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5 p.m. - Sept 20th we'll be back in court to get into Gibson and Carroll county theories. Too many objections to defense witness for today.

5 p.m. - Adjourn until 9/20. All parties will be able to look over paperwork. Judge says this will delay how long this takes to be decided. /sr

4:59 p.m. - Judge back. Let's find out. /sr

4:58 p.m. - That is just what I am overhearing discussed. /sr

4:58 p.m. - Appears as though we might be looking at a 2 week break in order for all parties to look over maps/data in question. Nothing official. /sr

4:38 p.m. - Sidebar continues. /sr

4:15 p.m. - Sidebar happening at the moment. Judge asked for plans on how to proceed from here with witness/info that has us at a standstill. /sr

4:03 p.m. - Seems this finishing up today is not happening.

4:02 p.m. - They've done amazingly little actual arguing in this case since lunch.

4:01 p.m. - We are currently in the midst of discussing the testimony of the map making lady and her maps/info/stats being allowed as part of evidence.

3:09 p.m. - We are currently in the midst of discussing the testimony of the map making lady and her maps/info/stats being allowed as part of evidence.

3 p.m. - Objections coming to testimony of map maker. Judge agrees, tells counsel he believes she seems to be testifying as analyzer of map data. /sr

2:41 p.m. - We are currently looking at a map of Gibson County and evaluating the population/growth within certain areas. /sr

2:19 p.m. - Ok. Someone in the courtroom is playing Angry Birds and forgot to put their phone on silent. /sr

2:05 p.m. - Now on the stand is Carolyn Anderson of Nashville. She specializes in maps and works for the TN General Assembly making maps. /sr

1:58 p.m. - ...and we are back following lunch break. We have picked back up with the documents being admitted. /sr

12:12 p.m. - Lunch break interviews. //

12:05 .p.m - Appears we might wrap up this afternoon with witnesses. /sr

12:05 p.m. - Court on lunch break until 2 pm. At which point we will continue with admission of documents. /sr

11:37 a.m. - Atty. Leo Bearman has led the case in objections over the past couple of days by a wide margin by my count. /sr

11:21 a.m. - Merge with that district, then hold a referendum to form a municipal school district. Resulting in what it already has, just different name

11:20 a.m. - Here comes the Milan, TN argument. That muni laws apply to Milan- it could surrender charter to non-existent county school district...

11:19 a.m. - Governmental type documents being admitted into proof. I will spare you the details of every single one. /sr

11:11 a.m. - County's population forecasting expert > municipality's population forecasting expert

11:10 a.m. - Oh dear. They have called back up the demography expert from yesterday. More math! /sr

11:09 a.m. - ...and we're back. #municipalschools /sr

10:55 a.m. - Court in recess for 10 minutes. /sr

10:55 a.m. - Kiel testifies that he personally believed that unified schools would have at least one year before municipal schools would become issue.

10:52 a.m. - Kiel: if we had known about the municipal schools plan, it would have dramatically changed the TPC plan.

10:50 a.m. - Wade back up to ask Kiel a few questions. /sr

10:38 a.m. - Now back examining documents on the overhead projectors here in the courtroom. /sr

10:38 a.m. - Judge said that was a first for him. /sr

10:37 a.m. - Kiel on stand texting his assistant since he will not make it to teach his 11 o'clock class at the University of Memphis. /sr

10:33 a.m. - Atty. Cates seems to be implying that the TPC made an error in overlooking the possible creation of municipal schools. /sr

10:31 a.m. - Kiel: Municipal schools were too hypothetical for the TPC to even consider as part of the plan. /sr

10:29 a.m. - Kiel has been on TPC since late 2011. One of the original members. Being asked if he should have known municipal schools were possibility.

10:22 a.m. - Kiel testifies that a decrease in students would create an overall reduction in resource based services. /sr

10:18 a.m. - The level of autonomy afforded to schools in merger plan depends on which TPC member you're talking to

10:16 a.m. - Kiel: "a school that is 50% full cannot have some of the things a school that is 80% full has."

10:14 a.m. - Kiel says that a shift of 10-15k students to municipal schools is not part of the TPC plan. /sr

10:13 a.m. - Kiel testifies of all the time he has put in as part of the TPC. Wade asks if municipal school creation would create more work for TPC. /sr

9:59 a.m. - Mayors Goldsworthy (Germantown) & McDonald (Bartlett), sitting couple rows up from me. Senator Norris once again here and taking notes. /sr

9:49 a.m - Kiel testifies that municipal schools were never included in the TPC plan. /sr

9:46 a.m. - Kiel (on the TPC) is testifying to the fact that they had done a lot of planning in preparing for the school mergers. /sr

9:40 a. m. - U of M Law Professor Daniel Kiel on the stand. Currently being questioned by City Council Attorney Allan Wade. /sr

9:38 a.m. - Back in court. Day two has begun. /sr



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This will be the live courtroom blog for the Municipal Schools hearing in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays.

He is set to make a ruling on the constitutionality of the vote that led to create municipal school districts.

A little background on the case can be found by reading Sarah Bleau's story from this past weekend.

FOX13 reporters Le Smith and Lauren Lee and web producer Steven Russell will be inside the courtroom.

You can also keep up to date by reading tweets from Lauren Lee from inside the courtroom.

The blog will be updated with time stamps and the latest information will appear at the top of the page.

Lauren Lee and Les Smith will have live reports at both mid-day and all the happenings in court on FOX13 News at 5 p.m.

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