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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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Galilee’s future set for Aug. 17 court discussion

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The troubled Galilee Memorial Gardens of Bartlett will be the topic of a status conference Aug. 17 in Davidson County Chancery Court. The latest report indicates that years of investigation could end soon without pinpointing where all the bodies are buried and without allowing future burials for those who have already purchased plots. The document, […]

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At-a-Glance for June 23, 2016

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Ex-teacher gets 3 months in jail for statutory rape Former Bolton High School math teacher LaTorrence Bivens, 31, has pleaded guilty to the 2013 aggravated statutory rape of a teenager. It was announced Tuesday that he has been sentenced to 90 days and will be on probation for three years. He was reportedly in a […]

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THP testimony: BPD officer’s speed, other driver’s failure to yield led to fatal crash

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High speed and a victim’s failure to yield were major factors in an officer-involved crash in Bartlett October 2014 that left two citizens dead, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). The data came from a state trooper’s testimony in criminal court last Friday, explaining evidence that Bartlett Police officer Lucas […]

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Crime roundup for May 19, 2016

Memphis crime rates continue to alarm citizens. The city saw its 85th homicide of 2016 last weekend. That’s nearly three dozen more than this period last year. Memphis Police have publicly confirmed that an 11-year-old female student at Kate Bond Elementary reported being touched inappropriately by a male employee. In a prepared statement, the Shelby County […]

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Atheists sue sheriff for alleged censorship, religious messaging

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American Atheists along with a resident of Bradley County, Tenn., filed suit in federal district court in Eastern Tennessee Monday against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson for alleged violations of the First Amendment. The organization states that the purpose of the suit is to stop the sheriff’s policy of censoring comments that are negative or […]

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Arlington woman indicted Monday on theft, forgery

MEMPHIS — An Arlington woman was indicted Monday on felony charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her two employers, according to Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich. Amy Speight, 44, was indicted on charges of theft of property over $60,000 and forgery over $1,000. She is free on $50,000 bond. Speight worked […]

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Galilee cemetery’s radar study results under review

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Bad weather and other issues delayed completion of the ground-penetrating radar study at the closed Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett until March 15. The data is now being analyzed and cross-referenced before the state recommends how to proceed with nearly 600 claims for the available spaces. The eighth interim report detailing progress on the cemetery […]

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New report issued on Galilee cemetery

The latest report on Galilee Memorial Gardens, the Bartlett cemetery now being managed by the state after major problems arose, just hit our inbox. You can read the full report linked below (just six pages) or wait for our story on the report in this week’s issue of The Bartlett Express. Eighth Interim Report (PDF file).

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Ground scans have begun on Galilee cemetery grounds

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Personnel from Ground Penetrating Radar Systems Inc. were able to perform some scans of Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett on Feb. 2 before the morning’s storms descended. The work will help the state determine where empty burial plots are. People who pre-purchased plots before the cemetery was closed in January 2014 are eligible for burial […]

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