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A TN Mayor's Response to School Shooting, NLC Conference

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Friday, March 31, 2023   

Tennesseans aren't the only ones mourning the tragic loss of three children and three adults at this week's shooting at Nashville's Covenant School.

Columbia Mayor Chaz Molder found out about the shooting while attending the National League of Cities Conference in the nation's capital. Molder has a personal connection to Pastor Chad Scruggs, whose 9-year-old daughter Hallie was one of the three children who lost their lives. Molder said the tragedy overshadowed the conference. He said First Lady Jill Biden was the keynote speaker and let the crowd know what had happened.

"There was a very large vigil to honor all of the six victims, and to just know that these events should not become a part of our normal daily life, and unfortunately, that has been the case," he said. "And so hopefully, this will serve as a wakeup call to all of those who have the ability to impact a change on these events."

The K-12 School Shooting Database has recorded 90 gun-related incidents at schools so far this year. Including the deaths in Nashville this week, 75 people have been killed or injured in 2023, not including the shooters.

Columbia is 40 miles south of Nashville, with a population of about 40,000.

Molder said one theme of the National League of Cities Conference was making sure that leaders are using every available resource from the federal government, including American Rescue Plan Act funds. He said ARPA money is being put to use in his city.

"Columbia, specifically, is in the process of its largest capital infrastructure project in history for the city. That's a $60 million wastewater treatment plant expansion and improvement project," he said. "And fortunately for us, approximately $5 million flowed down from ARP funds to allow us to sort of jumpstart that project."

Molder said the conference provided the opportunity for mayors to visit Capitol Hill, where he met with Tennessee senators and heard from Cabinet secretaries and other federal leaders.


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