Monthly Archives May 2018

‘The perception is Metro left money on the table’

Nashville businessman Jimmy Granbery is like most Metro residents who’ve been trying to figure how the “It City’s” budget hit a wall.

With property values rising and cranes dotting the downtown skyline, one could reasonably assume Nashville coffers should be brimming with extra property tax revenue to fund public schools, employee pay raises, a professional soccer stadium and maybe even a flood wall to avert another 2010 disaster.

The reality is Metro faces a shrunken fund balance, commitments to employee cost-of-living raises and an estimated $34 million revenue shortfall for fiscal 2019, the majority of it stemming from property tax reappraisal challenges resulting in less money for next year’s budget.

Making matters worse is the loss of $8 million in state education funding...

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Donald E. Rappe

His wishes were to be cremated. Interment will take place at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Aberdeen, with no formal services being held.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign Donald’s online guestbook at

Donald E. Rappe was born May 16, 1946, to William and Magdalena (Alexander) Rappe in Aberdeen, SD. This is the area where he was raised. Donald attended Aberdeen public schools and was a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School.

Donald was united in marriage to Marjorie Lang on February 6, 1970. The couple made Aberdeen their home, where Donald worked in the Detailing Department of Pierson Ford for 30 years...

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UTSI holds Annual 2018 Service Awards

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) held its Annual Service Awards Luncheon on May 8. Pictured from left are, Dr. Brian Canfield, Alexander Terekhov, Jacob Bowman, Becky Stines, Larry Walls, Kathlene Franklin, Leo Bonner, Courtney Maicle-Frazier, Paula Morris, Jennifer Boyles, Kanawful Massingille, Vicki Carr, Mark Cross, and Dennis Harbin.
photo by: Laura Horton

Tullahoma, TN – The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) held its Annual Service Awards Luncheon on May 8, 2018. This event recognizes faculty and staff as they reach milestones in their employment at UTSI. Executive Director, Dr. Mark Whorton presented the awards and expressed his sincere appreciation to everyone attending...

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Vandals strike President Andrew Jackson’s tomb

NASHVILLE, TN – (WZTV/CNN) – Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage attracts visitors from all walks and parts of the world to see the seventh U.S. president’s home, way of life and tomb.

"It’s the same thing as visiting as visiting George Washington’s tomb at Mt. Vernon or Thomas Jefferson’s tomb at Monticello," said Howard Kittell, president and CEO of the Andre Jackson Foundation.

But Saturday, Kittell said disrespect is why the foundation is respectfully covering up Jackson’s tomb. He was laid to rest in 1845. His beloved wife, Rachel, who died in 1828, is also buried there.

Kittell said on Friday morning, just before a scheduled board members’ portrait at the site, the grounds crew arrived to find someone had vandalized President Andrew and Rachel Jackson’s graves in Rachel’s garden.

"Used black ...

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