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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Indegent representation
The issue of legal representation for indigent defendants in Cocke County courts has been an on-going one. Often private attorneys must be appointed to represent a defendant because the Public Defender's office has a conflict. Even so, the public Defender's office is overloaded. In 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court established the Indigent Representation Task Force to study and make recommendations concerning many issues surrounding Tennessee’s system of representation for indigent parties in criminal and juvenile matters. On April 3, 2017, after a listening tour across the state and extensive research over many months of hard work, the Task Force presented its final report, which contained a number of far-reaching recommendations to improve Tennessee’s current system. The recommendations include; The creation of an independent central commission to oversee all programs providing legal representation ; Developing uniform criteria for determining eligibility for services; Standardize compensation rates and increase the rate paid to appointed private counsel to an hourly rate of $75 to $125; Require that public defenders be appointed unless the public defender has a conflict of interest; Appropriating sufficient funds to the District Public Defenders to enable them to represent as many defendants as possible; In response, Chief Justice Jeff Bivins said, “We are very supportive of the recommendations and over the coming weeks, the Court will develop a strategy to implement many of these recommendations." Justice Bivens said some of the changes will be implemented immediately, but others will go into effect gradually.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

  • Cocke County fires
  • Authorities search for man wearing a hoodie
  • Mullins charged
  • Bush Bean recall
  • Boyd to run across Tennessee
  • Gas prices to rise in the short term.

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Fire/Rescue to get new building
  • Jefferson County eligible for FEMA aid
  • Effort to increase physical activity in Cocke County
  • Dunn to prosecute Sheriff Watson
  • Jefferson County motor home fire
  • FAFSA applications are up
  • Overbey to be US Attorney for East Tennessee
  • Senator Lamar Alexander votes for farm and research programs

    Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Partnership and EDC meeting
  • Revised healthcare law
  • Tennessee governors race
  • Lawsuit filed in Ferris wheel accident

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Lane sentencing
  • Assistance available to local farmers
  • ThreeStar award for Cocke County
  • Senate healthcare bill
  • Hot, Hot temperatures are predicted

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • Cocke County budget discussions
  • Parrottsville fire
  • Financial literacy for Tennessee adults
  • Benanti receives lengthy sentence
  • Dunn/Ray arrest
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