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Tennessee's most dangerous city

Posted Sunday, March 2, 2008, at 3:20 PM

Which of the major cities in Tennessee do you consider the most dangerous?

I still have Memphis at the top of my list with Nashville second and not improving despite the claims of Police Chief Ronald Serpas.

How about towns closer to the size of Shelbyville?

I've never been comfortable when in Columbia.


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Franklin since they had the singing druggie Sheriff and all the good ole boys helping cover it up!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 5:37 PM

Franklin has been having some issues within their school system also. I also know the Antioch area has become a crime haven. That seems strange to me I use to live in Antioch a long time ago and it was one of the quietest areas in Nashville.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 6:30 PM

This statement is about Jackson, TN.

"According to the Morgan Quitno Top 25 Most Dangerous Cities of 2006, the city was ranked as the number 10 most dangerous city in the United States. In 2007 it was not on this list."

How odd, I never knew this.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 8:58 PM

Having spent 5 years in Memphis recently, I can say without hesitation parts of it scare the bejeebers out of me. Only the parts inside the city limits. Well a few outside too.

Wanna see your property values take a dive? Get annexed into Memphis. It makes anything in the stock market look like a good buy.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 10:03 PM

Over the past year I have read many articles related to drive-by shootings in Murfreesboro. This past week two situations with a murder/suicide and over the weekend double murder/suicide.

The growth of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County has been tremendous over the past decade. Shelbyville/Bedford County a connecting city/county.

-- Posted by redddj on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 6:34 AM

Over the past year I have read many articles related to drive-by shootings in Murfreesboro. This past week two situations with a murder/suicide and over the weekend double murder/suicide.

The growth of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County has been tremendous over the past decade. Shelbyville/Bedford County a connecting city/county.

-- Posted by redddj on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 6:35 AM

Heck, Shelbyville is beginning to scare me lately with the increase of home invasions and killings. I use to not think twice about washing my car or stopping at an ATM at night but I think twice about it now.

I also agree about Columbia and Memphis . . . they definitely have a certain ghetto vibe going for them. The same goes for Antioch . . . I remember going to Hickory Hollow Mall as a child and it being such a family atmosphere but now you go and you feel like you are in a different world or foreign land. We don't even like to stop at any of the gas stations there because they look so shady.

It is sad to see these places being taken over like that.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 7:28 AM

I want to respond to jaxpike's comment. What did you mean when you said Columbia and Memphis have a certain "ghetto vibe"? Even if it does seem ghetto to you, everybody that lives in the "ghetto" doesn't act ghetto. Sounds a bit racist to me. I know people that live in the suburbs that act ghetto, kill their own kids and everything else. The only thing scary about Shelbyville is the "unprofessional" law enforcement.

-- Posted by melly on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 12:20 PM

While I agree that jaxspike comment caught me off guard with the "ghetto" thing, I also don't believe he made any mention of race.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 12:38 PM

I am not even going to respond to the remarks about my comments because some people look for racism when none exists . . . I will not be involved in such arguments.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 12:56 PM

http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/myfox/pages/...

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 8:48 PM

Growing up in a very large northern city, I presently feel fairly safe in most of the cities around here, including Nashville. When I was in my early 20's (in the dark ages) bump and rob/rape was a technique being used by some unsavory charactors in my home town, so I learned early on I try to use caution and use good safety practices, such as locking my doors at all times. I also love this modern invention called a cell phone, good little toy to have around.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 10:28 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080304/ap_o...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 11:30 PM

My wife's car was stolen at knifepoint and used in a bank robbery. Her car was picked out as she came from a local drug store. They followed her home and one man walked into the garage, asked for the keys and showed her the knife.

The car was then taken to South Pittsburg and turned over to a bank robbery gang. The following day they robbed a savings and loan near Huntingdon.

They ditched her car a short distance from the place they robbed. No, they didn't leave a penny.

They were all arrested, about six men were involved in the incident.

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 11:36 PM

Wow, she was really lucky!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 9:12 AM

After hearing about the 6 people (were they all children?) killed in Memphis, I vote Memphis the most dangerous.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 4:09 PM

Memphis hands down!!

-- Posted by Disturbia on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 10:30 PM

I will speak on behaf of Columbia. I was born and raised here. It`s through....

Tax money isnot being used. We have gangs and drugs it`s unbelievable. whoever is in charge of city crime to protect citizens needs to be dismissed. waisted money..neighborhoods are the hood now....I go to Shelbyville every weekend to my boyfriends and what a difference.

My son is 17, in Central High School and he tells me about every desk is carved with gang writings. He walked home from Central across town instead of riding the bus with them. That is bad also.

I could go on and on. If you ever visit Columbia just look at the sprayed paint on the buildings and look at our dirty town.

People who worked hard buying homes in quiet convient neighborhoods CANNOT

sell them. Neighborhoods are ruint now. all the (used to be good)Cant sleep at night because of the loud rap music thumping.Cars going and coming. cause they moved close by somewhere, all over the neighborhoods. I haven`t seen the law cruise around since last year. nobody cares. we have kids to protect all over town.

neighborhoods,Riverside,behind wal-mart pickens lane. are now dangerous.

-- Posted by dooley777 on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 10:23 AM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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