Music Row's approval, Bill and Connie were a package deal. The year 2013 is not yet over, so let's not finalize the "In Memoriam" list until Connie Littleton's name is added to it.

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report

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Posted by Stacy Harris on 12/26/2013 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Remembering some of the lives, legends and community leaders we lost in 2013

To leave Deford Bailey, Jr. off this list borders on criminal.

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Posted by Bill on 12/26/2013 at 2:52 PM

Re: “A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption

All of you who are so pro Maury Davis, and talk about redemption. Let's turn the tables around. If someone you love were murdered by someone who got angry for paint being on their boots, would you be so eager to want to talk to the murderer who killed your loved one? I don't even know if this is about forgiveness, just because you forgive someone doesn't mean you want to be friends with the perpetrator, or you give them blessings to make money off your broken heart. This sounds like a control issue. People react differently and you can't control how the family feels or what they should do. You haven't been in their shoes. What Maury Davis did was a cold blooded crime. The family members of this lady hurt deeply for the loss. I don't want to attend a church where people are so insensitive and care more for the perpetrator than the victim's family. That's just very cold and cruel. While Mr Davis may be redeemed, he is insensitive to publisize and make money off his redemption story, therefore, that does not sound like he is truly sorry. Otherwise he would have respect and compassion for the family of the victim.

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Posted by Darlene on 12/26/2013 at 1:36 PM

Re: “A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption

I have a relative who is a member of Cornerstone, and I attended at their request. I had bad feelings, I couldn't pin point and I felt Maury Davis is a con. It's true that he leaves out detail of the muder incident. Why would the Scene lie about this story? They can't just make up a story without stating the facts. It's true that certain mental illnesses are difficult or impossible to rehabilitate. I see and feel that same rage in his eyes. It's a matter of time before his rage returns.
It's true no religion or church is perfect and there are those ministers who commit crimes even if they've never been convicted. The only perfect thing is God. Humans are not perfect. I am open minded about view other religious beliefs but what Maury David did was wrong and creepy. I feel uncomfortable attending Cornerstone. I don't want to be around, and be a victim, if he decides to go into a psycho rage. If you are pro Maury Davis, fine. Whatever floats your boat. You shouldn't be trying to push his beliefs on other people and put them in jeopordy.

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Posted by cheyanne on 12/26/2013 at 1:05 PM

Re: “For a teen’s impulsive, unthinkable act, Cyntoia Brown got an adult’s life sentence. Was justice served?

Tennessee law requires her to do 51 years before she is eligible for parole.

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Posted by researcher on 12/26/2013 at 12:13 PM

Re: “As high-dollar houses crowd onto tiny lots, teardown fever is sickening neighborhoods across Nashville

It just bums me out that so much shade is lost when developers decide to max out the house size on small lots.

Nashville's 'heat island effect' is going to increase substantially in neighborhoods like Sylvan Park if they keep knocking down trees for McBungalows. That's a serious side effect that the planning community surely knows about but nobody seems to mention.

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Posted by Daniel Horner on 12/25/2013 at 9:48 PM

Re: “U.S. Rep Jim Cooper, punching bag of hardcore liberals, puts up his dukes in a wide-ranging Scene interview

What Nashville needs is a third party or indy rep in Congress

Posted by George W Obama on 12/25/2013 at 9:43 AM

Re: “U.S. Rep Jim Cooper, punching bag of hardcore liberals, puts up his dukes in a wide-ranging Scene interview

"Mr. Cooper said that privacy is not embodied in the Constitution. What exactly does he call the 4th Amendment!! We have a right to privacy unless the government can produce a warrant with sufficient evidencing backing that warrant!!!"

So many of these clown in Congress will say anything thinking that the party dupes and useful idiots will buy into it

Posted by George W Obama on 12/25/2013 at 9:42 AM

Re: “U.S. Rep Jim Cooper, punching bag of hardcore liberals, puts up his dukes in a wide-ranging Scene interview

Jim is more of a establishment bought off big government neo-con. He voted for The Patriot Act, and the Walmart internet tax. He also voted against auditing The Fed and sent out a stupid form letter saying the Fed was a federal agency. His vote is for sale just like so many others in DC. and he needs for come home and get a real job

Posted by George W Obama on 12/25/2013 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Gaile Owens has been on Tennessee’s death row for 25 years for setting her husband’s murder in motion, but a jury never heard the whole story.

She has a history of deceit with the numerous forgeries and thefts. My guess is the sister learned more about her after having to take over once the woman was in jail. She probably heard it all from the sons, most likely of how the mother treated them as children. My guess is, it wasn't great. Anyone that self-absorbed and dishonest probably wasn't a great mother.

She admitted to spending months looking for someone to kill him. That's not an abused woman. That's a murderer. Why didn't she take the time to take the kids and leave? Most likely because the man she had murdered took care of her and bailed her out time and time again. Her actions that night point that she would have known the killer was there...

Now the son is forgiving her. My guess is she hasn't changed, and he'll find that out in the end. There's something about this woman that doesn't sit right. She may have been abused as a child, or abused as a wife, but she's an abuser to her own children when she went out and hired a hit man. It's not like she was defending herself while her husband hit her. This took months to plan and she kept going back to find someone.

How people can stand up for this woman makes no sense to me. Abuse or not, she kept going back to find a hitman. This was a continual action where she would have been aware of what she was doing.

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Posted by Susan Northrup on 12/25/2013 at 2:17 AM

Re: “A messy fight looms over The Amp, Metro’s proposed bus rapid transit system

It's just simple math I just don't understand. If the average ridership is going to be 2,000 people a day but you inconvenience the 44,000 people a day that travel that route it doesn't make sense. It would be cheaper to have the city pay Lyft to pick up 3 people and bring them to West End then pay the millions for a traffic hog.

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Posted by Robert Hartline on 12/24/2013 at 12:18 PM

Re: “A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption

The mere thought of this man living in my town makes me sick to my stomach. I can't imagine what I would do to someone who did that to MY mother. If only vigilantes like Dexter existed in the real world. Id like to splatter red and white paint all over his million dollar house. If he really is going to heaven simpily because he appologized about almost SEVERING AN INNOCENT WOMAN'S HEAD, then please PLEASE send me to hell, because I don't want to spend an eternity with that cold hearted murderer. As to his "flock", you really are just sheep following a puppet of the devil you hate so much. Be ashamed every time you give him your money. Pray to god that no one hacks your mother's head off and leaves her laying in a pool of paint. But if they do, try and rest easy knowing that the person who ended her life is only nine years and a little bit of smooth talking away from using your mother's death to make a profit. That is the reality that Liles has to face every day of his life.

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Posted by imadethistocommentonthisarticle on 12/24/2013 at 12:25 AM

Re: “As high-dollar houses crowd onto tiny lots, teardown fever is sickening neighborhoods across Nashville

Being a Sylvan Park resident for 7 years I have witnessed the change and I can say that most of the houses being torn down are really not fixer-uppers. They are out dated designs that are not particularly attractive, not built for a modern lifestyle and are going to require hundreds of thousands to fix up. I don't particularly like the 2-1s but apparently lots of folks do and I'd welcome them as neighbors the same as someone who fixed up an old place. My house (even after it's renovation) is still old, creaky, slightly rotten, without a square wall in the place. It just looks a lot nicer. I like it, but it is going to cost a small fortune and/or a lot of time to keep up, on top of all the time and money I have already put into it. Younger folks just don't want to mess with all that.

The United States is one of the fastest growing industrialized nations in the world and Nashville is one of its hot cities. People under 20 years of age account for 27% of the U.S. population. I have no love for developers, however, young people and immigrants want to live in the city, and Nashville is ill equipped to handle the influx of people that IS coming. Young folks also increasingly don't want to be slaves to the automobile which I totally understand. Cars are an expensive, stressful, pain in the rear. More and more people desire walkable, bikeable communities. Thus higher density urban design with effective public transportation (like the AMP) is necessary to make the city attractive to the young creative class which are the future of the city. The FUTURE, not the past is what matters. The world is changing, humanity itself is changing and if Nashville wants to be a relevant part of that future then it needs to adapt and change with the times. The nature of things is decay, us included. We like to think that we are, at this moment, the pinnacle of the way things should be but alas we are not. Things will change. As long as we focus on the future and on smart development, Nashville will continue to be a great place to live.

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Posted by Jason Wiles on 12/23/2013 at 11:35 AM

Re: “As high-dollar houses crowd onto tiny lots, teardown fever is sickening neighborhoods across Nashville

" decision regarding the route was made behind closed doors by Metro government and MTA officials without any public input or comment."

Incorrect. They held public hearings, I attended one. This was in 2012. One result of the meeting is that a portion of the route was changed after numerous objections in these public meetings.

Are you "blindsided" or just blind?

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Posted by Kosh III on 12/23/2013 at 11:27 AM

Re: “A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption

Before now I've known nothing about Maury Davis and Cornerstone Church other than the name of the church and that it existed. I was just flipping channels and caught Mr Davis on TV talking about the new multi million dollar expansion of their church. I listened for about 15 minutes and was struck how talented he was in using strong sound bites to push emotional fear buttons. He talked saving Nashville and how our city and country is at a crossroads. He talked about how this new expansion is for families with kids and will have the best sandwich/restaurant/coffee bar, game room anywhere and it will be like a mall. He then went into an attack on the Muslim Faith and said we need to be stronger in our faith and how we raise our children than how Muslim's do. I was also noticing how his fingers and hand continue to twitch. It comes across as if he is performing and not sincere, almost like this was a big media production buy and it needed to be good. I was amazed at how many times Mr. Davis used the word "I" and not we. At this point I saw clearly thru what he was doing. Pushing the fear button on less educated people. Mr. Davis also mentioned his time in prison and that he was a bad sinner. At this point I turned the TV off and went to my computer and searched "Maury Davis Legal" to see what I could find. And here I found this article on the first page of Google results. Well, to say the least this experience has to rank near the top of my list of interesting story finds.

I'm reminded of visiting a Catholic Church in Brugge Belgium to view the actual blood of Jesus. Had to pay to walk up to this alter and look at it in front of a priest. Here's a link to this:
This so called "Blood of Jesus" has been raising money for that church since the 12th century.
The church has a long history of coming up with ways to raise money by sensationalizing something they manufacture or pushing the fear button in folks. My whole life I've listen to our country is at a cross roads from conservative preachers. Have listen to them make millions off controversial topics like abortion, homosexuality, adultery, divorce, etc. They are very skilled at doing this. And Mr. Davis is a very skilled salesman as well. I see why he was lead to Christ, it was really his only option out. He's riding that horse till he dies or snaps again. Hopefully he will never snap and no other human be harmed by his personality and how he thinks. As for all his followers I kind of feel sorry for them. I keep hoping folks will learn from the Jim and Tammy Faye Baker type scandals when they are revealed. When I see a preacher taking credit, using the word "I" a lot, I'm usually led to suspicion. When I find a sincere church leader who is on their own humble journey of learning and teaching then I'm all ears. The sensational salesmen with strong manipulative speaking skills I usulally see thru.

This has been a very interesting story to research!

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Posted by runithard on 12/22/2013 at 11:47 AM

Re: “As high-dollar houses crowd onto tiny lots, teardown fever is sickening neighborhoods across Nashville

I think the nature of the houses being torn down is being a little misrepresented in this article. As a resident of one of these neighborhoods I can tell you that historic, well built and architecturally significant houses are not being razed. There are exceptions, obviously, but the vast majority of the houses being torn down are 1950s-1970s houses that were built cheaply and were the epitome of mass produced. The turn of the century houses that aren't already well maintained are being renovated and restored. Historic houses are worth far more than the land they sit on, even if they are in poor shape. Furthermore, well maintained houses from the 50s-70s aren't being torn down because they too are worth too much to tear down. The vast majority of tear downs are happening to houses that have no one living in them, are small and architecturally insignificant, and in poor shape. In my opinion, the new houses are a significant step up from the ones that were there previously.

As far as the 2 for 1 developments, I understand the concern. However, this is the way of the future. Nashville developed with far too low density. That lack of density has led to much of our traffic woes. The Nashville metro area is adding 25-30,000 people per year, and they have to live somewhere. Nashville is far better off if they live in the city as opposed o Spring Hill or Mt Juliet. And with the increased urban population comes additional amenities for those neighborhoods.

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Posted by Hey_Hey on 12/22/2013 at 2:40 AM

Re: “As high-dollar houses crowd onto tiny lots, teardown fever is sickening neighborhoods across Nashville

Not all builders are the bad guys. Plenty of us build size and style appropriate infill homes. In fact on more than one occasion I have had neighbors complain because the houses I was building were TOO SMALL-- they wanted big houses that would increase their property value!

This is a classic NIMBY situation. Everyone understands the need for density and that old houses must sometimes be replaced with new, but Not In My Back Yard. Also, not everyone has the same tastes so just because you personally HATE a house doesn't mean everyone has to agree with you. Most of these neighborhoods mentioned were eclectic blends of styles to begin with.
As a final thought, for those complaining, buy that tear down house next door and fix it up yourself.
Risk the financial well being of your family on your ability to save a poorly built, improperly maintained house. See how hard it is to not lose money on the deal. But please try to limit your complaining if you are not personally willing to risk your own money on these homes. It is not as easy as you think and no one is minting money building infill houses!

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Posted by dogwalk615 on 12/21/2013 at 5:00 PM

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