Court: Fisk Can Share Art, No More Appeals

The Tennessee Supreme Court has decided the Attorney General will not be allowed to appeal in the long court battle over whether Fisk University can sell a stake in its valuable Stieglitz Collection. At issue for the last several years has been whether Fisk can accept $30 million to share the art with Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas. The state Attorney General has contended that the sharing agreement violates O'Keeffe’s instructions, but the last ruling in the case was in Fisk’s favor. WPLN reports.

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TN Supreme Court

SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT DISCRETIONARY APPEALS Grants & Denials List

Court: TN Supreme Court


TN Workers Comp Appeals

JIM SINGLEY v. CHEROKEE INSURANCE COMPANY

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys:

Stephen K. Heard and Adam O. Knight, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Cherokee Insurance Company.

David Hardee, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jim Singley.

Judge: HARRIS

In this workers’ compensation action, the employee sustained injuries to his right hip, knee, and ankle as a result of a fall while employed as a truck driver. Although he received medical treatment and briefly returned to work, the employee continued to have pain and eventually required knee surgery. After the employee recovered from the surgery, the employer was unable to return him to work. The treating physician assigned a permanent partial impairment of 2% to the right lower extremity. The employee’s evaluating physician assigned a 13% impairment rating. The trial court awarded 45.5% permanent partial disability to the right leg. The employer has appealed, asserting that the trial court erred by utilizing the evaluating physician’s impairment rating and that the award of benefits is excessive. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


TN Court of Appeals

BROOKS COTTON COMPANY, INC. v. BRADLEY F. WILLIAMS

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Oscar C. Carr, III, Don L. Hearn, Jr., and Patrick T. Burnett, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Bradley F. Williams.

C. Barry Ward and Richard S. Townley, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Brooks Cotton Company, Inc.

Judge: STAFFORD

This interlocutory appeal concerns the question of whether a farmer may be considered a merchant for purposes of the Uniform Commercial Code Statute of Frauds. Appellant farmer allegedly entered into an oral contract to sell his cotton crop to Appellee cotton company. The farmer failed to deliver the cotton and the cotton company sued for specific performance. The farmer defended the suit by arguing that the alleged oral contract was unenforceable due to the Statute of Frauds. The cotton company countered that the farmer was a merchant for purposes of the merchant exception to the Statute of Frauds. The trial court granted partial summary judgment in favor of the cotton company, finding that the farmer was a merchant for purposes of the Statute of Frauds. We hold that a farmer may be considered a merchant for purposes of the Uniform Commercial Code Statute of Frauds, the determination of which is a mixed question of law and fact. However, because the question of whether this particular farmer qualifies as a merchant raises genuine issues regarding the inferences to be drawn from the facts, we reverse the grant of partial summary judgment and remand to the trial court for a trial on the merits.


CONSULTING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC., ET AL. v. JOHN H. FRIEDMANN, SR.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

John R. Phillips, Jr. and Bruce N. Oldham, Gallatin, Tennessee, for the Appellant, John H. Friedmann, Sr.

Russell E. Edwards and Michael W. Edwards, Hendersonville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Consulting and Financial Services, Inc. and Paul G. Crenshaw.

Judge: DINKINS

This suit arises as a result of the installation of tile flooring in a home. Homeowners sued the contractor for breach of warranty, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment. The trial court awarded $106,103.92 to homeowners and assessed $4,252.00 in discretionary costs. Contractor appeals asserting that, in finding liability, the trial court failed to apply the standard of performance set forth in the contract and that the court erred in calculating and measuring the damages. We have determined that the trial court applied an implied warranty or workmanship rather than the contractual standard; however we have reviewed the evidence de novo and modify the judgment to hold that the contractor breached the contractual standard. We remand the case for a determination of the appropriate amount of damages.


SHERRIE L. DURHAM v. TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BY AND THROUGH JAMES NEELEY IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY ET AL.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Sherrie L. Durham, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; William E. Young, Solicitor General; and William J. Marett, Jr., Senior Counsel, for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development by and through James Neeley in his official capacity, Tennessee Civil Service Commission by and through Deborah Storey in her official capacity, and Tre Hargett in his official capacity.

Judge: CLEMENT

This petition was filed pursuant to the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act. The petitioner seeks judicial review of an administrative decision by the Tennessee Civil Service Commission to uphold the termination of her employment with the Tennessee Department of Labor. On motion by the petitioner, the entire administrative record was struck from the record in the judicial proceedings. Having no administrative record upon which to review the Department’s decision, the trial court dismissed the petition. We affirm.


IN RE GINA A.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Trisha A. Bohlen, Bell Buckle, Tennessee, for the appellant, Krissy A.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; William E. Young, Solicitor General; and Alexander S. Rieger, Assistant Attorney General; for the appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services.

Judge: BENNETT

Mother argues that the divestment of custody of her child from the Department of Children’s Services to a relative in another state constitutes de facto termination of her parental rights. We find no merit to this argument since the parent-child relationship was not terminated by the court’s custody decision.


SANDI D. JACKSON v. HCA HEALTH SERVICES OF TENNESSEE, INC., D/B/A CENTENNIAL MEDICAL CENTER ET AL.
CORRECTION: On page one of the opinion, C. J. Gideon, Jr. has been added as counsel for appellees.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Phillip L. Davidson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sandi D. Jackson.

C. J. Gideon, Jr., Dixie W. Cooper, and Brian P. Manookian, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, HCA Health Services of Tennessee, Inc., d/b/a Centennial Medical Center and d/b/a/ Hendersonville Medical Center.

Phillip North, J. Eric Miles and Lauren Smith, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Joseph Magoun, M.D., Claude L. Ferrell, L.D., Jonathan Grooms, CRNA, Anesthesia Medical Group, P.C., Louis Brusting, III, M.D., and the Heart and Vascular Team, P.L.L.C.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Joseph F. Whalen, Associate Solicitor General; and Stephanie A. Bergmeyer, Assistant Attorney General, for the intervenor, State of Tennessee.

Judge: CLEMENT

This appeal arises from the dismissal of a medical malpractice action due to the plaintiff’s failure to provide a certificate of good faith. All defendants filed Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 12.02(6) motions to dismiss the medical malpractice action based upon Tennessee Code Annotated § 29-26-122(a), which provides: “If the certificate is not filed with the complaint, the complaint shall be dismissed, as provided in subsection (c), absent a showing that the failure was due to the failure of the provider to timely provide copies of the claimant’s records requested as provided in § 29-26-121 or demonstrated extraordinary cause.” Because the plaintiff failed to make a showing that the omission was due to the failure of any healthcare provider to provide records or demonstrate extraordinary cause, the trial court granted the motions and dismissed the case. The plaintiff asserts on appeal that the statutory requirement violates the separation of powers clause and that it violates the due process and equal protection guarantees of the constitution of Tennessee by treating plaintiffs in suits for medical negligence differently from plaintiffs in other civil litigation and by allegedly restricting access to the courts. Finding no constitutional infirmities, we affirm.


WILLIAM MISE, ET. AL. V. METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER OF OAK RIDGE, ET. AL.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Michael S. Shipwash, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellants, William Mise and Michael Cantrell.

F. Michael Fitzpatrick and Rachel Park Hurt, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

Edward G. White, II, and B. Chase Kibler, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Bradley Strnad, M.D.

Libba Bond and R. Scott Durham, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Charles Mascioli, M.D.

Judge: MCCLARTY

This is an appeal from the grant of summary judgment in a medical malpractice case. Virginia Mise was admitted to Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge following complaints of abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. She was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. Several days later, she died following a medical procedure. Her sons filed suit, alleging that Virginia Mise’s treating physicians and nurses failed to comply with the requisite standard of care, causing her death. Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge and the treating physicians filed motions for summary judgment. The trial court granted the motions for summary judgment. We affirm the grant of the motions for summary judgment.


JENNIFER LYNN MONROE v. TRAVIS MONROE

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Thomas F. Bloom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Travis Monroe.

Randy Hillhouse, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Jennifer Lynn Monroe.

Judge: DINKINS

Husband appeals an order denying his motion to set aside a default judgment and the final judgment entered in his divorce action. On the facts presented, we hold that the default judgment should have been set aside; accordingly, we reverse the order denying Husband’s motion to set aside, and the case is remanded.


VICTOR RAYMOND PETERSON v. KATHLEEN ADELLE PETERSON

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Robert W. Wilkinson, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the appellant, Victor Raymond Peterson.

Joe R. Judkins, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the appellee, Kathleen Adelle Peterson.

Judge: FARMER

Husband appeals the trial court’s division of property and award of alimony in solido to Wife. We remand to the trial court for further findings.


WILMA J. SOLOCK SMARSH, v. DAVID A. SMARSH

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Stanley F. LaDuke, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, David A. Smarsh.

Browder G. Williams, Kingston, Tennessee, for the appellee, Wilma J. Solock Smarsh.

Judge: FRANKS

This is a divorce case of a marriage of approximately 34 years. After hearing the evidence, the Trial Judge awarded the divorce to the wife, "equally" divided the parties' marital property, ordered the husband to pay the wife permanent alimony of $500.00 a month, and awarded the wife $10,000.00 in partial payment of her attorney's fees. The husband appealed and contended inter alia that the wife was not entitled to permanent alimony, nor was she entitled to have an award of attorney's fees against him. We affirm the Judgment of the Trial Court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE EX REL. AMY TRISLER v. SCOTT A. COLLINS

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Shannon R. Romain, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Scott A. Collins.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; William E. Young, Solicitor General; and Warren A. Jasper, Senior Counsel; for the appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services.

Judge: BENNETT

Defendant Collins challenges his conviction for criminal contempt, claiming that the evidence was insufficient to convict him and that the use of certain evidence violated his constitutional rights. We affirm the conviction.


TN Court of Criminal Appeals

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MARK DEMCOVITZ

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Joseph A. McClusky and Massey McClusky, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mark Demcovitz.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; Chris Scruggs, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: BIVINS

Mark Demcovitz (“the Defendant”) pled guilty to unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to sell and received an eight year sentence. The trial court entered a judgment reserving two certified questions of law. On appeal, the Defendant asks that this Court answer the following certified questions:

1. Whether the stop of the defendant for “following too close” violated the defendant’s state and federal constitutional rights when the statute is absent any objective criteria for the officer to base his determination on, thereby granting the officer unbridled discretion in determining when a violation occurs?

2. Whether the stop of a defendant for a minor “cite and release” traffic violation which provided for a fine only, the detention of the defendant exceeded the reasonable length and scope to effectuate the purposes of the stop, placement of the defendant in the secured area of the officer’s patrol car, the use of a drug dog “run” around the defendant’s vehicle, and the subsequent search of defendant’s vehicle violated the rights of the defendant under the federal and state constitutions and, therefore, all evidence resulting from the seizure and search should be suppressed?

After a thorough review of the record, we answer each question in the negative and hold that the Defendant’s constitutional rights were not violated. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SCOTTY LYNN EDMONDS

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Mark E. Stephens, District Public Defender; Nathaniel H. Evans, Assistant Public Defender (at trial); and Gianna M. Maio, Assistant Public Defender (at trial and on appeal), for the appellant, Scotty Lynn Edmonds.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; Randall Eugene Nichols, District Attorney General; and Kyle Hixson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: THOMAS

The Defendant, Scotty Lynn Edmonds, was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), first offense, a Class A misdemeanor, and violation of the implied consent law, a Class C misdemeanor. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 55-10-401, -406. The trial court sentenced the Defendant to 11 months and 29 days with all but 5 days to be served on probation. In this appeal as of right, the Defendant contends (1) that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence; and (2) that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his conviction for DUI, first offense. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


LARRY HOLMES v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

David Christensen, Brentwood, Tennessee, for appellant, Larry Holmes.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Doug Carriker, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The Petitioner, Larry Holmes, appeals the Shelby County Criminal Court’s denial of postconviction relief from his convictions for four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, and one count of aggravated burglary, and resulting effective sentence of seventy years. The trial court merged the aggravated robbery convictions with the especially aggravated kidnapping convictions. The Petitioner contends that he was denied due process when the trial court failed to dismiss the kidnapping convictions and that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel on appeal. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


JAMES E. KENNER v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

James E. Kenner, Only, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. (Torry) Johnson, District Attorney General; and Amy Eisenbeck, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The Petitioner, James E. Kenner, appeals the Davidson County Criminal Court’s denial of his petition for a writ of error coram nobis regarding his convictions for five counts of aggravated burglary, five counts of theft of property valued at $1000 or more, and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon, for which he is serving an effective seventy-five year sentence as a career offender. The Petitioner contends that the trial court erred in summarily dismissing his petition. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


CHARLES E. ORANGE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Charles E. Orange, Clifton, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Senior Counsel; Charles Frank Crawford, Jr., District Attorney General; and Michael D. Randles, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The Petitioner, Charles E. Orange, appeals the Bedford County Circuit Court’s denial of post-conviction relief. On appeal, he contends that the trial court erred by summarily dismissing his petition without appointing counsel or giving him an opportunity to amend his petition. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CHELSY MARIE SMITH

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

B. Nathan Hunt, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Chelsy Marie Smith.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Assistant Attorney General; John W. Carney, Jr., District Attorney General; and Arthur Bieber, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

The Defendant, Chelsy Marie Smith, pled guilty to theft of property over $1,000, a Class D felony, and aggravated robbery, a Class B felony. The trial court sentenced the Defendant, as a standard offender, to an effective sentence of one year in the Department of Correction followed by seven years on community corrections. After the Defendant’s release, a violation warrant was issued, and, after a hearing, the trial court revoked the Defendant’s community corrections sentence, finding that she had violated the terms of her sentence and ordered her to serve the remainder of her eight-year sentence in confinement. On appeal, the Defendant contends the trial court abused its discretion by revoking her community corrections sentence and ordering her to serve the balance of her sentence in prison. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.


MICHAEL BLAINE WARD, II v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Robert L. Jolley, Jr. (on appeal) and Anthony Avery (at trial), Knoxville, Tennessee, and J. Michael Clement (at trial), Clinton, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Blaine Ward, II.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Mickey Layne, District Attorney General; and Jason Ponder, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The Petitioner, Michael Blaine Ward, II, appeals the Coffee County Circuit Court’s denial of post-conviction relief from his convictions for especially aggravated kidnapping, attempted second degree murder, aggravated spousal rape, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary, and resulting effective sentence of twenty-one years. On appeal, he contends that trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing to (1) adequately investigate and prepare for trial, (2) give proper written notice of an alibi witness, (3) present material evidence at the trial, (4) object to inadmissible evidence and prosecutorial misconduct, (5) require the State to elect a single means by which the charged offenses were committed, (6) object to improper jury instructions, (7) preserve issues for appeal, and (8) object to his prosecution under Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-14-404. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


TIMOTHY C. WATSON v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Timothy C. Watson, Only, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; and Kim R. Helper, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The Petitioner, Timothy C. Watson, pro se, appeals the Hickman County Circuit Court’s summary dismissal of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus from his 2009 conviction for sale of cocaine over one-half gram and resulting fifteen-year sentence. The Petitioner contends that he was denied the right to counsel at his trial and that he was entitled to an evidentiary hearing. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Memphis Political Reformer Dies After Long Illness

Memphis attorney Hunter Lane Jr., a pivotal figure in the city’s political history, died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 82. Mr. Lane was elected Commissioner of Public Service in 1963 and was one of the leaders of a reform movement that led to a charter commission and the establishment in 1967 of the current mayor-council form of government, the Memphis Flyer reports. He also later served on the Memphis School Board.


Retired Judge Holcomb Dies Sunday

Retired General Sessions Court Judge Starlan Richard Holcomb Jr. died Sunday, April 22. He was 76. A member of the state legislature from 1967-1973, Judge Holcomb was a graduate of the University of Chattanooga and earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors. Honorary pallbearers will be current and retired members of the local judiciary. Read his obituary from Heritage Funeral Home and more about him in the Chattanoogan.


Services Tuesday for Nashville Lawyer Bob Whitaker

Nashville attorney Robert Lee Whitaker died suddenly Friday, April 20, the Nashville Post reports. He was 55. Visitation at the Williamson Funeral Home at 3009 Columbia Ave. in Franklin is scheduled for Tuesday (April 24) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with the funeral to follow. Learn more from the funeral home.


Prosecutor’s File Note Cannot Be Basis For A New Trial

The Tennessee Supreme Court last week affirmed the trial court’s judgment and ruled that a prosecutor’s handwritten note that was not turned over to the defendant before the trial of his case was not admissible as evidence and, therefore, was insufficient to support the defendant’s petition for a new trial. Chattanooga.com has more


Collins to Finish Ward's Unexpired Court Term

The Hamblen County Commission appointed Morristown attorney Doug Collins to fill out Hamblen County General Sessions Court Judge Joyce Ward’s unexpired term, June 1 to Aug. 31, the Citizen Tribune reports.  On Aug. 2, county residents will elect Ward’s replacement, who will take office Sept. 1.


Edwards' Trial Begins With Questions About Key Witness

A key prosecution witness in the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards contacted other witnesses in the case to ask about their planned testimony, a possible violation of federal law, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles said today. She said that former Edwards aide Andrew Young called the three other witnesses in the last two weeks. Eagles ruled that lawyers for Edwards could mention the improper contact to jurors in opening arguments today, but barred them from using the term "witness tampering" or telling the jury that Young had a one-night stand with one of the other witnesses in 2007. The Associated Press has more. Jurors were seated as the trial began today in Greensboro NC. Also, the judge ordered a former speech writer for the two-time presidential candidate to turn over any drafts of books or articles involving Edwards and other key players in his case.


State High Court to Hear 'Wooded Rapist' Appeal, 7 Others

The Tennessee Supreme Court has granted review in eight cases. One of the two criminal cases -- from Robert Jason Burdick, dubbed "the wooded rapist" -- involves the novel question of tolling the statute of limitations with a John Doe warrant coupled with a DNA profile of an unknown offender. The second criminal case addresses the scope of appellate review in sentencing decisions where there is no transcript of the underling guilty plea. The remaining cases are civil and concern the application of the 120-day medical malpractice act notice provision to the statute of limitations under the Tennessee governmental tort liability act, proof of causation in a wrongful death action, construction of a silent consent clause in an anti-assignment contract, the lack of an effective signature in the execution of will, a choice of law question between the Federal Arbitration Act and the Tennessee Uniform Arbitration Act, and a certified question addressing immigration enforcement. The Raybin-Perkey Hot List has the details


Shelby, Davidson Officials Say PD Offices Being Shortchanged

Shelby County Public Defender Stephen Bush claims state finance officials have been misinterpreting state law regarding funding for the public defenders in Shelby and Davidson counties for 20 years and that the offices are owed $45.2 million -- $28.4 million for Shelby and $16.8 million for Davidson. State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, has filed a proposed amendment to the state budget that would appropriate the money to the two counties. The amendment is not expected to pass, but Kyle said he hopes the problem can be fixed going forward, which would mean an extra $3 million for the Shelby public defender's office and $2 million for Davidson in the state budget for fiscal year 2012-13. The Commercial Appeal has the story


Legislative Session May End This Week

Tennessee lawmakers say they hope to wrap up the 107th General Assembly this week, although there are about "60 to 70" unresolved issues. Among those are the budget, proposals on how to select Supreme Court justices and an effort to ban teaching about gay issues in schools. The News Sentinel has more


 
 

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