The Daily News-Journal from Murfreesboro, Tennessee on April 28, 1994 · 1
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Crete, GiiiGi:iL::ni3nt IllOiilSIii E!;GC:iiIIID fGSt ilrltansas-LiillB Rde!i AD seo!:s PiiTSl) ibb Coverage Page D1 Story Page D1 TENNESSEE STfiTE LIBRAE Mim P.7E .NORTH' '. W3HU,.T?I-' 37213 - 146 Year-No. 55 T.hurscihy, April 28; 119914 ffij&h Rages . SfetLo n s re slow By ANGELA CAKXON Sfaff Writer . -The "Unsolved Mysteries V telecenter . in Los Angeles has received "a lot of response" from Wednesday's broadcast of a re-enactment of the murder of an MTSU student during an alleged robbery, the student's fiance, said. l Heather Uffelman, 22, -died in Oe-tober 1992 as the result of a beating from an unknown assailant after she and fiance Jeremy Rolfs, now '24, went mmim to meet a potential computer customer at a Marietta, Ga., motel. They were both attending MTSU, and had been living in Murfreesboro before the tragic incident; "I talked to "Unsolved Mysteries' at midnight Nashville time ... It was too early to know the actual number that called in. (But) they were pretty busy 'with our story," Rolfs said this morning. "Both Heather's family ' and my family were satisfied with the way they put the story together, and we have hopes it will generate good leads," he . said. "As a unit, the two families have been trying to get this kind of coverage for 18 months," Rolfs said. "Now, I think we all felt a sense of relief we got the story out to a large number of people." . Rolfs said he may know later today the number of potential leads the broadcast generated in the case as well as the exact location of those leads. Although the number of calls to the telecenter wasn't known late Wed nesday, the telecenter reported "they'd" been very busy" with the case throughout the evening as the show aired through the various time zones, Rolfs said. . ' ' "Various law. enforcement officials were in Los Angeles Wednesday evening at the telecenter as the calls arrived following the broadcasts The - Marietta Police Department is : working the case along with a private investigation firm in Nashville called George H. Currey & Associates. At theend of the "Unsolved Mysteries" segment, information about the case was asked to be called in to Marietta police or "Unsolved Mysteries" at 1-800-876-5353. Leads can still be called in to the telecenter, Rolfs said. :; The alleged attacker went by the name Tom Johnson, and he had apparently attempted the same scam a . week before contacting Rolfs, according , to Unsolved Mysteries." (See TV, page 2) ' Pflol:rhaM-beeiP sale .'bah ooes DBf ore ".Council- By CUNT CONFEHR Staff Writer Murfreesboro City Council will be offered an opportunity to . legalize the sale of beer in pool halls, according to city records. "In 1933 state law prohibited . the sale of beer in pool halls," city attorney Tom Reed wrote to council Tuesday. This law was repealed in 1981." City manager Roger Haley and Reed have received calls about the city law which continues the 1933 state law, Reed said. "Since state law has been amended ... it is recommended .t that you consisder repealing (the city law) to make city law conform with the general laws of the state ..."Reed said. Council is scheduled to convene at 7:30 tonight in City Hall, 111 W. Vine St It's also being asked to: Update procedures for federal assistance to refurbish housing owned and occupied by low income people. New rules will allow: replacement of central air conditioning and installation if it's needed for health reasons, or if the owner pays, Community Development Department director John Minter said. Sign a contract with Nashville so Murfreesboro can be reimbursed for what it spends on staff and supplies .to comply with a federal transportation act to reduce air pollution. It may mean (See Pool, page 2) City sets on fair By CUNT CONFEHR Staff Writer Murfreesboro City Council voted Tuesday to hire a consul-" tant to study and identify impediments to fair housing in the - city as required to receive a fed- ' eral grant : . A resolution to hire a consultant by, June 10 was adopted unanimously during a continuation of council's Thursday meeting to consider wavs to spend a $614,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development The resolution says the city commits $25,000 toward fair . housing activities and to employ ... .i . ii i. me consultant. If the study on impediments to fair housing isn't done, the city won't get the grant, said John study . , . . . , . . . t . f- Before the games DNJ Photo by JWi Davit housing Ms. Senior Greater Nashville, Clarice White, sings the National Anthem at the opening of the Senior Games at MTSU earlier this week. The event, sponsored by the Greater Nashville Area Agency on Aging, is for those ages 55 and above. Competitions include golf, bowling, racquetbal!, Softball -tennis, basketball, shuffleboard, swimming and a variety of other sports. . y Minter,, director of. the city's Community Development Department. That's a stick all right," said : Mayor Joe B.Jackson. , - City Public Works coordinator-Rick Cant ell explained the study will examine housing patterns determine whether minorities are living in only certain parts of the city, and if so, why. No such study has been con-ducted in Tennessee before, Cantrell said, but it's now required and will include examinations of census data areas. Minter compared the survey to studies conducted to see if banks are "red lining," a practice of not granting mortgages for buildings in certain areas. Council woman Mary Huhta, , (See City, page 2) y Crowd By LISA MARCHES0NI Staff Writer No injuries were reported this morning when an angry ex-boyfriend fired one round from a 9mm handgun into a crowd outside Club Rhythms on East Main Street, police reported. MTSU student Brian Keith Duke, 23, of Pine Park apartments, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, five counts of reckless endangerment with a gun and possessing a gun on MTSU property, Officer Mike Turner reported. - The incident started when Duke and Ricky Holliday of mm Winchester argued inside the bar and Duke left, Officer David Johnson reported. About 20 minutes later, Holliday and Mandy Baird left the bar. They were talking outside when Duke, who is Baird's ex-boyfriend, parked Jhis truck across the street . "Ms. Baird walked over to her ex-boyfriend and told him to leave her alone," Johnson reported While she was speaking to him, Holliday and Mike Matusek of Shebyyille walked over to check on her, the officer reported. Duke told Baird to tell them to stop, which she did, but they kept walking. Then Duke told Baird to tell them to stop or he would shoot. ' , "The suspect got out .of his truck with a pistol, chambered a round and shot once into the air, then pointed the pistol toward the complainants (Holliday and Matusek) and fired another round," Johnson reported. "Complainants, along with several other people, ran and took cover." Other victims included MTSU students Melissa Webb, 18, and Timothy Scott Baker, 20, who live on campus, and Robin Cormeny,-19, and Charles " Peterson, 32, both of Creekwood Court Duke drove away, and MTSU Sgt James Fanguy spotted his truck driving across campus. He and Officer Rick Roberts stopped Duke at the Blue Raider Bookstore on Greenland Drive. Officers searched the truck but at first were unable to find the gun, Turner said. Sgt Roy Fields told officers the weapon should be located under a cup holder. Fanguy and Criminal Intelligence Division Officer Scott Miller located the 9mm Ruger and two 9mm magazines, one with 13 live (See Crowd, page 2) BW n n HI IMP repiirei Last of a series By JOHN CALLOW Staff Writer Employees in the Register of Deeds office say they were given a choice campaign for incumbent Bart Yeargan or find new-, employment after the election. "You're doing for me once every four years because I do for you every day,' " is how he puts it," said employee Joan Henley. Nine of the 10 full-time employees in Yeargan's office claim they have been repeatedly subjected to undue pressure connected with the campaign. The nine employees are Henley, Martha Wright, Beth Thompson, Donna Stem, Susan-Wall, Cynthia Woody, William -Thompson, Christine Cameron and Shanella Jernigan. Two former employees, " Lori Dietrich and Kim Holmes, said they were subjected to similar treatment before voluntarily leaving the office. , "He told me there was no way 59 'By God, if I toll you to bo somewhere ... to campaign forms, you better do it.' Cart Yeargan as quoted by employee Joan Henley he could attend every function during the campaign and said we wera. expected to represent him, even if it meant my husband and I had to pay for our own ticKets to attend," said Thompson, who has worked in the Register's office for more than 20 years. "I told him if I wanted to get out and campaign, I'd get out and run for his office," she said. "I don't like threats and this cam paign business is every day." The day Yeargan discovered he would have opposition in the May 3 Democratic primary frm Mark Moshea of Smvrna "was particularfy difficult, the em- ployeessaid. " ' - . fae came in "after he found out and was very angry," Henley said. "He said, 1 hate I'm going to, have competition because it just means you girls will have to work harder, she said. "He said, By God, if I tell you to be somewhere to pass out my cards or I tell you to be somewhere to campaign for me, you better do it or . , and he started mumbling and didn't finish," Henley said. Cameron said Yeargan told her when she was hired last year one of the conditions of her employment was working in his campaign. . " "He asked me recently to go to a fish fry in Eagleville and pass out cards," Cameron said. "He told ma the fish fry was on Friday (See Campaign, page 2) TOBAVS A day of reconciliation Eulogized for his vision, Richard Nixon was laid to rest at his boyhood home. INDEX Classified C3-7 Comics... ...C2 Health........C1 LifestyIes..-.-.D1-4 Opinion A4 Sports.. ....B1-4 TV- D2 Weather C8 Superintendent survey in review Committee studies q ualificatio n s By AMY SUTTON Staff writer----, 7" ResultB of a community survey detailing qualifications for an appointed superintendent will be reviewed today by the . Rutherford County school board's personnel and finance committee. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the school system's cen- tral office on Memorial Boulevard. Under the Education Improvement Act, all Tennessee -school systems must appoint superintendents by the year 2000. . , : The Tennessee School Boards Association is conducting a search for a superintendent who will start work in September at ' the' end of current Superintendent Elam Carlton's term. In March, the TSBA held a series of community meetings and circulated a survey to help' set a criteria for candidates. Dan Tolett, director of TSBA, will present the report today, " said school board member Chris Wyre, chairman of the finance and personnel committee. This meeting is to review the results of the TSBA survey to set the criteria for a- director of schools in Rutherford County," Wyre said. . Tm expecting the criteria to include someone who has at least a master's degree, good management and communication skills," he said. The board may add some other criteria, but I think we will go primarily with the criteria established by the community." Once the criteria is set, it will be sent to all applicants and will be advertised again across the nation. More than 200 applicants ar expected to apply for the position, (See Survey, page 2) l J

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