NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new study found more than 60 percent of low-income Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need.
According to a news release from the Tennessee Supreme Court, respondents cited conflicts with creditors and landlords, problems obtaining or paying for health care, and difficulties with government benefits.
Unlike criminal legal matters, people with civil legal needs are not entitled to public attorneys. And according to the study, only 25 percent of respondents were aware of resources to help find a lawyer.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A rash of home, business, and auto burglaries made for a tough weekend for Murfreesboro property owners.
Murfreesboro Police report nine cases of Aggravated Burglary between Friday and Sunday. There were also seven cases of auto burglaries and one case of vehicle theft.
In a pair of incidents at an apartment complex on Warrior Drive, burglars gained access to a crawl space and broke into two neighboring apartments through their bathroom ceilings. The apartment owners claimed combined losses topping $8000 in that incident alone.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A new report suggests Tennessee has one of the worst records for child homelessness in the nation.
A study compiled from recent federal data by the National Center for Family Homelessness ranks Tennessee 41st in the nation for child homelessness. Tennessee ranks ahead of Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama, but behind Georgia and South Carolina.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended one of the defense attorneys in the Vanderbilt rape case.
Media report John Herbison was suspended Thursday after three complaints alleging misconduct.
Herbison is part of the defense team representing Brandon Vandenburg, who is one of four former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping a woman in a campus dorm. Vandenburg's trial is set to begin Jan. 12.