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New TNJ edition alert: A deep dive into the case against Kelsey

Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), right, confers with then-Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) on the House floor in Nashville on April 30, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

With the special session on dialing back COVID-19 restrictions still churning away, this week’s edition of The Tennessee Journal takes a deep dive into the indictment on the indictment of state Sen. Brian Kelsey, including:

— Details of the alleged conspiracy and our best estimates about the identities of the unnamed coconspirators and other people named in the complaint.

— An apparent split between longtime friends Kelsey and ousted Rep. Jeremy Durham.

— A look at the legal team representing Kelsey and Josh Smith, the owner of the private Standard club in Nashville.

— A primer on some of Kelsey’s greatest hits that gave him the nickname “Stuntbaby of Germantown.”

Also: An overview of the latest special session and Jack Johnson’s acknowledgement that it goes against “the tenets that we’ve held very sacred,” Bill Ketron pays his $135,000 fine, and no more take-home whiskey bottles at receptions.

As always, access your copy of the TNJ here or subscribe here.