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The busts keep coming: two more Memphis cops arrested

They say there are more than 20,000 federal laws, and that Tennessee and the other 49 states each have thousands more. With an abundance of laws, it is no surprise that there is an abundance of arrests, too. But it is a bit surprising that Memphis law enforcement officers are being arrested so regularly for allegedly violating the laws they are paid to uphold.

Two more Memphis cops were arrested a few days ago, news reports stated. One of the officers was arrested for allegedly drunk driving and the other was involved in what was described as “a fight with a woman” in an East Memphis eatery.

Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB arrested on drugs, guns charges

Early last year, Memphis-based rapper BlocBoy JB and his friend, Drake, released “Look Alive,” a collaboration that climbed all the way to number six on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. In July 2018, BlocBoy JB’s South Walnut Bend Road home was raided by the Shelby County Narcotics Unit armed with a search warrant that named James Baker (BlocBoy JB’s real name) as its intended target.

A few days ago, Baker was arrested on charges that include possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and theft of property under $1,000. He’s also accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Key steps in a Tennessee divorce

Every divorce is different, and the exact process you will take toward successfully finalizing the divorce will depend on the particular situation you are in. In many ways, the majority of the divorce process is embarked upon before you actually file. This is because it takes a great deal of courage and self-reflection to arrive at the decision to make such a big change in your life.

In Tennessee, it is possible to either file for a no fault divorce, or a divorce that places the blame on one spouse. There are two possible ground for a no fault divorce: You must either cite irreconcilable differences, or you must have been separated for two years and have no minor children.

Burning question: Did this Tennessee man commit a felony?

If you drive 400 miles east of Memphis, you will arrive in Maryville, a town that has been home to Sen. Lamar Alexander and former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, among others. One of those "others" is a man recently accused of doing something quite strange. He has been charged with a felony crime, but many wonder if the strange thing he's accused of doing is even a crime.

So what is he accused of doing? The 31-year-old Maryville man is accused of placing his testicles in a salsa container that was later delivered to a woman who had ordered Mexican food from an online delivery service. As we noted, this is strange stuff.

Tennessee law enforcement criticized for policing for profit

You earned the money you used to buy your car. But both your cash and your car can be seized by police in Tennessee – and you never have to be even charged with a crime or convicted for law enforcement to keep your property.

Critics of Tennessee’s asset forfeiture and seizure laws say the measures amount to policing for profit.

Former Memphis Tiger faces domestic violence allegations

Not many fans of the Memphis Tigers basketball team have forgotten the success of the 2008 edition. The Tigers featured Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Joey Dorsey and power forward Robert Dozier. The Tigers battled their way all the way to the 2008 NCAA championship game, though the team eventually succumbed to Kansas in overtime, 75–68. Dozier’s 10 rebounds led the team.

The former star was recently arrested on domestic violence charges, however, according to Memphis news reports.

West Memphis mother charged after slapping her child

We have all heard the old saying, “spare the rod, spoil the child.” In fact, the saying is so old that it comes from a verse in the Bible’s book of Proverbs. While child discipline has undoubtedly evolved over the years, there is also no doubt that many parents believe that it is their duty to guide their children and teach them proper behavior with the use of physical reprimands.

We read recently of a West Memphis mother who has been charged with second-degree battery after she slapped her one-year-old son. The alleged child abuse was caught on camera and then aired on a local TV station.

Domestic violence charges dropped, Memphis reporter speaks out

A former Memphis TV news reporter has spoken up about the incident that brought his 12-year tenure at WHBQ to a close. Scott Madaus was arrested on domestic assault charges on Dec. 14. He was afterwards dismissed from Fox 13.

Madaus issued a statement on social media to his viewers, who he said he had let down. The domestic violence charge was dropped on Jan. 18, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

Tennessee teacher facing drug possession charges

It takes a full day of driving east from Memphis in order to get to Johnson City, one of the largest cities in the eastern end of Tennessee. A teacher who lives in the city and works in nearby Kingsport was recently arrested in the school’s parking lot.

The 29-year-old has been charged with possession of schedule II narcotics and drug paraphernalia, according to a news source.

A drug bust can reveal a loved one's addiction

There is a media perception that drug addicts are dirty, toothless bums living on the streets and scrounging for spare change for their next fix. While that certainly is true of some of the worst addicts, it is not true of all who struggle with addiction to illegal drugs.

There are more functional addicts out there than people realize because they successfully conceal their addictions from nearly everyone in their lives. Spouses, parents, siblings, friends, bosses and children of addicts all may be oblivious that there is a deepening problem. This can be especially true if the drug of choice is legally prescribed to them by their doctor.

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