County delegation heads for Tenn. today to study mall...

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County delegation heads for Tenn. today to study mall project

County Executive Janet S. Owens will be in Nashville, Tenn., today, looking for pointers on dealing with the $250 million Arundel Mills mall under construction near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Owens is leading a seven-member county delegation that includes the fire and police chiefs to see Opry Mills, a similar Mills Corp. project that is scheduled to open tomorrow.

"The goal is to meet with our counterparts in Nashville to try to do as best we can and avoid mistakes and pitfalls in opening Arundel Mills," said William A. Badger, who heads the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.

That will range from how public safety officials in Nashville plan to handle the expected crowds, to how planning officials went about the permitting process.

The economic development corporation, which is sending Badger and another member, is paying Owens' tab. County departments will cover the costs for their representatives. Badger said the hotel and airfare will cost about $600 a person.

Potomac Mills in Virginia is closer than Nashville, but Badger said Opry Mills shares more in common with Arundel Mills. Both exemplify the "shoppertainment" concept, he said.

For example, he said, Arundel Mills will feature Jillian's, an entertainment complex with virtual rides and bowling.

The county's delegation includes: Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan, Fire Chief Roger C. Simonds Sr., Permits Director Walter Chitwood and Peggy Wall, president of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

State's attorney to decide charges in cycle fatality

The state's attorney's office will decide whether to file charges in an accident that killed a 22-year-old motorcyclist Monday night in Annapolis, officials said.

County police said Donald Lee Seyfferth Jr. was riding a 1989 Yamaha motorcycle north on the Route 450 section of Ritchie Highway heading toward U.S. 50 about 10 p.m. when a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass turned across its path at Severn Ridge Road East. The vehicles collided.

Seyfferth, of the 600 block of Jupiter Hills Court in Arnold, died. The driver of the car, Mert Steven Martin, 37, of Laurel Walk Drive in Laurel, was not hurt, police said.

Investigators said witnesses told them the motorcycle had been traveling at a high speed.

Sparse enrollment leads to symposium cancellation

A symposium planned for next week in Linthicum to introduce area business and industry representatives to a computer software system has been canceled because of sparse enrollment by Anne Arundel Community College.

The SAP R/3 Symposium had been set for Tuesday at the Maritime Institute of Technology Training and Conference Center.

Gloria Lighthizer, the college's assistant director for conference services, said the program would have had more people on stage than in the audience. She said the college would try to determine why too few people signed up.

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