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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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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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State scans for open burial plots at Galilee

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Although the biggest question about Galilee Memorial Gardens in recent months has been “where are the bodies buried?” the state is calling in experts with ground-penetrating radar for a different purpose: To find out where the bodies aren’t. Until stormy weather broke Tuesday morning, Ground Penetrating Radar Systems Inc. was prepared to begin scanning the […]

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Breaking: New report on Galilee cemetery

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A new 11-page report with updates on Galilee Memorial Gardens cemetery was just released this morning. See the full report at the link below. We will be following up with a story based on the report shortly. http://bartlett-express.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/2015/10/2015-09-30-Galilee-Sixth-Interim-Report-SDR_F.pdf Galilee hit the headlines in 2013 and 2014 over allegations of land theft to bury bodies, multiple bodies […]

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‘Digging for Daddy’ chronicles search for grave

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When two Texas residents called a suburban Chicago cemetery inquiring about their loved one’s remains, the ensuing tale became so compelling, the two wrote a book about it. ary Ilic Hurst and her daughter, Lisa Lopez, residents of Fort Worth, Texas, recently visited Memphis-area locations to promote their new book, “Digging for Daddy: A Promise […]

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Update: 5th report on Galilee Memorial Gardens

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The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) released the fifth interim report today, July 15, on the status of Galilee Memorial Gardens, listing progress made to date and priorities for the remaining tasks. Some repairs have been made and one afternoon of visitation allowed, and it remains a priority to sort out claims to […]

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Galilee’s plot owners asked to speak up

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People who bought space at Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett before its scandals became public may get a glimmer of hope from the latest news. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is urging people with claims on vacant burial plots at Galilee to contact the department’s Special Deputy Receiver to help preserve their […]

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Families pay graveside respects at Galilee

People eager to visit, resent lack of information [Editor’s note: This version of the story corrected the estimated number of attendees and adds an update about the cemetery.] LAND PURCHASE UPDATE The proposed purchase of land illegally used for burials adjacent to Galilee Memorial Gardens may ease the cemetery’s space problems. Documents filed Tuesday with […]

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Galilee cemetery: Remedies unlikely for burial errors

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New court documents filed Tuesday in Davidson County gave an updated look at Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, a cemetery in disarray after many months of abuse and mismanagement allegations. A filing by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance notes that the cemetery’s receiver has tentatively decided not to remedy the cementery’s burial errors. The […]

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Galilee cemetery owner: ‘Guilty’

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  CASE BACKGROUND First indictment: Galilee Memorial Gardens owner Jemar Lambert was indicted in September 2013 on a single count of theft of property $60,000 or more for burying individuals on adjoining land not owned by the cemetery. He was released on his own recognizance (ROR) on that charge, meaning no bail was required. New […]

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