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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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Jones convicted again in 2003 Bartlett slayings

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MEMPHIS — A 51-year-old Florida man was convicted Saturday, May 16, for a second time in the 2003 slayings of an elderly Bartlett couple, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich has announced. A Criminal Court jury convicted Henry Lee Jones on two counts of first-degree murder and then sentenced him to death for killing […]

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Feedback sought on Memphis/Shelby Juvenile Court

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Countywide Juvenile Justice Consortium of Memphis and Shelby County (CJJC) will sponsor a public form on Saturday to get feedback from parents and youth regarding their experiences with the Memphis/Shelby County Juvenile Court. The event will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 16 at the Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins […]

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BPD officer indicted, loses pay in fatality case

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A Shelby County grand jury indicted Bartlett patrol officer Lucas Hines April 28 on two felony counts of vehicular homicide. An investigation found that his actions led to the deaths of two people on Oct. 12. He was speeding his patrol car through the intersection of Stage Road and Bartlett Boulevard when he slammed into […]

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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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Former AHS bookkeeper sentenced for $142K theft

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Arlington High School financial secretary received a long sentence in a diversion program and repaid the thousands she stole from school funds at a sentencing hearing on Monday. Toni Cox, 49, will participate in the Community Corrections Program for 12 years. The program was created to relieve prison overcrowding by […]

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At a Glance for Feb. 5, 2015

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St. Francis aids healthy hearts with seminar Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The good news is that heart disease is both preventable and controllable. As part of their American Heart Month activities, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett and cardiologist Joseph S. Weinstein, M.D., will host a free seminar, “Avoiding The […]

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Same-sex marriage takes center stage at Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON — On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Tanco v. Haslam (same-sex marriage) and consolidated petitions from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The court agreed to address two questions: Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? Does the Fourteenth […]

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Former Bolton High School teacher indicted on statutory rape

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A former teacher at Bolton High School has been indicted on aggravated statutory rape and other charges stemming from his alleged involvement with a student last year, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced on Monday. Latorrence Bivens, 31, is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear […]

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2 charged in case of infant’s body found near Bartlett dumpster

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Two people have been charged in the case of a newborn’s body found near a chicken restaurant’s dumpster in Bartlett about a year ago. Kalandra Lacy, 22, gave birth in the bathroom of Gus’s Fried Chicken around the 36th week of her pregnancy. She is charged with abuse of a corpse. Michael Baines, 23, is […]

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