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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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Galilee cemetery released to state’s custody

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Families are now one step closer to visiting their loved ones buried at Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett. The cemetery has been closed since late January after accusations of mismanagement and criminal behavior erupted against the owner, Jemar Lambert. The district attorney general’s office handed over control of the cemetery to the state last week. […]

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At a Glance for July 31, 2014

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Galilee owner’s trial bumped to Sept. 22. Galilee Memorial Gardens owner Jemar Lambert has a new trial date of Sept. 22 in Shelby County Criminal Court, rescheduled from Aug. 25 to avoid conflicts with the Labor Day weekend. Lambert, who remains in jail without bond, is facing the first charge (theft of property over $60,000) […]

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Banks complete consumer relief obligations under National Mortgage Settlement

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Intended to address widespread foreclosure abuses that occurred at the height of the housing crisis, the National Mortgage Settlement reached a major milestone in mid-March. Joe Smith, the settlement monitor, announced that all five of the named banks have satisfied their consumer relief and refinancing obligations under the agreement. In total, the banks provided more […]

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Tenn. readers to benefit from e-book lawsuit

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Tennesseans will begin receiving account credits or checks this week in a partial agreement resolving an e-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by Attorney General Bob Cooper and attorneys general from 32 other states. The lawsuit, calling for $166 million nationwide payment, was brought against Apple, Inc. and five of the six largest e-book publishers in the […]

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Bartlett man goes to prison in fraud case

GREENBELT, Md. — Thirty-four-year-old Flinton Newton of Bartlett, Tenn., was sentenced to prison on March 27 in federal court in Greenbelt, Md. He earned a three and one-half-year term for trying to buy luxury vehicles with stolen identities. According to his plea agreement, Newton and others stole identifying information, created false documents, and tried to […]

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