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1. Smart Works Out Cemetery Plea Deal -

One-time Forest Hill cemetery and funeral home owner Clayton Smart has reached an agreement with prosecutors in Memphis, Oklahoma and Michigan to plead guilty to tax and theft charges – federal and state.

2. Smart Works Out Deal on Cemetery Charges -

One-time Forest Hill cemetery and funeral home owner Clayton Smart has reached an agreement with prosecutors in Memphis, Oklahoma and Michigan to plead guilty to tax and theft charges – federal and state.

3. Memphis Researchers Enter World of High Speed -

A scientist researching new antibiotic therapies brought 10-gigabit-per-second technology to life with a “little movie of a molecule” Tuesday for the inauguration of the Memphis Coalition for Advanced Networking (MCAN).

4. Steady Clip for Court Cases in ’09 -

Civil court filings for 2009 were higher than the previous two years, according to data from The Daily News Online.

The year-end data for Circuit, Chancery and Probate courts showed 10,794 cases were filed in 2009 compared to 9,766 in 2008 and 10,045 in 2007.

5. Suspect Denied Bond Reduction in Burial Scandal -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former businessman at the center of a multimillion-dollar funeral home scandal has lost his bid to get of jail in Memphis.

Clayton Smart, once a co-owner of three funeral homes run by Forest Hill cemeteries of Memphis, is charged with helping steal up to $20 million from burial policy trust funds.

6. August Trial Date Set in Forrest Hill Cemeteries Case -

Former Forrest Hill cemeteries owner Clayton Smart is scheduled to go on trial on fraud charges starting Aug. 24.

7. Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Forest Hill Attorney -

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has let the attorney for Forest Hill Cemeteries and Funeral Home owner Clayton Smart off the hook for asserting his client’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

8. State Tax Lien FiledAgainst Forest Hill -      A $22,176.46 state tax lien has been filed against Forest Hill Funeral Home and Mem East LLC, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.
     The lien was filed on behalf

9. Judge Thwarts Lawyer's Attempt To Block Forest Hill Inquiry -

State investigators and the court-appointed receiver of Forest Hill cemeteries and funeral homes began to meet some resistance this week in their civil cases against those who allegedly embezzled more than $20 million from the cemetery trust funds.

10. N.J. Operator Bids to BuySmart's Cemeteries -      New Jersey-based cemetery operator David J. Shipper has made a bid to buy Forest Hill Cemeteries and Funeral Home owner Clayton Smart's 28 financially troubled cemeteries for $32.1 million.
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11. Forest Hill Owner In Contempt Again -

Forest Hill Cemeteries and Funeral Home owner Clayton Smart has the money to hire attorneys to represent him on criminal charges. But that doesn't mean he's likely to get out of jail anytime soon.

12. Forest Hill Owner in Contempt Over House Sale -

Forest Hill cemeteries owner Clayton Smart has the money to hire attorneys to represent him on criminal charges. But he’s not likely to get out of jail any time soon.

Chancellor Arnold Goldin Wednesday found Smart in contempt of a court order as he approved the use of up to $120,000 from the sale of one of Smart’s homes in Oklahoma. Goldin ruled Smart is in contempt for having his wife, Nancy, sell the house without court approval.

13. More Charges Filed in Cemetery Investigation -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An associate of an oil speculator accused of embezzling $70 million from cemetery trust funds in Michigan turned himself in Wednesday to face charges that he aided and abetted the alleged embezzlement.

14. Smart Clings to Claim He's Broke, Represents Himself -

Forest Hill cemeteries and funeral homes owner Clayton Smart will act as his own attorney at least for the time being.

Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs made the ruling Wednesday at the end of another hearing in which Smart repeatedly claimed he didn't have any money to hire an attorney.

15. Smart Represents Himself, Claims He's Broke -

Forest Hill cemeteries and funeral homes owner Clayton Smart will act as his own attorney – at least for the time being.

Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs made the ruling Wednesday at the end of another hearing in which Smart repeatedly claimed he didn't have any money to hire an attorney.

16. Smart Represents Himself, Claims He's Broke -

Forest Hill cemeteries and funeral homes owner Clayton Smart will act as his own attorney – at least for the time being.

Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs made the ruling Wednesday at the end of another hearing in which Smart repeatedly claimed he didn't have any money to hire an attorney.

17. County Can't Defend AccusedIn Cemetery Fraud Case -      Shelby County's public defender said his office doesn't have the resources to represent Clayton Smart, accused of embezzling millions from his funeral home businesses in Memphis and Michigan, in a complex white-collar cr

18. Mich. Regulators Approve FeeIn Cemetery Investigation -      With the approval of Michigan cemetery regulators and an Ingham County judge, a state-appointed conservator was paid $442,673 for operating 28 troubled public cemeteries in Michigan from December through June, court docu

19. Oilman Charged in Cemetery Scandal to Stay in Jail for Now -

MEMPHIS (AP) - Oklahoma oilman Clayton Smart, charged after authorities said millions of dollars were missing from a $90 million cemetery trust fund, will remain in the Shelby County Jail at least until August.

20. State Looks at StrengtheningOversight of Funeral Services -      A bill that will strengthen oversight of prepaid funeral services offered by funeral homes is on its way to the governor.
     The measure was created in the wake of an investigation that rev

21. Forest Hill Cemetery OwnerTo Appear in Criminal Court -      Forest Hill Cemetery owner Clayton Smart will make a court appearance Friday when he is scheduled to go before Judge Otis Higgs in Criminal Court Division 2.
     He currently is being held

22. Forest Hill Cemeteries' OwnersIndicted by State Grand Jury -      The Tennessee Grand Jury has indicted the owners of Forest Hill Cemeteries and Funeral Homes for allegedly stealing nearly $20 million from trust funds set up for the beneficiaries of about 13,000 pre-paid funeral contra

23. Forest Hill Owner Has Assets Frozen -      Shelby County Chancellor Arnold Goldin has issued an order prohibiting Forest Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park East LLC, which operates three funeral homes and cemeteries in Memphis, from transferring any assets.
24. Fraud Charges Made AgainstForest Hill Funeral Home Owner -      The Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers has charged Forest Hill Funeral Home's owner Clayton Smart with fraud for not honoring pre-need burial contracts for customers unless they paid additional fees.
25. Court is in Order -

The City Charter Commission was only a twinkle in the eyes of the Shelby County Election Commission, the Memphis City Council and the city of Memphis when it first began to come under scrutiny. It was the election process in particular that didn't sit well with one national civil rights group.

26. Class Actions Allow Stronger Collective Voice, Attorney Says -

When David Robinson's father died in August, the Robinson family thought the pain of losing a parent and a husband would be the only challenge they would face in the coming weeks.

But, as it turned out, the problems were only beginning.

27. Class, No Class -

By his own admission, attorney Kevin Snider is not a big proponent of class action lawsuits, because they typically do not provide good relief for plaintiffs.

"The majority of the time, the attorneys are the ones who make the vast amount of money in class action lawsuits," said Snider, founding attorney of Snider Horner & New PLLC in Germantown.

28. Archived Article: Memos - ResortQuest International Appoints Paul Manteris has been appointed vice president of operations for ResortQuest International Inc. He most recently held senior management and training positions with Colorado-based Premier Resorts Inc./Village Resor...