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3 1 j LARRY SCHMITTOU r ; Stadium idea draws interest t . ,1 Page 6B METROSTAT Briefs 2B Deaths 5B Weather 6B FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 1993 eiate takes step to toa&hen DDI law (V By cail Mcknight Staff Writer Sen. Bud Gilbert, R-Knoxville, has introduced a dozen or so DUI bills during each of his three years in the Senate Yesterday, he got one passed there a bill that would make it easier to convict motorists of drunken driving by finding anyone who registers 0.10 on the Breathalyzer test legally drunk "per se." Thus, the motorist would be found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol without taking into account further evidence, such as sobriety tests. "The law right now has a presumption of impairment at .10," Gilbert said.of the bill, which won't be considered by the House until next year. "If you're administered a breath test and you register .10 or above, that's not necessarily guilt." In support of the bill, Gilbert said that in 46 states and the District of Columbia, a 0.10 blood-alcohol feSSllliY ON THE HILL I Debate on anti-nudity bill delayed; House leaves dog pound up to Metro; bill creates offense of reckless homicide, on 4B. level is not just a presumption of guilt, it is guilt "per se," or in itself. That means that at 0.10, you're guilty. Period. The bill is one of many recent attempts to change the state's DUI law, few of which have gone far in the legislative process. Lines are drawn between legislators who want much stricter laws and those who object to bills such as the "per se" bill that they say infr inge on constitutional guarantees. "I think we're going a little bit too far with this," said Sen. Joe Haynes, D-Nashville. "I respect what you're trying to do, but I think in this country, guilt or innocence is still very important. The proper proof is still very important." Gilbert, a three-year member of the Senate, is adamantly opposed to alcohol in any form. He says his father was an alcoholic; his brother, a cocaine addict; and he is determined to push as many bills on those issues as possible. The senator's previous bills have included proposals to lower the blood alcohol level to 0.08 and to charge those under 21 who drive after drinking any amount with a new crime, "driving while impaired." Three more of Gilbert's DUI bills are scheduled to be debated by the Senate in the next two weeks; none of them have passed the House. Until now, Gilbert has had little luck getting his bills out of committees. What has changed this year is a growing number of Republicans in the Senate who back those bills, as well as a few Democrats who are increasingly voting for "law and order" bills. The Senate passed the bill 19-17 yesterday, but senators in the majority will have to wait at least a year before it could become law: Their peers in the House have refused to pass that bill this year. Yesterday the 14 Senate Republicans voted as a block not only for the bill, but on efforts to send it back to committee. They were joined by five conservative Democrats in the final vote. Opponents of the bill and some other attempts to strengthen DUI law say that the state already has sufficiently strict laws on the subject. They point out that machines are not infallible and that the "per se" law I Turn to PAGE 2B, Column 1 Rochelle bill asks power equalization Gone too far, some county officials say By LISA 6ENAVIDES Staff Writer State Sen. Bob Rochelle wants to equalize the power between the Wilson County Commission and the county executive, but officials in some other counties feel he has gone too far. A bill in the legislature backed by Rochelle would give the county executive authority to hire and fire the county finance director in the 1 4 Tennessee counties operating under the 12-year-old Financial Management Act. The measure was deferred in the State and Local Government committees of the House and Senate last week and is scheduled for discussion Tuesday. Earlier this month, a majority of Wilson County commissioners who have consistently opposed the proposed legislation were able to get their county exempted from the latest bill, thanks to an amendment sponsored by Rep. Ben West of Nashville. Officials from other counties said they would like the same exemption because they believe that if the bill passes they will lose control of public money. The proposal is one of several Rochelle, who represents all of Wilson, Trousdale and Smith counties, has sponsored this year attempting to increase the county executive's power over finances and government. Since Wilson County adopted the Financial Management Act in 1991, Rochelle's attempts to alter it have bristled some county commissioners who want the act left alone. Rochelle said even though his bill would not affect Wilson County, he would push for its passage to help "other counties concerned about the balance" between the county executive and the County Commission. Bill Arnold, chairman of the Wilson County Commission, said even though Wilson County is safe from I Turn to PACE 2B, Column 1 Park gets tree to the city '' ' '" ' . - y w .H If - ' I -. - - Mil ) J : : rh " " ' ft 1 f -cr- d&r . FT" Niece gets life in double murder Frank Empson Staff Ricky McPeak positions the new Metro Christmas tree at Riverfront Park to replace one blown down by recent high winds. The 20-foot Norway spruce was donated by Judy Barnes of Bull Run Road and came from her yard, where the family has traditionally decorated it with lights for the holidays. Today is Arbor Day. By WADE DODSON State Writer DUNLAP, Tenn. Two concurrent lifetime sentences were ordered for Cheryl Holland after she entered a plea of guilty yesterday to the shooting deaths of her aunt and uncle. Holland and her suspected accomplice, Eddie Arnold Wooten, were accused of slaying Joe Harvey, 57, and Mattie Harvey, 54, at their Lewis Chapel Mountain home in March 1991. The two were said to have been shot by their niece, placed in the trunk of their vehicle and driven to Bridgeport, Ala., where their car was pushed into the Tennessee River. The assailants apparently attempted to burn the Harvey home after removing money, but the fire did not spread throughout the house. According to investigators, Wooten said Holland had pulled the trigger and had driven the car to Alabama, pushing it into the river. Holland, however, has contended that she did not kill the two and did not drive the car. She has admitted to trying to burn the house, officials said. Holland, now in her late 20s, disappeared shortly after the killings. Her truck was found at a rest stop in Greene County, Tenn., on Interstate 81. After Holland's disappearance, Wooten, in his early 30s, was arrested. He entered a plea of guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and agreed to testify in Holland's trial. His sentencing is to be announced at a later date. A nationwide search for Holland ended when NBC's Unsolved Mysteries featured the Harvey killings. Holland was arrested in Rolling-wood, Texas, minutes after the show aired in March 1992. She was working in a convenience store there and using an alias. Paper carrier aided by good Samaritan By BRAD SCHMITT Staff Writer A good Samaritan broke up what police believe was a rape attempt on a Tennessean carrier while she was delivering papers early Wednesday, Metro police said. The passer-by blasted his car horn while the attacker, wielding a knife, was grabbing at the carrier's blouse, ASSAILANT sex abuse detectives said. "She was able to jerk away from him and flee," said detective Kimberly Gooch. The incident took place about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Apollo Apartments, 850 Richards Road in Antioch. The carrier ran into her attacker when he came out of the door of a building she was entering, police said. l' ' , " " j- S Gooch said she believes the attacker is the same man who attempted to rape another woman at the same complex Feb. 24. In both cases, the suspect was described as a stocky black man between ages 24 and 30 who either showed a knife or said he had one, police said. The February incident took place inside a woman's apartment, ending when the woman screamed and apparently scared the man away, police said. The part-time newspaper carrier, described as a college student in her 30s, was not injured in the attack, police said. Lyle Haden, assistant circulation director for The Tennessean and the Nashville Banner, said the victim's route would be changed. "We have taken her out of the apartments and fixed it so she doesn't have to get out of the car," Haden said. Applications for new magnet schools ready Tuesday By DORREN KLAUSNITZER Staff Writer Long-awaited student applications for six new Metro mapet school programs will be available Tuesday. The two-page application will be available at every Metro school, the school administration desk and from the magnet school office at 2601 BransfordAve. Applications will be due back in two weeks, with pupil assignments following shortly, said David Jones, chairman of the Metro magnet school steering committee. The applications will give parents and students a description of all the options, where the schools will be located and the general focus of the program. Students will be able to list their top three choices of magnet school programs. Entrance to the magnet schools is based on interest only, not on grade-point averages or test scores. In future years, some students applying for the high school arts program will audition for slots, but most will still be chosen by interest The choices are: A K-4 non-graded program that mixes children of different ages and allows them to work at their own pace. A K-4 world studies program focusing on languages and different cultures. A K-8 paideia program at Bue-na Vista Middle School. Paideia is a single-track, hands-on curiculum using coaching and seminars. A fifth- and sixth-grade arts program at Wharton Middle School for visual and performing art. A literature program for grades 7-10 at East Middle School, focusing on writings from around the world. A ninth- and lOth-grade arts program at Pearl-Cohn High School for visual and performing arts. An additional arts program is possible at Hunters Lane High School. Students will be selected by lot tery. A computer will assign a random number to each applicant. The student who gets random number 1 will get his or her first choice of magnet programs. A student with random number 500 may not get his or her first choice but may get in on the second or third choice. A single waiting list for all the new magnet schools will be kept for one year only. The new magnet school application is completely separate from the applications for the three existing academic magnets. Learning more Want to learn more about the new Metro magnets? Here's your chance. Each of the new magnet school programs witt be explained fufly at two town meetings next week: Tuesday, 7 p.m. at East Middle School, 110 Gallatin Road Thursday, 7 p.m. at Pearl-Cohn High School. 904 26th Ave. H. Magnet school applications also wit be available at the meetings. DICKSON An after-school "brawl" at Charlotte Junior High School has resulted in charges being placed against two boys, school officials said yesterday. "Three boys jumped on another. Apparently it was over some type of disagreement," said Assistant Principal Jimmy Breeden. The students, charged Wednesday, will face school disciplinary hearings in addition to Juvenile Court appearances. The boys' names were withheld because of their juvenile status. TERRY BATEY WILLIAMSON Meals on Wheels in Fairview is looking for more drivers to deliver meals. Program volunteers deliver food every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to people who are confined to their homes. Carolyn Anderson, program director, is looking for drivers who could deliver meals for about one hour between 10 am. and 1 p.m. Routes usually have fewer than 10 stops, she said. Volunteers are encouraged to cail Carolyn at 799-0424 or 799-0484, or Ida Hudgins at 799-2575. PEYTON JOBE -Will SECTION EDITORS Metro Editors: Day Cindy Smith, Frank Gibson, Karen Small, Lisa Green, 259-8095. Night Jimmy Carnahan, George Zepp, 259-8095. Weekend Thomas Goldsmith, Dwtght Lewis, 259-8095. f RUTHERFORD Schoolchildren will be able take a step back in time to the 1860s next week at the 22nd annual "Days on the Farm" celebration at the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna Visitors will be able to see how a working farm operated more than a hundred years ago. There will be demonstrations of sheep shearing, doll making, woodworking and rye soap making. Activities will be running from 9 am-1p.m. Tuesday through Friday. GRAY SASSER WILSON Live llamas and baby lambs will be on display for youngsters and the public at Stoner Creek Elementary School's first International Fair today. The fair is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school on North Mount Juliet Road. Students and visitors will get to hear an African drummer and share hi the crafts, food and culture from 10 countries, fair spokeswoman Gayie Hooper said. Students have been thinking internationally with each class focusing on a country. WARREN DUZAK 4- X r ,

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