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  • Wednesday, November 09, 2022
    (The Center Square) — All four constitutional amendments on the Tennessee statewide ballot, including a proposal to put right-to-work legislation into the constitution, passed on Tuesday by a wide margin.The right-to-work amendment further cements a law that has been in place since 1947, Tennessee is one of 27 states with such laws, which allow workers across the state to elect whether or not they would like to join a union. Without a law in place, unions can require membership as a condition of employment as they do federally."Right-to-work states like Tennessee have higher real income and employment growth than non-right-to-work ...
  • Monday, October 03, 2022
    For six weeks, Chester Frost Park will be transformed into an immersive drive-thru lighting experience for all ages as NoogaLights lightens up the holiday season.This magical winter light experience, located on Dallas Island inside Chester Frost Park, is the perfect destination for families, friends, and work groups looking for a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate this holiday season!Opening November 14 and running daily through December 31 (except for Christmas Day), bring your family and friends to experience a magical half-hour drive thru the 1.5-mile electrifying route.“Installing Christmas lights is like eating ice cream, everyone is happy,” says ELF (Extreme Lighting Fanatic) John ...
  • Friday, August 19, 2022
    The Chattanooga law firm of Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC announces attorney Timothy B. Ballard has joined the firm as a member. Mr. Ballard practices primarily domestic relations (“family”) and personal injury litigation. In addition to his extensive litigation experience with divorce and child custody matters, Mr. Ballard has represented numerous clients in cases involving such nuanced issues as grandparent visitation, contested adoption and termination of parental rights, parental relocation and multi-jurisdictional child custody disputes, and Juvenile Court practice. He also regularly serves as a Guardian ad Litem in the Circuit and Chancery Courts.  While Mr. Ballard's practice consists largely of ...
  • Monday, March 28, 2022
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced appointments to three judicial positions across the state.“Each of these qualified Tennesseans will bring valuable experience to their respective roles,” said Gov. Lee. “I am confident they will serve our state with the highest integrity, and I look forward to their service.”The following Tennesseans have been appointed:Professor Jeffrey Usman – Court of Appeals, Middle DivisionJudge Tom Greenholtz – Court of Criminal Appeals, Eastern DivisionJudge Kyle Hixson – Court of Criminal Appeals, Eastern DivisionProfessor Jeffrey Usman is an Associate Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law. Usman has held judicial ...
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Soaring COVID-19 cases renew US debate over mask mandates  Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022
    Patients in Chattanooga area now protected from surprise medical bills by federal law  WTVC
  • Friday, January 07, 2022
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to lift a ban in three states on President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers who contract with the federal government.The ruling comes after a nationwide ban on the mandate for federal contractors was imposed by a federal judge in Georgia last month.A judge in Louisville, Kentucky, blocked the Biden rule in November for that state and two others: Tennessee and Ohio.A panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld the injunction for the three states in a 2-1 ruling Wednesday."This ensures, while the case continues to proceed, that ...
  • Monday, December 20, 2021
    Federal money coming to Chattanooga to improve infrastructure; Here's what's on the list  WTVC
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021
    A Chattanooga jury unanimously found a Texas law firm, its owner, and agents liable for consumer protection violations and the unauthorized practice of law arising out of their actions in soliciting families of the fatal 2016 school bus crash in Chattanooga.   The jury found in favor of the state and against the Witherspoon Law Group, owner Nuru Witherspoon, and law firm representatives Glenn Smith and Alphonso McClendon.   Both Smith and McClendon, who are not licensed attorneys, solicited parents whose children had died in accidents. McClendon also falsely held himself out as a lawyer, the State Attorney General's Office ...
  • Monday, December 06, 2021
    (TNS) — In a satellite research facility of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, researchers are analyzing billions of bits of data gathered in Chattanooga to help shape America's energy future.Using EPB's fiber-optic network and smart grid in Chattanooga, ORNL scientists here are able to remotely and virtually test ways to better deploy the power grid to maintain reliable electricity supplies in a cleaner, more efficient manner."President Biden has a goal of getting to 100% clean electricity generation by 2035 and net-zero carbo emissions by 2050," U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said during a recent visit here. "The solutions that are ...
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020
    Tennessee jury trials have been postponed through Jan. 31 because of rising coronavirus cases.The Tennessee Supreme Court issued the order suspending trials Tuesday. The suspension will begin Nov. 23 through Jan. 31 unless an exemption is granted by the Chief Justice on a case-by-case basis. The order also directs judicial districts to reexamine their reopening plans and coronavirus protocols, specifically mentioning the high court receiving complaints of judges, attorneys and defendants failing to follow protocols and some even attending court while testing positive for the virus. Face masks are required for everyone who enters courthouses. The order urges court staff to use phone ...
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
     By Joyce Peterson | September 15, 2020 at 11:28 PM CDT - Updated September 16 at 10:49 PM UPDATE: The largest property management group suing the Trump administration dropped out of the lawsuit on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Wogan Group, LLC and Lennox were among the plaintiffs. Together, they manage more than 1,800 apartment units in the Memphis area. Attorney Josh Kahane wouldn’t say why Wogan and Lennox dropped out of the suit but did say, “unfortunately the CDC’s well-intended eviction moratorium appears to be a serious and unlawful infringement on the constitutionally protected rights of property owners, both large and ...
  • Wednesday, September 02, 2020
    TOPLINEThe Trump Administration announced Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will use its authority to temporarily ban residential evictions for certain renters through the end of the year. Protestors demonstrate during a 'No Evictions, No Police' national day of action protest against law ... [+]AFP via Getty Images KEY FACTSThe moratorium will apply to those individuals who expect to earn $99,000 or less in 2020 (or couples filing jointly who expect to earn $198,000 or less)—those who received a stimulus check this year, or would have been eligible based on their 2020 income, are also eligible.Renters seeking ...
  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020
    Jury trials are set to resume in Chattanooga Federal Court on Sept. 14 after a long hiatus due to the coronavirus. Judge Travis McDonough is looking at a trial for one of four different defendants. They include Corey Carlos Garrett, Calvin Wayne Hanks, Mark Daniel Allen or the civil case of Riverfront Commercial Center, LLC vs. Westfield Insurance Co. Clerk of Court John Medearis said, "The judge conducting a jury trial will determine the number of jurors in accordance with the applicable civil or criminal federal rules and the discretion the judge has within the rules.  Appropriate measures will be ...
  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020
    Hamilton County sues first business for noncompliance with mask mandate  Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Monday, August 24, 2020
    Tennessee joined at least 10 other states in broadly limiting liability lawsuits related to Covid-19 exposure, under legislation Gov. Bill Lee signed into law.The new law sets up legal hurdles for anyone filing a lawsuit over exposure to the virus, broadly protecting businesses, health-care providers, nonprofits, and others including schools and churches. For a lawsuit to avoid dismissal, the plaintiff must show the defendant’s actions amounted to gross negligence or willful misconduct and provide a signed statement from a doctor attesting that they believe the plaintiff’s injury or sickness resulted from the defendant’s actions.The Republican governor, in a livestreamed signing ...
  • Friday, August 21, 2020
    Civil jury trials in Nashville will be suspended until 2021, the county's top judge ordered Thursday. Criminal trials will remain on hold through September, as under a previous order, while the judges monitor the pandemic to determine when its safe to reopen. Presiding Judge Joe P. Binkley Jr. announced the extension in an order to Davidson County courts "due to the continued risks of contagion."Most of the county's court business has been modified or on hold for months over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Judges will continue to meet to consider constitutional ramifications of delaying criminal trials into October, November and December. Concerns over the spread ...
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020
    Tennessee lawmakers raise concern over Gov. Lee's use of executive power during COVID-19 crisis  Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
    Resilient Chattanooga ready to rebound from coronavirus, Chamber of Commerce leaders say  Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    The N.B.A.’s Houston Rockets and restaurants like Chez Panisse are among those suing their insurers for refusing to pay “business interruption” claims during the coronavirus outbreak.Nick Gavrilides, owner of the Soup Spoon Cafe in Lansing, Mich., pays $12,002 in annual premiums to his insurer, which is refusing to pay his business interruption claims.  Credit...Rachel Elise Thomas for The New York TimesWhen the Great Lockdown started in Michigan, Nick Gavrilides closed the dining room of his Soup Spoon Cafe in Lansing, had some farewell beers with his workers and set to work on an insurance claim.He had paid for business interruption insurance, ...
  • Saturday, August 01, 2020
    Supreme Court won't halt challenged border wall projects  Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Saturday, August 01, 2020
    Where does live music go from here? A veteran Chattanooga music writer shares his take.  Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Saturday, August 01, 2020
    A glance at how the pandemic has impacted Chattanooga-area nonprofits dependent on volunteerism  Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Friday, July 31, 2020
    In a ruling affecting hundreds of people yet to be convicted of charges for which they are locked up, Shelby County Criminal Court Judges on Thursday ordered the indefinite suspension of criminal jury trials.The order, which negates prior plans to lift the suspension in September,  will affect the vast majority of more than 2,100 people locked up in three local jails, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Office data. At the Downtown jail, where the vast majority of county detainees are held, more than 83% of people had yet to be convicted of their charges as of a June 30 Tennessee Department of Corrections report."It ...