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TBI Arrests Ashland City Man for Wife’s Murder

Press release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; October 3, 2012: 

Nashville, TN– The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested David Dwayne Monk, after an investigation surrounding the recent death of his former wife, Donna Bandy.

TBI presented the case against Monk, 42, of 2640 Goodsprings Road, Ashland City, TN, to the Cheatham County Grand Jury yesterday. An indictment was issued charging Monk with First Degree Murder and Theft of Property.

TBI began its investigation on September 28, 2012, at the request of District Attorney General Dan Alsobrooks, when Bandy, age 55, was found deceased in her residence at 2660 Goodsprings Road, which is in the Pleasant View area of Cheatham County. The apparent cause of death was blunt force trauma. Monk had been arrested for Public Intoxication in Springfield in the early morning hours of September 27th; however, Bandy was last seen alive on the 26th. Monk and Bandy were recently divorced.

The Theft charge stems from a vehicle belonging to the victim’s mother being taken from the scene. That vehicle was recovered near the Taco Bell in Springfield, the same location where Monk was arrested for Public Intoxication.

The Pleasant View Police Department assisted TBI in the investigation.

Monk is being held in the Cheatham County Jail in lieu of a $1,000,000.00 bond. His initial appearance date is October 9, 2012, in the Criminal Court of Cheatham County.

NewsTracker Tax and Budget

Locals Study New Taxes, Fees

Gibson County leaders want to raise the wheel tax 35 percent in a plan the mayor says will boost business relocation and the economy.

WBBJ TV Channel 7 reports that the mayor is touting the plan to increase the wheel tax from $35 to $47.50 as a way to attract jobs. The county commission is set to vote on the measure Monday.

They’re not the only local governments eyeing taxes and fees. River enthusiasts in Cheatham County, you’re the next target.

County commissioners are considering the formation of a Visitors and Recreation Bureau, which, the Ashland City Times reports, “would regulate and tax recreational businesses such as the canoe rentals in south Cheatham County. The money generated would be used to help promote tourism in the county.”

The story says that the Chamber of Commerce would pay for the bureau staff and that “there is no funding required by the commission.”

Meanwhile, a sewer district near Crossville is considering shaking up its fees, according to the Crossville Chronicle.

The Tansi Sewer Utility District is considering a fee structure of $60 monthly for service and a charge for new connections of $5,950, which could be paid over 10 years.

While locals are talking about what fees and taxes to levy next, the tax talk at the Capitol has leaned in the other direction. State senators on Wednesday approved a measure that seeks to ban any future implementation of an income tax. The proposal moves to the House, and at the earliest could be approved by voters in 2014.