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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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Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Jobless numbers
  • Chestnut tree giveaway
  • TVA campgrounds are open
  • Executions delayed
  • Early voting coming up

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • Cocke County High "Walk-In"
  • Work for TennCare
  • Tennessee tax burden
  • Food for Peace program revanp
  • Great American Cleanup events

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  • Chuck Mason arrest
  • Cate case
  • Newport contributes to the Friends animal shelter
  • Broadway infrastructure project
  • O'Brien tools are missing

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • SRO discussions
  • Medical marijuana on CLB agenda
  • Pending legislation to hold down healthcare costs
  • Goodwin being sought on AWOL charges
  • Fraud alert

    Monday, March 12, 2018

  • Saturday fatal crash
  • Faison on improving teachers
  • Tennessee Senate action
  • TVA rate modification
  • TBI probing Sevier fatal fire
  • Gas price expected to move up
  • ElderWatch meeting

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