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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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Darrius Stewart report available for download

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The Shelby County District Attorney General’s website has posted voluminous records regarding the shooting death of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police Officer Connor Schilling after a July 17 traffic stop. The AG’s office recommended an indictment of voluntary manslaughter and employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, but a Shelby County […]

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Shoplifter who tried to run over officer gets 10 years in prison

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MEMPHIS — A shoplifter who was wounded when he tried to run over a Bartlett police officer while trying to escape in 2013 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated assault, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced on Friday, Dec. 4. Tavarius Jones, 39, also pleaded guilty to theft over […]

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$300K grant boosts DUI prosecution efforts

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MEMPHIS — Shelby County’s nearly $1 million in grants from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) includes almost $300,000 for DUI prosecution efforts, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich has recently announced. The DA’s office grant of $294,217.96 covers a DUI coordinator and two assistant district attorneys for DUI prosecutions in Criminal Court. […]

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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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Tenn. AG announced $71M settlement with drug company

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Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and 48 other states, announced on Aug. 18 a $71 million nationwide settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws. Amgen Inc. is a California-based biotechnology company that manufactures and sells pharmaceutical products, […]

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Tennessee AG fighting feds on control of water

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Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced on July 23 that Tennessee has joined Ohio and Michigan in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The lawsuit asks the court to strike down a new rule, known as the “waters of the United States” rule, […]

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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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Former Bolton teacher: Guilty of sexual battery

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MEMPHIS — A former teacher and assistant baseball coach at Bolton High School pleaded guilty to sexual battery by an authority figure and was sentenced June 4 to six months in prison and six years of probation, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich. Michael Lewis, 32, admitted having sexual relations with a 17-year-old student […]

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