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BIKER CHARGED WITH HITTING A POLICE VAN

Quintin Whitman, 32, is jailed in Metro on charges of reckless driving, two counts possession of a controlled substance and driving without a license. He struck a police van during a massive swarm of ATV drivers Sunday. Police said Whitman doesn’t have a valid motorcycle license. He was also found with amphetamine pills and no prescription and marijuana. Meanwhile, Metro Police are still searching for the ATV rider who dragged a police officer down Broadway.


Carjacking Victim Wants Shooting Suspect Caught, But Forgives Him

Brian Redden, the Uber driver that was shot last week at the Exxon by Nissan Stadium is speaking out  about the crime and the suspect who is still on the run. 16-year-old David Mays shot Redden during a carjacking attempt. The bullet, fired at point blank, missed Redden’s vital organs by just inches. The 31-year-old said he’s getting on with his life.


Mayor Briley Announces Cost-of-Living Adjustment For Metro Employees

Nashville Mayor David Briley announce a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 3 percent for Metro employees on Monday.

The COLA will begin on July 1, 2019.

The Mayor is also expected to recommend funding steps and open-range increase in the budget he is to submit to Metro Council on the first of May.

The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police released this statement in response:

“The Fraternal Order of Police appreciates that Mayor Briley has recognized the hard-working employees and their impact on the metro government in his statement earlier today. It is important to remember, however, that the government promised more than a three percent cost of living adjustment to its employees. Last year, Mayor Briley reneged on a promised three year pay plan which included a three percent adjustment last year. That is still an outstanding obligation that the city has defaulted on. We look forward to discussing this issue, among others, with the Mayor’s office over the next few weeks in an effort to rebuild the fractured trust between his office and the employees of the MNPD.” 


Christmas Lights Blamed For Fire At 3 Houses In East Nashville

A house fire in East Nashville spread to a second house and then a third house on Maple Place this morning. A neighbor says he is grateful for a FedEx worker banged on his door to alert him to the fire. Firefighters say it looks like the fire was caused by Christmas lights on a fence.


Carol Swain enters Nashville Mayor’s race

Carol Swain has officially announced her candidacy for Nashville mayor. Swain, a former professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University, made the announcement Sunday during a keynote address at an event at Tennessee State University. She’ll challenge Mayor David Briley in the August 1 election. Swain finished second to Briley in last year’s special election to replace former Mayor Megan Barry. Swain says she’ll work closely with police, firefighters, first responders and emergency personnel to address concerns about working conditions and pay.

 

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