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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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Galilee cemetery case continues to evolve

A Nashville judge ruled on March 28 that legal teams seeking class-action status in lawsuits against Galilee may not interfere with the work of former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff, who was appointed deputy receiver in the state’s takeover of the cemetery. The lawsuits represent family members whose loved ones were supposed to have been interred […]

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More defendants named in Galilee cemetery abuses

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A legal document filed on April 2 contains a newly updated list of the people suing and those being sued about misburials and mishandling of corpses at the Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett. The “First Amended Class Action Complaint” was filed in Shelby County Circuit Court by Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, PLC, (NST Law) the […]

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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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