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09/19/2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” ~Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Rest In Peace, Justice Ginsburg.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a fierce advocate for women’s legal equality and the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, has died at age 87. Watch key moments of her career and reflections by WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib and Jess Bravin. PHOTO: Nikki Kahn/Getty Images.

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the Honorable Judge Beckner. He was a bri...
09/16/2020
Community leader, retired judge Beckner dies

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the Honorable Judge Beckner. He was a brilliant a judge and will be sorely missed.

A pillar of the East Tennessee legal community, a relentless advocate for youth and a tireless supporter of Morristown and Hamblen County, retired Judge James E. “Eddie” Beckner died this

US Marshals Rescue Another 25 Missing, Trafficked Children
09/01/2020
US Marshals Rescue Another 25 Missing, Trafficked Children

US Marshals Rescue Another 25 Missing, Trafficked Children

Continuing to work alongside state and local officials the U.S. Marshals Service announced over the weekend it had rescued another 25 missing and endangered children from Ohio.

08/29/2020
Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee just extended several executive orders including the one that empowers local authorities to enact face covering mandates, many of which were set to expire soon.

Here's the full news release from the Governor issued late Friday afternoon.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today signed Executive Order No. 59 to extend certain, targeted provisions of Executive Order Nos. 36, 38, 49, 50, 54, and 55 through September 30, 2020 to facilitate the continued treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and wearing face coverings in public places, and protecting vulnerable populations.



Gov. Lee also signed Executive Order Nos. 60 and 61, which extend through September 30 provisions that allow for electronic government meetings subject to transparency safeguards and remote notarization and witnessing of documents, allowing for implementation of best practices developed during COVID-19 for providing live broadcasts of electronic meetings and safely conducting in-person transactions, respectively, beginning October 1.

Executive Order No. 59 extends previous provisions that:

Urge persons to wear a cloth face covering in places where in close proximity to others, while facilitating local decision-making concerning face covering requirements;
Urge social distancing and limit social and recreational gatherings of 50 or more persons, unless adequate social distancing can be maintained;
Limit nursing home and long-term-care facility visitation, while providing a framework for safe, limited visitation, and continue the closure of senior centers;
Provide that employers and businesses are expected to comply with the Governor’s Economic Recovery Group Guidelines (e.g., Tennessee Pledge) for operating safely (the 6 counties with locally run county health departments have authority to issue different directives on businesses/venues);
Provide that bars may only serve customers seated at appropriately spaced tables and must follow the Economic Recovery Group Guidelines (e.g., Tennessee Pledge) for restaurants (the 6 counties with locally run county health departments have authority to issue different directives on businesses/venues);
Continue access take-out alcohol sales to encourage carryout and delivery orders;
Allow broad access to telehealth services;
Increase opportunities for people to easily join the healthcare workforce;
Facilitate increased testing and health care capacity;
Extend deadlines and suspend certain in-person continuing education, gathering, or inspection requirements to avoid unnecessary person-to-person contact; and
Increase opportunities to work remotely where appropriate.

Executive Order No. 60, as previously extended by Executive Order No. 51, is extended through September 30 and allows governing bodies to meet electronically regarding essential business as long as they provide electronic access to the public and meet the safeguards established in that order to ensure openness and transparency. The order ensures that governmental entities are able to carry out essential business in a safe, transparent way without creating large gatherings in a confined space and endangering persons, particularly those at increased risk of suffering severe illness from COVID-19, while requiring that governing bodies transition toward adopting best practices developed during the pandemic, like providing real-time, live public access to electronic meetings, beginning October 1.

Executive Order No. 61, as previously extended by Executive Order No. 52, is extended through September 30, and allows for remote notarization and remote witnessing of documents, subject to compliance with certain procedures. The order ensures that persons, and particularly populations especially vulnerable to COVID-19, including older adults and persons with compromised immune systems or serious chronic medical conditions, can continue to engage in commerce and execute legal documents without requiring in-person contact while also making preparations to implement best practices for a safe return to in-person transactions beginning October 1.

8 charged in Johnson City undercover sex trafficking sting
08/11/2020
8 charged in Johnson City undercover sex trafficking sting

8 charged in Johnson City undercover sex trafficking sting

Eight men were arrested last week in an undercover operation aimed at child sex trafficking in Northeast Tennessee, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation news release issued Tuesday,

How Common Is Domestic Abuse and What Can We Do to Help?
07/29/2020
How Common Is Domestic Abuse and What Can We Do to Help?

How Common Is Domestic Abuse and What Can We Do to Help?

“Domestic violence is a public health crisis,” says Ruth M. Glenn, the president of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and a domestic abuse survivor. And the COVID-19 pandemic has driven an already suppressed problem further underground. So what can we do to help?

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says it's likely he would pardon the St. Louis couple if they are charged for brandishing guns...
07/19/2020
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says pardon likely if St. Louis couple charged

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says it's likely he would pardon the St. Louis couple if they are charged for brandishing guns on their private property for protection during a protest outside their mansion.

Democratic Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is investigating Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both in their 60s, for an incident on June 28. Protesters who were marching to the nearby home of Mayor Lyda Krewson walked onto the private street where the McCloskeys live.

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Here is a little information about me. I am a native of Church Hill, Tennessee and a graduate of Volunteer High School. I attended East Tennessee State University and graduated magna cm laude with a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and Psychology.

After college, I had the honor of working for the 1994 Oliver North for United States Senate Committee at the campaign headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia. I served on Capitol Hill in 1995 as Staff Assistant to The Honorable William “Van” Hilleary, United States Representative for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District.

I received my J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating summa cm laude in 1998. Additionally, I was inducted into the Order of the Coif, which honors those graduating in the top ten (10) percent of their class.

I have worked as a prosecutor, public defender, criminal defense, family and children’s law attorney over the span of my legal career. I take pride in my work and hold myself to the highest ethical and professional standards.

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