At a Glance for July 31, 2014

Galilee owner’s trial bumped to Sept. 22.

Jemar Lambert
Jemar Lambert

Galilee Memorial Gardens owner Jemar Lambert has a new trial date of Sept. 22 in Shelby County Criminal Court, rescheduled from Aug. 25 to avoid conflicts with the Labor Day weekend.

Lambert, who remains in jail without bond, is facing the first charge (theft of property over $60,000) for allegedly burying bodies on nearby property his cemetery did not own.

He faces more charges on allegations of stacking multiple bodies in the same graves, crushing caskets and failing to keep track of where bodies were buried at the Bartlett cemetry.

Blood shortage looms, Red Cross warns

Blood donations through the American Red Cross are down by 8 percent over the past 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood and platelet donors are especially needed.

Donation opportunities include:

  • DeSoto County: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Aug. 2 at Dean Hill MB Church, 5100 Dean Road in Lake Cormorant
  • Shelby County: 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Aug. 8 at Regions Headquarters, 6200 Poplar Avenue in Memphis

Donors also can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or to learn more about the donor requirements.