Back in 2000: Stories from the week of Feb. 13

Weekend Extra

We begin our weekly look back to the year 2000. You may remember the Y2K scare and the very turbulent presidential election. More than that happened, though. 

Every weekend, we’ll post stories from our archives from 19 years ago. They’ll be both local and national stories that kept many people glued to their television sets. 

Mother dog delivers puppies in the middle of a Tornado

A mother dog had quite the story to tell. She and her new pups were tornado survivors.

Mama walked down Dickerson Pike, pregnant with at least eight puppies, and took shelter inside a hospital that was under construction. 

Her rescuers said she was looking for a dry place to give birth.

The construction managers found the dog and took the dog and her surviving puppies to Metro Animal Care and Control were they were cared for before they could be adopted out. 

Ex-husband charged with murder after remains found in Williamson County

It began in March 20, 1998, when Donna Farr did not show up for work at United Methodist Church. 

Then, days later, her car was found near the Harding Mall. There was blood on the inside of the vehicle.

“There was some blood in the car, but it was not a large amount of blood. But because there was blood in the car we are fearing the worst,” Metro Nashville Police spokesman

Seven months later, skeletal remains were found by developers surveying land in northern Williamson County. 

Police and forensic investigators used dental records to identify those remains as Donna Farr’s. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, Donna’s ex-husband Thomas Farr was charged with her murder. The medical examiner said she had been shot. 

Thomas Farr plead guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. 
Farr was sentenced to thirty years on the murder charge and to eight years on each of the solicitation charges, which terms were concurrent to each other but consecutive to the thirty-year term, for an effective sentence of thirty-eight years.

Second man arrested in murder of Skull Schullman

Skull Schullman was once a living legend. He opened Skull’s Rainbow Room in 1948 in the heart of Nashville, Printer’s Alley. The likes of Elvis and Johnny Cash frequented the place, and Andy Griffith was once a house comedian there. 

He was known as the Mayor of Printer’s Alley, but that all came to a tragic end in 1998 when Skull’s throat was slit. He died the next day. 

After Schullman died, Willie Nelson made a plea on America’s Most Wanted for anyone with information to come forward. Finally, two men, James Cavaye and Jason Pence were charged with robbing and killing Schullman.

The story above is about Pence. He was once a carnival worker and a man who lived in and out of homelessness. 

After the stabbing, Pence was hanging around Trinity Inn on Dickerson Road. He lived with many of the residents there. 

Pence was known to the police department and was even charged in unrelated crimes around the same time Schullman was murdered. Pence was eventually charged with facilitating a murder and plead guilty to those charges.

Race for Super Tuesday heats up between Bush and McCain

In two states that mattered most, California and New York, Senator John McCain took aim at Goerge Bush’s friends. 

“Tell his sleazy Texas buddies to stop these negative ads and take your money back to Texas where it belongs and don’t try to corrupt the United States with your money,” McCain said of recent negative ads bought by some of George Bush’s allies. 

Al Gore was in New York, also taking aim at George Bush. Gore could likely see the writing on the wall for where the primaries were headed. 

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