November 16, 2000
Volume 6 -- Number 189

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01 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court Workers' Compensation Panel
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Lucian T. Pera
Editor-in-Chief, TBALink

In the Matter Of All Assessments, Review of Ad Valorem Assessments of
Public Utility Companies for Tax Year 1998



Attorney General Paul G. Summers and Jimmy G. Creecy, Chief Special
Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for
appellant, Tennessee State Board of Equalization.

James W. McBride, Washington, D. C., Stephen D. Goodwin, Memphis,
Tennessee, and Brigid T. Miller, Nashville, Tennessee for
intervenors/appellants, Coalition of Certain Utilities.

T. Arthur Scott, Jr. and Suzanne S. Cook, Kingsport, Tennessee, for
intervenors/appellants, Appalachian Power Company and Kingsport Power

James L. Charles and Paul Krivacka, Nashville, Tennessee for appellee,
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Jeffrey D. Moseley, Franklin, Tennessee, Donnie E. Wilson, Memphis,
Tennessee, Robert B. Rolwing, Memphis, Tennessee, and Jean Dyer
Harrison, Nashville, Tennessee, for appellees, Shelby and Williamson


First Paragraph:

This Court granted the applications for permission to appeal submitted
on behalf of the Tennessee Board of Equalization and certain public
utility companies.  The purpose of our grant was to consider whether
the Court of Appeals erred in determining that the Board of
Equalization had exceeded its authority in granting a reduction in the
assessed value of certain centrally-assessed public utility tangible
personal property for tax year 1998. We hold that the Board of
Equalization does have the legal authority, as part of the
equalization process, to reduce the appraised value (and the assessed
value) of centrally-assessed public utility property.  Such a
reduction is an appropriate remedy where the reduction causes the
appraised value of such centrally-assessed personal property within
each local tax jurisdiction to bear the same ratio to fair market
value as obtains for  the personal property within such local
jurisdiction that is appraised and assessed by local taxing
authorities. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed, and
this case is remanded to the Tennessee Board of Equalization for
further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

MITCHELL BLAIN BINGHAM v. TAMMYANNE BINGHAM Court:TCA Attorneys: W. Troy McDougal, Collegedale, Tennessee, and Richard Ducote, New Orleans, Louisiana, for the appellant, Tammyanne Bingham. Sherry B. Paty, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Mitchell Blain Bingham. Sandra J. Bott, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellees, Dr. Sam Bingham and Mary Lynn Bingham. Judge: SUSANO First Paragraph: In this post-divorce case, Mitchell Blain Bingham filed a petition seeking the custody of his minor child. The trial court, instead, awarded the child's custody to the child's paternal grandparents, who, prior to the trial court's order awarding them custody, were not parties to the action and had not previously petitioned for custody. Both of the child's parents appeal the award of custody to the paternal grandparents. We vacate the trial court's judgment and remand for further proceedings.
JUDD'S INCORPORATED v. DORIS L. MUIR, et al. Court:TCA Attorneys: W. Richard Baker, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellants, Doris L. Muir and Allan T. Muir James H. Ripley, Sevierville, Tennessee, for the Appellee Judd's Incorporated Edward H. Hamilton, Sevierville, Tennessee, for the Appellee Halliday-Tyler Printing, Inc. Judge: GODDARD First Paragraph: In this appeal Doris and Allan Muir insist that the Chancellor was in error in not allowing their homestead exemption as to certain funds realized from the sale of real estate to satisfy a judgment previously entered against them. Their attorney, W. Richard Baker, Jr., insists that the Chancellor was in error in not enforcing a lien for his attorney fees that he claimed was properly perfected as to the same funds. We affirm.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. FARON DOUGLAS PIERCE Court:TCCA Attorneys: Charles Deas, Maryville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Faron Douglas Pierce. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter, Mark A. Fulks, Assistant Attorney General, and William Reed, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WADE First Paragraph: The defendant, Faron Douglas Pierce, was convicted of one count of aggravated robbery. See Tenn. Code Ann. S 39-13-402. The trial court imposed a Range II sentence of 20 years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. In this appeal as of right, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence and contends that his sentence is excessive. Because the evidence is sufficient and because the defendant has failed to demonstrate that his sentence is excessive, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.
Transportation of Persons with Mental Illness in Shelby County Date: November 8, 2000 Opinion Number: 00-172

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