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Bonelaw to Host Forum for Minority Bankers, July 21

Minority bankers at the officer or managerial level are invited to the Freedmen Bankers Forum at Bone McAllester Norton on Tuesday, July 21. Ron Samuels, president, chairman and CEO of Avenue Bank, will present “The State of Banking and Insights on Career Development” as part of the program. Attendance is free.

The Freedmen Bankers Forum is dedicated to providing business development and collaboration opportunities for minority officers and managers in Middle Tennessee’s banking industry, through referrals, professional education and placement. Bone McAllester Norton is proud to produce this Forum.

Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 21

Location: Bone McAllester Norton (Nashville City Center, 511 Union Street, Suite 1600).

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Dear Employer: Is Your Social Media Policy Legal?

by William J. (Paz) Haynes, III

Social media is a fact of modern life. Billions of people across the globe use a variety of platforms such a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to connect with family, friends and the world at large. Businesses have moved rapidly to capitalize on opportunities for growth in social media, but have also recognized the realities of social media in the everyday lives of their employees.

Recent studies indicate that most employers in the United States now have some form of social media policy and that employers are relaxing policies restricting social media use during business hours.

Even though attitudes are changing on social media in the workplace, employers still face burning questions in developing best practices related to social media.

1. What privacy rights do employees have in their social media use and content?

Access to social media is now linked to the traditional rights of privacy recognized in the Constitution, and state and federal laws are being created (an interpreted) to protect employees' privacy interests in the social media content.

Several states, including Tennessee, have passed laws making it illegal for employers to demand access to employees' social media passwords and "private" social media pages.

2. What interests, if any, does the employer have in monitoring or "policing" employee use?


Despite the increased privacy protections for social media, employers still have legitimate interests in monitoring social media content. Social media laws still recognize an employer's right to monitor social media activity created with employer property (phones, laptops, servers, etc.) and social media content that is tied to their "brand."

Employers also have a legitimate right to review social media content that perpetuates unlawful harassment or discrimination in the workplace.

3. How far can the employer go to regulate employees' social media conduct?


A series of recent decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hold that, under certain circumstances, social media content may qualify as "protected activity" under the National Labor Relations Act.

Those NLRB decisions have shed more light on the limits on employers when creating social media policies and how employers respond to social media activity by their workers.

4. What are the best social media practices in a changing digital and legal landscape?

The law of social media changes as rapidly as the nature of social media itself. In 2015, employers are best advised to create policies that properly balance their workers' rights to privacy and protected workplace activity against the employers' interests in protecting their brands, ensuring productivity, and addressing unlawful conduct in the workplace.

Are_Your_Social_Media_Policies_Legal_sqEmployers should seek out qualified legal counsel when reviewing and creating social media policies and practices.

I will be addressing these questions in greater detail in the Sterling Education Seminars' Fundamentals of Employment Law on August 11, 2015.

James Mackler Addresses Drone Laws at American Railway Development Association Annual Meeting

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler spoke about drone laws at the American Railway Development Association’s (ARDA) annual meeting in Denver today. The founder of the firm’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or commonly "drones") focus, he was part of a panel that discussed inspections and imaging using UAS.

ARDA is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded to promote economic development, real estate development, technology and environmental activities of North American railroads.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bonelaw Client Abby Rubenfeld Has Been Long-Time Fighter for Equality

Abby Rubenfeld, the Nashville civil rights attorney who lead the charge for equality in marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court, is a Bone McAllester Norton client. Our Business and Corporate Law attorneys worked alongside her to form Rubenfeld Law Office PC, Abby’s law office in Music City. She has been a longtime supporter and advocate for equality, and as such, she wrote 50 drafts of the first court filings for same-sex marriage rights and sat at the lawyers’ table in front of Supreme Court Justices during arguments in April.

The Tennessean features Abby in a feature story today. Click here to read the article.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Why I’m Voting for Charles Robert Bone for Mayor

Charles Robert Bone is my friend and law partner.  Having each begun practicing at other firms, we both joined Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in 2004.  Practicing beside him for the past 11 years gives me a unique perspective into his qualities that make him a great attorney and law partner.  I believe these same qualities will make him a great mayor:

    1. Shirtsleeves. It’s a term we use inside our firm to describe someone like Charles Robert – he rolls up his shirtsleeves and gets the job done.  He doesn’t seek credit, and he helps others shine.  When he joined the firm, it was his to inherit and he could have rested on his perceived laurels, but he kept his nose to the grindstone and outworked everyone. 

    2. Leadership. Charles Robert brings people to the table when no one else can.  He leads by example and is a natural facilitator and mediator.  Inside the firm, he helps us reach compromise, and everyone leaves the conversation feeling ownership of the idea and generally happy with the outcome.  If he can do that with a bunch of headstrong lawyers with strong opinions, think what he can do as mayor!

    3. Perspective. When things get tough or we face a bump in the road, Charles Robert doesn’t get rattled and he doesn’t get discouraged.  Instead, he sees the big picture and focuses on the end game.  He has an ability to find humor in many of life’s challenges that most of us would describe as difficult.

    4. Heart. Those sound bites from the debates where Charles Robert talks about taking care of the least among us?  They’re real.  He comes from a long line of servant-leaders, and he will make sure that we prioritize helping people who need an extra hand as much as we focus on economic development.

    5. Accessible Intelligence. Charles Robert is easy to relate to and incredibly smart, a rare combination.  He is a humble guy, who deflects attention.  People laugh at all those numbers he spouts in his commercials and speeches, but it’s no joke.  He can grasp extremely complicated concepts and details, including financials, then translate them into plain English for the rest of us.  I’d call him a grounded optimist: he is forward-thinking about the future, but not Pollyannaish.

Nashville is blessed with an abundance of passionate candidates for Mayor.  The above combination of personal characteristics is one of the main reasons why my vote is for Charles Robert.

New Criminal Drone Laws Take Effect

By James E. Mackler

James Mackler Unmanned Aerial Systems Attorney

Tennessee recently passed a bill making it a crime to fly an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, commonly known as a “drone,” over large, ticketed public gatherings of 100 or more people, into fireworks displays, or over jails. The law will take effect on July 1st. Although it might seem at first like this law is a solution looking for a problem, it turns out that the legislation was prompted by actual events.

In the past year, the FAA has investigated numerous drone sightings over professional stadiums sporting events. Also, on July 4th of last year, a man flew a drone into Nashville’s largest fireworks display, gaining national attention. There has also been a rash of incidents involving attempted air-drop deliveries of contraband by drones to jails.

It is dangerous and reckless to fly a drone over a large crowd, into a fireworks display, or over a jail to deliver contraband. Under current law, however, it has been difficult for the police to charge drone operators engaged in these activities. For example, although the FAA restricts flights over large outdoor events, there has been some question about whether these restrictions apply to drones. Flight into fireworks is not an obvious violation of any particular state law.  Delivering contraband to a jail is already a crime, but until the payload is dropped, the flight itself is in a gray area.

Under the new law, drone operators can be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail for violations. Although there is no question that this law addresses serious safety concerns, the law raises some interesting legal issues. For example, the Federal government has long held exclusive jurisdiction over the “navigable airspace” above the surface of the earth. The law defining “navigable airspace,” however, developed before the widespread use of drones. Drones can and do navigate all the way down to the ground. The FAA, consequently, insists that its jurisdiction over drones extends to the ground. This means that Tennessee, through this law, is asserting a claim to govern the same space that the FAA claims the exclusive power to control.

Drone operators should not view this legal uncertainty as an opportunity to challenge the new law. They should, instead, understand that the law prohibits such flights for good reason.  Operators who would violate the law are reckless and irresponsible. They risk injuring spectators. They also add to the undeserved public distrust of the large community of responsible drone enthusiasts. Increased distrust can only result in restrictions and regulations, which are likely to be much less reasonable than the law taking effect in July.

 

Employment Attorney Anne Martin Comments on Overtime Pay Ruling

Nashville employment attorney Anne C. Martin, a member at Bone McAllester Norton, was interviewed by the Tennessean regarding President Obama’s overtime pay ruling. Some, such as the National Federation of Independent Business, claim the ruling will hurt small businesses, while others say it is the right move for employees.

“I don’t think it’s unreasonable for review to see if it needs to be increased,” Anne said.

Read the article here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Loren Mulraine will Address Intellectual Property Protection at Entrepreneurs and Innovators Conference

Bone McAllester Norton’s Loren E. Mulraine will speak on protecting intellectual property at this week’s Entrepreneurs and Innovators Conference, presented by the Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce. The two-day event will feature subject matter experts, influential leaders and successful entrepreneurs sharing their experience and tricks of the trade, all designed to help spur economic growth in Alabama.

Loren serves in an Of Counsel role at Bone McAllester Norton, where he focuses his practice on entertainment law, intellectual property and business and corporate law. He is also a professor at Belmont University College of Law, where Intellectual Property Law is one of the courses he teaches.

The Entrepreneurs & Innovators Conference is June 25-26, 2016 at The Cahaba Grand in Birmingham, Ala. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Charles W. Bone Recognized as Sumner County Impact Award Winner

Bone McAllester Norton founder and chairman Charles W. Bone has been selected as a “Sumner County Impact award winner” by the Nashville Business Journal. Nominations were submitted by the public for individuals making a positive impact on the community and business environment in the county, and the list of 30 winners was announced Friday.

Winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 27.

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Attorney Samar Ali Selected to Leadership Tennessee

Congratulations to Bonelaw attorney Samar S. Ali, who has been selected to the third Leadership Tennessee class, announced yesterday by Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. The 2015-16 class includes 34 business, government, education and nonprofit leaders from across Tennessee, who are committed to addressing the state’s challenges and opportunities. Program participants will meet several times as a group and will participate in research and projects throughout the year.

Samar is a member of the firm’s Administrative Law, Business and Corporate Law, International Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices. She is a former Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and has a passion for bettering people’s lives and communities.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Attorneys Fees Can be Recovered in a Tennessee Lawsuit, but only if the contract or statute allows them

I always tell clients that Tennessee is a creditor friendly state, and it is. But, just because it's fair to creditors, doesn't mean a Tennessee Court will give a plaintiff everything. I'm talking today about attorney fees. The rule in Tennessee is that, unless you have an agreement in writing that you are entitled to recover your attorney fees, a court will not award those fees to you.

Here's why: Tennessee follows the "American Rule" on awarding attorney’s fees which states that “a party in a civil action may recover attorney fees only if: (1) a contractual or statutory provision creates a right to recover attorney fees; or (2) some other recognized exception” applies. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. v. Epperson, 284 S.W.3d 303, 308 (Tenn. 2009).

The contract provision allowing attorney fees to be recovered has to be very specific. In the Cracker Barrel case, the contract at issue provided that the prevailing party should recover “all costs and expenses of any suit or proceeding.” The Tennessee Supreme Court held that this language was not specific enough to award attorney fees (instead, it allowed recovery of court costs and litigation expenses).

This is an important issue, as the ability to recover your expenses and costs as part of your action will be a big consideration in any decision to file a lawsuit. Lawyers are expensive. Keep that in mind on the front end, when you're preparing a contract or agreement, and get very specific text allowing for recovery of attorney fees.

Changing the Law for the George Jones Museum & More

Bone McAllester Norton has important updates and announcements to share with you, our valued clients and friends, in our latest newsletter. Click here to read how one attorney helped change the law to open the George Jones Museum, accolades that our attorneys have received and the smack down on criminal attempts by minors to purchase alcohol.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bonelaw Helps Open Tin Roof in Memphis

The owners of Tin Roof, a regional chain of restaurants that began in Nashville in 2002, has a new home: Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. Bonelaw’s liquor law attorneys provided the licensing for the restaurant.

Tin Roof Memphis opened last week in what was once the Hard Rock at the east end of Beale Street. Though the chain is now in 13 cities, each restaurant pays homage to the city in which it resides. For the Memphis location, that means “On the Trail of Elvis” bar peanuts, catfish BLT and a Beale St. blues burger. Just like all of the Tin Roof restaurants, this one will also feature live music seven nights a week.

Read more from the Memphis Flyer here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Employment Lawyer Paz Haynes will Speak at Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar

William J. (Paz) Haynes III , an employment lawyer at Bone McAllester Norton, will deliver a presentation on “Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace” at the upcoming Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, presented by Sterling Education Services, Inc. The seminar is intended to provide the framework around the basic fundamentals in employment law that companies of all sizes need to know in order to be successful, and attendees will learn how to advise clients, write policies and administer procedures effectively.

Paz Haynes Nashville TN attorney

Specific topics that will be covered include Hiring and Terminating Employees in the Current Economy, Immigration Law, FLSA/Wage and Hour Critical Issues, ADA and FMLA Updates and Interplay and Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace, among others.

Paz practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment Law group. He has spoken at seminars on employment law and professional ethics for the Tennessee Bar Association, trial practices, youth groups and other civic and professional organizations.

Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Tucker Herndon Gives Tips on How to Legally Open a Bar

Bonelaw attorney Tucker Herndon is quoted about liquor licensing in an article posted on NerdWallet.com, a source for financial products an advice. The article addresses how to clear legal hurdles when opening a bar. While bar owners have to work with local, state and federal regulations, knowing what to do ahead of time can save these businesses from headaches and financial stresses.

Forming a limited liability company and knowing your state’s laws are just two of the tips given in the article.

Tucker is a member of the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Law practice and provides counsel to many of the city’s most well-known bars and restaurants. He recently helped open the George Jones Museum.

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

James Mackler will Present Unmanned Aerial Systems Regulations at Upcoming Summit

Bonelaw attorney James E. Mackler is slated as a speaker at the upcoming Tennessee Digital Government Summit, where he will present “UAS—A New Frontier?”

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is an emerging hot topic for both technologists and enthusiasts, but unless regulations are followed, these systems can remain grounded. James will cover the many drone activities taking place in Middle Tennessee and what UAS operators need to know in order to be legally compliant.

James is the founder of the firm’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region. He began practicing law in 1997 and has focused on regulatory compliance, civil litigation and federal criminal defense. His UAS clients range across industries, including agriculture, surveying, videography, military and government agencies.

The Tennessee Digital Summit will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the Nashville Airport Marriott. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Chef Arnold Myint is a Contestant on “Food Network Star”

Nashville chef and Bonelaw liquor licensing client Arnold Myint is a contestant on the 11th season of Food Network Star, which premieres at 8 p.m. this Sunday. Myint is known for local favorites International Market, PM, blvd and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. Contestants vie for a contract to host their own show.

The Tennessean features more on Myint, including his alter ego, Suzy Wong, in an article that was posted this week.

Read more here.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Wine Tasting Room Now Open at the Fontanel

The Alcoholic Beverage Law team at Bone McAllester Norton serves as advisers for the licensing at the Fontanel, the former 186-acre estate of country star Barbara Mandrell, which boasts an inn, restaurants, outdoor amphitheater, trails, greenways and a zip line. The property is also now home to the Natchez Hills Winery tasting room inside the Pepsi Studio Gallery. The tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Natchez Hills Winery is located in Hohenwald, Tenn., about 85 miles southeast of the Fontanel.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Ed Yarbrough & Alex Little Urge Tennessee Supreme Court to Protect Victims’ Rights

A Tennessee Supreme Court case could determine the scope of the state’s public records law, and Bonelaw attorneys Edward M. Yarbrough and Alex Little argued against disclosure of such records. They represent the victim in the highly publicized Vanderbilt rape case. Last year, a conglomeration of media outlets in the state argued for access to records reviewed in the police investigation in that case. The government said laws regarding procedure in criminal courts and victims’ privacy laws keep those records shielded from public release. Yarbrough and Little are advocating for protection of victims in criminal cases.

The Tennessean covered this hearing in a story posted last night. Read more here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Update: U.S. EPA and U.S. Army Corp Announce Final Clean Water Rule Today

By Sharon O. Jacobs

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers announced the final rule revising the definition of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) regulatory term “waters of the United States.” The draft rule was previously discussed on March 27, 2014. The final rule includes eight categories of jurisdictional waters, maintains existing exemptions for certain categories of activities and waters, and adds additional exclusions for categories of waters not covered under the Act. This rule is projected to result in an increase in CWA jurisdiction and provide some clarification regarding which waters are covered by the CWA.

For the first time “tributary” and “tributaries,” “neighboring,” and “significant nexus” are defined in the new rule. The rule maintains existing exclusions for certain categories of waters and adds additional categorical exclusions that were previously applied by regulators. The rule recognizes jurisdiction for three basic categories: waters that are jurisdictional in all instances, waters that are excluded from jurisdiction, and a category of waters subject to a case-specific analysis to determine whether the water is jurisdictional.

Previous definitions of “waters of the United States” regulated all tributaries without qualification. The final rule defines “tributaries” as waters that are characterized by the presence of physical indicators of flow – bed and banks and ordinary high water mark – and that contribute flow directly or indirectly to a traditional navigable water, an interstate water, or the territorial seas. The rule states “adjacent waters” are “waters of the United States” and identifies three circumstances where waters will be “neighboring” and therefore “waters of the United States.” The rule also identifies certain waters that can be “waters of the United States,” where a case-specific determination finds a significant nexus between the water and traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, or the territorial seas.

The rule excludes certain waters, certain water features, groundwater, certain types of ditches, stormwater control features created in dry land and certain wastewater recycling structures created in dry land.

For more information, click here.