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.

Immediate Past Chair
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220 So Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103-3917
City of Brentwood
5211 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Judge Protects City, Not Officers, from Lawsuit

A Davidson County Circuit Court judge has ruled that the city of Goodletsville is immune from a lawsuit brought by the family of four teens injured by a drunk driver in August 2018. But he allowed the family to sue the police officers involved in the crash. The family argues the crash could have been prevented if police officers had arrested the driver when they interacted with him earlier in the day. WSMV News 4 has the story.

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Short-Term Fixes Proposed for Sullivan County Jail

Sullivan County law enforcement and judicial leaders, including the sheriff, district attorney, public defender and judges, recently proposed short-term solutions to address overcrowding and outdated conditions at the county jail. Appearing before the Sullivan County Commission, the leaders advocated for a pre-trial release program and ankle monitoring to free up beds, WCYB News 5 reports. For longer term solutions, architects presented several options that involved either extensions or complete renovations of the facility.

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