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Michael Mayfield’s Court Appearance Moved to After Election

A top Kingston, Tenn., police official denied giving “special treatment” to Michael Mayfield after admitting he changed Mayfield’s initial court date from May to Aug. 27 — three weeks after an election that Mayfield’s father must win to reach Congress.
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“There’s no special treatment at all,” Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said. “It had nothing to do with the election coming up. It was totally my choice to pick that date.”
The court date for Mayfield is scheduled 25 days after the Aug. 2 Republican primary election in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District. That’s a crucial test for the political future of his father, Scottie Mayfield, who’s running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.
On April 26, Michael Mayfield, 33, was charged with vandalism under $500 after he confessed to slashing a Fleischmann aide’s tire. The incident took place April 24 at a campaign event for his father at the Roane County Courthouse. In a public apology, Scottie Mayfield said he asked authorities to treat his son “like anyone else.”
A Chattanooga Times Free Press review of the 70 initial appearances in Roane County General Sessions Court for people arrested or cited between April 23-30 shows that the court date for the younger Mayfield is the last one. Two other dates are set for August, but the remaining 67 — some of which were assigned after Mayfield was charged — are scheduled for April, May, June and July.

Woodson Revises Resignation Date to July 9 With Election in Mind (her successor’s)

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson has delayed resignation from her Senate seat until July 9.
Woodson, R-Knoxville, said she submitted a revised letter of resignation Friday to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey because an earlier resignation could cause legal problems in fixing election dates to avoid extra expense.
Originally, Woodson planned to resign effective upon the end of the General Assembly’s 2011 session or July 1, whichever came first. After consulting with various officials, it was determined that July 9 is the preferred date for the resignation, she said.
With the Senate District seat becoming vacant on that date, the timing laid out in various statutes governing special elections will make the primary election for her successor fall at the same time as the Knoxville city elections on Sept. 27.
Woodson announced earlier she will give up her seat to become head of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

House Votes to Push Schools Toward Uniform School Opening Date

The House has voted to push public schools toward beginning their school year no later than the fourth Monday in August, but only after more than 20 counties were excluded from the bill’s provisions.
As passed by the Senate earlier, SB1471 would require that schools open no later than the second Monday in August in 2012, the third Monday in August in 2013 and the fourth Monday in August in 2014.
But the House piled on amendments exempting various counties at the urging of legislators who said they acted at the request of school boards in their home counties.
Backers of the bill warned the multiple exemptions could violate provisions of the state constitution, but those pushing the amendments – with one exception – apparently accepted arguments that each legislator should decide matters impacting only his or her county.
Reps. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, and Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, acted as lead spokesman for the bill, contending it would benefit parents and students by assuring summer vacation time is preserved and businesses by assuring that students are available to work at summer jobs.
Montgomery said a University of Tennessee poll found that 71 percent of Tennesseans think schools now start too early. He also said schools will save money by not having to pay for cooling during August, the most expensive month for air conditioning.
The move to exclude multiple counties, Montgomery said, “just blows my mind.”
The bill passed 70-23, with many of those who exempted their own counties out still supporting the amended version.
One of those was Casada, who was criticized by Democrats for removing Williamson County after earlier this year sponsoring a bill to have the Legislature override a Nashville City ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The only opt-out amendment that was rejected came from Democratic Rep. Brenda Gilmore of Nashville. It was defeated after Republican Rep. Jim Gotto, also of Nashville, objected to Gilmore’s move.
The bill allows school systems that miss an average of 10 school days or more for a five-year period to seek a waiver from the law from the Department of Education.
The measure now returns to the Senate, which must decide whether to go along with the multiple amendments.
Among East Tennessee counties amended out of the bill were Blount, Hamblen, Johnson, Carter, Loudon, Monroe and McMinn. Memphis City Schools, the state’s largest system, was also excluded on motion of Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis.