Tennessee News Minute
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge says attorneys for a white police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man can introduce parts of the man's criminal history at a preliminary hearing next month. The Tennessean reports General Sessions Judge Melissa Blackburn ruled Friday the defense can bring up previous "aggressive acts" by Daniel Hambrick. Prosecutors argued against the motion, saying there is no evidence Officer Andrew Delke knew about the past charges.
SARDIS, Miss. (AP) - Some people in a north Mississippi town are complaining after the local chamber of commerce chose a sex offender as the grand marshal of the town Christmas parade. WMC-TV reports Michael Saripkin presided over the Sardis Christmas parade Tuesday. Saripkin was convicted in Tennessee of sexual battery in 1990 and statutory rape in 1997. In 2013, he was convicted in Mississippi of inappropriately touching a child.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two women say in a lawsuit that a Mississippi-based bank is unfairly charging overdraft fees. The Clarion Ledger reports Cryesha McDonald of Waynesboro and Chantal Lewis of Jackson sued Trustmark National Bank this month in federal court in Jackson. Lawyers representing the women seek approval for a class-action lawsuit representing all the bank's customers. The Jackson-based bank, with $13 billion in assets, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville deacon who has questioned the thoroughness of a recently published list of Tennessee priests accused of sexual abuse has been removed from ministry at his local parish. Deacon Ron Deal confirmed Friday he has been instructed not to minister at the Brentwood parish until his "public disagreement" with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville diocese is resolved.
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