The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on November 5, 1997 · Page 1
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Wednesday, November 5, 1997
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WEDNESDAY mm I 1 Vandy's Duncan won't surrender Says SEC battles still winnable in your kitchen? H More germs there than bathroom Mt jiuM , muff - "I NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE A GANNETT NEWSPAPER H H -Ul Ni l nJL VOLUME 93, NO. 309 5 SECTIONS Copyright, 1997 PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID IN NASHVILLE, TN A maasm 9 o o pryMiI waeteyoe Community leaders applaud plans for 'shoppertainment' By WILL P1NKST0N Staff Writer Gaylord Entertainment Co. and The Mills Corp. are billing Opry Mills, the newest star at Opryland USA, as the answer to prayers of shoppers, retail workers, country music fans, tourism officials and even tax collectors. Can this new-generation mall, a flashy blend of retail and entertainment with a Grand Ole Opry theme, really provide the recreational and economic windfalls that Gaylord and Mills say it will? Gov. Don Sundquist, Mayor Phil Bredesen, other community leaders and business people who have examined the project say "yes," despite the fact that Gay-lord's 25-year-old Opryland theme park will be lost The tradeoff, they say, is an economic impact that few theme parks can touch, and one that cant be matched by even the largest traditional mall. Details of Opry Mills were revealed yesterday at a breakfast and news conference by Terry London, Gaylord's new president and chief executive officer, and Laurence Siegel, Mills chairman and CEO. They say the mall will create up to 5,000 permanent jobs with an annual payroll of $65 million. Cash registers in more than 200 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues could produce $22 million annually for Inside I Area residents have questions about the new maB, but no opposition seems to be emerging, On 8A I Managers of existing local malls say the presence of . Opry Mills wont change their mission or cause them much pain, On 9A Timeline A look at Opryland over the last 25 years, On 8A-9A Tenessee's state sales tax coffers, and $8 million in local tax revenues. "This will be a 365-days-a-year opportunity as opposed to the seasonal operation that we had," London said. "So we are really creating some full-time opportunities." The development of Opry Mills also gives Gaylord room to grow as it emerges from an aggressive restructuring that has claimed, as its primary casualty, Opryland theme park. Waning attendance . visitors cranked turnstiles about 2 million times last year, I Turn to PAGE 8A, Column 1 Strained labor pool cushioning job cuts By MICHAEL DAVIS Staff Writer The restructuring of Opryland may end up being a case study in coincidental good timing. Those who are losing their jobs as the theme park closes will hit the employment market during a strong demand for workers. And when the new Opry Mills opens in two years in need of up to 5,000 employees, economists say the currently depleted Mid-state labor pool will likely be more full. In short, it could be a lot worse. "I dont think anybody's surprised. It's been a long time coming," said Tiger Fitzhugh, a guitarist and eight-year veteran of Opryland shows. "But the rest of the music Industry seems to be doing well. I imagine a lot of people will be able to call around and get work." The realignment will cost 275 full-time jobs or about 5 of the full-time labor force at Opryland parent Gaylord Entertainment Co. in departments including maintenance, human resources, training and accounting. The corporate marketing and legal departments will be eliminated as well , Laid-off workers will receive severance packages including pay, insurance coverage and job placement aid. The closure of Opryland will also eliminate about 1,700 seasonal park jobs, mostly workers employed during the peak seasons of late spring and summer. . While Gaylord President Terry London called the layoffs a "painful and necessary process," he said the company had tried to retain as many employees as it could. "We are committed to helping those affected in every Turn to PAGE 9A, Column! 77?C New north entrance "" Opryland R N,CvlC' Hoteland ;l Cs"- Convention S Center U Space reserved L j 1 for future L,,,,,! """Wf attractions " LJ) I Opry Mills tSv 3j I uI,,.IIiMJ,...,.ki,i. Js- Acuff rvj j to' AhorVV ntWj n fjcSDQ V . Ancr or Ui)N. r I entertainment y OjjtJLuj F7-1 Anchor S3. TW, Q :dr ShowboarY yJ L Anchor and u Food court , . Cumberland , Landing J - Anchor Major H , ":Z:ZI ( ) tf CTN Major Anchor - x. -jte choj j j n I Anchor special 1 1 n H attraction-retail U Parking J I rJ . The site Opry Mills, a $200 million retail and entertainment mall that's expected to have more than 200 tenants, will occupy almost two-thirds of the existing Opryland theme park property. The mall will include specialty shops and outlets, movie theaters, restaurants and other attractions. Parking will be free. After the maH opens in 2000, Opryland USA will consist primarily of Opryland Hotel, Opry Mills and the Grand Ole Opry House, which will be the focal point for the entire development SOURCE: Gaytord Entertainment The Mils Corporation F A ,1 'f 1 I'M li l 'I 'f 1 1 IV.'.; J Garth gets his way on label chief Brooks forces Capitol to change top executives before releasing album By TOM ROLAND Staff Writer Country music superstar Garth Brooks has apparently forced the ouster of the president of Capitol Nashville, the label for which he records. The label announced yesterday that Pat Quigley, executive vice president and general manager, is taking over as president and chief executive officer. In addition, Capitol confirmed that former president and CEO Scott Hendricks is "in advanced discussions" with the parent company, EMI Recorded Music, to launch a new label Virgin Nashville, in 1998. Music industry executives could not recall another case in which an artist dictated the change of label leadership in a major Nashville company. Brooks' next album, Sevens, has been finished for months, but he refused to release it until he was satisfied with the label's structure. Several sources have quoted Brooks as saying he would not re- I Turn to PAGE 2A, Column 5 BROOKS QUGLEY HENDRICKS Refugee boy waves open nail clippers, draws suspension By JON YATES Staff Writer A 6-year-old Somali refugee has been suspended from school and faces further disciplinary action after the boy, apparently confused by a new seating assignment, waved the blade of his nail clippers at a girl on a school bus last week. Although Metro school officials say the incident does fall under the district's zero tolerance policy for weapons, it is unlikely the child, Abubaker Mohamed, will be expelled. "I want what's fair to be done," said Lora HaU, principal of Mohamed's school, Haywood Elementary. "He's really having a hard time understanding what's going on." Mohamed, who moved to Nashville with his family three months ago, speaks no English and was having some problems assimilating when the incident occurred Oct 28. Hall said students have assigned seats on the bus, but those may have been changed just before the incident, possibly upsetting Mohamed. On the way to school, he opened a small blade on his nail clippers and waved it at a girl, also from Somalia, but missed. ' He then swung at an adult on the bus who tried to intervene, again missing. Although no one was injured, school officials called 1 police, Mohamed was arrested and taken to Juvenile Court, where he was released almost immediately. At a hearing last Thursday, charges of aggravated assault . were retired at the request of Assistant Metro District Attorney Helen Donnelly. "My opinion was He's 6 years old, he doesnt speak . a lick of English and he was probably scared and! confused," Donnelly said. J - Mohamed was ordered to talk to a probation officer ' about what he did, and agreed through an interpreter ' he acted incorrectly. I Still, Donnelly said she understands if the school I ' wants to take further action against the child, who is 3 feet tall and weighs less than 60 pounds. "Situations have gotten so bad at schools that you cant be too careful," she said. Sections: Local News B Sports C ' Living D ; Business E Brad About You Classified 5-186 I Comics :...60 f DearAbby. 30 f Deaths '...... 5B 'vEdaorfais ....1W7A i j; Entertanment .JD ; Horoscope 20 f Movies..:. .....40 i- National News .6-8A ; Scoreboard 7C Television .70 WoddNews 3-4A DO Taste-makers' lead magazine's VIP Ost Who are the most important people in the world? It depends on whom you askThe British magazine Select includes Beck, David Philo, Jerry Yange and RZAOnlD. "I- A BECK U.S, Iraq facing off over planes, weapons The United Nations temporarily postponed U-2 surveillance flights over Iraq last night after Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatened to shoot the planes down, and President Clinton countered by saying it would be a "big mistake." The U.N. mediators will be in the Persian Gulf country this week to try to persuade Hussein to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors. On 3A. Companies vying for Summer Lights The producer of City Stages, a huge Birmingham music and arts event, wants to take over Summer Lights. That company, along with several others including Tomkats, McNeilly Center for Children and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, are among 13 groups that have filed proposals with Mayor Phil Bredesen. Summer Lights' long-time sponsoring organization has filed bankruptcy, and the search is on for another festival producer. On 1B. Not Caesar's Palace, but it'll do McCALL Former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall fought Brian Yates last night at a Nashville nightclub before 900 people about 11,000 fewer than watched him lose the title In Las Vegas earlier this year. Some might call it a comedown. But he has no corn- To subscribe: 242-NEWS Delivery problems: 254-5661 or 1-600-342-8237 For personal service, can during thess times: Monday-Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday: 6:30 am to 10:30 a.m. Sunday: , 7:30 a.m. to 1230 p.m. , To reach our newsroom: ; Local, slate news: 259-3095 Sports: 259WI0 . living: 259-8050 plaints. On 1C.

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