News release from governor’s office:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to three Tennesseans killed in action, including a soldier previously missing in action for 62 years.
Sergeant Jacob M. Schwallie of Clarksville, was fatally injured by a roadside bomb on May 7, 2012 in the Ghazi Province, Afghanistan. Schwallie graduated from Rossview High School in 2007 and enlisted in the United States Army in 2008.
Private First Class Glenn Shely Schoenmann reportedly died as a Prisoner of War (POW) on December 29, 1950. The Grundy County native was involved in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on November 28, 1950 when he went missing. The United States Army Soldier was 20-years old when he was killed. Navy veteran Raymond Schoenmann accepted the state’s memorial presentation on behalf of his older brother.
News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Command Sergeant Major George Holland of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to seven Tennesseans killed in action, including two soldiers previously missing in action for several decades.
Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Carson Vaughn of Troy was killed in a helicopter crash with 29 other Americans including 22 Navy SEALs in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. Grandparents Billy Sr. and Geneva Vaughn accepted the state’s memorial presentation on behalf of their grandson.
Lance Corporal Franklin Namon Watson of Vonore was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand, Afghanistan on September 24, 2011. THP Sergeant Lowell Russell accepted the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal and the state’s memorial presentation on behalf of LCpl Watson. Since the age of 12, Sgt. Russell cared for Watson as his guardian and next of kin.
Specialist Marvin Phillips of Palmer was killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam caused by small arms fire on September 26, 1966. Phillips body was not recovered until 2010 and he was positively identified in 2011. Phillips was laid to rest on September 26, 2011. James Earl Phillips accepted the state’s memorial presentation on behalf of his brother.
Captain Joshua Sean Lawrence of Nashville was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his unit in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on October 8, 2011. Lawrence has posthumously been awarded the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal. Grandparents Glespie and Arthenia Noman received the state’s memorial presentation on behalf of their grandson.
Sergeant First Class Dennis Murray of Red Boiling Springs was killed by an improvised explosive device on November 21, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Murray has posthumously been awarded the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal. Wanda Maxey received the state’s memorial presentation on behalf of her son.
Private First Class Frank Primm Jennings of Parsons went missing in South Korea on April 25, 1951. Jennings’ remains were not returned to Decaturville until April 14, 2012. Dr. William Jennings received the state’s presentation on behalf of his brother.
Specialist Jason Edens was critically injured during an enemy attack on his unit in Laghman province in Afghanistan on April 15, 2012. On April 26, 2012, Edens died from his injuries in Bethesda, Maryland with his family by his side. Edens was posthumously awarded the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal. Ashley Edens received the state’s memorial presentation on behalf of her husband.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state is seeking comment from the public on proposed rules regarding the use of the War Memorial Plaza across from the state Capitol.
The Department of General Services held a hearing on Monday to discuss the rules. The hearing follows the signing of a new law by Gov. Bill Haslam that aims to keep Occupy Nashville protesters from staying overnight on the plaza.
The law prohibits camping on state property that is not specifically designated for it.
Thad Watkins is general counsel for the General Services Department. He said all written and verbal comments will be reviewed before the rules are adopted. He said they will then be reviewed and approved by the state attorney general and sent to the secretary of state’s office where they will be on file for at least 90 days before taking effect.
While the Legislature is likely to complete its work on a bill that would prohibit camping on the Legislative Plaza Monday night, the enactment of rules with the same objective – launched by Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration — is progressing more slowly.
Formal notice of the proposed rules for use of the plaza area – called War Memorial Plaza in the rules – was filed on Friday. The notice and proposed rules may be found here: LINK.
The rules are fairly detailed, running seven pages. There is a prohibition on “camping or sleeping overnight,” the focus of the Legislature’s proposed new law, but the rules go far beyond to address an array of other activities.
The Haslam administration began the rulemaking process after dozens of Occupy Nashville protesters were arrested in October, only to be freed after judge noted there appeared to be no law or rule on the books that they violated.
Following publication of the rules with notice, there’s now a period during which comments can be offered and some other formalities before they can be put into effect.
Lincoln Memorial University has levied charges of antitrust violations at the American Bar Association in a U.S. District Court lawsuit affter receiving an email from the organization denying the university’s law school accreditation.
More from the News Sentinel story:
The lawsuit claims the John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law in Knoxville met all the standards for accreditation but was denied approval by the bar association as a means of limiting the number of law schools and therefore the number of lawyers practicing across the country.
“If you, as an institution, meet the standards and they refuse to accredit us, the only logical inference is they’re trying to keep a law school out of competition,” said Sydney Beckman,vice president and dean of the law school.
The Harrogate-based university is asking the court to grant the school provisional accreditation and $3 million in damages, plus attorneys fees.
The school has also filed an emergency motion seeking a temporary restraining order requiring the bar association to remove the notice on its website informing the public of Lincoln Memorial’s denial and distribute a second notice that its accreditation is instead being held in abeyance until the court rules.
Officials at the American Bar Association declined to comment on the suit Thursday on advice from legal counsel, a spokeswoman said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of the House and Senate both unanimously honored former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter with a resolution on Thursday.
McWherter, a two-term Democratic governor and longtime House speaker from West Tennessee, died Monday of cancer at the age of 80.
As the state’s 46th governor, he supported education improvements — called the “21st Century Classroom” — that put more computers and technology in classrooms, increased teachers’ pay, shrunk class sizes and gave local school boards more control.
Two funeral services are planned for McWherter this weekend. One will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville and the other is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Dresden on the front lawn of McWherter’s home. Note: Shortly after passage, the resolution was promptly signed by Gov. Bill Haslam. Text of the resolution, HJR221, is HERE.
— And this note from McWherter’s home town of Dresden:
The Weakley County Library in Dresden will open on Sunday to allow mourners at former Gov. Ned McWherter’s memorial service to visit its exhibit on his life.
The library was built by McWherter and is located next door to his home, where the Sunday memorial service will take place on the front lawn.