The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on May 26, 2011 · B1
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LOCAL BUSINESS THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 THETENNESSEAN Breaking news, weather and traffic. On your mobile phone at i the tennesjean b tennessean.commobilenews Sumner defends religious 'interactions' School district says lawsuit lacks merit By Brandon Gee The Tennessean Some interactions between church and state are inevitable and OK, the Sumner County School District argued in re sponse to a lawsuit against it over prayers, pastor visits and Bible distribution in schools. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a complaint in federal court this month alleging that the district has shown a pattern of promoting Christianity. In its response filed this week, the district admitted to some of the ACLU's allegations HE Go to to see previous coverage of the lawsuit. and denied others, but overall said its actions did not violate the Constitution. The response opens by citing two Supreme Court decisions, one of which states that "interaction between church and state is inevitable . . . and we have always tolerated some level of involvement between the two." The suit charges district officials allowed Gideons International to hand out Bibles to students, prayers over an elementary school loudspeaker, a youth pastor's weekly visits with mid- SUMNER, 8B THE ACLU'S STANCE The Sumner County School District has shown a pattern of promoting Christianity. THE DISTRICT'S STANCE It admits to some allegations and denies others, but said it did not violate the Constitution. WHERE'S BABY ZAYLEE? An emotional Michael Fryar says his long-estranged wife, Shauna Fryar, had disappeared before, "but she loved that baby too much to have done anything to herself." photos by sanford myers the tennessean Mom led trouble-filled life, but girl was her 'everything' By Erin Quinn The Tennessean GREENBRIER Zaylee Grace Fryar was born five months ago to a mother with a long history of drug addiction and abusive boyfriends. In Zaylee's first days of life, her mom was beaten by Zaylee's biological father, police said. The mother and daughter were homeless, couch-surfing from her great-grandparents' house to a motel room to a $135-a-week trailer home in Millersville. Twenty-eight-year-old Shauna Fryar had seven other children, but all had been taken out of her care by the authorities. Then, on May 1, the mother and daughter disappeared. 1 Shauna Fryar, shown in a family photograph, had written on her Facebook page that every smile from baby Zaylee was a blessing. Shauna left her cellphone and car keys in the trailer home where she was living with Michael Fryar, her long-estranged husband and friend. She left her late-model Honda Accord. And she left Zaylee's diaper bag. They were just gone. Michael Fryar didn't report them missing until four days later. After all, he said, Shauna had done this before at least four times during their 12-year, on-and-off marriage. The first time she left without a word, 38-year-old Michael Fryar said he called the police, and when they wouldn't help for 72 hours, he feverishly searched government housing areas, high-crime stretches of Dickerson Pike, anywhere he thought she might go to get money for a fix. But she'd always come back, a week later, maybe two. So, when she disappeared this time, he felt like he knew the drill. BABY, 6B Agent: Gangs plotted deaths ATF officer says $75K bounty put on feds in Galaxy Star case By Brandon Gee The Tennessean Authorities are investigating an alleged plot to kill federal prosecutors assigned to a gang-related murder, conspiracy and racketeering case in Middle Tennessee. According to statements made by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent Mickey French in an affidavit, there was an alleged meeting between Bloods and Gangster Disciples members where the names of the prosecutors were put on a board and a $75,000 award was put forward if they were killed. Go to Tennessean. com to read The Tennessean's special report on the Gangs of Middle Tennessee. French questioned an alleged Gangster Disciples member, Anthony Daniels, about the meeting after Daniels was arrested April 7 in Nash ville on a probation violation. Daniels denied knowing anything about the meeting, according to the affidavit. Daniels also was questioned about his associations with Ricky "Big Rick" Williams, a leader of the Bloods in East Nashville who, along with 31 others, has been charged in a widespread gang racketeering case that authorities say involved a local anti-gang nonprofit. Prosecutors have said that the Bloods used the Galaxy Star nonprofit headquarters on Lischey Avenue to organize, plan their drug trade, discipline gang members for "violations" and plan robberies and attacks on rivals. French's affidavit states that the prosecutors assigned to this case were the ones targeted. A description of the questioning was included in a sworn statement French attached to a request for a search warrant for Daniels' mother's residence. Agents seized a laptop computer from the home on May 4 because they suspected it contained evidence of conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs and engage in racketeering activity. Daniels has not been charged with any crimes in federal court, and no PLOT, 2B Rose Park brings long-awaited home field to schools By Lea Ann Overstreet The Tennessean Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School's baseball team never enjoyed the home field advantage before April. That's because the Knights never had a home field. But they have one now, as does Belmont University, Carter Lawrence Elementary and Rose Park Middle. After a series of legal skirmishes and an $8 million investment from Belmont, E.S. Rose Park and Sports Complex is seeing the use university and Metro Nashville Parks officials began talking about five years ago. TO USE THE PARK Community groups and sports leagues interested in booking the Rose Park fields can call the Metro Parks Sports Department at 615-862-8400 from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. There is still work to be done the softball field is closed while workers install new bleachers, said Mark Grones, Belmont's assistant director of plant operations. They'll start placing a rubber surface over the asphalt track on June 20, work that will close the soccer field in the middle for about two weeks, if the weather cooperates. It hasn't for much of the project. Persistent rains, combined with record snowfall over the winter, caused multiple delays. Recent heavy rains caused nearby roads to flood when some storm drains became blocked, but Metro cleared them, Grones said. Otherwise, Hume-Fogg and the Edgehill neighborhood schools and residents can use a 750-seat synthetic turf baseball field, a 250-seat natural grass softball field, new synthetic turf soccer fields and a 5,150-square-foot building for locker space and ROSE PARK, 8B Raul Perez, left, and Drew Wagner install bleachers on the softball field at the new E.S. 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