March 26, 2003
Volume 9 Number 053
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Howard H. Vogel
SUE ANN BOWSER v. JOHN M. BOWSER
Virginia Lee Story, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sue Ann
James T. DuBois, D. Scott Porch, IV, Columbia, Tennessee, for the
appellee, John M. Bowser.
Prior to a determination on a complaint for divorce filed by Ms.
Bowser, the trial court found the parties to be married pursuant to
the common law of Ohio after their first divorce in that state in
1984. The trial court then classified and distributed the marital
property and denied Ms. Bowser's request for rehabilitative or in
futuro alimony. We affirm the decision of the trial court finding
that a common law marriage existed, affirm the trial court's
distribution of property, modify the alimony decision and remand the
cause for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
LEROY McBEE v. DAVID ELLIOTT, et al.
Jerre M. Hood, Winchester, Tennessee, for the appellants, David
Elliott and Sharon N. Elliott.
Paul Cross, Monteagle, Tennessee, for the appellee, Leroy McBee.
In this case, a brother and sister dispute who is the actual owner of
property formerly owned by their deceased parents. We are asked to
decide if the trial court properly relied upon promissory estoppel and
adverse possession to recognize that the brother had a defense to this
claim for possession. We affirm the decision of the trial court.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. GEORGE H. HUTCHINS
Stephen M. Wallace, District Public Defender (on appeal); Joseph F.
Harrison, Assistant Public Defender (on appeal); and Burkett C.
McInturff, Kingsport, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, George
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Kathy D. Aslinger,
Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney
General; and B. Todd Martin, Assistant District Attorney General, for
the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The defendant was convicted of violation of an habitual motor vehicle
offender order, a Class E felony, and sentenced to two years as a
Range I, standard offender in the Department of Correction. He argues
on appeal that the trial court improperly set his sentence at the
maximum by failing to give adequate weight to applicable mitigating
factors and erred in denying his request for full probation or other
alternative sentencing. Based on our review, we affirm the judgment
of the trial court.
Action by the Four Lake Regional Industrial Development Authority
Date: March 24, 2003
Opinion Number: 03-029
State Lottery -- Application of discrimination law to lottery
Date: March 25, 2003
Opinion Number: 03-030
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