The Daily News-Journal from Murfreesboro, Tennessee on May 6, 1994 · 1
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The Daily News-Journal from Murfreesboro, Tennessee · 1

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Friday, May 6, 1994
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, I Assault: weapons ban approved by House" Oakland defeats v4 Story Page A8 Sports Page B1 148 Year-No. 63 Rrida'y,'- MMp6 2g RageTsV 4ySetions f I I Identity, death cause unknown By USA MARCKESONI Staff Writer Autopsy results today should determine cause of death of a woman whose body' was found Thursday floating face-down in two feet of water under a bridge near Rockvale, sheriffs detectives said. 'The white woman was believed to be between 25 and 30 years old, Detective Jimmie Davis said. Her identity hasn't been determined. " - r Col. "Viral Gammon said the woman suffered some type of in- lurv toJier xieht jemolenear ner eye. - "We don't know if this was the cause of death," Gammon said, "We couldn't find any other wounds to the body. wounos w me uouy. . v . . . Several hundred Murfreesboro-area residents paused Thursday held at the city-county civic plaza, to observe National "Heal Our Land" Prayer Day in ceremonies Pool hall boeir ban' ropoal starts Council passes By CUNT COKFEKR Staff Writer Murfreesboro City Council is repealing a 1933 law banning beerdrinWngatpooitables. A preacher says council missed the point and a barmaid says it makes no sense. " City attorney Tom Reed says a judge can invalidate the law because ifs hypocritical. You can drink beer at a bowling alley and as you play video games, but you can't play pool without a wall Refunds By JC:"1 CALLOW Staff Writer ', Rutherford County could have to refund as much as $700,000 in property taxes, Property Assessor Tommy Sanford told the county commission's Budget Committee Thursday. Sanford's comments came as he asked the commission to approve a $65,000 transfer from undesignated funds to cover outstanding refund bills. The commission put $60,000 in the budget a year ago to cover refunds but the balance remaining wont cover claims waiting to be paid, county finance director Randall Matlock said. "We currently have in house refunds to A preliminary examination of her body didn t show signs of trauma from gunshot wounds or a beating, the detective said. Her body was bloated and dirty. -- "We didn't want to disturb the body because we didn't want to mess up the autopsy," Davis said. Drowning is a possibility, he said, adding the detectives would await today's autopsy by Dr. Charles Harlan, state medical examiner. Detective Capt. Matthew Royal said Jthis ftiorning detectives didn't know trie cause of death. "We havef to wait until we get fch-autoBsv back Roval-sAid. "If s just a waiting game now." The body was found while CX. Embree of R&R Mowers was mowing the right-of-way of state (see Woman, page Z) . .. . (See Woman, page 2) A time to first reading between the bottle and the table, he explained. Council agreed, especially since there's no law against having a cocktail with 8-ball pocket billiards! - " Tennessee's Alcoholic Beverage Commission issues . liquor permits, Reed said. Morality and children are part of the debate. "They missed the point," says the Rev. James Avaritt, pastor of Bellwood Baptist Church. "I'm . J ; t may cost county $700K Better Bilt Aluminum of $8,365.84 and Cumberland-Swan of $33,718.43 "he Baid. ' ' Another appeal, by Ingram Entertainment for approximately $21,000, is pending and a decision is expected soon, Sanford said. "What's happened is when the law changed . on construction in progress, these companies sent tax representatives running in and auditing," he said. The legislature "is mucking around down there to entice business to Tennessee and theyVe penalizing the local governments," he said. State law used to allow property assessors to pick up the value of new commercial systems like computers or machinery as soon as they were delivered, he said. y, c 4 Sj&, i . .. . V' , v. Sheriffs officers watch paramedics and rescue squad divers recover a woman's body Thursday from a creek under a bridge on state Route 99 (New Salem Highway). Cause of death and the wuiiiaiisiueiiuuucuiunienidiiiuriueieiiiiiiieu. . - ..., , mm,wmt .J woman's identification remain undetermined. 7,V pray not concerned about the person who has a beer permit and a pool table. Tm concerned about a person who has an arcade who can go out and get a beer permit and start serving beer where children congregate," Avaritt said. If we can't stop that, we need (State Sen.) Andy Womack to pass a law." Tennessee's Legislature repealed its 1933 law against beer at pool tables in 1981, Reed said. If that law still stood, Reed could defend the city law. He noted four council -members had I r, i ' ' v , Recovering body : J? DNJ Photo by Jim Dav just sworn to uphold the constitution. - The preacher says the law ought to be enforced and if a judge throws it out, let him. "Are we going to change -the law every time the court can throw out a law?" Avaritt asked. -AtThe Tradesmen's Tavern-en- the corner of Memorial and Nor-thfield boulevards, manager Katherine Mifsud says, "We're the ones ... The problem started when the police decided to inform us of the law." -That was in- mid-March, she . (See PooL page 2) "Now we can Only assess them at 15 -percent of their value until they come on line, he said. "What bothers me is that first year they can pay 15 percent but start depreciating it immediately. "There's a lot of hidden money we're probably losing because of the way it's set up," Sanford said. The county is responding with some success the Cumberland-Swan claim started at $78,000, he said. "We've probably got as much back from audita as we're losing," he said. "But we're foing to have more of this and the only thing can suggest is we put a little hefty into this line item. (See Refunds, page 2) Of, s f j r j DNJ Photo by Liu VUvchwonl Moire lea in in one neecSe re Murfreesboro By AMY SUTTON Staff Writer Murfreesboro ' City Schools played a major role in a report released Thursday by the federal Time and Learning Commission, chaired by city school superintendent John Hodge Jones. Entitled "Prisoners of Time" the report, which took two years to compile, found American students spend half as much time on academics during a school day as those in Japan, Germany and France and , are constrained by outdated school schedules. "By living with the constraints of yesterday's school calendar, our nation is committing slow-motion social suicide," said Jones in the report "Our schools and . the people involved with them are prisoners of time, captives of the school clock and calendar." " Murfreesboro was one of seven school systems featured in the report which was given to Congress and featured on televised Investigate;?. zero In on Vince Foster's file Armed with a sweeping new subpoena, Whitewater Investigators are zeroing in on White House handling of Vines Foster's files. . INDEX Classified C3-7 Church ...01,3 Comics ..02 Lifestyles ...C1'3 Opinion ....A4 Sports....... B1-8 TV C2 Weather....... A8 says TV show brings in 450 leads In theft-linked murder of student By ANGELA CANNON Staff Writer MARIETTA, Ga. The Marietta Police Department now v has about 450 leads to work on in the case of an MTSU student murdered in a motel here, a detective said. The leads resulted from last week's "Unsolved Mysteries" television show which broadcast a re-enactment of the murder of MTSU student Heather Uf-felman, 22, by an unknown assailant Viewers were told if they had any information" about the crime to call the show's telecenter in Los Angeles or the Marietta police. Uffelman s nanee-Jeremy- Roife- said about 150 calls had come in by the day following the broadcast of "Unsolved Mysteries," and that number was expected to in-(SeeTV,page2) in major role national news shows Thursday. The commission proposed eight recommendations to reform the way time is used in schools, which have already received legislative support from Sen. Jeff Bingaman ofNevada. The recommendations are: Reinvent schools around learning, not time, making a commitment to bring every child in the U.S. up to world-class standards in core academic areas and commit the time required. Fix the design flaw in school . schedules. Establish, an academic day, by providing or requiring at least 5.5 hours of core academic instruction a day. . ' Keep schools open longer, with some schools in every district staying open throughout the year. Give teachers the time they need, providing more time during (See More, page 2) Coach pay by boosters put on hold By AMY SUTTON Staff Writer Rutherford County School Board Thursday deferred action on giving permission to the Cen-. tral Middle School Booster Club to hire two assistant basketball coaches. , The Booster Club has agreed to' fay a $1,000 salary supplement or each coach, to allow expansion of the seventh-grade- basketball -teams, said Principal Butch Vaughn. . .:. U,,.., " Though the Rutherford County Education Association allows such agreements in conjunction with board approval, several board members were not comfortable with it 1 have a problem with this," said board member Bill Harrison. "I think if it's needed, the board ought to supply it. It should be in the budget" 1 don't think we should have Booster Clubs supplying per-f's out of line. I would iSee Coach, page 2) lort lillH!ld;l;il!MMtlllHi 3;

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