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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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Arlington man admits to $425K worth of network hacking

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An Arlington man pleaded guilty on April 14 to hacking a competitor’s network for data worth an estimated $425,000. Design engineer Jason Needham, 45, is the co-owner of HNA Engineering PLLC in Arlington, and his plea was for intentionally accessing a competing engineering firm’s computer network without proper authorization in order to obtain proprietary information. […]

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BREAKING: Court expunges record of former BPD officer in fatal 2014 crash

The criminal record of former Bartlett police officer Lucas Hines is now clear of his conviction in a deadly 2014 car crash. A jury found him guilty on Aug. 19, 2016, of two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving for crashing into a car while speeding through a red light during a pursuit. He was initially […]

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Shelby Countians can respond to jury summonses online

Prospective jurors in Shelby County can now respond online to reserve jury selection dates. Citizens who receive a jury summons from the Shelby County Jury Commission, can go online to reserve their jury service time without having to make an in-person visit to jury qualification events, which are often attended by hundreds of people. Go […]

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Legislative & court updates for Sept. 1, 2016

Judge challenges Nashville on delays in providing reports NASHVILLE—In what may be the first legal challenge to government delays on public records requests in Tennessee under a 2008 law, a judge has ruled that Metro Nashville violated the “prompt” provision in the statute by holding up traffic accident reports. Senior Judge Robert E. Lee Davies […]

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BPD officer convicted of 2 counts reckless driving

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It took just hours of deliberation Friday for a Shelby County jury to convict Bartlett Police Officer Lucas Hines in a high-profile case about a deadly crash. He will be sentenced for two counts of reckless driving on Sept. 23. The trial took three and a half days of testimony. In the October 12, 2014, […]

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