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WEDNESDAY | FEBRUAR Y4,2015 SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEERCTIMES.COM | 50¢ SERVINGROBERTSONCOUNTYSINCE1922 RCTimes.com We reach more than 18,000 people in Robertson County every week with the combined resources of . . . VOL. 53 NO. 6 © 2015 GANNETT CO., INC. ALL RIGHTS RESER VED SUBSCRIBE: 1-800-520-9286 SPORTS » C4 Annual T-N-T Tournament starts Friday. NEWS » A2 Springfield woman killed in I-65 wreck. Students attending Highland Crest College C ampus will now be able to obtain a four-year degree in social work, education officials an- n ounced last week at a ceremony celebrating the c ontinued growth of the higher education facility. Highland Crest College Campus, located on W illiam A. Batson Park- w ay in Springfield, o pened its doors in August 2011. Volunteer State Community College and Austin Peay State University both offer classes at t he building, allowing loc al students to earn a four- y ear degree while attending classes in the county. Springfield and county l eaders turned control of the building over to the Tennessee Board of Reg ents two weeks ago. Enrollment at the school now exceeds 400, w ith a little more than 100 of those students enrolled from Austin Peay, accord- ing to Bill Persinger, exec- u tive director of public relations for the school. The new degree, an- n ounced on Tuesday, Jan. 27, is part of a new 2+2 agreement signed bet ween the two schools, which establishes two years of courses related to the degree to be offered b y Vol State and the other two by APSU. APSU President Alisa W hite said at Tuesday’s signing ceremony that she was thrilled to see the n eed to potentially expand the Highland Crest College Campus. “Students here have a f ine building on beautiful property,” White said. “They are not going to h ave a second-class education. They are being taught by some of the best f aculty in our institu- HIGHLAND CREST S TILL GROWING Groundwork being laid f or future e xpansion CHERI REEVES/ ROBERTSON COUNTY TIMES Students can obtain a four-year degree attending Highland Crest College Campus. » CAMPUS, 3A By Cheri Reeves Robertson County Times An investigation is u nderway after a burn- i ng body was discovered on the side of the road in A dams Sunday morning. The Adams Fire Department was called at 6:45 a.m. to respond to a f ire on the side of Highway 76 West near the c ounty line. Firefighters responded to the scene and discovered the burning human remains, a ccording to Robertson County Sheriff's Office s pokesperson Ryan Martin. Investigators with the Robertson County S heriff's Office contact- e d the Tennessee Bur eau of Investigation to assist in analyzing the s cene. The case has not been officially classified as a homicide, but authori- t ies are following the standard practice of inv estigating the scene as if it were, Martin said. The body has not been identified as of press t ime Monday, Martin said. Burning human r emains found in Adams By Eric Miller Robertson County Times Robertson County l eaders voted Monday, Jan. 26 to lower the taxes paid by developers on new residential properties in a bid to attract m ore growth to the area. The county’s ade- q uate facilities tax, a privilege tax on new development that helps p ay for school buildings, w as reduced from $2 to 70 cents per square-foot o f floor area. The mea- s ure passed through the Robertson County Comm ission with unanimous support. Commissioners Bobby Couts and Billy V ogle were absent from the proceedings. During Monday’s meeting, Budget Committee Chairman Lanny Adcock said that adequate facilities tax collections had already been met for this year’s budget. Next year, how- ever, is another matter, h e said. “I honestly believe that our growth will c ome back up and we won’t lose any money,” Adcock said, adding that based on the adequate facilities tax funds taken i n this year, the county could stand to lose about $ 600,000 next year in collections. “But if growth this y ear continues, we could b e $600,000 to $800,000 beyond what we budget- e d.” T he tax reduction will remain in effect for the n ext two years and be closely monitored for its impact on growth. A t 70 cents, Robertson County’s adequate facilities tax is the same as neighboring Sumner County, according to Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley. In November, Brad- County reduces i mpact fees Fees slashed by more than half; officials hope to ease burden o n developers, spur growth By Nicole Young Robertson County Times » FEES, 5A The Robertson County F arm Bureau and Women's Club's annual Red Dress Luncheon is sched- u led for Friday, Feb. 6 at noon at the Springfield Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The luncheon, patterned after the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, is designed to make women more aware of how to prevent heart dis- e ase, according to Roberts on County Health Educator Kelley Harris. “ Each year, one in every three women die of heart disease and stroke,” K elley Harris said. “But we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.” Living healthy and fighting heart disease will Red Dress Luncheon set for this Friday FILE Pictured are Sara Hargett and Dot Woodard at a previous Red D ress Luncheon. » RED, 4A Reservations urged for free event By Cheri Reeves Robertson County Times AMillersville cold case centered on the death of a 28-year-old woman and the disappearance of her infant daughter has been reclassified as a homicide based on a forensic report that has been in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s p ossession for more than three years. Millersville Police Chief David Hindman said Tuesday, Jan. 27 that his department didn’t receive the report until two weeks ago. The report focuses on the scene of Shauna Fryar’s death, reportedly in Millersville near her home on C. Smith Street in Sumner County. S hauna Fryar’s body was found in Nashville, floating in the Cumberland River on May 7, 2011. She and her four-month- old daughter, Zaylee Grace, had been reported missing two days earlier. Zaylee was never found. On Tuesday, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in an emailed statement that all of the evidence in the Fryar case was made available to the proper authorities when it was first analyzed and t hat the TBI had been working collaboratively with the Millersville Police Department since the case was opened. Hindman took office as Millersville’s police chief in September. When he began to look through the city’s cold case files about amonth ago, he noticed that the Fryar case files were missing, he said. “The TBI had them,” he said. Police reopen cold case Woman’s 2011death reclassified as murder; child never found By Nicole Young Robertson County Times FILE Family photographs of Shauna Fryar and her baby Zaylee G race Fryar. » CASE, 5A NEWS » A4 Local attorney pleads guilty to sex crimes.

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