It's important that folks realize Antioch/Cane Ridge is in the 37013 zip code. The Kurdish Pride gangs and many of the highly publicized crimes are in the 37211 area and in Woodbine. A number of the crimes here have been outsiders from Rutherford Co and the downtown area coming to Antioch to commit their crimes. The people of 37013 are uniting as a community against crime. We are working with the police. We are fighting and winning in our owns developments. There have been no robberies or assaults on my street--ever. But when I lived in Belle Meade, I was assaulted with a knife in my front yard and found a man stabbed in my back yard TWICE (Ridgefield Ct.). In Hillsboro Village, we couldn't keep furniture on the porch because it was constantly stolen. In the middle of the night, a man was screaming and pounding on my door (Ashwood Ave.). He had been beaten up.
These past six years in Antioch have been a refreshing relief from all that crime drama I experienced in the "upscale" neighborhoods I lived in.
Antioch has a new set of Councilpersons in town. Jacobia Dowell, Fabian Bedne and Karen Johnson are the most active and successful leaders I have ever seen. We had a lady who kept having cars crash into her house, and the gov. would not help her. Last month, with the swift action of our Councilpersons and a couple of Antioch citizens who know how to deal with Metro, Public Works virtually ran out to her house to set up a rail to protect her and the other houses from cars that could not maneuver the very sharp 90 degree turn. These Councilpersons have helped the HH mall businesses transfer to the outside shopping centers. And woe to the drug dealers on my street. My new Councilperson knocked on their doors and got the police out here and they are ALL OUT OF BUSINESS!!! It's all about leadership and now Antioch has the BEST! (I cannot include Dominy, however, due to his asphalt factory and opposition to public services).
The citizens of Antioch have risen up and united under their leadership and we are taking our neighborhoods back!! (We've also got a millionaire car dealer helping us.)
Don't invest your stock into Opry Mills. They have no more hardware store, furniture and accessory stores, much less specialty stores, and they blocked access to Pro Bass--all they have are just miles of womens' clothing and food. Period. When folks figure that out, Opry Mills may not fare as well as it did before.
Antioch is reinventing itself as a community and education center. Citizens and new leaders are prevailing against crime. We're located between two major Interstates and we're closer to town than Cool Springs and Murfreesboro. Watch out! We're going to become a Happening Place.
I was present in the State Capitol when anti-tax protestors stormed the building, breaking windows, punching people in the stomach, throwing rocks at legislators...I was on the Legislative Plaza when the horn honkers violated noise ordinances and tormented state workers day after day for weeks...I was inside the Capitol when disabled Tennesseans slept on the marble floors for 77 days begging for their lives when Bredesen planned to cut 300,000 sick and poor off of TennCare...and I never witnessed the THP abuse any one to this level. I think our state has entered a new "culture" with this new Legislature that has imposed an unprecedented amount of laws that will hurt the 99% of Tennesseans. This anti-people culture needs to be exposed and challenged before it gets worse. The actions of the THP revealed disturbing changes in the way state government views people and human rights as do the laws that the Legislature proposed this past Session. Pray that the Media will keep shining the light on events like these in a non-biased context. And stay alert to the laws passing through next Session that will inflict harm on many Tennesseans.
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