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Corrected List: List Originally Issued 12/5/2005

Court: TSC-Rules

Corrected List


Court: TCA


J. Harvey Cameron, Jasper, Tennessee, for the appellants, John N. Shelley, II, Mary Shelley, James E. Cooper, and Alice L. Cooper.

Tracy C. Wooden, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, City of South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

Judge: KOCH

This application for an interlocutory appeal arises out of a condemnation action filed by the City of South Pittsburg. The sole issue on appeal concerns the landowners’ use of an unrecorded and unapproved plat of a proposed subdivision to establish the fair market value of the property. The City filed a motion in limine to disallow the use of the plat. The trial court, relying on Davidson County Bd. of Ed. v. First Am. Nat. Bank, 202 Tenn. 9, 301 S.W.2d 905 (1957), determined that the landowners could not introduce the plat into evidence nor could their expert use the plat in his testimony to establish fair market value. The trial court subsequently granted the landowners an interlocutory appeal pursuant to Tenn. R. App. P. 9. We concur with the trial court that this is an appropriate case for an interlocutory appeal. We also conclude that the plat may be introduced and used in ways consistent with Davidson County Bd. of Ed., and we thus vacate the trial court’s order categorically prohibiting its introduction and use.1


Court: TCA


Walter W. Bussart, Lewisburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mary F. Talley.

William A. Lockett, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Estate of Robert Hodge, Jr.

Judge: CAIN

Plaintiffs driver and passenger sued the estate of deceased Defendant driver for negligent operation of his vehicle. The jury found in favor of Defendant as to both Plaintiffs’ claims. Plaintiff passenger appealed after the trial court denied her motion for a new trial. We affirm the decision of trial court.

Corrected Case: attorney and client names corrected
case originally released 11/16/2005

Court: TCA


Keith F. Blue and Molly R. Cripps, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, The City of Lavergne.

Roger S. Waldron and Terry A. Fann, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellee, Stace Lee Thompson.


This appeal involves an action brought by Lieutenant Stace Thompson of the City of LaVergne Police Department under the Tennessee Human Rights Act. Lt. Thompson alleged he was demoted as a result of investigating the alleged sexual harassment of a police officer within the department by the administrative assistant to the Chief of Police. After a trial by jury, judgment was rendered in favor of Lt. Thompson in the amount of $300,000.00 for embarrassment and humiliation and $4,000.00 for lossaffirm.

Corrected Case


Court: TCCA


Kathleen G. Morris, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Gabrial Ayuel.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Renee Erb, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant, Gabrial Ayuel, was convicted by a Davidson County jury of attempted first-degree murder and sentenced to twenty years as a Range I standard offender. On appeal, the defendant raises five issues: (1) juror misconduct; (2) prosecutorial misconduct; (3) erroneous evidentiary rulings; (4) improper disclosure of unrelated, outstanding warrants; and (5) sufficiency of theconvicting evidence. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


V. Michael Fox and Doug Thurman, Nashville, Tennessee for the appellant, David M. Whitman, Jr.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Preston Shipp, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and James Sledge and Michael Rohling, Assistant District Attorney Generals, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant was indicted on two counts of driving under the influence (DUI). After a bench trial, the defendant was found guilty of both counts, but the trial court merged the counts into one conviction for DUI. The trial court sentenced the defendant to eleven months and twenty-nine days in the county jail, to be suspended after serving forty-eight hours in jail. The trial court also revoked the defendant’s license for one year and imposed a three hundred fifty dollar fine. On appeal, the defendant argues that: (1) the arresting officer did not have reasonable suspicion to stop his vehicle; (2) the test results from the breath-alcohol test were inadmissible because the officer failed to observe him for the requisite twenty minutes prior to the administration of the test; and (3) the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction. After review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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