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At a Glance for March 13, 2014

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Judge ends lawsuit over city school districts The three-year legal battle over creating city school districts in Shelby County is finally over. U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays approved a joint request Monday to dismiss the case. He found the agreements reached between Shelby County Schools and the six new municipal school districts to be […]

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Galilee cemetery needs major work, report says

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A 37-page report details the problems at Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, including crushed caskets, at least 81 bodies in multiple-occupant graves, and missing bodies. In 2013, Galilee’s owner hired Derrick Gunn, owner of Gunn Funeral Home in Little Rock, Ark., to investigate and create the report in an attempt to help find two missing […]

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Galilee cemetery investigation deepens with new court order

Staff reports The level of mismanagement alleged at Galilee Memorial Gardens will be getting close scrutiny in coming days. While owner Jemar Lambert remains jailed without bond as he faces criminal charges for the cemetery’s operations, the facility will be under the oversight of local lawyer David Kustoff and an investigation will continue. The order […]

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Bolton teacher arrested, charged with statutory rape

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A Bolton High School coach was arrested last Thursday for having an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenage student. Michael Lewis, a teacher and assistant baseball coach at Bolton, was arrested by deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and charged with aggravated statutory rape and aggravated statutory rape by an authority figure. Police reports […]

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Bartlett cemetery owner bonds out

Witnesses report grisly scenarios of smashed caskets Staff reports Long yellow streamers of crime scene tape still blocked entrances to Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett on Monday, when the owner bonded out of jail. Cemetery operations remain shut down because of a temporary restraining order. A Shelby County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was parked just […]

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AHS secretary indicted, $172K missing

An estimated $172,000 missing from Arlington High School funds led to the indictment last week of former financial secretary Toni Cox. An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s office found that she allegedly misappropriated at least $142,000 of school collections from Arlington High School for herself and took an additional $30,000 – much of it collected […]

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