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2B -WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 LOCAL & STATE NEWS THE TENNESSEAN DAVIDSON COUNTY State natural areas' anniversary marked Tennessee State Parks will celebrate the 40th anniversary of state natural areas at 3 p.m. Friday at Radnor Lake's Netherton Overlook. Bob Martineau, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Brock Hill, deputy commission DAVIDSON COUNTY Cane Ridge Elementary to open in 2012 Cane Ridge Elementary School will be the newest Metro Nashville Public School to open in 2012. The school board voted to officially name the new school during a board meeting Tuesday. The $12 million two-story school will be located on 11 acres near Cane Ridge High School in southeastern Davidson County. Schools in Metro are generally named after geographic features, communities or parts of town or in honor of notable individuals. "We asked board WILLIAMSON COUNTY Budget shortfall may raise property tax A combination of spending cuts and tax increases may be required to erase a projected multi-million dollar deficit in the schools' proposed budget for the coming year, budget committee members in Williamson County say. Meeting Tuesday, the committee asked the school board to cut $2.3 million from its proposed $239 million budget. They also asked administrators to boost sales tax revenue projections by $700,000. RUTHERFORD COUNTY DCS investigates Smyrna day-care case Investigators from the Department of Chil-drens Services are looking into a Smyrna day care after child abuse charges that led to the arrest of the director and three employees. The Special Investigations Unit is retracing the April 18 incident at Meg's Playhouse, 11700 Old Nashville Highway, regarding a 4-year-old child and Kim Rife, the day-care's director. The investigation can take up to 60 days, with input from prosecutors, said DCS spokesman Rob Johnson. Rife, 32, was charged with aggravated child abuse on April 22. Arrest warrants were issued for Tawanta Alexander, 34, Kimberly Rowan, 38, and Amanda Wilson, 31, for failing to f TTT TTFRF - M ATT TOTI AV YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TODAY! ATTENTION: DAVIDSON COUNTY REGISTERED VOTERS WILL YOU PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE TENNESSEE STATE FAIRGROUNDS? We, the undersigned residents and qualified voters of Davidson County, Tennessee, do hereby propose the following amendment to the Metropolitan Charter to be voted on by the people at the August 4, 201 1 election. A new subdivision (d) shall be added to Article 11, Chapter 6, Section 02 (11.602) of the Metropolitan Charter relative to the functions and duties of the Metropolitan Board of Fair Commissioners. The new subdivision shall state the following: "all activities being conducted on the premises of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds as of December 31, 2010, including, but not limited to, the Tennessee State Fair, Expo Center Events, Flea Markets, and Auto Racing, shall be continued on the same site. No demolition of the premises shall be allowed to occur without approval by ordinance receiving 27 votes by the Metropolitan Council or amendment to the Metropolitan Charter." Voters shall be provided the two choices of FOR and AGAINST. SIGNATURE AS ON VOTER REGISTRATION Email for Updates: TN-000070914E er, are hosting the event. In case of rain, the ceremonies will be held at the Radnor Lake Visitors Center, west parking lot off Granny White Pike. For more information, visit www.tnstate-parks.comRadnorLake. Staff reports members to poll the community," said Joe Edgens, executive director of facility services for Metro schools. "That was the name that came up most often." The school was needed to ease growth at Mountain View and Thomas Edison elementary schools and is part of a larger 10-year re-districting plan for Anti-och and Cane Ridge. It's slated to open in the fall of 2012 and will hold up to 800 students. Julie Hubbard The Tennessean The same committee will vote later this month to boost the property tax rate by at least 22 cents. Williamson County's property tax rate is expected to be certified by the state at approximately $2.09 per $100 of assessed value following a countywide reappraisal. By law, reappraisals cannot generate revenue. Williamson County has not raised property taxes in almost 10 years. Josh Adams The Tennessean report the incident, Sgt. Bobby Gibson of the Smyrna Police Department said. Detectives determined the incident had been captured by the day-care's security cameras, but say Rife made statements that she did abuse the child and attempted to delete video evidence of the incident. The owner of the day care, Debbie Reyes, voluntarily shut down the center, said Department of Human Services spokesman Vince Troia said. DHS regulates licensing for day cares. Reyes has three other day cares, including two in Rutherford County and one in Sumner County Chris Echegaray and Gannett Tennessee PLEASE action rn LINE SEARCH ACTION FOR MORE Firm takes packaging foam PROBLEM: Carla Perry asked where to recycle foam shipping containers for Omaha Steaks. ANSWER: The EFP Corp. in Nashville will accept packaging foam for free. That does not include soft foam used in food car-ryout packages. You can bring the foam to EFP at Allied Drive in Nashville between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. WHOM TO CALL: EFP Corp., 832-6222. JENNY UPCHURCH will get results when you have a problem. Reach her at actiontennessean.com or 726-5970. Include your full Teachers get House plan may preserve some union rights By Chas Sisk The Tennessean Teachers might keep at least some of their rights to unionize after all, as lawmakers in the state House of Representatives decided to go back to an earlier plan that lets teachers negotiate with school districts over pay and other basic matters, but not performance bonuses or classroom assignments. House Republicans went back to a proposal they first floated in late March that would curtail the power of the teachers union, but would let the union negotiate contracts on a handful of points. The move came after some members of the House balked at a Senate version that would have completely eliminated negotiations and teachers contracts, re Police seek dead mother's baby Four-month-old girl missing since May 1 By Chris Echegaray The Tennessean Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a four-month-old baby whose mother's body was found in the Cumberland River near the Jefferson Street bridge on Saturday. Zaylee Grace Fryar has been missing since May 1, when she disappeared with her mother, Shauna Fryar, 28, from Millersville in PRINT NAME CUT OUT PETITION AND RETURN SAVE MY FAIRGROUNDS P.O. BOX 293329 NASHVILLE, TN 37229 www.SaveMyFairgrounds.com Recyclers will get another chance The Recycle and Win promotion team will be at the recycling center at Whites Creek High School placing them with "collaborations" and employee handbooks. The move by the House indicates substantial hurdles remain to Republicans' plans to reduce or eliminate union negotiations. It also appears to set up an eventual showdown on the House floor between lawmakers who want to repeal the 1978 law that gave teachers the ability to unionize and those who believe repeal is unnecessary. "Clearly, the votes are not there to repeal the law," said Jerry Winters, manager of government relations for the Tennessee Education Association, the union that represents 52,000 teachers statewide. "We're not crazy about this version, the House version, but we absolutely, completely, totally oppose the Senate version." Repealing union negotiations for teachers has received solid support in the Senate, but the idea has encountered significant op Sumner County. Fryar and the 12-pound baby were last seen by Fryar's husband, Michael Fryar, that Sunday. The mother's and baby's personal belongings were not missing. The mother had a history of drug abuse, police said. Metro Police Lt. Steve Lewis said people told police that they thought they saw a body floating in the river on Saturday. Authorities recovered the body late Saturday afternoon and the medical examiner's office is looking at the cause of death. Police said there were no signs of trau ACTION LINE STORIES ON TENNESSEAN.COM See Fix power to the community JVj Get things fixed in your community, one click at a time. r tennessean.comseeclickfix between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Coca-Cola, Kroger, Metro Public Works, and Metro Beautification and Environment have joined forces to award Nashville residents a $50 Kroger gift card if they are "caught" recycling the right way. The Whites Creek High center is at 7277 Old Hicko name and residence. ray of position in the House. The Senate acted quickly on a repeal soon after the legislative session began in February, but House Republicans have worked much more slowly. In March, they released a plan that would reduce the power of the TEA without ending negotiations. When that proposal failed to woo senators, House leaders worked out an agreement that would replace negotiations with less formal collaborations in which school boards would be required to accept feedback from teachers, but would ultimately get to set work terms by themselves. Proposal hits snag The Senate approved that plan more than a week ago, but the proposal encountered opposition a day later, when the House Finance Committee refused to consider an amendment that would have aligned the two chambers. They in ma. Metro police helicopters continue to fly over the river in search of the baby, but there is no evidence that the girl is in the water, Lewis said. "There are not a whole lot of leads," he said. Fryar and the baby moved to Millersville from Nashville in late April; three days later, they were missing, Millersville Police Chief Ronnie Williams said. "Our main concern is finding the baby," he said. Fryar's husband, who is not the baby's father, reported her missing on ADDRESS & ZIP AS ON VOTER REGISTRATION TODAY! ry Blvd. It accepts newspaper, mixed paper, paper board, cardboard, aluminum, tin, glass containers, and plastic bottles and containers. The next event will be June 4 at McGavock High School's recycling dropoffs. Curbside recyclers continue to be eligible, too. Single-family households in Metro's Urban Services District can put a "Give it Back" sticker sent out earlier on their Curby bin for a chance to win a $50 Kroger gift card. WHOM TO CALL: Public Works at 3-1-1 or 880-1000. hope stead sent it back to the House Education Committee. That committee decided Tuesday to ditch collaborations altogether and move back to the House plan released in March. The move should smooth the bill's path to the House floor, lawmakers said. "I believe it'll come out (of committees) in this version," said House Speaker Beth Harwell. "I believe that's the best way forward." The Finance Committee still must agree to the House plan before it can advance. That committee could take the measure up as soon as today. If they agree, House lawmakers will then have to decide which plan to accept, or whether to reject them both. "I'm at the will of the body," said Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Henderson-ville and the bill's sponsor. Contact Chas Sisk at 615-259-8283 or csisktennessean.com. Thursday. The husband told police he was accustomed to Fryar disappearing for days at a time. The baby's father is in Robertson County Jail and is not a suspect. Fryar had seven children, including the baby. The others live with grandparents and relatives, police said. Anyone with information should contact Millersville Police Department at 859-2758, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND or Nashville Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. f TTT TTFRF - MATT TOT AV A CUT HERE - MAIL TODAY CUT HERE - MAIL TODAY

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