Barbara Holmes Sworn In As Federal Magistrate Judge

POSTED BY ALEX HUBBARD (nashvillescene.com) ON WED, OCT 7, 2015 AT 5:00 PM A new federal magistrate judge was formally sworn in Tuesday in Nashville. In a ceremony held in the Estes Kefauver federal building, Barbara Holmes, a longtime Nashville attorney, took her oath of office in front of her family and a large contingent of the legal community from around the state. Holmes took the place of Juliet Griffin, who retired as a federal magistrate judge at the end of July. She has been on the job for several weeks already, but the investiture ceremony marked her formal swearing-in. “You have chosen well,” said Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Bivins, who attended law school with Holmes and is a close friend. “I have no doubt that Barbara will be an outstanding judge with her character, her wisdom, her common sense and her work ethic.” Magistrate judges on the federal level handle many of the preliminary hearings and routine case-management procedures prior to advancing the case to trial or plea hearings in front of a district judge. Holmes was most recently an attorney with Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert and Manner, where she headed up the commercial bankruptcy and reorganization division. Prior to that, she spent a decade with the U.S. Trustee’s office. Holmes also worked closely with local juvenile courts to reduce absenteeism among the youngest students and to serve as an advocate for at-risk children and families, often free of charge, said Margaret Behm, a former colleague. “Maybe the most interesting thing about Barbara is her real commitment to kids,” Behm said. “One of the real problems with her being a magistrate...
Nancy Young’s Celebration

Nancy Young’s Celebration

SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CELEBRATES NANCY YOUNG’S 55-YEARS of MUSIC MINISTRY On Sunday, May 31, 2015, Southminster Presbyterian Church celebrated the 55-years of music ministry of Nancy Young. Nancy worked devotedly as Music Director alongside each of the seven pastors during the church’s history. The congregation was joined by many of Nancy’s family members and friends who came to honor Nancy upon her retirement. The Service of Worship and Celebration was filled with joyful music, including many of Nancy’s favorite hymns and the anthem “Sweet Harmony” by composer Pepper Choplin. This anthem was commissioned by Southminster for the 50-Year Anniversary Celebration of the church in 2010. It was dedicated to Nancy Young at that time to celebrate her Music Ministry. Musical participants in the service were: former Organist Susan Steppe of Memphis, TN; Pianist Luke Roman; Southminster members Barbara Cobb, Nancy Roberts and Paul Vandermeer; and the Southminster Choir under the direction of new Music Director Bethany Reynolds. The congregation had many fond memories rekindled as pastors and friends shared their special thoughts about working with Nancy Young: Nancy Young had a music ministry, spanning over 50 years. She was always delightful to work with… and her faith was always at work through the music she directed. Gary D. Stratman, Pastor 1979-1983 Nancy knew her job and she did it faithfully, beautifully, gracefully and professionally. She professed her faith through her musical choices and throughout the joy for which the choir sang. Amelia B. Canon, Pastor 2001- 2007 Nancy never picked an anthem that I didn’t like. James A. Nichols, Pastor 1988-1999 Nancy has been a stalwart member of the Worship Team...