Germantown resident Natalie Forsyth "met" Bruce Tuck after being matched with him on a popular dating website near the beginning of the year.
The two spoke briefly on the phone once, and Forsyth told him she didn't think they had anything in common. But that didn't deter Tuck from continuing to contact her.
"He continued to text me at least once a week," she says. "His texts were often simply 'Good morning, beautiful' or 'Hope you are having a good weekend.'"
Tuck, the alleged "big-bellied" or "pot-bellied" rapist, was arraigned yesterday in Martin, Tennessee, on charges that he raped a UT student Sunday, August 30th, while he held her and two other people at gunpoint.
In areas where children play, the federal standard for lead contamination in soil is below 400 parts per million (ppm).
A vacant lot near Vance Middle School has lead soil contamination readings as high as 1760 ppm.
The Mid-South Peace & Justice center will kick off its Issues First campaign — which centers around poverty, public health, jobs, and crime and violence — today at 2 p.m. at that lot, on the corner of Cynthia and Pontotoc.
Lead poisoning causes neurological disorders and learning disabilities in children, and long-term lead exposure has been linked to criminal behavior.
"The sad fact is that a great many of our neighborhoods in lower income areas of the city have a host of environmental problems that need to be addressed," writes Brad Watkins, organizing coordinator for Mid-South Peace & Justice. "We are asking the community to join us and make a public commitment to addressing the dangerous situation of lead contamination in our community."
Several mayoral candidates are confirmed to attend.
The City Council delayed voting for at least two weeks on a resolution to set a new Charter Commission for the purpose of creating a metro government.
"I'm in favor of consolidation," said councilman Jim Strickland, "but I'm not convinced that next year is the right time to move forward."
Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery gave a presentation to the council's executive committee that cited population loss, brain drain, economic development, and duplication in services as reasons why the two governments should merge.
"Dual-headed government is a broken business model," he said.