Construction Section

This section was formed to serve the needs of Tennessee attorneys practicing in the area of construction law. Its purpose is to further the knowledge of its members and to act as an advocate for those attorneys in the legislature and the courts.

Chair
Attorney at Law
112 Glenleigh Court Ste 1
Knoxville, TN 37934
(865)777-2700
Vice-Chair
Glankler Brown, PLLC
6000 Poplar Avenue, Suite 400
Memphis, TN 38119
(901)525-1322
Immediate Past Chair
Hagan Law Group, PLLC
495 N Walnut Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615)546-4070
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Rutherford County Industrial Development Board Member Faces Federal Fraud Charges

Rutherford County Industrial Development Board (IDB) member and former chairman of the Rutherford County Republican Party Nate Schott has resigned from the board after being indicted on federal fraud charges, The Daily News Journal reports. Schott is accused of using his dental practice to defraud TennCare, DentaQuest, Delta Dental and Cigna by having employees submit false and fraudulent claims. An IDB steering committee will begin reviewing applicants for the vacancy in January; interested parties can apply at the mayor's office on the first floor of the County Courthouse in Murfreesboro.

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Audit Reveals Shortcomings with Tennessee Elevator Permits and Inspections

The recently released performance audit report of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development revealed errors made by the Elevator Unit, The Tennessean reports. The unit is responsible for awarding permits and conducting twice-yearly required inspections on the state’s public elevators, escalators, aerial trams and moving walkways, excluding those in Memphis. This results in an estimated 22,000 yearly inspections. Inspectors are able to issue warnings, citations, and even shut down elevators when code violations are found. However, the audit revealed that operating permits were often awarded to owners of elevators with code violations without notice from the owner that the defects had been repaired. Additionally, proof of repairs from the owners were not required and the department failed to conduct follow-up inspections. Auditors found that over half of a random sample of 50 inspections were conducted late by an average of 74 days. Officials from the department say they have made changes to correct these shortcomings, including the implementation of a new permit tracking system and additional staff training.

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