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Gallatin, Tennessee
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Friday, January 30, 2015
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FRIDAY » JANUARY30,2015 » GALLATIN, TENNESSEE »SERVING SUMNER COUNTY SINCE 1840 50¢ Get the latest headlines delivered to your inbox. Go to to sign up for email alerts from Sumner County. VOL. 175 NO. 9 © 2015 GANNETT CO., INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SUBSCRIBE: 1-800-520-9286 ONLINE For the latest in local news and updates, visit GallatinNewsExaminer .com NEWS GOOGLE FIBER MAP MISLEADS RESIDENTS, 4A SCHOOLS GHS CELEBRATES H OMECOMING TONIGHT, 3A Dozens of residents seized the opportunity this week to publicly vent their frustration w ith Sumner County Commiss ion members over the count y’s first property tax hike in more than a decade. It was the first opportunity for residents to address the commission since the controversial Nov. 3 vote that set the county’s property tax rate at $ 2.50 per $100 of assessed val- u e — a 48-cent increase over 2 013. In a rare six-hour meeting Monday, more than 50 resi- dents addressed commissioners during citizens’ comments. A n estimated 250 people — both in favor and against the tax hike — crowded into a standing-room-only commis- s ion chambers while hundreds more pressed into an adjoining h allway. Residents had asked to speak about the 23.7 percent increase at two prior commission m eetings, but were turned d own since it wasn’t a regular a genda item. After a petition circulated by the anti-tax-hike group Sumner Taxpayers Alliance garnered thousands of signa- t ures, Commission Chairman Paul Decker placed a report from the budget committee/finance director on the Jan. 26 a genda. Petition garners 4,232 signatures Before a presentation on w hy more revenue was needed b y Finance Director David L awing, and a video featuring DESSISLAVA YANKOVA / STAFF County Executive Anthony Holt, center, holds the sign-up sheet for residents to speak before the Sumner County Commission meeting Monday. PROPERTY TAX HIKE DIVIDES COUNTY Move has fierce s upporters, o pponents By Tena Lee » TAX HIKE, 7A ONLINE For more photos from the commission m eeting, go to Apublicly-owned mega industrial park proposed to make Sumner County the target for major industrial development is on hold. A proposal to devote up to $250,000 for a geotechnical s tudy to ensure a suggested Gallatin property is fit for the park was deferred Monday w ith a 17-to-7 vote of the Sum- n er County Commission. The commission’s budget commit- t ee unanimously passed the p roposal Jan. 12. The industrial park, a prop osed $20 million investment, would be on an 800-acre to 1 ,000-acre property at the north end of Gallatin adjacent to State Route 109 and accessi- b le to Portland, the county’s second largest industry hub after Gallatin. W ithin close proximity to all major interstates and the CSX railroad, once developed the site would provide companies with shovel-ready land for dev elopment, said Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt, w ho is pitching the idea. The proposal was the last item discussed during Mond ay’s meeting that ended at a bout 1:30 a.m. — after 6 1/2 hours — and drew about 500 p eople mostly protesting comm issioners’ Nov. 3 decision to raise property taxes by 23.7 p ercent. Some residents and commissioners called the park a “gamble” with taxpayers’ money. “It’s a huge risk,” Gallatin C ommissioner Jim Vaughn said. “It can be a gold mine. It can also be a money pit we can p ut money into for years. How are we gonna get our money back?” Investment debated The returns are likely to be huge, said Holt, who compared t he investment to Hamilton County’s development of the 1,200-acre Enterprise South Ind ustrial Park now home to V olkswagen’s North American manufacturing headquarters. T hat public investment has c reated almost 5,000 new jobs County industrial park plan doesn’t gain ground Commission defers vote on land study By Dessislava Yankova Park site » PARK, 5A 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 b ased on a forensic report that h as been in the Tennessee Bur eau of Investigation’s possess ion for more than three years. M illersville Police Chief Dav id Hindman said Tuesday that his department didn’t receive t he report until two weeks ago. T he report focuses on the scene of Shauna Fryar’s death, reportedly in Millersville near her home on C. Smith Street in Sumner County. Shauna Fryar’s body was found in Nashville, floating in the Cumberland River on May 7, 2011. She and her 4-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 s tatement that all evidence in t he Fryar case was made avail- a ble to the proper authorities w hen it was first analyzed and t he TBI had been working col- l aboratively with the Millersville Police Department since t he case was opened. H indman took office as Millersville’s police chief in September. When he began to look through the city’s cold case files about a month ago, he noticed that the Fryar case files were missing, he said. “The TBI had them,” he said. When Hindman got the city’s files back two weeks ago, the TBI also sent its case files, which included the report, he said. “There are some deep quest ions that need to be answered ( as a result of the report),” H indman said. “We’ve found the p ieces of the puzzle. We just h ave to put the puzzle together n ow. … Why this was not han- FILE Shauna   Fryar   a nd her baby, Zaylee  Grace Fryar. Cold case reopened as murder investigation Millersville mom found dead in 2011, baby’s fate unknown By Nicole Young » COLD CASE, 6A TIPS A$5,000 reward has been o ffered for information that leads to t he whereabouts of Z aylee Grace Fryar. Anyone with information about the case should call t he TBI at 1-800- TBI-FIND. The future of the GreenLea Boulevard extension project is in question after the state informed Gallatin officials this week that the city’s portion of construction costs are estimated to be roughly 77 percent higher than originally expected. The latest estimate for Gallatin’s portion of the remaining project cost is $4.4 million, some $1.9 million more than anticipated, according to a Jan. 27 T ennessee Department of Transportation letter from transportation manager Whitney Sullivan to Mayor Paige B rown. “ We have a contract with T DOT to complete this project, but we don’t have the money,” Brown told the Gallatin City Council on Tuesday. T he Gallatin City Council v oted Tuesday to have Brown s chedule a meeting with TDOT Commissioner John Schroer to s ee if the state would allow the city to pay $2.5 million now and the remaining $1.9 million at a later date. L ast year, the Gallatin City Council approved an $8.6 mill ion bond issue for various projects, of which $2.5 million was to be used for the construction costs associated with extending G reenLea Boulevard to Long Hollow Pike. T he contract, which was unanimously approved by the council in February 2009, states that TDOT will cover up to a m aximum of $2 million for the p roject. The city would be re- s ponsible for the remaining cost. “We knew what the contract said, but until last week the construction estimate in the con- t ract was still around $2.5 mill ion,” Special Projects Director R osemary Bates said Tuesday. An update on the situation is expected at the council’s next c ommittee meeting Feb. 10. City Engineer Nick Tuttle said the city will likely issue an- o ther bond this year to cover costs associated with an ongoing Albert Gallatin/Hatten T rack road project and could include the additional $1.9 million for the GreenLea Boulevard extension in that new bond. Tuttle said he spent nearly t wo hours speaking with TDOT representatives Tuesday about w hat could have led to the new cost estimates. “They talked about the infla- t ion rate from 2010 to 2015 and t hey’ve seen a 15 percent (increase) on an annual basis,” Tutt le said. “I think the major thing w as TDOT just not using solid GreenLea extension costs s kyrocket Gallatin to owe $1.9 million more t han expected By Josh Cross » GREENLEA, 6A

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