- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) - State officials are asking people with possible claims on burial plots at a troubled Memphis-area cemetery to contact the state in order to preserve their burial rights.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance said Monday that people with claims on burial space at Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett must contact the receiver in charge of the cemetery by Aug. 15.

The cemetery was closed in early 2014 after its owner was charged with mishandling burials. A receiver has taken control of the cemetery, which was temporarily opened on Memorial Day for graveside visits.

Families with claims on burial plots should call the receiver at (615) 370-0051. Families will be mailed an affidavit they must sign, notarize and return, along with a copy of their deed or bill of sale.

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