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Andrea Perry Named to “40 Under 40”

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Andrea P. Perry for receiving the “40 Under 40” honor from the Nashville Business Journal. She will be honored at a luncheon at the Wildhorse Saloon on Wednesday, March 13.

Well done, Andrea! We are proud of you and the work you do both professionally and personally.

Gigi’s Icing: $33M in Revenues in 5 Years

The owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes turned $33 into $33 million in five years. Read the Nashville Ledger story here.

Gigi’s Icing: $33M in Revenues in 5 Years

The owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes turned $33 into $33 million in five years. Read the Nashville Ledger story here.

Bone McAllester Norton Client Corsair Gets Nod from Whisky Advocate Magazine

One of Bonelaw’s clients has made big news in the whiskey world, and we wanted to share their glory: Corsair Artisan Distillery’s Triple Smoke Whiskey has won the “Artisan Whiskey of the Year” award from Whisky Advocate magazine. The magazine noted, “Anyone can throw grains, smoke, hops or spices in a fermenter or a still. It takes skill, restraint and a good palate to make an award-winner out of it.”

Bone McAllester Norton Client Corsair Gets Nod from Whisky Advocate Magazine

One of Bonelaw’s clients has made big news in the whiskey world, and we wanted to share their glory: Corsair Artisan Distillery’s Triple Smoke Whiskey has won the “Artisan Whiskey of the Year” award from Whisky Advocate magazine. The magazine noted, “Anyone can throw grains, smoke, hops or spices in a fermenter or a still. It takes skill, restraint and a good palate to make an award-winner out of it.”

Larry Bridgesmith Receives the Grayfield Gray Public Service in Mediation Award

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Larry W. Bridgesmith for receiving the Grayfield Gray Public Service in Mediation Award. He will be honored by the Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee at the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators’ annual meeting on Thursday, February 21.

Well done, Larry! We are proud of you and the work you do both professionally and personally.

Larry Bridgesmith Receives the Grayfield Gray Public Service in Mediation Award

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Larry W. Bridgesmith for receiving the Grayfield Gray Public Service in Mediation Award. He will be honored by the Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee at the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators’ annual meeting on Thursday, February 21.

Well done, Larry! We are proud of you and the work you do both professionally and personally.

12th Annual MLK Breakfast Will Feature Southern Word Poetry Group

Bone McAlleSpoken Word Logoster Norton’s 12th Annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature poetry presented by youth involved in the performance art group Southern Word. Through the literary and performing arts, Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities. In pursuing this mission, Southern Word conducts spoken word residencies, workshops, open mics and shows.

Southern Word’s performance will feature Sean Smith from John Overton High School, Mani Jones from Austin Peay State University and Amanda Howell from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

The annual breakfast will take place Monday, January 21, 2013, at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville.

For more information on Southern Word, visit www.southernword.org.

Merging Blue Slated to Provide Music for 12th Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast

Americana vocal trio Merging Blue will sing at Bone McAllester Norton’s 12th Annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, January 21, 2013. Stirring vocal harmonies and soaring melodies distinguish this group with their stripped-down acoustic approach heavily influenced by the foundations of folk, blues, soul and gospel. Members include Lydia Gott, George Pendergrslots and Heather Lawson, who have individually performed, written or recorded with artists like U2, Taylor Swift, Wynonna and Avalon. Their self-titled debut album includes “Mountain Move,” a stand-up-and-shout number; “Good Lines,” which imbues life’s journey of aging with strength and celebration; and “Heaven’s My Home,” a lovely serenity prayer. On disc and stage, Merging Blue has found a transcendent sound and spiritual and artistic synergy that proves that people from different backgrounds can come together to create a beautiful tapestry. For more, visit http://www.mergingblue.com/.

Merging Blue Slated to Provide Music for 12th Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast

Americana vocal trio Merging Blue will sing at Bone McAllester Norton’s 12th Annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday, January 21, 2013. Stirring vocal harmonies and soaring melodies distinguish this group with their stripped-down acoustic approach heavily influenced by the foundations of folk, blues, soul and gospel. Members include Lydia Gott, George Pendergrslots and Heather Lawson, who have individually performed, written or recorded with artists like U2, Taylor Swift, Wynonna and Avalon. Their self-titled debut album includes “Mountain Move,” a stand-up-and-shout number; “Good Lines,” which imbues life’s journey of aging with strength and celebration; and “Heaven’s My Home,” a lovely serenity prayer. On disc and stage, Merging Blue has found a transcendent sound and spiritual and artistic synergy that proves that people from different backgrounds can come together to create a beautiful tapestry. For more, visit http://www.mergingblue.com/.

Tucker Herndon Selected to Nashville’s “Thirty Under 30”

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Tucker Herndon for being selected as one of Nashville’s Top Thirty Under 30. The award recognizes the city’s most active young professionals and philanthropists, and honorees were nominated by co-workers, friends and family for their charitable and professional endeavors. He will officially receive his award at an event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation later in the year.

Well done, Tucker!

We are proud of you and the work you do both professionally and personally.

Tucker Herndon Selected to Nashville’s “Thirty Under 30”

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates our own Tucker Herndon for being selected as one of Nashville’s Top Thirty Under 30. The award recognizes the city’s most active young professionals and philanthropists, and honorees were nominated by co-workers, friends and family for their charitable and professional endeavors. He will officially receive his award at an event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation later in the year.

Well done, Tucker!

We are proud of you and the work you do both professionally and personally.

Will Cheek Talks about Blogging with Nashville Business Journal

“I try to have fun with it,” Bone McAllester Norton Will Cheek told the Nashville Business Journal in a January 11 article. The article notes that blogging is worth the effort if you are willing to put in the time.

Read more from Will and this topic here.

 

Will Cheek Talks about Blogging with Nashville Business Journal

“I try to have fun with it,” Bone McAllester Norton Will Cheek told the Nashville Business Journal in a January 11 article. The article notes that blogging is worth the effort if you are willing to put in the time.

Read more from Will and this topic here.

 

Join Us for WaterCooler on 1/30 at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet

Happy 2013!

We're excited about our upcoming programs for WaterCooler and hope that you are ready to get back to networking with other Nashvillians. As we head into our fourth year, we are excited to begin this new season delving again into the business and innovation of the cultural arts in Nashville. This month, our friends Paul Vasterling and Jim Johnson of Nashville Ballet offer us a behind-the-curtain glimpse into the energy, the athleticism and the artistry that has propelled the 27-year-old Nashville Ballet to become the largest and most successful professional ballet company in the state.

January’s Nashville Ballet WaterCooler provides an unprecedented behind-the-scenes experience as participants watch final rehearsal’s for “Attitude,” a performance that features an innovative combination of dance, music and the production of an original work of visual art. Don’t miss a sneak peak of what will be this winter’s most talked about performance.

Wednesday, January 30th 

5:30 - 6 p.m Cocktails and conversation during "Attitude" rehearsal

6-7 p.m. Discussion and guided tour of costumes, set production and rehearsal facilities with Paul Vesterling, artistic director/CEO, and Jim Johnson, director of sales and marketing

 Afterward,  we will head to the new M.L. Rose location on Charlotte for beers and continued conversation.

 The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet

3630 Redmon Street

Nashville, Tennessee 37209

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Anne Sumpter Arney Re-Elected as Chairman of Metropolitan Nashville Beer Permit Board

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Anne Sumpter Arney for being re-elected chairman for the Metropolitan Nashville Beer Permit Board. After a successful year in that same role, the group re-elected her. Congratulations, Anne! You are a great example of service and will serve the role well!

Anne Sumpter Arney Re-Elected as Chairman of Metropolitan Nashville Beer Permit Board

Bone McAllester Norton congratulates Anne Sumpter Arney for being re-elected chairman for the Metropolitan Nashville Beer Permit Board. After a successful year in that same role, the group re-elected her. Congratulations, Anne! You are a great example of service and will serve the role well!

Nashville Bar Journal Publishes Profile of Attorney James Mackler

The Nashville Bar Journal publishes profile of  Attorney James Mackler's journey from civilian law to the military and back again. You can read the profile on page 16 of the Nashville Bar Journal.

Nashville Bar Journal Publishes Profile of Attorney James Mackler

The Nashville Bar Journal publishes profile of  Attorney James Mackler's journey from civilian law to the military and back again. You can read the profile on page 16 of the Nashville Bar Journal.

The Tennessean Features Editorial by James Mackler Discussing the Legal and Moral Ramifications of the Gen. Petraeus Affair

By James Mackler

Featured in the The Tennessean

This past Veterans Day weekend marked the 10-year anniversary of the day that I joined the Army. The holiday is usually an opportunity for me to reflect on my time in service and to note the contributions and sacrifices of my brothers and sisters in arms.

My thoughts, however, were clouded with a feeling of disappointment and sadness by news reports of David Petraeus’ criminal behavior.

It pains me to write these words. My first assignment as a new officer was with the 101st Airborne. Gen. Petraeus had not yet led the surge or written the manual on counterinsurgency, but he had already obtained a status just short of legendary. He was (I thought) the model of what every officer should strive for: a tactical expert and a man of personal honor and integrity.

All was not as it seemed. The general had an affair with Paula Broadwell, another Army officer. Unlike in the civilian world, adultery is a crime in the military. It is punishable under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The maximum punishment is a dishonorable discharge and up to a year in jail.

There is good reason to hold the military to a higher standard. Adultery undermines the discipline, trust and cohesion necessary for an effective fighting force. It discredits the armed forces, undermining public support and recruiting. It also is a slap in the face to the families left behind. They should not have to add marital infidelity to their list of worries when a loved one deploys.

The Army’s Manual for Courts Martial gives commanders a list of factors to consider when determining whether to prosecute adultery. These include, among other things, the accused’s marital status and rank; the co-actor’s marital status, rank and position; the status of the accused’s spouse; the impact of the relationship on the ability to perform military duties; the misuse of government time and resources; and the negative impact on the unit. By these measures, Gen. Petraeus’ crime was very serious.

He was a married, high-ranking leader, having an affair with another married officer who was potentially under his command. The affair appears to have taken place on a military installation using government resources, and evidence was found on a government computer. If the general were a lower-ranking soldier, he would face serious consequences. He certainly would not simply submit a letter of resignation and move on with his life.

A large portion of the public seems to believe that Gen. Petraeus should not have resigned. Is our nation so desperate for effective leadership that we are willing to allow a man who has admitted to criminal conduct to continue to run the country’s top spy agency? Do we want a man who exercised such extraordinarily poor judgment to decide who lives and dies via remote drone strikes?

Gen. Petraeus is a great American, but no one is irreplaceable. Another capable leader will step up to lead the CIA. I will turn my thoughts to the soldiers who, year in and year out, remain faithful to both their family and their country. They are the veterans whom I will honor.