Archive for June, 2011

June 22, 2011

VIA HAND DELIVERY
Councilman Myron Lowery
Chairman
Memphis City Council
125 North Main Street
Suite 514
Memphis, TN 38103

Dear Myron:

            I have served faithfully on the Memphis City Council as Councilwoman for District 7 since December, 1994. I believe that my service and dedication to the citizens of this City has made a positive difference in their lives. The past several months have been very difficult for me personally as I have struggled with a prolonged illness, numerous health challenges and legal issues. These issues necessitated that I remove myself from many activities and caused of which I care so deeply.

            God has blessed me tremendously, however, I am still under the doctor’s care and, despite my on-going optimism, it appears that my health and family concerns will make a return to the Memphis City Council not advisable. Therefore, I have concluded that it is in the best interest of my family, the citizens of District 7 and the City of Memphis for me to retire. (more…)

A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to “transmit or display an image” online that is likely to “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to someone who sees it. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to $2500 in fines. The ban on distressing images, which was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, is also an update to existing law. Tennessee law already made it a crime to make phone calls, send emails, or otherwise communicate directly with someone in a manner the sender “reasonably should know” would “cause emotional distress” to the recipient. If the communciation lacked a “legitimate purpose,” the sender faced jail time.

39-17-308. Harassment.
(a)  A person commits an offense who intentionally:
(1)  Threatens, by telephone, in writing or by electronic communication, including, but not limited to, text (more…)