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.

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Tullahoma Police Chief Pleads No Contest to Evidence Tampering

The Tullahoma police chief has pleaded no contest to an evidence tampering charge and resigned his position, the Times Free Press reports. Paul Blackwell resigned Monday as Tullahoma police chief after entering the plea in Coffee County Circuit Court. Prosecutor Jennings Jones declined to say what led to the charges against Blackwell. A spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in December that an investigation into Blackwell was launched at the request of 14th Judicial District Attorney General Craig Northcott concerning a traffic crash involving Blackwell's son.
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Governor Agrees to Provide Additional Funds for Tom Lee Park Redesign

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recently announced plans to provide an additional $10 million to the redesign of Tom Lee Park in Memphis, the Daily Memphian reports. However, Memphis River Parks Partnership and Memphis in May organizers continue mediation talks to resolve a dispute over the design of the park. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the additional money and hopes it will hasten a resolution between the two parties. The park’s redesign is estimated to cost $60 million, with nearly $40 million coming from the state.  

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