Metro Police responded Thursday night to a call from Metro Councilwoman Sandra Moore, who made a harassment complaint after receiving a mailer that took exception with her position on the city’s fairgrounds issue.
“I reported it because I felt it was a harassment that was mailed to my home,” Moore said Saturday morning when contacted about the matter. “When they can mail something like that, I don’t know what else could be next.”
Police spokesman Don Aaron said Moore, whose District 17 includes the neighborhood surrounding the fairgrounds, received a newspaper clipping in the mail that “pertained to coverage of the fairgrounds issues.”
“A sentence was circled in that article, which referenced Ms. Moore and her position on the fairgrounds situation,” Aaron said. “In addition to that sentence being circled, there was also a disparaging remark written on the clipping.
“That disparaging remark, while certainly unflattering, does not appear to be an overt threat,” Aaron said. He declined to go into details about the remark.
WSMV-TV reported the mailer included the circled words “fat loser” with an attached expletive.
“I really don’t want to say what was said specifically,” Moore said, when asked the details of the remarks.
Officers took possession of the mailing, Aaron said, and the matter has been directed to the department’s Specialized Investigations Division.
As the council representative of the fairgrounds neighborhood, Moore is caught in the middle of the city’s debate over the future of the 117-acre property off Nolensville Pike.
The council last week voted to spare the property’s racetrack for the time being; however, that decision came after it narrowly defeated a Moore-sponsored amendment that would have effectively ended racing at the site.