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Season to Remember - December 11, 2008

Victims of homicides are remembered each year at the annual Season to Remember ceremony, sponsored by the District Attorney's office. Family members of murder victims are encouraged to decorate ornaments, which are hung on the tree in the Childrens Garden at Centennial Park. The ceremony also includes the lighting of the Menorah in honor of Hanakkah, and the Kinara in recognition of Kwanza.


Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank - December 9, 2008

Members of the District Attorney's office skipped having lunch out, and stayed in, as a way to raise more than $500 for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The money the staff members would have spent on eating lunch out was instead donated to help fund Mobile Pantry units. Employees dined on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches fixed by a group of Assistant DAs.


Check Presentation to Neely's Bend Baptist Church - Sept. 12, 2008

In 2007, a former treasurer at Neely's Bend Baptist Church stole more than $100,000 from the church, using the money to buy thousands of pieces of clothing and household items. She pled guilty, and as part of the plea agreement, forfeited the items. Members of the DA's office Fraud and White Collar Crime team loaded up and transported the items. More than 3,500 separate lots were put on eBid, Metro's on-line auction site, and sold from November '06 through August '08. At the close of the auction, more than $30-thousand was collected from the sale of the items. District Attorney General Torry Johnson and members of the DA's office and General Services office presented the check to the pastor. Johnson says, "This represents a joint operation between our Fraud unit and General Services, through eBid, to achieve a very desirable goal."


Indictment Announced in Trimble case - June 6, 2008

District Attorney General Torry Johnson announced at a news conference that Jerome Barrett has been indicted and charged in the 1975 murder of Marcia Trimble. Joining General Johnson for the announcement were Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas, Commander Mickey Miller, Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman, Sgt. Pat Postiglione, and Det. Bill Pridemore. Marcia Trimble was 9 years old when she disappeared while selling cookies.


"Andrea Walks IV" - April 19, 2008

Tennessee's First Lady Andrea Conte led a 5k walk, along with District Attorney General Torry Johnson, to benefit the Nashville Children's Alliance at Percy Warner Park. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and his wife Anne Davis served as honorary Walk chairs. The Nashville Children's Alliance provides support programs for child who are victims of sexual and physical abuse. For more information, go to www.nashvillechildrensalliance.org.


  DA's office eats in for tornado relief - February 12, 2008

On February 5, tornado damage left middle Tennessee communities destroyed and families devastated. Members of the DA's office had an in-office fund-raiser to raise more than $1,000 to go to Second Harvest Food Bank, ear-marked for tornado relief efforts. DA staffers donated money they would have spent on eating lunch out that day, and instead had bologna sandwiches, PB&J, and Moon Pies at the office. The DA's office would like to challenge other area law enforcement and judicial agencies to raise even more money, to go to the Middle Tennesseans who are cleaning up and starting over after the tornado tragedy.

No Truth to "gang initiation" E-mails - January 9, 2008

A false e-mail has been circulating through the Nashville community this week, telling people to be aware of a reported potential increase in gang activity. The hoax e-mail attributes this information as coming from the Juvenile Division of the Davidson County District Attorney's office. Please note that this is erroneous information, and there is no merit to the claims made in the e-mail. No such information has been released from the DA's office Juvenile Division. The Metro Nashville Police Department's gang division has also debunked the claims made in this false e-mail. A similar hoax e-mail was also circulated in another Tennessee community several weeks ago.


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