September 6, 2000
Volume 6 -- Number 141

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00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court Workers' Compensation Panel
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FIRST UTILITY DISTRICT OF KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE v. ELEANOR JO
JARNIGAN-BODDEN

Court:TCA

Attorneys:

Linda J. Hamilton Mowles, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant,
Eleanor Jo Jarnigan-Bodden.

John A. Lucas, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Nash E. Long, III, Charlotte,
North Carolina, for the appellee, First Utility District of Knox
County, Tennessee.                          

Judge: SWINEY

First Paragraph:

The property owner objected to service of process and asserted due
process violations relating to a utility district easement
condemnation.  Service of process by publication was proper notice to
the non-resident Cayman Islands resident, there was no showing that
the condemnation for public purpose was not necessary, and there was
no right for the property owner to demand a jury of view to determine
the proper easement for a water line.  Judgment of the Trial Court is
affirmed and the case remanded for determination of the compensation
due the property owner for the taking.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/firstutility.wpd


KIMBERLY DIANE RAMSEY v. ELMER COLE RAMSEY Court:TCA Attorneys: William H. Bell of Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Elmer Cole Ramsey Roger A. Woolsey of Greeneville, Tennessee for the appellee, Kimberly Diane Ramsey Judge: GODDARD First Paragraph: On March 4, 1999, the Plaintiff filed for a divorce. The Defendant was served on March 5, 1999. At the trial court's regular docket sounding held on March 19, 1999, the divorce hearing was set for July 20, 1999. The Defendant filed an answer on April 14, 1999. Neither counsel for the Defendant nor the Defendant appeared at the hearing. After being unable to contact the Defendant's attorney, the trial court heard the evidence and entered an order granting the Plaintiff a divorce, and custody of the child, setting child support, and dividing the marital property. Subsequently, the Defendant filed a motion to vacate the order averring he had no notice of the hearing and that Defendant's counsel had other business which kept him away from the hearing. The motion was denied by the trial court. The Defendant appealed. We affirm the decision of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/ramseykim.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. THOMAS WAYNE OVERBAY Court:TCCA Attorneys: Stephen M. Wallace, District Public Defender, Blountville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Thomas Wayne Overbay. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; Barry T. Staubus, Assistant District Attorney General; Teresa K. Murray-Smith, Assistant District Attorney General; and Gregory A. Newman, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WOODALL First Paragraph: Defendant was convicted by a jury of four counts of aggravated sexual battery and ten counts of rape of a child. In this direct appeal Defendant alleges he did not receive a fair trial because (1) the bill of particulars did not sufficiently inform Defendant of the charges, and (2) the prosecution violated Brady v. Maryland when it failed to turn-over potentially exculpatory evidence to Defendant pre- trial. Held: the bill of particulars adequately appraised Defendant of the crimes with which he was charged. Although the prosecution violated Brady when it failed to turn over potentially exculpatory evidence to Defendant pre-trial, the error was harmless. Judgment of the trial court affirmed. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/overbaytw.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES DAVID LAMOR PERRY Court:TCCA Attorneys: B.C. McInturff, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, James David Lamor Perry. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Mark E. Davidson, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and Robert H. Montgomery, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WOODALL First Paragraph: Defendant James David Lamor Perry was convicted of two counts of possession of cocaine, more than .5 grams, within 1000 feet of a school, and one count of possession of marijuana. Defendant was fined and sentenced to 20 years on each cocaine possession count and to 6 months on the marijuana count, all sentences to run concurrently. On this direct appeal Defendant now raises numerous challenges to his convictions, including issues regarding the constitutionality and interpretation of the Drug-Free School Zone Act. Defendant also argues that his sentence for the cocaine possession counts is excessive. We find no error and affirm Defendant's convictions and sentences. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/perryjdl.wpd

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