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Well this is exciting - BoneLaw client Whole Foods is coming to Downtown Nashville!

We all love Whole Foods!  Where else can you get bulk spices, unique organics or Italian Mountain Gorgonzola aged 92.3 days?   Each store is known for having standard groceries but also a high percentage of unique-to-your-area items, produce, etc. I love to take to tour of what I call, the 'Food Museum'; the place where foods are not shelved for purchase, but displayed for view.

You can imagine the excitement to know that we will be getting our very own Whole Foods in downtown Nashville!

According to The Nashville Business Journal, this full-service grocery store will soon call 1214 Broadway home.

1214 Broadway will be the home of the latest Endeavor Real Estate Group project, a proposed 27-story tower at the corner of 12th Avenue North and Broadway.

To read the full article in The Nashville Business Journal, click here.

Four BoneLaw Attorneys top the Nashville Business Journal's Best of the Bar List

We are honored to share that four of our attorneys have been selected to Nashville's Best of the Bar list, published by the Nashville Business Journal.    The process for determining the list this year has changed.  First, lawyers were grouped into categories by areas of practice not firm size and secondly the voting weight was distributed more heavily among voters outside the nominee's own firm.

Our own Best of the Bar lawyers are:

Corporate & Securities


Intellectual Property

The attorneys who made the Best of the Bar list will be recognized at a cocktail reception on June 2.  Congratulations to all the attorneys!

To see the entire list published in the Nashville Business Journal, click here.

Anne Arney SumpterAnne Arney Sumpter

Charles Robert Bone - Bonelaw President and CEOCharles Robert Bone

Andrea Perry - Bone LawAndrea PerryStephen Zralek; Bone McAllester NortonStephen Zralek

Charles Robert Bone selected to guide TSU's transition to new Board of Trustees

Charles Robert BoneCharles Robert BonePresident and CEO of Bone McAllester Norton, Charles Robert Bone has been selected to assist Tennessee State University as they undergo a transition to a new Board of Trustees.

The university announced the formation of the 16-member committee earlier this month.  The committee will guide the TSU administrators, faculty and staff as they prepare to implement the Focus on College and University Success Act.  The FOCUS Act allows each public Tennessee university to establish its own independent board.

"We know that what's needed in this type of transition is high-powered individuals with governance experience,"  TSU President, Glenda Glover says.  "The team will provide though leadership to assist us in determining how we prepare for the new board."

To read the entire article in The Tennessean, click here.

Members of the TSU Transition Advisory Committee

    • Traci Otey Blount, executive vice president of corporate marketing and corporate affairs at Robert L. Johnson Entertainment
    • Lauren J. Brisky, retired, vice chancellor for administration and chief financial officer at Vanderbilt University
    • Beverly Carmichael, senior vice president and chief people officer at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
    • Colleen Conway-Welch, former dean of Vanderbilt School of Nursing
    • George L Davis Jr., chief technology officer at Ultimate Progress Incorporated
    • Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, superintendent of Birmingham Public Schools
    • Fred Humphries, former president of Florida A&M University and Tennessee State University
    • Jamie Isabel, owner of Dalmatian Creative Agency
    • Richard Lewis, owner at Lewis & Wright Funeral Home
    • Dr. Edith Peterson Mitchell, president of the National Medical Association
    • Wendell Moore, senior public policy adviser at Baker Donelson and former deputy governor
    • Shirley Raines, former president of the University of Memphis
    • Maria Thompson, president of Coppin State University in Baltimore
    • Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church
    • Brenda Wynn, Davidson County clerk

Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally Assist with Citizens Tri-County Bank Acquisition

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally are advising Citizens Tri-County Bank in the transaction to purchase another bank in the area.

Citizens Tri-County BankSequatchie Valley Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Citizens Tri-County Bank based in Dunlap, Tenn., is buying Franklin County United Bancshares, the parent company of Franklin County United Bank with offices in Decherd and Cowan, Tenn.

The purchase is the ninth for Citizens Tri-County since the bank began in 1972 as the Citizens Bank of Dunlap and Pikeville. The purchase will boost Citizens Tri-County Bank, which took on its name in 1992 after previous bank acquisitions, to $805 million in assets served by two dozen offices across nine counties.

"We are very excited about the expansion of our bank into Franklin County as part of our strategic plan," said John V. Barker, president of Citizens Tri-County Bank. "This transaction provides the opportunity to expand our team with the addition of experienced and talented associates while serving the needs of new and current customers across several contiguous counties. We look forward to continuing to build great relationships in all of the communities we serve."

Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, is serving as lead counsel on this transaction. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities/venture funding/private placements and company governance and board strategy.  Sarah Lodge Tally is an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton and is assisting in the transaction.  Sarah's practice is focused on corporate matters advising in strategy and execution of complex transactions.

To read our client's press release, click here.

To read an article about the transaction in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, click here.

Loren Mulraine elected to Director of GMA Foundation Board

Lorne MulraineLorne MulraineBone McAllester Norton attorney Loren Mulraine has just been elected to the Gospel Music Association Foundation Board.

Lorne's talents know no bounds - from his early career as an on-air personality to independent gospel artist, songwriter, professor at Belmont and previously Tennessee State University to a successful entertainment law practice.  "I love being able to merge my understanding of the creative elements of the entertainment and media industries with my legal and business skills. . . " says Lorne of his legal career.

He has been elected to a two- year term as a Director of the Gospel Music Association Foundation Board.

About GMA Inc.

The mission of the GMA Foundation is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of all forms of gospel music and to provide educational resources that encourage participation and appreciation by the general public.  The GMA Foundation oversees the righs to the GMA Dove Awards, IMMERSE and the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Anne C. Martin Discusses Employment Issues within the Competitive Banking Landscape

Bone Mcallister Norton PR headshotsAnne C. Martin“If you are going to leave a company, you can prepare to compete, you can look at opportunities, you can do whatever you need to do and people do that all the time,” Martin said. “What you can’t do is start working for Job B while you are still on the payroll for Job A"  states employment law expert, Anne C. Martin, of Bone McAllester Norton.

This is of course in response to the bitter legal battle brewing between Tennessee's two largest banks, Pinnacle Financial Partners and First Tennessee Bank.

To read the full article in The Tennessean, click here.


Ed Yarbrough, BoneLaw Attorney offers Expert Opinion of Rutherford County Domestic Incident

Ed YarbroughEd YarbroughBone McAllester Norton litigator and former US Attorney, Ed Yarbrough, was asked his expert opinion of the recent domestic incident at the home of a Rutherford County Sheriff's Department Deputy.  The incident was handled with cell phones and without using standard protocol procedures.

Mr. Yarbrough suggested that Chief Deputy Garrett should not have contacted his own officers to investigate.  "The problem is, any time a senior officer puts one of his subordinates in the position of doing what the boss says, or doing what the law requires, that's a conflict of interest,"  Yarbrough said.

To see the full Channel 4 I-Team Investigative report, click here.

To read the full transcript of the video, click here.


Will there be Wine in Time?

William T. Cheek IIIWilliam T. Cheek IIIElite liquor law expert and BoneLaw Attorney Will Cheek discusses the special bill the TN Legislature has passed to get wine in grocery stores by July 1, but at what cost to the consumer?

To watch the video on WSMV's Channel 4 News website, click here.

To keep up with the latest liquor law legislation and WIGS (wine in grocery stores), follow Will's blog, Last Call.


Client Launches Broadcasting Arm of the Acme Brand

Client,  Acme Feed and Seed, introduced Acme Radio in February.  This streaming-only station offers Acme's own live, unique music along with an alternative to traditional Nashville radio programming.  Owner Tom Morales lovingly refers to this as "Nashville's underbelly".    The idea is not world domination by streaming radio, but to give anyone who listens the opportunity to see what Nashville really is all about.

The station offers live radio shows, whether scheduled or impromptu as well as Vinyl Lunch, Pairs Well with Food,  B Hop Barribeau and more.

To read the entire Tennessean article, click here.

BoneLaw Client 4-Top Hospitality bringing its contemporary steakhouse CHAR to Green Hills

The Nashville dining scene continues to thrive!

We are so pleased to announce that one of our Alcoholic Beverage Law clients, 4-Top Hospitality is bringing another amazing, upscale restaurant and piano bar to Green Hills.  The Etch owners are excited about brining CHAR to the Southern Land Company project at 4000 Hillsboro Pike.

For the Nashville Business Journal article, click here.

To read the article in Nashville Eater, click here.