The notion that the arts make our culture "richer" is commonplace in our vernacular, but an undeniable trend has emerged giving an entirely new meaning to the phrase: across the board, the country’s nonprofit arts and culture industry has grown by twenty-four percent over the past five years, generating over $166 billion in economic activity a year. Art can be big business, and not just in cosmopolitan meccas like New York and Los Angeles. Across the United States, small and midsized cities are harnessing their creative energy to jumpstart their local economies, often with striking results. Cities that have taken heed of this trend have been rewarded in multiple ways—from the rehabilitation and development of uninhabitable areas of the city to the welcoming of tourists, businesses, and well-heeled residents to those very areas. One seminal example is New York’s Soho and Tribecca neighborhoods, which now exceed the famed Upper East Side and Central … [Read more...] about Extreme Makeover: Arts Edition Paducah, Kentucky
Tennessee has long been known for its strong tourist attraction. With Beale Street and Graceland in Memphis, the music industry and dynamic attractions of Nashville, the Aquarium in Chattanooga and beautiful Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, the state continues to draw numerous tourists from all over the country, and beyond.Gaming is not legalized in Tennessee. Tennesseans do, however, have easy access to gaming outside the state. Tennessee has eight contiguous states (Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri). Three of those states have legalized gaming (North Carolina, Mississippi and Missouri).The statistics show that Tennesseans have been streaming across its borders to its sister states to take advantage of the gaming these states offer. This fact, along with the millions of dollars following Tennessee residents gaming in other states, has not gone unnoticed by the Tennessee legislature.Perhaps mindful of this, State Representative … [Read more...] about Have the Odds of Casino Gaming in Tennessee Just Been Raised?
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy placed great faith in the appearance of impropriety in June 2009 when the court tried to determine how much spending on judicial campaigns is enough to affect a judge’s impartiality and cause the judge’s removal from a case.The facts in Caperton v. Massey made the decision relatively easy. West Virginia coal magnate Don Blankenship had spent some $3 million in 2004 to help elect a state supreme court justice when Blankenship’s A.T. Massey Coal Co. had a case coming before the court. The Blankenship bankroll totaled more than the amounts raised by the two candidates combined and their supporters. Blankenship’s man won and joined in the vote to reverse a $50 million judgment against Massey.Money may not buy love, but the $3 million bought Blankenship justice, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court took up the matter. The circumstances and the amount alone were enough to create a risk of bias, Kennedy wrote, so due … [Read more...] about Show Me the Money: States, ABA Try to Figure Out When Campaign Cash Leads to a Judge’s Recusal
A legal aid group in Tennessee is trying a clever and unusual tactic to drum up an audience of attorneys to listen to a pro bono pitch: Elvis Presley.Legal Aid of East Tennessee will be offering a free continuing legal education course on Tuesday on Elvis Law. The state and federal cases dealing with the late king of rock ‘n’ roll.It will be held in a courtroom at the McMinn County Courthouse in Chattanooga, where a 10-foot cutout of the legendary entertainer will reportedly greet attendees, according to a press release.It turns out there’s actually quite a bit of interesting law related to Presley, the Associated Press reports.“Elvis was fascinating,” said Russell Fowler, the associate director of LAET. “He was not liitigious, never sued anybody. He’d fire someone and then give them $50,000 to be nice. But when he died, litigation sprang from everywhere.”But Fowler, who will lead the CLE presentation, makes no bones about his … [Read more...] about Free CLE Course on Elvis Presley Law Is ‘Bait and Switch’ to Get Lawyers to Listen to Pro Bono Pitch
The Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) brought more than 30,000 attendees together from around the world to discuss the latest technologies, telecommunications developments, and policies last month. The conference, which was held in San Francisco, included a massive exhibition floor, numerous panel events, and countless ancillary networking events. What follows is a top-five round-up of key takeways from MWCA panels, in no particular order. BlockchainRight out of the gate, speakers during a blockchain panel made it clear that technologists have much work to do in educating the business community about the capabilities and limitations of blockchain and its most popular application, bitcoin. According to the panelists, the top mistake made by companies is to come to them with a vaguely-formed sense that “we want to do something with bitcoin,” but have little understanding of what bitcoin is, how it differs from other blockchain applications, or whether … [Read more...] about A Top-5 Panel Round-up of the Mobile World Congress Americas