Accused Antioch Church Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

NASHVILLE, TN — Emanuel Samson, the man accused of the September 2017 Burnette Chapel Church of Christ shooting, pleaded not guilty to 43 charges Wednesday.

Samson, 26, did not appear in court for his arraignment on an indictment charging him with one count of murder, three counts of civil rights intimidation, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of employing a firearm during a dangerous felony, 24 counts of aggravated assault and count of reckless endangerment. His plea was entered by his attorney.

Samson had previously attended Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and on Sept. 24, 2017, police say he drove to the church with a carful of weapons and began firing, killing 39-year-old Melanie Crow of Smyrna in the parking lot and injuring seven others, including the church’s pastor Joey Spann, inside the building. He was eventually subdued by long-time parishioner and church usher Caleb Engle, 22, who rushed from the church during the attack to his car to retrieve his handgun.

Police have not publicly disclosed a motive, though detectives did say they found a note in Samson’s car referencing a white supremacist’s 2015 massacre at a South Carolina black church. The note found on the dashboard read something like, "Dylann Roof was less than nothing," MNPD Det. Jolley testified at an October 2017 hearing. Jolley said Samson admitted to the shooting in its aftermath, said he had visions of the church, but was otherwise vague.

A federal civil rights investigation into whether the attack was racially or religiously motivated is also pending, but for now, Samson will go through the state court process.

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Tennessee Missionary Baptist Has Adjourned Session April 9-12

Tennessee Missionary Baptist and Educational Convention will host the Adjourned Session April 9-12.

The event will be held at First Baptist Church, 290 East Winchester St. in Gallatin, Tn. where Rev. Derrick Jackson is the host pastor.

Rev. Breonus Mitchell, Sr. will speak Monday at 7 p.m. Rev. Dr. Edward Parker, Jr. will speak Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook, Sr. will speak Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Elder Dr. Joe Maddox, president, will speak Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

For more information call 615-254-3115.

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Wow House: One Of Nashville’s Oldest Homes

NASHVILLE, TN — Independent filmmaker and founder of Film House Curt Hahn is selling one of Nashville’s oldest homes.

The original farmhouse and detached kitchen at 5409 Cochran Drive were built in 1835 on the center of a 1,500 acre land-grant from the state of North Carolina to the Hill family. In 1950, it was purchased by prominent local attorney Carmack Cochran – hence the road’s name – who would later become one of the key architects of the Metro Charter. His family took the home down to the studs, updated the home and connected the kitchen to the main house.

By the 1990s, the home was dilapidated and purchased by Hahn in 2003, who has since renovated and updated it. Only three families ahem ever owned the house.

The fourth will enjoy a variety of modern updates to the historic structure, including high-end kitchen appliances, solar panels that produce $1,600 of electricity annually and a variety of other green improvements.

Price: $1,100,000 Square Feet: 4286 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Baths Built: 1930 Features: Artfully restored historic farmhouse easily accessible to I-65 between Brentwood and Nashville.The home has spacious rooms,high ceilings and warm,wide planked flooring throughout.Light filled kitchen with professional appliances and French doors leading to large screened porch and patio. www.nashvillehistoricfarmhouse…

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