• Suzie Edwards Press Release

  • Posted December 21, 2017

  • Suzie Edwards, intake paralegal for West Tennessee Legal Services’ (WTLS’) Huntingdon Office was honored with the first annual “Steve X” award for her outstanding work promoting access to justice in West Tennessee. 

    For the last forty (40) years, WTLS has provided civil legal help to low-income, vulnerable individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance in 17 West Tennessee Counties, including Carroll County.   More information about WTLS’ services, including downloadable factsheets and brochures regarding legal issues affecting senior citizens and low-income individuals, can be found at www.wtls.org.

    Steve Xanthopoulos, former Executive Director of WTLS from 1988-2014, first joined WTLS in 1980 as the Managing Attorney in the Huntingdon office.  Xanthopoulos was a creative innovator in the delivery of civil legal assistance to vulnerable populations and was recognized nationally, as well as statewide, for his collaborative efforts to ensure justice for all.  Excellence was the standard by which he led.  In honor of his dedication and leadership, current Executive Director, Catherine B. Clayton, established the "Steve X" award to be given annually to a WTLS staff member whose work ethic and dedication to WTLS clients exemplifies the standard Xanthopoulos established.  According to Clayton, “The Constitution opens with its stated goal:  ‘We the People, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice  . . .’ Suzie Edwards helps makes the Constitutional promise of ‘justice for all’, as also stated in the Pledge of Allegiance,  possible for  vulnerable West Tennesseans every day. There is no one more well-deserving of Steve Xanthopoulos’ legacy to receive the first Steve X award than Suzie.” 

  • Shortened Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period Coming Up

  • Posted September 29, 2017

  • Are you either uninsured or underinsured? People may apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”). You can apply between November 1, 2017 and December 15, 2017. This year the open enrollment period has been shortened, you must apply on or before the December 15th deadline! The health insurance covers most doctor and hospital visits. It covers most prescriptions. Preexisting medical conditions won’t stop you from receiving coverage! 

    Many people will qualify for financial help to buy health insurance. The monthly premiums and other costs will be low for many people.

    Call 1-800-318-2596 or go to www.healthcare.gov to find out the health insurance choices that are available to you. 

  • Bill Reduces Costs of Expungements

  • Posted May 30, 2017

  • According to the Nashville AP, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a law that will make it easier for people convicted of mostly low-level offenses to get their criminal records wiped clean.  The law reduces the costs of expunging criminal record convictions from $450 to $270, making it more affordable.  The bipartisan measure was championed by two Shelby County lawmakers in an effort to help non-violent offenders who have turned their lives around.  The measure, which was sponsored by Rep. Raumesh Akbari, a Democrat from Memphis, and Sen. Mark Norris, a Republican from Collierville, takes effect immediately.