Child abuse cases increase with Nashville’s booming population

Ahead of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, there’s been a surprising dark side to the growth in population in Middle Tennessee.

"With the increase in population, unfortunately we do see an increase in child abuse," said June Turner, CEO of the Nashville Children’s Alliance. "So we’ve got to be ready as an agency to move forward and to be there for the kids and families who need us."

The Alliance is part of the city’s Child Protective Investigative Team, and works closely with Metro Police, the Dept. of Children’s Services, and the Office of the District Attorney General.

From 2016 to 2017, the agency reported a two-percent increase in forensic interviews and a 55-percent increase in therapy sessions.

"We want to think it doesn’t happen in our neighborhoods, churches, our families" said Turner. "Child abuse happens across the spectrum."

Turner said exposure to social media is a big part of the problem.

"We can help with those trends," said Turner. "Knowing how to support children when they come forward."

For the child advocacy center, that comes with therapy, and ultimately, time.

"That’s why we’re here," said Turner. "We want to give children that chance to put this in the past, to talk through it, to then be able to have good and productive lives as they move forward."

The non-profit is funded by state and federal grants, donations, and special events, like its upcoming walk on April 7th.

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Foul Play Suspected In Nashville Woman’s Disappearance

NASHVILLE, TN — Metro Police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of a 46-year-old woman 10 days ago.

Letitia Lane has not been seen since March 10. On March 12, a co-worker called her phone after she didn’t show up for work at the AT&T Building. The co-worker heard a woman crying and a rustling noise before the phone disconnected. Lane is the mother of three children.

On March 16, Lane’s ex-boyfriend, 49-year-old James Alfonzo "Fuzz" Vaughn, was shot and killed during a stand-off with Clarksville Police at an apartment complex. Police had learned Vaughn was staying a friend at the complex and had gone to ask him about Lane’s disappearance. Vaughn was the last person seen with Lane.

Vaughn was convicted of murder in 1996 following a deadly shooting at a Gallatin restaurant in 1995. In 2006, the Supreme Court of Tennessee reversed the conviction because of ineffective counsel and Vaughn was released pending a new trial.

Lane’s family has hired a private investigator and set up a GoFundMe page to aid in the effort to find her.

Police are searching for Vaughn’s vehicles. He owned a purple 2005 Honda VT1300 motorcycle with Tennessee license plate 575ZA8 and a 2014 Chevy Silverado with Tennessee license plate T84-02L.

Image via GoFundMe

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The Eclectic Maximalist Home Of Nashville’s Coolest Fashion Designer

A vintage lover’s haven.

Savannah Yarborough’s vintage bed is framed by Herman Miller lamps. Photographed by Caroline Sharpnack for Lonny.
Rugs and furniture pieces help divide the open space into styled vignettes.

Photographed by Caroline Sharpnack for Lonny.

Have you ever seen a room and felt like it was a collection of all things cool you could ever want in your life? Well take a step into the home of Savannah Yarborough. The Nashville-based fashion designer has a jaw-dropping pad that feels like a livable vintage store that you would buy out if you had the option. The open space flows organically with beautifully styled nooks and vignettes to create intimacy within the space. When Yarborough defined her decor style as "collected eclectic," we just nodded our heads in agreement.

As the designer behind AtelierSavas, Yarborough has made a business selling bespoke leather jackets and handbags sourced from hides and furs from around the world. Influenced by her Southern roots and studies in London at Central Saint Martins, the creative’s creates unique looks that blends her killer style with the spirit of her clients. However when it comes to her home, the look is all her own.

"I believe that you shouldn’t buy anything that you don’t absolutely love," shares Yarborough. "I am particular about pieces that are welcomed into my space and don’t usually make fleeting purchases. I don’t always have the perfect spot for something that I love, but if it’s that good, it makes its own spot."

While she may be selective, clearly the designer has found plenty of amazing finds. Brick wall and deep indigo paint provide the backdrop for her bedroom and a few sectioned off nooks in the largest room of her apartment. Each space has its own style with a wide collection of cool vintage decor pieces and plenty of plants.

"I don’t have rooms per se, but I really love my ‘formal living area’ in the mornings. I spend a lot of time in the yellow chairs, thinking and solving the worlds problems," Yarborough says. "It gets the best light, and you can hear the city coming to life in the mornings."

Breaking up a large open space can be tricky, but the designer relies on her historic building’s bones and some strategic styling to pull it off.

"My space has large beams, which really serve the purpose of defining spaces," explains Yarborough. "It’s important to define these spaces with rugs and other large pieces which can make them feel a bit more separated."

Savannah kicking back in a vintage floral swivel chair.

Photographed by Caroline Sharpnack for Lonny.

A cool styling idea we are definitely going to steal? Using a vintage A-frame shelf to break up a room and let the decor be displayed on both sides.

"None of my ‘rooms’ were really planned, but as time goes on, each item moves around until I find the spot it was meant to be in," she says.

A few key pieces in her main room that stand out include a gorgeous mustard Rove Concepts sectional and of course, her incredible vintage deco bed frame flanked by Herman Miller lamps and wild rugs.

"My bed was originally natural polished bamboo, and I painted it with gold metallic paint to give it a new life," she adds.

A cool seating area filled with all of the designer’s vintage finds.

Photographed by Caroline Sharpnack for Lonny.

Yarborough’s bright kitchen featuring Southern Lights Electric pendants.

Photographed by Caroline Sharpnack for Lonny.

While this cool room might have some incredible vintage faux blooms, it’s hard to ignore the plethora of plants throughout Yarborough’s home.

When asked what the greens in her space meant to her, the designer replied, "Life! Living downtown in an over 100-year-old warehouse, the air quality needs to be purified. Since I spend a lot of time indoors, it helps to have my own personal yard." She adds, "Also, it gives me something to take care of, which I really enjoy."

With such a historic home, there definitely had to be a few changes to the space to give it a modern feel. "I worked with Adam at Southern Lights Electric to design my amber glass pendants with gold wiring in my kitchen and I installed a new kitchen with wooden countertops and a farmhouse sink to update the ‘dated loft’ look," Yarborough explains.

"This building has such an awesome creative history — tenants over the last 30 years have added and changed apartments, making them interesting and sometimes a bit weird! My apartment was actually a photography studio for awhile, hence the round wall behind my bed," she says. "It’s a wonderful place to live and work, and I can’t imagine where else I would live in Nashville."

A look into AtelierSavas’s glam rock space. Photographed by Caroline Sharpnack for Lonny.

One of the perks of her location? Yarborough’s store AtelierSavas is just on the floor below. Between her incredible custom jackets, moody draped walls, chandeliers, and gold Milo Baughman shelves, the space is a total glam rock haven.

"I love it! I keep a really separated lifestyle, and don’t take any work up to my house," the designer explains. "Even my leather jackets stay down in the shop. It is so convenient that I find it difficult to ever leave the property! It’s so nice being able to pop upstairs for lunch or an afternoon nap!"

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Nashville firefighter missing since vehicle plunged into river; search warrants issued

A search continued in Tennessee on Saturday for a Nashville firefighter who has been missing since early Monday.

Search warrants for two residences were executed Friday in an effort to find Jesse Reed, 32, whose vehicle plunged into the Tennessee River in Waverly, authorities told the Tennessean.

Reed’s wife, who was a passenger, escaped from the vehicle and was found alive in a nearby ditch, Fox 17 Nashville reported.

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Why Reed, or his body, have not been found yet has left authorities baffled.

“The car was empty," Deputy Rob Edwards with the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office said. "The windows were rolled down, which was weird. That was strange."

Locations searched Friday were residences where Reed reportedly has lived — one in Humphreys County and the other in Cheatham County.

An official from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told the Tennessean that the investigation was “active and ongoing.”

Humphreys County Sherriff Chris Davis said he believed it would be “irresponsible” to not “exhaust all means possible” to locate Reed.

"We have no evidence to indicate that he is not still in this water," said Davis, adding that the water search efforts would continue this weekend. "I would like to ask for the continued prayer for the fast recovery and the closure of this situation for the family."

William Swann, the Nashville Fire Department’s interim director and chief, thanked the community for the search efforts in a Facebook post.

Before his disappearance, Reed had risked his life to save strangers, Fox 17 Nashville reported. Fire Department performance evaluations said Reed “performs his duties with exceptional professionalism.”

The Nashville Fire Department told the station that dive teams continue to search the Tennessee River for Reed, deploying underwater sonar and rovers, as well as drones and helicopters.

The Hendersonville Fire Department also sent four divers to help in the search, the report said.

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Nashville Area Weather Forecast: Snow To Start, Spring To Finish

NASHVILLE, TN — A bit of snow rings in the work week, but spring returns by Friday, according to the National Weather Service forecast for Nashville. Chilly highs will give way to temperatures back in the upper 60s by the end of the week.

Monday: A 30 percent chance of snow after 7 a.m., then clearing, high of 52. Winds of 15 mph could gust to 25 mph. Partly cloudy overnight, low of 31. Winds of 10 to 15 mph gusting to 20 mph.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, high of 48. Partly cloudy after dark, low of 28.

Wednesday: Sunny, high of 47. Mostly clear after sundown, low of 30.

Thursday: Sunny and warmer, high of 59. Partly cloudy in the evening, low of 43.

Friday: Partly sunny and much warmer, with a 30 percent chance of showers, high of 68. A 50 percent chance of showers overnight, low of 53.

Image via Patch

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