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John Williams Named to the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government’s Board of Directors

Tune, Entrekin, & White Partner John Williams was recently named to the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government’s Board of Directors. The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government seeks to preserve, protect and improve citizen access to public information and open government in Tennessee through an alliance of citizens, journalists and civic groups. Read more about it at the TCOG website.

More on Corruption in Zoning
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More on Corruption in Zoning

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This time around, the case involves unethical pressure on members of the local board of zoning appeals. The case comes to us from Indianapolis, where a former law enforcement officer was elected to a position with the city council.

Lots of Record
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Lots of Record

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Cheatham County v Cheatham County Board of Zoning Appeals, 2012 WL This very unusual case involves two decisions by the Cheatham County Board of Zoning Appeals. The board originally heard an appeal regarding access to the subject property and granted it. Roughly a year later, after the property had been sold, the new owner obtained…

Sign Regulations and the First Amendment
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Sign Regulations and the First Amendment

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Unfortunately, everyone struggles with the applicability of the First Amendment to the federal Constitution in the context of sign regulations. One of the leading authorities in land use planning law in this country, Daniel Mandelker, has written a publication available online reviewing this area of the law and its impact specifically on business accessory and…

Cert petitions: First applications
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Cert petitions: First applications

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A recent Tennessee Court of Appeals decision involving the common law writ of certiorari highlighted a case decided by the Tennessee Supreme Court over a year ago, but one which I had missed. The recent case, handed down within just the last day or two by the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Phillips v Northwest Correctional…

The Mechanics of Mechanics’ Liens
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The Mechanics of Mechanics’ Liens

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One question my contractor clients often ask me is, “how can I ensure I get paid?” Unfortunately, there is nothing out there that can guarantee contractors will get paid. Many years ago, the legislature enacted the Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Lien Statute as a means of providing contractors security from non-payment. A mechanic’s lien is a…

Sign Ordinance Upheld
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Sign Ordinance Upheld

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A couple of years ago, I posted a comment on an interesting sign case involving a spray-painted message on the front of a home in the town of Cary, North Carolina. You can find that post here. The town lost in front of the trial court, which concluded that the sign ordinance violated the First…