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DNA law creates confusion
Tennessee's new DNA law was intended to catch offenders who have eluded law enforcement by requiring that DNA samples be taken from all those arrested on violent felony charges and be added to criminal data banks. However, lawmakers didn't provide funds to pay for the processing of samples, and confusion over which agencies are responsible for the work has thrown the program into confusion.
The Tennessean has the story
Memphis lawyer to represent Guantanamo detainee
U.S. Army Major Jon S. Jackson is about to make legal history representing a suspected Sept. 11 terrorist. The Memphis native and graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law is expected to be assigned to one of six men accused of conspiring to destroy the World Trade Center. Jackson recently sat down with the Commercial Appeal for a frank discussion of the challenges he faces as appointed defense counsel.
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School board passes segregation agreement
The Jackson-Madison County School Board approved a revised desegregation agreement that could form the basis of a court petition for unitary status. The agreement calls for increased minority recruitment efforts, student assignment monitoring until 2010 and a new Jackson Central-Merry High School.
Learn more in the Jackson Sun
Former TBA president plugs disaster recovery plan
In Sunday's Knoxville News-Sentinel, former TBA President Pamela Reeves writes about the need for all businesses to have a basic disaster recovery plan in place to ensure business continuity and cover losses.
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Bledsoe jail reopens
The old Bledsoe County Jail is operational again after being closed in May by order of the fire marshal. The county was already planning for a new jail when state fire officials visited last spring and cited numerous deficiencies with the current facility.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports
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Leadbetter considers run for state house
Ron Leadbetter, associate general counsel at the University of Tennessee, reportedly has picked up a petition to run against fellow Republican Rep. Stacey Campfield for the state House's 18th District seat. Asked about his intentions, Leadbetter said he is "thinking strongly in that direction" and that he will make a decision by the end of the month.
Read more in the News Sentinel
Paper profiles Senate's lone independent
When Tennessee State Sen. Mike Williams wants peace and quiet, he goes to his office in the Legislative Plaza parking garage. In a profile of the senator today, the Tennessean writes that this unlikely hide-away "is emblematic...of Williams' status in the Senate, where he is the only independent in [a] body...split between Democrats and Republicans."
Learn more about Williams and the political dynamics of the Senate
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