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1. Judicial Election Process Muddied
- Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The Judicial Nominating Commission had a busy last few days before it went into limbo last week.
The commission sent Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam two slates for each of the three appeals court vacancies to come a year and two months from now when three appellate court judges opt not to run for re-election and end their terms.
2. Senate Votes to Block Access to Gun Carry Records
- Thursday, April 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Before last year's elections, the Senate Republican Caucus obtained a copy of the entire database of handgun carry permit holders in Tennessee. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled chamber voted to block public access to those records.
3. State Comptroller: Waive $25 for Records Requests
- Thursday, October 04, 2012
Comptroller Justin Wilson’s move to automatically waive the first $25 in fees for public records requests is drawing praise from open government advocates.
4. Tennessee Public Panels Inconsistent on Notices
- Tuesday, March 13, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee has at least 200 boards and commissions that do everything from promoting soybeans to licensing dentists to overseeing the state’s colleges and universities. Almost all of them are required to invite the public to attend their meetings, but the way they do that is inconsistent at best.
5. Tenn. Panel Hasn't Posted Regular Meeting Notices
- Monday, January 23, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – A state commission that recently was in court over allegations it crafted an immigration policy in secret hasn't regularly posted notices of upcoming meetings on its website during at least the past two years.
6. Harwell Opposes Changes to Tenn. Open Meetings Law
- Wednesday, January 18, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell has voiced opposition to efforts to water down Tennessee's open meetings law and has called on a Republican colleague to drop a bill seeking to make changes to the current rules.
7. Suit Claims Immigration Policy Made in Secret
- Friday, December 30, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – A lawsuit filed in Nashville claims a new policy that instructs Tennessee jailers on how to investigate the immigration status of detainees is illegal because it was crafted in secret.
8. No News Blues: Haslam Clip Service Drops Hundreds
- Monday, July 11, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – No news is not good news to hundreds of political figures who have quit receiving a popular daily roundup of state media reports e-mailed by Gov. Bill Haslam's office.
9. Shining the Sun Into Local, State Government
- Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Sunshine Week, which kicked off Monday, started almost a decade ago when 150 proposals in the Florida Legislature threatened to turn the Sunshine State’s model “government in the sunshine” law into Swiss cheese.
10. Legislation Would Take Legal Notices From Paper
- Tuesday, February 22, 2011
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Two Chattanooga-area lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow the city and Hamilton County to post legal notices on their official web sites instead of paying to publish them in the newspaper.
11. TVA Records Refusal Prompts Rebuke
- Friday, May 14, 2010
KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is balking at releasing the salaries of top administrators, although the utility has divulged that information in the past.
The Knoxville News Sentinel sought the amount of the salaries through an open records request.
12. Bill to Close Handgun Records Passes House Panel
- Thursday, April 15, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to close access to the names of people who hold state-issued permits to carry loaded handguns advanced in the House on Tuesday even though a similar measure failed last year.
13. Judge Sides With State Over TNInvestco Records
- Thursday, March 04, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – A Nashville judge on Tuesday ruled that Tennessee officials don’t have to disclose yet how six firms were selected to participate in the $120 million Tennessee Small Business Investment Company Credit Act.
14. Measure to Close Handgun Records Fails in Tenn. Senate
- Friday, June 19, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Opponents of a measure to close access to the names of people who hold state-issued permits to carry loaded handguns say its failure Wednesday night is a victory for those who support open government.
15. House Panel Votes to End Handgun Permits Access
- Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tennessee’s database of state-issued permits to carry loaded handguns would be closed from public inspection under a proposal headed for a full House vote.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 to advance the measure sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bass, a Prospect Democrat and a retired sheriff.
16. Lawmakers Get New Shot to Close Gun Permit Records
- Wednesday, February 25, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are ready again to try to muzzle state records that list who has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, and this time they are considering making it a crime to publish information about gun ownership.
- Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a presentation by James Hutto, managing project director for Valeo Design and Marketing, today at 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 5795 Poplar Ave. Hutto will present “ROI Marketing for Your Business: Driving Top-Line Growth with Your Website.” Cost is $25 for guests and $15 for students. Lunch is included. Guests may pay at the door.
18. Policy to Serve as Guideline for Records Requests
- Thursday, December 18, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials hope a policy dealing with people who make frequent and multiple requests for public records will help custodians who handle such inquiries.
The Office of Open Records Counsel met with its advisory committee Wednesday to finalize the policy, which is one requirement of the counsel following legislation passed last session that updates the state's open records law.
- Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Talk Shoppe will present “How to Buy and Sell 108 Investment Properties in 180 Days” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.
- Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon in Ballroom B of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The featured speaker will be Betty Ann Wilson, who will speak on international efforts for water purification. The cost is $18 per person. Reservations are required and can be made to Taylor Hughes at 526-1318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday, June 16, 2008
The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly lunch meeting today at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Edwin McLean, regional engineer for CTS Cement Manufacturers, will speak on “The Evolution of Concrete Repairs and Patching: Materials and Methods.” The cost is $12 and no reservations are required.
22. E-mail Records Request Costly Unless Employees Do Review
- Thursday, May 29, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) – A group seeking e-mails about state auditor training can either trust state employees to vet their own records or pay about $3,200 for each day of correspondence reviewed by another agency.
23. Notification Requirement Dropped From Open Records Bill
- Friday, May 16, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) – House lawmakers have scrapped a proposal requiring public officials to be notified whenever they’re the target of an open records request.
A House subcommittee on Wednesday approved the change to legislation sponsored by Rep. Steve McDaniel, R-Parkers Crossroads. The committee also agreed to a provision allowing records custodians to charge for searches that take longer than five hours.
24. Open Records Bill Advances In State House
- Thursday, May 01, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - All public records requests would have to be responded to in seven business days under changes made to an open records bill advancing in the House.
The House State and Local Government Committee agreed Tuesday on voice votes to revise the legislation sponsored by Rep. Steve McDaniel, a Parkers Crossroads Republican.
25. Future of Open Records Depends on Sharply Different Bills
- Wednesday, April 30, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A records request for Memphis Police Department incident reports that referred to ice cream may not have been as frivolous as the city's attorney wanted state lawmakers to believe.
26. Open Records Proposition Passes Senate Committee
- Thursday, April 24, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to expand Tennessee's public records law is advancing in the Senate after the failure of an amendment that would have required open government advocacy groups to
disclose more details about their memberships.
27. Vote on Open Records Proposal Delayed in State Senate
- Wednesday, April 23, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to add requirements for open government advocacy groups to disclose more details about their memberships has caused a Senate committee to delay a vote on a bill to expand Tennessee's public records law.
28. House Panel Adds Fees, Notification to Open Records Proposal
- Thursday, April 10, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Larger cities would get more time to respond to public records requests and people would have to pay for any search that takes longer than an hour under changes made to an open records bill in a House subcommittee on Wednesday.
29. Open Records Advocates say Gun Bill Amounts to 'Prior Restraint'
- Thursday, March 20, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Information contained in handgun permit applications and renewals would be confidential under a bill moving in the Legislature.
The measure sponsored by Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The companion bill is scheduled for a House subcommittee on Wednesday.
30. Dated Tennessee Law Not Sufficient For Dealing With E-mails
- Tuesday, March 18, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - In Tennessee, the law treats government electronic communication just like any other public record. With some exceptions, e-mails dealing with public business should be open to the public - at least in theory.
31. Sunnier Skies Could Be Ahead for Sunshine Law
- Tuesday, March 18, 2008
National Sunshine Week began Sunday as a time to reflect on the value of open government. It also kicked off "March Madness," but Tennesseans soon could have something more to celebrate than the number of teams in a basketball tournament.
32. Open Records Proposal Would Boost Tennessee's National Ranking
- Thursday, February 14, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A legislative proposal that aims to expand access to state open records would boost Tennessee's national ranking by the Better Government Association from near the bottom to No. 10.
33. Lawmakers To Weigh in On Open Meetings
- Friday, November 16, 2007
A committee formed by Tennessee state lawmakers to suggest changes to the state's open meetings law will vote on several proposals Nov. 27 and 28. Revisions to the law that emerge from the two-day session then will be presented to the full state legislature in January.
34. Proposed Changes Could Weaken Open Meetings Law
- Tuesday, November 13, 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) - What started as a legislative effort to strengthen the law that prevents local government officials from meeting in private could end up weakening the law instead.
Tennessee's Sunshine Law currently prohibits local government officials from meeting behind closed doors to conduct public business, but there is no penalty for breaking the law.
35. Decision Could Allow More Officials To Meet in Secret
- Friday, October 26, 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) - A panel tasked with improving the state's open meetings laws has recommended that more government business be allowed to be discussed behind closed doors.
The subcommittee voted 7-2 on Tuesday to call for a change in what the law defines as a meeting. Currently, any policy discussion between two or more members of a local government panel falls under open meeting rules and the public should be notified.
36. Bredesen PraisesState Ombudsman
- Friday, October 05, 2007
Gov. Phil Bredesen said Wednesday he hopes a newly created ombudsman position will help avoid the need for lawsuits similar to The Knoxville News Sentinel's successful lawsuit against the Knox County Commission.
37. Governor Disagrees With Plan to Split Open Records Ombudsman Job
- Thursday, August 02, 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen on Tuesday said he disagrees with a proposal by Comptroller John Morgan to split the responsibilities of a newly created open records ombudsman among several people in his office.
38. Barrow Named Chef de Cuisine At Capriccio Grill
- Wednesday, March 14, 2007
The Peabody Hotel has named Brian Barrow chef de cuisine for Capriccio Grill, an Italian steakhouse. Barrow began his culinary career at 27. He attended Johnson & Wales University's College of Culinary Arts in Miami. He previously was a chef at the Ambassador Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and with Do & Co International Catering.
39. Minority Contracts Trigger Ethics Buzz
- Monday, January 29, 2007
Minority-led business contracts in Memphis and Shelby County are apparently such a hot commodity, some political figures who double as private consultants are willing to go to great lengths to procure them for their clients.
40. Still in the Game: While He Heads Into Semi-Retirement, Gibson Remains Active
- Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Walking into Gene Gibson's office is kind of like entering an exhibit in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Visitors are greeted by a Tom Pagnozzi jersey with a personalized message and signature by the former St. Louis Cardinals catcher, who happens to be one of Gibson's best friends.
41. Self-Proclaimed Watchdog Takes Minority Business Council to Task Over its Funding
- Friday, November 03, 2006
As president and chief executive officer of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Inc., Luke Yancy III earns a salary of more than $116,000 a year and has a 14-member board stacked with influential business leaders.
42. Children's Museum Hosts Golf Tournament Today
- Monday, September 18, 2006
The Children's Museum of Memphis (CMOM) hosts the fourth annual CMOM Golf Tournament to benefit the "Yes, EVERY Child!" program at 11:30 a.m. at Memphis Country Club, 3034 Southern Ave. The Yes, EVERY Child! program provides free CMOM admission for less fortunate families. Lunch will be provided starting at 11:30 a.m., and the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Golfers will play in teams of four for $300 a person. Call 458-2678 for information or to register.
43. Commercial Advisors' Jensen Voted Commercial Broker of the Year
- Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Larry Jensen has received the 2005 Pinnacle Award for Commercial Broker of the Year from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors' Commercial Council. Jensen is president and CEO of Commercial Advisors LLC. He has more than 30 years of experience in real estate.
44. Open-Government Proponents Intensify Efforts Statewide
- Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Memphians could learn a lot about the way government works from an ordinary Joe.
He's Joe Saino, a former Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division commissioner-turned-tenacious public watchdog who won't take no for an answer. Like last year, for example, when he was stonewalled by municipal officials after requesting public records from the City of Memphis. A string of letters he wrote went unanswered, so he filed suit in Shelby County Chancery Court.
45. Archived Article: Comm Briefs
- Friday, October 18, 2002
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery created a merit- and need-based scholarship for students in the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospita
Subsidiums 25th Carousel of Shoppes is open at the Mid-South Coliseum today through Sunday. In the past 34 years, Carou...
46. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, April 13, 2000
By Stacey Wiedower Proposals seek to reduce access to public records By Stacey Wiedower The Daily News Think about the words "public records." The nature of the phrase suggests openness and accessibility. These documents are public. They a...
47. Archived Article: Attorney Graph
- Tuesday, February 16, 1999
Attorney Attorney Judgments Amount ------------------------------------------------ ----------- -------------------------- Gordon & Feldbaum 226 $220,174.79 Baer Baer & Baer 220 $348,622.30 Mccullough Law Firm ...
48. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, September 24, 1997
Frank A Frank A. Watson has joined Palmer Brothers Inc. and will specialize in commercial and investment sales and leasing. Watson has been in the real estate business for the past 29 years and is a graduate of the University of Memphis. James P. Co...