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Galilee grave markers MUST be claimed by May 17

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The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) has received approval from the Chancery Court overseeing the receivership of Galilee Memorial Gardens cemetery (the “Cemetery”) in Bartlett to notify certain persons who may have items on the Cemetery property, specifically granite markers with the names of persons etched on them, and of the procedure to […]

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Bartlett man indicted for murder in fentanyl overdose death

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[Editor’s note: This press release arrived after the press deadline for the April 19 issue of the paper.] A 27-year-old Bartlett man has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder for allegedly selling heroin laced with fentanyl that resulted in the death of an acquaintance last year, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said […]

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Lawsuit filed in 2017 fatal shooting of Lakeland woman

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An attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in the case of Nancy Jane Lewellyn, a Lakeland woman shot to death in 2017 as she held a BB gun in her driveway. Daniel A. Seward filed the lawsuit for a total of $20 million on behalf of the victim’s […]

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Bartlett motorist convicted of drunk driving

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A Bartlett man was convicted on March 14 of drunken driving, stemming from a one-vehicle crash two years ago in which his pickup truck knocked down a utility pole in East Memphis. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced that a Criminal Court jury convicted Jared Worthington, 28, following a two-day trial. He will […]

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Ex-employee of Bartlett autism center sentenced in ID theft

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A Collierville resident has been sentenced to federal prison for computer fraud and aggravated identity theft from a Bartlett business. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence on Friday. According to information presented in court, Transformations Autism Treatment Center terminated the employment of Jeffrey R. Luke, 42, as […]

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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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