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1. Frayser Charter Seeks to Take Over Humes Prep Academy -

Bobby White admits Humes Preparatory Academy is a “challenging situation.”

“But it’s a situation that is manageable,” he told a group of 40 people in the auditorium of the North Memphis school Wednesday, Jan. 11.

2. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians? -

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.

And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place. 

3. DiScenza Retires; To Investigate Judicial Conduct -

The federal prosecutor whose job was to investigate corruption among elected officials is going to be investigating the conduct of judges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim DiScenza announced this week that he is retiring after 33 years as a federal prosecutor at the end of June.

4. State Democratic Leaders Endorse Obama -

State Democratic officials are hoping to unify the party behind presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“In the months ahead we’re going to pull together and we’re going to make a difference in the state of Tennessee,” Gov. Phil Bredesen told a crowd at Nashville’s Swett’s Restaurant on Wednesday.

5. Bowers to Be Sentenced Today -

Former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers is due in Memphis federal court this afternoon to be sentenced for taking bribes in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting.

The hearing comes after Bowers pleaded guilty in July to one count of bribery. By then Bowers had given up the Senate seat she held for only 15 days before she was charged with extortion and bribery in 2005. The guilty plea and resignation from the legislature as well as her post of chairman of the local Democratic Party ended a public life that spanned more than 30 years, starting with service on the Shelby County Election Commission and including five full terms in the state House.

6. Memphis Corruption On Par With Other Cities -

Memphis isn't more corrupt politically than other major American cities, according to the U.S. attorney and FBI agent over the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting and the other resulting corruption probes.

7. Latest Waltz Defendant Receives Probation -

It has finally happened in a Tennessee Waltz case. When former state Sen. Ward Crutchfield of Chattanooga was sentenced last week, his attorney and his friends tried to minimize what he did wrong. They did it in a way that none of the other five former lawmakers who have been sentenced have tried.

8. Crutchfield Avoids Jail Time, Gets 2 Years Probation -

Former state Sen. Ward Crutchfield of Chattanooga avoided jail time Thursday and was instead sentenced to two years probation for taking a bribe in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting.

In Memphis federal court, U.S. District Judge Daniel Breen cited the poor health of the 79-year-old veteran legislator and former attorney in sentencing him to probation.

9. Catron Sentenced to 18 Months' Probation, Eight Months of Electronic Monitoring -

Darrell Catron, a former employee of the Juvenile Court Clerk's office, was sentenced to 18 months' probation Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla.

Catron pleaded guilty in 2003 to a "criminal information" accusing him of defrauding the clerk's office. A criminal information is a legal procedure in which a defendant is charged and pleads guilty simultaneously.

10. Catron Sentenced to 18 Months Probation, Eight Months of Electronic Monitoring - Darrell Catron, a former employee of the Juvenile Court Clerk’s office, was sentenced to 18 months probation today by U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla.

Catron pleaded guilty in 2003 to a “criminal information” accusing him of defrauding the clerk’s office. A criminal information is a legal procedure in which a defendant is charged and pleads guilty simultaneously.

11. Health Benefits Continue for 4 Waltz-Convicted Legislators -
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - State health insurance benefits will continue at no additional cost for four of the five former legislators convicted in the Tennessee Waltz bribery sting, records show.

12. Ethics Reforms Didn't Take Away Lobbyists' Power, Bredesen Says -
NASHVILLE (AP) - More than a year after lawmakers passed stricter ethics and disclosure laws, lobbyists still hold tremendous power over the legislative process, Gov. Phil Bredesen said.

The new ethics laws - approved in early 2006 after an FBI corruption investigation - took much of the money out of the relationship between lobbyist and lawmaker, but lobbyists still do plenty to craft and influence legislation.

13. Tenn. Waltz Changed Culture For Many at State Capitol -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A comprehensive ethics law passed in the wake of a federal investigation into corruption in state government that netted five sitting or former lawmakers has done much to change the atmosphere at the state Capitol.

14. Tenn. Waltz Changed Culture for Many at State Capitol -
NASHVILLE (AP) - A comprehensive ethics law passed in the wake of a federal investigation into corruption in state government that netted five sitting or former lawmakers has done much to change the atmosphere at the state Capitol.

15. Tennessee Waltz Keeps DancingWith Latest Guilty Pleas -      Federal prosecutors are closing in on a clean sweep in convictions of state lawmakers charged in the Tennessee Waltz corruption scandal.
     State Sen. Ward Crutchfield pleaded guilty to bri

16. Crutchfield ExpectedTo Change Plea in Tenn. Waltz -      State Sen. Ward Crutchfield was expected to change his plea Thursday in his federal corruption case just days before he was scheduled to go to trial.
     It was not clear what Crutchfield's

17. Faith — Oops! — Ford No More -

One of my biggest stumbling blocks since childhood has been placing people on pedestals on which they clearly don't belong - "clearly" to everyone but me, that is.

I can't count the times I've built someone up to be a hero only to find that he or she is seriously flawed. Or realized that person has more vices than Swiss cheese has holes. Or stubbornly concentrated on an individual's good qualities while studiously ignoring (or excusing) the bad.

18. Archived Article: Digest - Memphis Lawmakers Among

Memphis Lawmakers Among

Seven Arrested in Bribery Sting

Three Memphians were among seven indicted Thursday after a two-year federal investigation. State Sens. Kathryn Bowers and John Ford and former state Sen. Roscoe...