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New Safety Precautions Put In At Bicentennial

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bicentennial Mall has a new message for late night visitors - closed.

A 22-year-old said she was attacked, beaten and raped at Bicentennial Mall, when she was walking home from a coffee shop at night.

In September, the young woman claimed that the man who raped her was a homeless man named Ricky Morgan.

The woman said she fought Morgan for a couple hours, while the park was unattended. The young woman later took the stand against her attacker, after she identified him through an ID line up.

The 19-acre Bicentennial Mall park is considered a day-use park by the state, even though the public can use it 24 hours a day.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said they don't have the resources to pay their rangers around the clock.

Right now, the park is patrolled from 7 a.m. - 11p.m., leaving the overnight hours unattended, so state official will put up signs making sure the public knows the park is closed after 11 p.m.

State officials also said they are looking into possibility of putting in emergency call boxes.

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