News briefs from Tennessee
Posted: Monday, October 11, 2010 8:01 pm
Man tries to burn market, shoots at witness
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville police say a man tried to set fire to a convenience store, became angry when the flames went out and then fired a gun into the building and at a delivery man nearby.
There was no one in the market and the delivery man wasn’t hit.
The witness told WSMV-TV he was making a delivery to a fast-food restaurant near the market about 3:30 a.m. Monday when he saw the flames and said the suspect fired the gun at him.
Authorities are searching for the gunman in the Antioch area of the city and hope surveillance video will give them clues about his identity.
Information from: WSMV-TV, http://www.wsmv.com/
of trying to obstruct firefighters
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Two people suspected of setting a brush fire tried to keep Knoxville firefighters from putting it out.
Fire Department spokesman Capt. D.J. Corcoran told The Knoxville News Sentinel 26-year-old Brian Kummerer and 40-year-old Helen Jean Kelly were combative and “got right in a chief’s face about it” as firefighters began attacking the flames on Sunday evening.
Corcoran says he doesn’t know why the pair didn’t want the fire extinguished.
Kummerer is charged with arson and interfering with a government operation. Kelly is charged with interference and lying to investigators.
No one was injured and no buildings were damaged.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
taking buyouts after Tenn. flooding
NASHVILLE (AP) — About 82 percent of eligible homeowners in Nashville were taking buyouts in the wake of massive flooding in May.
The Tennessean reports that the Nashville Metro government is moving forward with plans to buy 305 flood-damaged properties, with the first round of purchases to include 88 homes.
Metro officials are hopeful that the federal government will approve buyout packages by the end of the year. The city has already compiled a list of another 65 homes to be included in the second round of buyouts.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said the city faces long-term planning issues once the buyouts are finished. Green space and neighborhood parks will take over where middle-class neighborhoods once stood.
Officials are holding open houses seeking input about what they think post-flood Nashville should look like.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Police: Tenn. pastor found dead, 2 questioned
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Police in southern Tennessee say a pastor was found dead a short time after two men were stopped driving his car.
Chattanooga Police Sgt. Jerri Weary says officers found Pastor David Strong of Pastor David Strong of St. Paul A.M.E Church at his home just after 3 a.m. Sunday a short time after two men were stopped driving Strong’s car.
Weary says there were signs of a struggle at Strong’s home and the death is being investigated as a homicide. Weary says details on the manner of death were not immediately available.
The two men in the car were being questioned Sunday, but no arrests were made as of midday.
Published in The Messenger 10.11.10