A 42 year-old former cheerleader of the Tennessee Titans got arrested for allegedly assaulting a 12 year-old boy sexually. Elizabeth Leigh Garner of Nashville was arrested and booked in the Rutherford County jail; she is being accused with aggravated sexual battery/rape and the solicitation of sex with a minor.
Murfreesboro Police Department reported that during the month of February, Garner was residing at the 12 year-old boy’s home. One night, when the boy awoke to use the restroom, Garner followed him into the bathroom and grabbed his genitalia. That is when she asked the boy if he had ever been with a girl before; she then proceeded to unclothe him.
Garner confessed to being drunk that night and the boy initially thought she was a man who was also staying at the home. Garner was indicted on all the charges.
When someone says “Tennessee,” what comes to mind? The Great Smoky Mountains, country music, the Tennessee Waltz, or is it Davy Crockett? Any of these would be right, because the “Volunteer State” is as diverse in its makeup as are the three geographical areas that divide it.
An interesting fact that many people might not know is what the three stars on the state flag represent. Over the years, people have sometimes thought that Tennessee was actually three states, because of its decidedly different as well as diverse regions. Eastern Tennessee is rugged and mountainous, and until the 20th century was isolated from the rest of the state. Knoxville and Chattanooga are in this area of the state.
Nashville, the state capital is located in middle Tennessee. This area is made up of undulating hills and plateaus, and is where much of the states farm products come from. Western Tennessee is part of the Mississippi River flood plain and is home to Memphis, known as the “Capital of the Mississippi Delta Region.” The separation of these three distinct regions was the cause of divided loyalties the state faced during the Civil War.
Tennessee gained statehood as our 16th state in 1796. Tennessee was to prove itself worthy of its nickname, the “Volunteer State,” sending many thousands of volunteers to fight in the War of 1812, as well as confederate and union troops to serve during our Civil War. This willingness to serve continued through WWI and WWII, and continues today.
The state is home to the most visited national park in the nation, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is part of the Cherokee National Forest, itself covering 650,000 acres and being the largest area of public lands in the state. A visit to Tennessee would not be complete without walking on the “Trail of Tears.” This National Historic site commemorates the Cherokee Nation’s forced march to reservation lands in Oklahoma in 1838.
Many arrive on a bus, others hitchhike with nothing more than a ragged guitar strapped across their back, wearing a torn shirt and faded jeans, hurrying to gaze at all the neon lights of Nashville thinking to themselves: “this is where I want to be; music is my whole life.” And why not folks, it’s Nashville, Tennessee, the music capital of the world. And if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere or words to that effect. The fact is more country music hits, and hit singers have found the Nashville top-of-the-money-ladder a very comfortable place, than any other city in America.
And because of that country music influence, Nashville, Tennessee, with its comfortable weather, the Grand Ole Opry, and various other attractions not related to music, is one of the top destinations for tourists and guided bus tours, as well. If you can’t find something interesting to do in the metro Nashville area, you had better check your pulse.
Family entertainment in Nashville sprouts like poppies in a vacant field nearly every month of the year. Aside from being the capital of the state of Tennessee, during your visit you surely don’t want to miss the Nashville Zoo, or the Country Music Hall of Fame. And if you want to join in the daily festivities and have the time of your life, Broadway and 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville is the “hangout” location destination where jeans and colorful shirts and dresses are the uniform of the day 24/7.
And if you’re a Civil War history buff you can enjoy an interesting stroll through several museums and art centers. Then take time to visit several well-preserved antebellum plantation houses still standing that are redolent of the Civil War that included the Battle of Nashville, Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, and the Battle of Stones River, which are all part of the Civil War history that still remains an integral part of the city’s tourism industry.