The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on October 1, 1996 · Page 15
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The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee · Page 15

Nashville, Tennessee
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Tuesday, October 1, 1996
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t THE TtNMfctMH iiwwmit. wmiw a iwtjB LOCAL NEWS Some hope traffic won't come with zoo By MARK IPPOUTO Staff Writer . . The Metrd Council is expected to welcome the Nashville Zoo to town tonight, but some council members fear it will bring too much traffic. The zoo has negotiated a $l-per-year lease with the city to move from Cheatham County to South Nashville. The zoo would occupy the city-owned Grassmere Wildlife Park on Nolensville Road, adding exotic animals from around the world te Grassmere collection of native Tennessee wildlife. v The lease was endorsed by the council's Budget and Finance Committee last night Antioch Councilwoman Janis Sontany and At-Large Councilman Leo Waters sought a delay to study the traffic impact, but were outvoted 9-2. "I would think it would be quite within reason i to require a traffic study, so we can at least see what kind of impact we are talking about" Sontany said. . ' Waters pointed out that, the intersection of Nolensville Road and Harding Place already is among the most congested in the state. But Grassmere-area councilwoman Michelle Arriola, a fan of both the park and the zoo, countered: "Grassmere is sitting right smack dab in the middle of my district, and I have not had one phone call in opposition to this." The Nashville Zoo hopes to open a children's zoo at Grassmere next year and relocate completely within four years, zoo Director Rick Schwartz said. The lease would require the city to spend $450,000 to restore the historic Croft House on the Grassmere property and spend about $1.3 million on infrastructure, including roadwork, drainage and fencing. Belle Meade Councilman Charles Fentress said a major zoo would bring more tourists. Chain saw killer Insane' at time f By PAUL OLDHAM ft Staff Writer .-. : ,, I PULASKI, Tenn. Thomas ; (Red) McCluskey . was found not guilty by reason of insanity yesterday in the chain saw murder of his i nephew last year, District Attorney ; General Mike Bottoms said. j Circuit Judge Jim T. Hamilton ruled in an agreed verdict tlat McCluskey, 40, was insane Mann ; 12, 1995, when he used a-chainsuw to nearly decapitate his nephew, ', Jason Bowen, 20, Bottoms said. ; An agreed verdict means the ; judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys agree on the verdict with-, ; out having a jury trial, , . ' McCluskey will be evaluated at the Middle Tennessee Mental ' Health Institute for 6O-90 days before his status is finally deter-mined, Bottoms said. His status will be reviewed peri- ; odically. ) .Earlier this year, doctors declared McCluskey incompetent to stand trial for the killing. McCluskey had stopped taking the medication that controlled his schizophrenia prior to March 12, ; 1995, investigators told The Tennes- i sean a year after Bowen's death. Relatives told police McCluskey I was ' preoccupied with death and had used axes and guns to terrorize people he knew. 2 school bus drivers robbed By DEBORAH HIGHLAND Staff Writer Two Metro school bus drivers j were robbed at gunpoint yesterday ; morning for $27 cash. ' The drivers dropped off a group ! of Granbery Elementary School ; children at the Nashville Academy Theater, 724 Second Ave. N., at ! about 10 a.m. and parked their bus-; es nearby behind the Howard School Building, Metro schools spokesman Craig Owensby said. Drivers Tim Chapman and Joyce Alexander were talking to each other when two men approached them, Owensby said. One of the men had a gun and told the two drivers to get on the floor of the bus. The robbers took their wallets, emptied the contents, pocketed the cash and then threw the wallets down before running i away, Owensby said. "The children were not involved ; and not in any danger. They weren't even in the bus at the '. time," Owensby said. ' No arrests had been made by last night, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. HE Supermarket parking lot killers sought After nearly a year, Metro police are still searching for the killers of 12-year-old Adriane Dickerson, shot to death last October in the parking lot of an Antioch supermarket Adriane was at the Mega Market store on Hickory Hollow Parkway with her mother when she went to the car to get change for a soda. As she was returning to the store, someone fired a single shot that killed her. Police had initially thought that the shot came from the parking lot, but it has since been determined that it was fired from a highowered rifle from the grassy area' at the far end of the store's driveway. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for Adriane's death. Crime Stoppers can be reached at or 742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers will re-; mai anonymous. 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