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Metro Councilwoman Under Fire By Own District

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The same Metro Councilwoman who lives part of her life in Detroit was the target of some serious criticism from her own constituents.

Metro Councilwoman, Pam Murray, was being accused of cherry picking or bending Nashville laws to fit her favorites.  

A police report was filed a week ago against Murray for verbal intimidation by fellow Councilwoman Karen Bennett.

Murray had three proposals on the table one, to allow mobile vendors at the corner of Cleveland Street, and Lischey Avenue.

"He's currently breaking the law," said attorney and homeowner Jamie Hollin,

Another, to let the owner of a building continue to rent to multiple, apartment dwelling families even though it violates current zoning.

The District 5 Councilwoman had some voters, not only seeing red, but wearing it.

"A symbol of us being against these three bills that Pam's supporting," said District 5 constituent Seth Conley.

Murray had support from two constituents, the man asking for this change in zoning and the man who admitted he, too, was violating a metro code.

"It's just a re-zoning of a property. That's all it is I mean, this is legal," said Murray. "Any property owner can come before the council and ask for a property to be re-zoned."

Two of Pam Murray's proposals were tabled Tuesday night and the third one she withdrew entirely.  

"Are you kidding me? We're going to sit here, and allow this gentleman to continue to break the law, and the Metro Council is going to consider a bill to pass a law to make his illegal use legal?" said Hollin.

Murray insisted she was not abusing her power, and that the topics will be revisited.

She admitted she spends part of her life less than 60 percent in Detroit, helping run a methadone clinic. She insisted she stayed with friends, and does not maintain a residence there.
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