Kelsey Sets Hearings On Reforming State Criminal Justice System

Monday, August 11, 2014

Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) on Monday announced hearings on reforming the criminal justice system in Tennessee.

"We must keep the public safe and hold offenders accountable in a way that controls spending on corrections," said Senator Kelsey.  "Tennessee has not comprehensively evaluated the criminal justice system in over 20 years.  We can learn from other states that have successfully used data to reduce costs and increase safety."

 Senator Kelsey is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on criminal justice reform during its annual study committee Sept. 15 and 16 in Nashville.  The three hearings will be titled: 1) How we got where we are in Tennessee, 2) What other states have done, and 3) Suggested changes for Tennessee.  Expert witnesses and Tennessee participants will discuss such topics as truth in sentencing, pretrial release, reentry programs, probation and parole reform, community-based corrections, and reduction in recidivism rates.

 Senator Kelsey represents Cordova, East Memphis, and Germantown.  He is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee


Signal Mountain Duplex Damaged By Fire Early Tuesday Morning

Firefighters with Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services battled a duplex fire early Tuesday morning on Signal Mountain. At 1:50 a.m., a 911 call was made reporting a duplex fire at 3522 Taft Highway. Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services (WRES) responded and arrived on the scene reporting heavy smoke coming from the two-story duplex. WRES requested a mutual aid response to the fire ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADKINS, ANGELA KAY  169 SEAL BEAN LANE DAYTON, 37321  Age at Arrest: 48 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY UNLAWFUL REMOVAL OF REGISTRATION PLATE --- BALL, JEFFREY BRENT  1309 LABREA DR CHATT, 37421  ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Blackburn Good As Gone

I didn’t know until I read John Adams’ column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel that one person who doesn't personally know UTC Athletic Director David Blackburn said he heard he has a drinking problem. I also didn’t know that “the best thing to ever happen to UTC athletics” had health problems, according to a second person who does not personally know him. It is also being said David ... (click for more)

MVP Howard Leads Bradley To Seventh Straight District 5-3A Tourney Title

Two key Bradley Central scoring sprees spelled basketball doom for East Hamilton in Monday’s District 5-3A tournament championship game at Soddy-Daisy. One, the top-ranked and unbeaten Bearettes (29-0) went on a 15-1 to close the second quarter, building a 37-20 halftime lead. Two, Bradley Central started the third period on a 22-6 run and extended the lead to 59-26 and ... (click for more)

Brainerd Girls, Howard Boys Win 6-AA Consolations

It was consolation night at Hixson High School for the District 6-AA basketball tournament and East Ridge came out on the short end in both games. Brainerd’s girls rallied for a 39-35 win in the first game while Howard’s Hustlin’ Tigers did enough at the end to hold off the East Ridge boys by a 61-57 final. The tournament concludes on Tuesday with both championship games. ... (click for more)