Local Government Practice Section

This section provides a forum for topics such as land use, planning and permitting, municipal finance, contracting, and other local government functions. To learn more about this new section, contact Jenny Jones at jjones@tnbar.org.

City of Franklin, Law Department
109 3rd Avenue South
Franklin, TN 37065
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Owings, Wilson & Coleman
900 S. Gay St Ste 800 Riverview Twr
Knoxville, TN 37902-1823
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Memphis, TN 38103-3917
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
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Nashville, TN 37219

Nashville Council Accepting Nominations for General Sessions Appointment

With Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton's succession to the Davidson County Criminal Court, Nashville's Metro Council is filling the vacancy created on the General Sessions bench until the next general election, the Nashville Bar Association reports. Nominations may be made in writing and filed with the Metropolitan Clerk not later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Nominations should include the nominee’s complete contact information. An election to fill the vacancy will be conducted at the Jan. 2 Metro Council meeting.
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Memphis Council Votes for Instant Election Runoff Referendum

The Memphis City Council voted unanimously last night to seek a referendum in 2018 to amend the city charter and repeal instant election runoffs, The Commercial Appeal reports. Instant runoffs were first approved by voters in 2008, but had not yet been enacted because Shelby County Election Commission staffers said they incorrectly thought they lacked the know-how. The runoffs are now planned to go into effect with the 2019 election. A 2018 vote for repeal would change that.

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