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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Wednesday, June 8, 1994
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:GSo'fiGdf cneecl v Quake triggers See Sports 146 Year-No. 96 Wed riTesci ay,VJ u rie By USA MARCKESOKI Staff Writer ; Two veteran Murfreesboro police officers charged May 25 with simple possession of cocaine are undergoing in-patient treatment, according to letters sent to city officials. Victim's fiance s!ts io see pic By ANGELA CAKXON Staff Writer The fiance of an MTSU student murdered in a Georgia motel says he would like to see a photo lineup containing a picture of a man charged with murdering a Nashville couple. But Marietta Police in Georgia aren't linking the October 1992 murder of MTSU student Heather Uffelman, 22, to the March murders of Robert and Kelli Phillips in Nashville, at this point Y The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department contacted Marietta Police about a month ago concerning similarities in both cases, and Uffelman's fiance Jeremy Rolfs who was with , U f f e 1 m a n w he n s h-wai murdered says he wants to a picture of the suspect in the Phillips case. . 1 would like to be shown some pictures of this guy so that I could -know whether this is the guy not," Rolfs said in a telephone interview Tuesday from an undisclosed location. "It's up to them -whether they think it merits sending pictures or not Marietta Police Cant Walter Parker .said last week that although Georgia authorities are still looking at the Nashville case, tdon to the Marietta case. . . The physical descriptions of the suspects in both cases are totally different, Parker said. In Nashville, Thomas Steeples, 49, of Mt Juliet was charged with the beating deaths of the Phillips. They were beaten to death in a Nashville , motel allegedly by ; Steeples, who is reportedly a ' computer salesman. ; Uffelman and Rolfs were , beaten in a. Marietta motel room, ' just off Interstate 75, where they ' went to meet a potential computer customer. Rolfs described their assailant as being a man in hiB late 20s to mid-30s. (See Victim's, page 2A) La Vergne makes job permanent "Acting administrator pick controversial By RIC GROSS Staff Writer - LA VERGNE An eight-month search for-a permanent city administrator ended in controversy Tuesday night when the La Vergne Board of Mayor and Aldermen named acting administrator Dan Briddle to the post La Vergne Mayor Shirley Winfree said Briddle's appointment was political. She also aid certain aldermen on the Board had wasted several officials' time because of the effort which had gone into finding a qualified replacement for Jim Ruddell, who resigned in September. ' Alderman Mark Dodd made the motion that Briddle, a former La Vergne police captain, assume the position on, a permanent (See La Vergne, page 2A) -jeee STfiTE Page D1 3 7TH WE NORTH y -SHyillf, T 37219, . j- Che MEta t 8; i'99ii Sgt Albert Miles and Officer Leon Alexander remain on administrative leave, now without pay, as of Monday while participating in the treatment programs, the letters stated. Termination hearings for the officers have been postponed A worker uses a water cannon 1-840 under construction near By JOHN CALLOW man writer . Standards for accepting roads into the Rutherford County highway system will not be weakened after a county commission committee rejected a controversial resolution Tuesday recommended by the county road board. The board's recommendation was to amend a 1986 policy setting minimum standards for accepting roads to allow acceptance of up to 3 miles of substandard roads a year under certain circumstances. - : "I don't feel comfortable with this," Public Works Committee chairman Steve Sandlin said. 1 think it could get out of hand." . ..J. - The recommendation as proposed by Highway Commissioner Joe Frank Jernigan would allow' the county to take a road not meeting county standards if it has been in existence longer then 15 years, property along the road hasn't been subdivided into lots of five acreB or less during that Hicks signs with Atlanta Braves Although MTSU's Jamie Hicks was bypassed in the MLB draft and while he may have missed out on a big signing bonus, he's just glad he has the opportunity to play at the next level. . ( . , ; I ' ' - ' ' : : " ' -ear- t nr -n - n n n n lYYyN- INDEX Classified .C4-8 Comics............. D2 Education .....D1 Lifestyles C1-3 Opinion A4 Sports.... B1-3 TV D3 Weather A8 LIBRfiCT ; F 2'4 Rag e s 4S indefinitely. They have until July 6 to request a new hearing date or they will waive the hearing. Miles and Alexander were charged after they were videotaped allegedly buying $20 worth of cocaine from a confidential informant May 21, the Settling to settle the dust on a section of the U.S. Highway 4170S inter- period, at least three families live-on the road and owners are wilk ing to make right of way concessions. - v The committee voted 4-1 to reject the recommendation. Y Commissioner Stan-Vaught-cast the only "yes" vote.Y "I know everyone here has mixed emotions on this," Vaught said. Tin not saying this was the right tiling, but I do agree with Mr. Jernigan that these people pay taxes and deserve something." - Commissioners Nancy Allen, Carol Cook, Robert Goodwin and Jeff Phillips voted against the proposal. ,fIn 1986 the folks who preceded us took a step to make these decisions black and white for us (on which roads to accept)," Phillips said. "Are we willing to open up a . situation where we have zero rilch control? I think we'd be making it worse for the . people who follow us," he said. (See Roads, page 2A) Few bucks, but By DAN WHITTLE Staff Writer The "Bookstop's" here. : So says ownermanagerbook lover Darlene McDonald. Is she in the book collecting, selling and swapping business for the money? , .... uell no! It doesn't make any money for me, but my husband says it keeps me out of trouble and off the street corner," said McDonald about her little one-woman book enterprise located at 310 West Castle St. Why so many books and why does she commit her life's work to operating an enterprise that takes so much of her time and effort? The name of the business helps explain McDonald's love for the printed word. " "Hell, I read anything ... cereal boxes ... anything ... medicine labels," McDonald advised. "The full official name of my book store is Phineas Henry Duck's Bookstop ... P.H. Duck being the creation of a professional cartoonist who creaed this duck in cap and gown while-reading a book ... the idea being that since this duck reads, so avalanche ec t i o nsi arrest warrant stated. - After reviewing evidence, Murfreesboro Police commissioner Bill Jones asked the officers to submit to a drug test In letters to the officers, Jones notified them their drug tests came back positive for cocaine the dust change." Despite good intentions, since a thunderstorm moved through the area soon afterward. .-4 i-sSBW n u Works committee cuts waste fund By JOHN CALLOW Staff Writer Rutherford County Commission members wrestling with the proposed budget have a little more breathing room if they accept a recommendation the Public Works Committee passed Tuesday. ; ;-r-v-.... The committee wants to cut $135,000, the equivalent of a penny on the property tax rate, from the solid waste fund. Tm hot real sure there wasnt some fat in that budget," said Commissioner Jeff Phillips, who voted for the reduction in the $1.6 million budget recommendation sent to the Budget Committee by County Executive John Mankin. -. "At this point I think the cuts ROAF.1IN should everyone else." . Going to the Bookstop can be a cultural event, as illustrated Tuesday when customer Burt Johns was browsing and looking for that special book perhaps a collectible. "Ol" Burt, well he's a prolific major comic book collector," ex- J)lained McDonald. "He reads a ot of New Age' ... oh God, he just brought a book in for me to slobber and savor over ... I get excited oven books, you know." Boy, thafs hard to tell. ; "Burt and all my customers know I have a weakness for books," McDonald continued. "Read books all my life ... I still get excited about the world through books ... especially books that I do not own." Reading and customers are personal to McDonald. .. .. "I know 90 percent of my customers' names," she confirmed. "And I know their tastes, their children and their dogs ... even baby-sat one customer's pet with no feet" (See Few, page 2A) Story Page use. Jones recommended they be fired, and city manager-Roger Haley .scheduled the due process . hearing for June 6, which was later postponed. Attorney John Norton of Shelbyville, who represents ONJ Photo by JknDavl the spraying went for naught are appropriate, especially since we're asking other department heads to make concessions, he said. The cuts, if they are incorporated into the budget by the full commission, take money out of the budget designed to provide full funding for recycling measures built into the 10-year solid waste proposal being developed by the Central Tennessee Solid Waste Planning Board. The executive summary of the plan, which was presented to the committee .Tuesday-by planning board chairman Dr. George Eckles, calls for hiring a full-time recycling coordinator for Rutherford County, contracting with MTSU to help fulfill educa-(See Works, page 2A) - f U Bpdksfpp s 7 v Vf ONJ Photo by PumkHwrkon Bookstop's here Bookstop owner Darlene McDonald goes over a book for one of her book-loving customers. McDonald says books open the world to those who read. ! r 3A Alexander, wrote a letter to Haley stating his client entered the Cumberland Heights facility in Nashville June 1 to receive chemical, dependency treatment. He will probably remain confined to the facility for 30 days. - ' (See Accused, page jsaj City considers revenue options By CUNT C0NFEHR . Staff Writer . Murfreesboro residents' reaction to the -idea of paying a monthly garbage collection fee instead of having a property tax rate hike seems to be split into thirds, a veteran councilman saTd-Tuesday. - Schools may ask tax hike See story page 2A A third oppose any tax hike and don't want to pay a collection fee, said Councilman Richard Reeves. Another third would pay -for cpllectiohUf- they-got a property tax break. The rest would pay more in. taxes to avoid a garbage fee. Reeves said Monday he believes people would rather pay for-garbage-collection -instead-of higher taxes, although he con--. 'ceded lie might get 100 phone calls proving he's wrong. He said he didn't have time to count the calls he got Tuesday afternoon. Making solid waste collection it. includes yard waste self-sufficient was an idea discussed at Council's second of six scheduled budget hearings. The $1.7 million cost of collection would be removed from the city's general fund budget Reeves asked city manager Roger Haley late Monday night for data on four alternatives to funding a $2.2 million increase from this year's $28.1 million budget to the tentative $30.3 million budget for fiscal 95. Haley delivered six and council discussed a seventh, the first of which was raising the property tax rate. The others are: - Asking Rutherford County to pay some of the city's cost for recreation. -7.- Parks and Re creation Department director Dennis Rainier displayed a chart show-; - (See Views, page 2A) Split 081 fee, tp hem

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