Friday, August 1, 2014

Tonight's DUI Checkpoint Revealed by @MNPDNashville #DontDrinkandDrive

Metro police officers will staff a sobriety checkpoint beginning Friday night, August 1st , into the early morning hours of Saturday on Murfreesboro Pike near Briley Parkway.
        
Extra Duty officers being paid through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and DUI officers will be looking for impaired and/or aggressive motorists.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Complete Details of Massive Water Pipe Burst Impacting Thousands in Nashville

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean briefed media on a major interruption to water services in parts of Davidson County caused by catastrophic pipe failure. Joining him were Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter and Metro Fire Chief Ricky White.


  • Interruption of services was caused by pipe failure late this morning in a 30-inch pipe that connects Metro's pumping station at Thompson Lane to numerous other pumping stations that serve Green Hills, Forest Hills, Oak Hill and portions of Crieve Hall.
  • The affected area largely includes the parts of Davidson County that are south of Interstate 440 and north of the Williamson County line between Harding Pike/Highway 100 to the west and Interstate 65 to the east. The Crieve Hall neighborhood east of I-65 also is affected.
  • Affected Complete Details of Massive Water Pipe Burst Impacting Thousands in Nashvillehomeowners are asked to only use water for essential needs, such as drinking, cooking and bathing. People are being asked to not irrigate or wash cars. Homeowners not in the affected area do not need to take additional measures to conserve water.
  • If conservation measures are undertaken, Metro Water expects water service to continue to most parts of the affected area until the pipe is fixed, although water pressure will be reduced.
  • The broken pipe is located behind the Home Depot at 2535 Powell Avenue off Thompson Lane in a wooded area that is difficult to access.
  • The break in the pipe has resulted in loss of water pressure throughout the day to the affected area and total loss of water in some areas.
  • Metro Water Services is currently building temporary bypasses around the Thompson Lane pumping station to provide water to the affected area. The temporary fix will provide reduced capacity and may not serve higher elevations. The bypasses should be completed in the next 12 hours.
  • The broken pipe is a pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe that was installed in 1973 when I-65 was constructed. Metro Water will be replacing a full length of the pipe.
  • It could take several days for delivery of the pipe, excavation of the area to remove the broken pipe, installation and testing.
  • Metro's Office of Emergency Management is distributing bottled water to affected residents and businesses starting at 5 p.m. today at Crieve Hall Elementary School, 498 Hogan Road, and Hillsboro High School, 3812 Hillsboro Road. Deputies from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office will be distributing water at the two locations 24 hours a day until water service is restored.
  • Affected homeowners who are homebound, who have no way to pick up the bottled water or have other needs should call OEM's helpline at 862-8750 (not 311) for assistance.
  • Metro Fire Department has set up a command center at Hillsboro High School and deployed additional resources to the area.
  • Fire department tankers filled with water have been moved to fire halls throughout the affected area. Additionally, two 8,000-gallon tankers from Water Services and Public Works have been relocated to fire halls in the affected area.
  • Firefighters will monitor critical buildings in the affected area, including senior living centers.
  • Metro Police has put extra officers and resources in the affected area to assist, including assisting Metro Fire.

Force MP Entertainment’s @SteveRichard1 Garners #1 Record!

Force MP Entertainment’s Steve Richard South of HeavenSteve Richard just completed a whirlwind visit with his friends at country radio last week. This time he took along a very special assistant, his six year old daughter Marion. The award-winning artist’s current single “South of Heaven” is currently climbing the radio charts.

After recently hitting the #1 spot on New Music Weekly’s Internet radio chart, the song scored the #36 position on this week's Music Row chart and leaped from #48 to #44 on Billboard’s Indicator chart, achieving Steve's highest position ever on both charts.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dates and Venues for @TheLacsMusic "Nothing in Particular - Road to LACtoberfest Tour" 22-City Tour

With more than 150 live shows already under their belt in 2014, Backroad Records’ recording duo, The LACS, announced today that another 22 cities have been added to the calendar as they lead up to the release of their rare "fan favorites" project, “Nothing In Particular” (October 14, 2014), and their annual fall fan-fest, LACtoberfest, October 17-18 in Bloomingdale, Georgia at the Big Nasty/ATV Park.

The band is also celebrating an incredible 49-week continuous run on Billboard’s Hot Country Albums chart with their current album, “Keep It Redneck,” which has sold more than 80,000 albums since its release.

NOTHING IN PARTICULAR - ROAD TO LACTOBERFEST TOUR
Aug. 1 – Mavericks - Jacksonville, FL
Aug. 2 – Wild Adventures Theme Park w/Colt Ford - Valdosta, GA
Aug. 6 -  Pulaski County Shrine Club - Buckhorn, MO
Aug. 8 – Joe’s Bar - Chicago, IL
Aug. 9 – The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 12 - DeVault Family Vineyards - Concord, VA
Aug. 14 – Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
Aug. 15 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
Aug. 16 – Big O Music Fest – Owensboro, KY
Aug. 22 – Texas Club – Baton Rouge, LA
Aug. 29 – Muddy Joe’s – Mudfest – Kiln, MS
Aug. 30 – Delta Fair and Music Festival – Memphis, TN
Sept. 11 – Backcountry Rest. & Lounge – Harrisonburg, VA
Sept. 19 - Texas Longhorn Club – Vinton, LA
Sept. 20 -  Columbia County Livestock and Fair – Magnolia, AR
Sept. 26 – Building 24 Live – Reading, PA
Sept. 27 – Dusty Armadillo – Rootstown, OH
Oct. 4 – Georgia State Fair – Hampton, GA
Oct. 9 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Oct. 10 – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas, TX
Oct. 11 – River Run ATV Park - Jacksonville, TX
Oct. 17-18 - LACtoberfest - Bloomingdale, GA

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Wonder Years Complete Series is Finally on DVD!

The Wonder Years Complete Series on DVDThe wait is over! The Wonder Years - Complete Series DVD collection is now available for pre-order. This not to be missed DVD collection includes all 115 episodes plus a cast reunion and over 15 hours of bonus features on 26 DVDs for the low price of $249.95, or 5 easy installments of $49.99. As always, shipping is FREE! Never before released on DVD, you can now own the entire series housed in a collectible metal locker, plus you will recieve a replica yearbook with behind-the-scenes photos and signatures by the cast and crew.

Per-Order The Wonder Years - Complete Series: 115 episodes on 26 DVDs for only 5 easy installments of $49.99 + FREE Shipping at TimeLife.com! (Will ship in early October 2014.)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tonight @NashvilleDancin is Headlined by @HayesCarll

Nashville Dancin' presented by Dollar General brings local and national artists to the stage for a free summer concert series held every Thursday through July 31. Riverfront Park's grassy slopes provide natural stadium seating for all to enjoy the live music. Plus, a variety of local food trucks will be on-site. The lineup for Thursday, July 17 includes Hayes Carll, Rayland Baxter, James Wallace & The Naked Light and Oak Creek. Gates open at 5 pm and the music begins at 6 pm.

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 5 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK FREE

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Full Report on @PilotTravelEntering into Criminal Enforcement Agreement for Fraudulent Conduct with Deceptive Fuel Price Discount Program

Pilot Travel Centers LLC, d/b/a Pilot Flying J (Pilot), has entered into a Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the United States for the purpose of resolving the company’s criminal liability for its employees’ fraudulent conduct in deceptively withholding diesel fuel price discounts from hundreds of customers.

As stated in the attached agreement, Pilot has accepted legal responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, which caused more than $56 million in loss to its customers, and agreed to pay full restitution to every victim of the fraud. Pilot further acknowledged the gravity of its employees’ criminal wrongdoing by agreeing to pay the United States a $92 million monetary penalty – an amount within the fine range recommended by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The agreement also expressly states that it provides no protection from prosecution to any individual, and moreover, imposes a continuing obligation on Pilot to provide complete cooperation with the ongoing federal investigation of current and former Pilot employees relating to fraudulent conduct involving the sale of diesel fuel. Pilot must also periodically report to the United States what it has done to ensure that a system of internal accounting controls and other compliance procedures have been established to prevent fraudulent conduct from occurring again in the sale of diesel fuel. In the event Pilot materially breaches its obligations under the agreement, Pilot has agreed that the United States may file the criminal information, attached to the agreement, and will not contest the allegations in that charging document.

“The terms of this agreement, including the significant monetary penalty and the very serious consequences if Pilot fails to comply, demonstrate quite clearly that no corporation, no matter how big, influential, or wealthy, is above the law,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian. “In addition, the company’s agreement to fully cooperate with the United States, including its obligation to identify its employees’ criminal conduct, will assist the ongoing federal investigation. The agreement ensures that Pilot’s extensive remediation efforts will continue until all trucking company victims have received full restitution and until Pilot has demonstrated to the United States that it has implemented sufficient internal controls to prevent this kind of fraudulent conduct from ever occurring again,” continued Killian.

Following a lengthy joint-investigation by the FBI and the IRS-Criminal Investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct at Pilot, on April 15, 2013, search warrants were executed at multiple locations, including Pilot’s headquarters in Knoxville. Since that time, 10 Pilot employees, including those with supervisory responsibilities, agreed to cooperate with the ongoing federal investigation and entered guilty pleas to mail and wire fraud charges arising from their involvement in the fraudulent reduction of diesel fuel price discounts owed to Pilot customers.

In the agreement, Pilot confirmed that fraudulent conduct involving diesel fuel price discounts was prevalent within its Direct Sales group and carried out with the knowledge and participation of employees responsible for the operation and oversight of Direct Sales. Pilot further confirmed that supervisory employees encouraged participation in discount fraud for the company’s benefit. For example, during a November 19 and 20, 2012, annual sales training meeting at Pilot’s headquarters in Knoxville, a Pilot supervisor encouraged and taught Direct Sales employees how to deceptively reduce the rebates paid to some customers for the purpose of making targeted accounts more profitable for the company.

Pilot also confirmed that the discount fraud was executed generally in one of two ways: either by fraudulently reducing the amount of monthly rebate amounts to targeted customers or by deceptively reducing the off-invoice discounts of targeted customers. Pilot acknowledged that its employees e-mailed spreadsheets among each other that documented their fraudulent reductions, and that in some cases, its employees fabricated “back up” documentation sent to customers to justify fraudulently reduced rebate or discount amounts.

Additionally, Pilot confirmed that in February 2013 certain Pilot employees involved with Direct Sales expressed an intent to expand the scheme to defraud by having Direct Sales personnel identify and target Pilot’s off-invoice customers that were considered to be too unsophisticated to carefully monitor diesel pricing data in conjunction with their periodically received fuel invoices. As set forth in the agreement, certain Pilot employees involved with the operation and oversight of Direct Sales referred to this new aspect of the fraud as “cost plus B plan” – named after having two tiers of cost pricing for different types of customers: tier “A” and tier “B.” Pilot further acknowledged that certain employees involved with the operation and oversight of Direct Sales planned not to inform the targeted unsophisticated customers of their placement in the higher-priced tier, and these employees occasionally referred to these targeted customers as “Customer Bs.”

The FBI’s and IRS-Criminal Investigation’s joint investigation is ongoing. Assistant U.S. Attorneys F. M. (Trey) Hamilton III and David P. Lewen, Jr. are representing the United States.

The Riotous Road Documentary on “Community” Creator Dan Harmon to Release this Fall via The Orchard

The Orchard, a pioneering independent music, film and video distribution company and top-ranked MCN, has acquired theatrical and digital rights spanning North America and the U.K. to Harmontown.

The documentary, directed by Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) and co-produced by Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries, follows Community creator and writer/producer Dan Harmon on tour for his eponymous podcast series. The film features appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale -- among other A-list comics -- and will be released by The Orchard theatrically and digitally this fall.

A kindred spirit to nerds everywhere, Harmon has achieved celebrity via “Community,” but cut his teeth writing for shows such as “The Sarah Silverman Program” and the Jack Black/Ben Stiller pilot “Heat Vision and Jack.”

After being fired from the hit series he created, Harmon takes his writing on the road in Harmontown and performs live podcasts for his cult-like fan base across the country. Known for his wit, cynicism, genius and self-deprecation, the film initially begins documenting Dan’s fandom, and progressively evolves into a deeper character and case study.

"Harmontown is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating,” says Harmon. “It's more than a documentary. It's your chance to figure out what's wrong with me while cutting me in on the profit."

Harmontown originally premiered as part of the Documentary Spotlight at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and continued with limited, special engagement screenings at Hot Docs and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Screening to critical acclaim, Harmontown has been lauded by critics like Oliver Lyttelton of The Playlist, who called the film “unexpectedly moving” and Harmon “a legitimately fascinating unlikely superstar.

Echoing the structure of the film – the chronicling of Harmon’s podcast tour – Harmon will embark upon another podcast tour in concert with Harmontown’s theatrical expansion.

“It’s exciting to know that the world will finally get to see this movie and that our incredible partners, The Orchard, are going to make that happen,” says Executive Producer, Joe Russo II. “From the first conversation we had with them, we knew that they had the energy and understanding of our audience to make the release a success. The movie is in good hands, and we can’t wait for the world to see it.”

“Sometimes, getting fired results in amazing opportunities. In the case of Dan Harmon, it resulted in the engaging and hilarious pop culture-infused doc Harmontown,” says The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV, Paul Davidson. “Here at The Orchard, where Harmon-fanaticism runs rampant, we’re proud to be bringing Dan’s rollicking roadshow to his fans everywhere."

The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries with Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Complete Details on the Closing and Padlocking of Hallmark Inn as a Public Nuisance

A North Nashville motel that has been a drain on police resources for at least the past four years due to prostitution, drug activity and other criminal issues is being shut down.
         
The Hallmark Inn Complete Detais on the Closing and Padlocking of Hallmark Inn as a Public Nuisanceat 309 West Trinity Lane has been declared a public nuisance in a temporary injunction and padlocking order issued by Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier after District Attorney General Torry Johnson’s office filed suit. Judge Dozier’s order directs that the entire property be vacated and that the owner of the motel, George W. Hussey, and its manager, Vanessa Pryor, appear before him on Friday at 9 a.m. The police department has been authorized to refund verifiable registration fees paid in advance by confirmed motel guests. Personal property found in rooms where guests are not present will be placed in the motel’s office area where it can be claimed over the next few days.
         
Over a period of 4 years and 5 months (January 2010-May 2014), the police department recorded 1,636 dispatched calls for service to the Hallmark Inn, more than 4 times the volume as that received from 10 other motels within a one-mile radius. Likewise, proactive police work at the Hallmark Inn was substantially greater than that at any of the 10 other properties. The reported illegal activity consists of shootings, stabbings, domestic disturbances, fights, disorderly conduct, prostitution and drug sales/possession. Investigation by North Precinct officers and undercover detectives essentially alleges that the Hallmark Inn has been allowed to become a house of prostitution as well as a stash house for drugs ultimately distributed onto Nashville’s streets.
         
Efforts by the police department to convince the motel’s ownership/management to make realistic, meaningful changes have been unsuccessful.
         
“In the case of The Hallmark Inn, enough is enough,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “Business owners and managers have a responsibility to ensure lawful operations and safe environments. Unfortunately, it took a padlocking order to convey that we are serious about the illegal activity coming to an end.”
         
“A nuisance lawsuit is not something I take lightly,” said District Attorney Johnson.  “When criminal behavior at a motel continues, despite warnings, the entire neighborhood suffers.  It is then that an extraordinary response is warranted.”  
         
A number of business owners and managers of properties located near or adjacent to the Hallmark Inn are not happy with the goings on:

Jack Cawthon, Owner, Jack’s Bar-B-Que, 334 West Trinity Lane, and Co-Chairman of Nashville North by Northeast Business Association:  On 06/02/2014, Detective Michael Hotz spoke to Mr. Cawthon regarding The Hallmark Inn. Mr. Cawthon has owned and operated Jacks Bar-B-Que for approximately 25 years.  Mr. Cawthon stated that The Hallmark Inn is the “motel that causes most of the problems” at the Brick Church Pike and West Trinity Lane intersection.  He stated that the conditions at The Hallmark Inn are “one step above living in a car”. Mr. Cawthon stated that the excessive crime that emanates from The Hallmark Inn “hurts the community tremendously”.  He stated that out of town people stopping at the Exxon for gas are inundated with panhandlers coming from The Hallmark Inn, giving a “bad image of the area.” Mr. Cawthon stated that “property like this just keeps us down”. Mr. Cawthon and the Nashville North by Northeast Business Association brought their concerns to Mr. George Hussey. Mr. Hussey stated that he already has security and that if someone becomes a problem, he evicts them. Mr. Cawthon stated that “He (George Hussey) has not done a lot of repair” and that the physical appearance of the buildings are terrible. Mr. Cawthon stated that The Hallmark Inn is “singled out” as a bad place by visitors to the area. He stated that the guests of the motel are in a “sad situation”. Mr. Cawthon stated that The Hallmark Inn has a reputation for attracting “undesirables for illegal activities such as drugs, prostitution and whatever else.”  

Clark Gray, Complete Detais on the Closing and Padlocking of Hallmark Inn as a Public Nuisanceowner of the McDonalds located at 2311 Brick Church Pike:  On 06/02/2014, Detective Hotz spoke to Clark Gray, who is a co-owner of the McDonald’s restaurant located at 2311 Brick Church Pike. Mr. Gray stated that many of the patrons of the McDonald’s come from The Hallmark Inn. Mr. Gray stated that The Hallmark Inn has the reputation of being the worst hotel in the area. In reference to the physical appearance of the Hallmark Inn, Mr. Gray stated “It’s a dump.” Mr. Gray stated that his restaurant used to open its dining room 24 hours a day, but, due to suspicious behavior, he limited the business to drive-through only. Mr. Gray stated that his biggest problem with The Hallmark Inn is “the reputation of the building itself and the clientele that it houses.” Mr. Gray stated that the owners of the nearby Regency Inn and the Howard Johnson’s motel are very selective about who they rent rooms to. 

Reginald Ridley, Owner of Donk’s Bar and Grill located at 305 West Trinity Lane: On 06/03/2014, Detective Hotz spoke with Mr. Ridley. Mr. Ridley stated that Donk’s Bar and Grill is directly beside The Hallmark Inn. Mr. Ridley stated that many of the tenants of The Hallmark Inn come down onto his property and “harass our customers” by begging. Mr. Ridley stated that he has seen a lot of “criminal acts” take place on the grounds of The Hallmark Inn and has witnessed “actual fights” and constantly sees ambulances and fire trucks there. “I have a lot of clientele that say they do not want to come visit and patronize me because of the Hallmark Inn.” Mr. Ridley stated that his customers are “scared of things that come from and around The Hallmark.” Mr. Ridley stated “It’s hard to brand a good business when you have a hotel like that right beside the business.” Mr. Ridley stated that he brought all of his concerns about The Hallmark Inn to the attention of George Hussey and Mr. Hussey tried to point a finger back at the other businesses in the area and did not want to participate in the conversation. Mr. Ridley stated that George Hussey “has not done anything that I have seen” to improve the situation and that he has only seen Mr. Hussey at The Hallmark Inn on one occasion.”  Mr. Ridley stated that the way George Hussey runs The Hallmark Inn as if “he just wants to fill the hotel up and what happens there happens there.” Mr. Ridley is also employed by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and some of his students live at The Hallmark Inn. Mr. Ridley stated that his students who live at The Hallmark Inn have a low level of personal hygiene compared to other students. Mr. Ridley stated that “they are good kids, they’re just in a bad situation.” Mr. Ridley stated that he knows of one person at The Hallmark Inn who claims to be a security guard, but is actually just “more of a friend to the tenants than an actual security guard. If anything happens there, he won’t be able to prevent a thing.”    

Dharmesh Patel, Owner and Operator of The Regency Inn and Suites, 1516 Hampton Street, Co-Chairman of Nashville North by Northeast Business Association: Detective Hotz spoke to Mr. Patel on 06/04/2014. Mr. Patel stated that he owns several properties in the area and has a large investment in the area. Mr. Patel stated that he uses the profits from his investments to grow the area and improve it. Mr. Patel stated that all of the rooms that he owns on the back side of The Regency Inn and Suites face The Hallmark Inn. Mr. Patel stated that The Hallmark Inn has “visual problems” that his customers observe on a daily basis. Mr. Patel stated that if anyone in the area is looking for drugs or prostitutes, “they can go to The Hallmark and get whatever they want.” Mr. Patel owns the property of a local club called Jazzy’s, which shares a fence with The Hallmark Inn. Mr. Patel stated that Jazzy’s has a problem with residents of The Hallmark Inn jumping over the fence and causing damage to the fence. Mr. Patel stated “I do believe realistically that The Hallmark Inn… brings the area down completely.” Mr. Patel stated that sometimes, he will go to the boiler room of The Regency Inn and Suites and observe The Hallmark Inn. He stated “…you can just tell that these people are up to no good.” Mr. Patel stated that if the management of The Hallmark Inn took more interest in who they rented to, “it would make a big difference.” Mr. Patel stated that he brought his concerns to the attention of George Hussey and Mr. Hussey’s response was that he will rent to virtually anyone, and if there is a problem later, he will let Metro Police handle the problem. Mr. Patel stated that if someone from out of town checked in to the Hallmark Inn for an event such as the Country Music Association Festival (CMA Fest) that Mr. Hussey would have problems. “They’re not going to stay there.” Mr. Patel stated that the prospective customers can go online and review the hotel online, which leaves a bad reputation for other hotels in the area.

Sunita Patel, Manager of The Regency Inn and Suites: Detective Hotz spoke to Mrs. Patel on 06/04/2014. Mrs. Patel stated that customers have left The Regency Inn and Suites and rented a room at The Hallmark Inn because it is cheaper, only to have them return to their hotel because there is too much going on there and that “they can’t sleep at night.” Mrs. Patel stated that she believes that a significant portion of the problem comes from the fact that the residents of The Hallmark Inn wander around the area and are “out, scattered like ants.” “It doesn’t look good for our guests that come from out of town” when residents of The Hallmark Inn are panhandling. 
 
William Munson, Owner of Leaps n’ Bounds Preschool, located at 300 West Trinity Lane, directly across the street from The Hallmark Inn:  Detective Hotz spoke with Mr. Munson on 06/06/2014. Mr. Munson stated that he has owned the preschool for approximately five years. Mr. Munson stated that his preschool caters to long term customers who bring their children there for one to four years. Mr. Munson stated “When we first opened, I had a significant problem with illegal activity… specifically at The Hallmark.” “There was everything from prostitution across the street to what appeared to be drug dealings.” “As I’m trying to grow a legitimate business… we have parents who absolutely love what we do inside the walls of our building, but when I mention our neighborhood, the term that is used is ‘the drug hotel’ and its’ isolated to The Hallmark.” Mr. Munson stated that parents of children who would possibly attend Leaps n’ Bounds Preschool tell him “I can’t put my child there” because of the safety issues that are presented by The Hallmark Inn. “A customer for me represents over $6000 a year of lost revenue.” Mr. Munson stated that he has had at least three parents whose children attended Leaps n’ Bounds Preschool who pulled their children out solely because of activity at The Hallmark Inn. When describing The Hallmark Inn, Mr. Munson stated “It’s a distraction. It’s a nuisance.” “The label that kills me, all the time, the label that frustrates me, is that you’re across from ‘the drug hotel.’ Those are the words that are used.” Referring to parents of children enrolled in Leaps n’ Bounds Preschool, Mr. Munson stated that they feel safe when they’re in the preschool, but not when they leave  Mr. Munson stated that he is currently looking for another building to move his building to because of all the problems generated from its’ proximity to The Hallmark Inn. Mr. Munson stated that parents of children who lived at The Hallmark Inn have described the conditions and treatment by staff as “subhuman”. Mr. Munson stated that the frequent presence of Police and Fire departments at The Hallmark Inn “that’s pretty intimidating to the parents of a young child.” “It scares our parents.” Mr. Munson stated that he does not see the level of criminal activity at The Hallmark Inn at any of the surrounding area motels. “What makes them special?” “For parents to feel safe around a preschool is not optional.” In a memo dated 06/09/2014, Mr. Munson stated “I have personally been approached by prostitutes residing there, and have witnessed what appeared to be drug dealings there.”

a. Lannie Holland, Treasurer, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County: Mr. Holland wrote a memo in reference to The Hallmark Inn dated 06/09/2014. “The Internal Auditor conducted an audit of the facility and determined that more than $150,000 of taxes, interest and penalties are due to Metro. The Internal Auditor indicates that the facility has not maintained manageable records since February 2012 and it discontinued collecting and reporting hotel occupancy taxes at that time.” “This facility’s failure to maintain appropriate records and to collect and remit the appropriate hotel/motel taxes has resulted in a significant financial impact on Metro.”  “In a financial sense, this facility is a clear and ongoing nuisance to the taxpayers of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.”

Some business owners referred to online reviews of The Hallmark Inn as being particularly negative, impacting the immediate neighborhood:

  • a. A check of the website www.tripadvisor.com revealed the following reviews:
    • i. Complete Detais on the Closing and Padlocking of Hallmark Inn as a Public Nuisance“Disgusting, and disgusting!!!!  The bathroom room sinks were falling off the walls with tape covering the cracks, the swimming pool was filled with trash (there were children staying there, the Codes Department should be called) very unsanitary place to stay.”  (sic)
    • ii. “This place is disgusting!  The rooms were so filthy and the carpet so dirty that I just stood in the door because the bottom of my shoes were cleaner than the carpet.  Pigeons were flying over my head with pigeon poop all over the walk way.  There were also 3 white thugs standing in breeze way smoking weed.  We immediately ran back to front desk to complain and demand a refund only to be told the manager was not there to come back in am.  Well its been 3 days and we are still trying to get that refund.  Most horrible part about this story is we are Nashvillians and it is a total embarrassment for this dump to be right off an exit to a major interstate.  I love Nashville but this rat hole has to go..............”  (sic)
    • iii. “Nasty, dirty, bedbugs, smells like 30 years of stale cigarette smoke, very unsafe area with prostitutes, drug dealers & thieves just waiting for you to leave your car.  The door and wall had holes from them being punched.  One of the beds was broke.  We complained and were told they have a "strict no refund policy" TERRIBLE HOTEL.  The 5 minutes I stayed in my room were the worst of my life.”  (sic)
    • iv. “Ok, its a dump!!!!!!! Crackheads, hookers, drugs, dirty needles in the parking lot, gang bangers, pimps, used condoms in the pool area, and that's all before you see the so called room.  The rooms are horrible, dirty, smell like death, and have blood stains all over the floor. The tub had standing black water in it and the toilet ran non stop.” (sic)
  • b. The website https://plus.google.com also has several reviews of The Hallmark Inn:
    • i. “This motel is a haven for drug addicts and drug dealers.  Car thiefs and any other low life that can possibly be on this earth.  The rooms are nasty and there is constantly drug traffic going on.”  (sic)
    • ii. “This nasty place was the dirtiest, most nasty motel we have ever seen anywhere on earth!  Carpets, sheets, and everything else was scary nasty.  It should be condemned as a health hazard.  The bed had enough loose hair in it to weave an Indian blanket!” (sic)

Judge Dozier’s order also directs that the Hallmark Inn be inspected by the Fire, Health and Codes Departments to ensure that it meets all safety codes and its otherwise safe for habitation.

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