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Former Bartlett resident faces trial in deadly 2015 train wreck

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Former Bartlett resident and suspended Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian got some stunning news on Feb. 6: He will stand trial after all for the 2015 train accident that killed eight people and left about 200 more injured. Bostian, 34, is a 2001 graduate of Bartlett High School. The prosecution has been a stop-and-start affair from […]

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Shelby County needs veterans as court mentors

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The Shelby County Veterans Treatment Court is currently seeking veterans to serve as mentors to fellow veterans that have violated the community trust by committing a felony or misdemeanor offense. The mission of the Mentoring Program is to support the veteran through their readjustment to civilian life, to assist the veteran navigate through the court, […]

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Higher court denies Lakeland’s appeal in bond lawsuit

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Lakeland lost an appeal last Wednesday and now faces a handful of its citizens in court. The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson, Tenn., announced Jan. 30 that the court denied an interlocutory appeal filed by the City of Lakeland in the lawsuit, Melton vs. Lakeland. (According to uslegal.com, an interlocutory appeal is “an appeal […]

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Lakeland bond lawsuit heads to appeals court

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Lakeland’s plans to issue a bond and build a new high school remain on hold, pending an appeal that’s the latest part of an ongoing lawsuit. The city missed its end-of-2017 goal for issuing the bond before tax changes go into effect, and city manager Jim Atkinson said it’s estimated this will cost the city […]

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Lawsuit adds tension to Lakeland High project

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Cary and Lillie (Lou) Melton are among a group of Lakeland residents who refuse to accept their city’s and school district’s plans to issue $60 million in bonds without getting public approval. Of that amount, an estimated $36.5 million would be used to build a high school. The Meltons have taken it a step further, […]

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Fired testing company seeks $25.3M despite TNReady’s bumpy rollout

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Tennessee officials won’t talk about the state’s ongoing dispute with the testing company it fired last year, but the company’s president is. Henry Scherich says Tennessee owes Measurement Inc. $25.3 million for services associated with TNReady, the state’s new standardized test for its public schools. That’s nearly a quarter of the company’s five-year, $108 million […]

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Soliciting minor lands Arlington man in prison

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ARLINGTON — An Arlington man, Matthew Marr, has been sentenced to federal prison for soliciting a minor child through social media. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentence Monday. According to information presented in court, between June and September 2016, Marr used the Internet to meet and seduce […]

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Bartlett woman indicted in alcohol-related fatal crash

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A Bartlett woman has been indicted on multiple charges in an alcohol-involved hit-and-run crash in which a pedestrian was struck and killed along New Covington Pike two years ago. Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich announced the indictment on Sept. 28. Terri Hollingsworth, 48, faces charges that include vehicular homicide involving intoxication (a Class […]

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Brandon Bostian cleared of criminal charges in fatal Amtrak crash

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Brandon Bostian, a former Bartlett resident and the engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak train crash, has had his criminal charges dismissed. On Tuesday, Philadelphia Municipal Judge Thomas Gehret dismissed the charges and cited a lack of evidence at a preliminary hearing for Bostian. He said he believes the crash was more likely an accident […]

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Trio convicted in Bartlett meth trafficking scheme

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Two men and a woman have been convicted in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in Bartlett — a plan they carried out while the men were serving time in separate prisons. They used contraband jail phones to arrange the purchase and delivery of illegal drugs, according to Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich in a July […]

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Former AMS dance team booster treasurer indicted on felony theft charges

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The former treasurer for the Arlington Middle School Dance Team Booster Club has been indicted on felony theft charges for allegedly using thousands of booster club dollars for her personal use, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday. A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Charlene Wheeler, 44, on charges of theft of property […]

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Former Bartlett resident charged in fatal Amtrak train crash

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  A judge ordered last week that criminal charges be brought against the train engineer who caused the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured 200 others. The surprise move came just one day after Philadelphia prosecutors announced on, May 10 that they did not have enough evidence to charge him. […]

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