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BRODERICK AUTRY v. CHARLES BOSTON, JR., ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Hallie H. McFadden, Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Appellants, Charles Boston, Jr., and Corrine Boston.

Howard Barnwell, Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Appellee, Broderick Autry.

Judge: SWINEY

Broderick Autry (Plaintiff) sued Charles Boston, Jr. and Corrine Boston (Defendants) claiming that Defendants had contracted to sell Plaintiff real property located at 2512 Ocoee Street in Chattanooga, Tennessee (the Property) and had breached the contract. Defendants raised, among other things, a statute of frauds defense under Tenn. Code Ann. Section 29-2-101. After a bench trial, the Trial Court held, inter alia, that Plaintiff had a valid contract for the purchase of the Property, and ordered Defendants to execute and deliver a warranty deed for the Property to Plaintiff within thirty days of the payment of the balance due by Plaintiff. Defendants appeal to this Court. We affirm by holding that although the writing produced as evidence of the contract does not satisfy the statute of frauds, Defendants are estopped from denying the existence and enforceability of the contract.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/autryb_042806.pdf


DONNIE COVEY, ET AL. v. CITY OF EAST RIDGE

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Andrew L. Berke, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for Appellants, Donnie and Beth Covey.

Ronald D. Wells and Stacy L. Archer, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for Appellee, City of East Ridge.

Judge: LEE

Plaintiffs applied to rezone their 1.74 acre tract of land located at 6815 Ringgold Road from R-1 Residential District to C-2 General Commercial District. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission recommended that the Mayor and City Council of East Ridge deny the petition for rezoning. After a hearing, the City Council voted to deny the application. Plaintiffs filed a complaint in the Chancery Court for Hamilton County, asserting that the City Council erred by declining to grant the rezoning request. Following a hearing, the trial court upheld the decision of the City Council, finding that the City Council had not acted arbitrarily or capriciously in rejecting the rezoning application. After careful review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/coveydonnie_042806.pdf


TONYA DECKER v. WILLIAM BUSTER NANCE

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Kimberly E. Wright, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, William Buster Nance.

Joe R. Judkins, Wartburg, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Tonya Decker.

Judge: LEE

This appeal involves a default judgment in a paternity action. The trial court granted a default judgment against the defendant even though the defendant had not received his five days' notice as required by Tenn. R. Civ. P. 55. Citing other grounds, the defendant moved to set aside the judgment, but the trial court denied the motion. Upon review of the record, it is our determination that the default judgment must be vacated and this case remanded for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/deckertonya_042806.pdf


JAMES L. FERGUSON, ET AL. v. JOHN F. JENKINS

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

K. Jeff Luethke, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, Consumers Insurance Company.

Robert J. Jessee, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellees, James L. Ferguson and wife, Jamie Ferguson.

Judge: SUSANO

James L. Ferguson (the plaintiff) and his wife, Jamie Ferguson, filed suit against John F. Jenkins (the tortfeasor) to recover damages for personal injuries sustained by the plaintiff when the motorcycle he was operating was struck by the tortfeasor’s vehicle. The plaintiff caused process to be served upon Consumers Insurance Company (Consumers), on the theory that the policy of automobile insurance issued to him by Consumers to him afforded him uninsured motorist coverage for the subject accident. Following the plaintiff's settlement with the tortfeasor, Consumers filed a motion for summary judgment, contending that the plaintiff's motorcycle was owned by him for his personal use, and, as such, was not covered by his policy with Consumers, which only covered vehicles owned by, and intended to be resold by, the plaintiff's used vehicle dealership. The trial court denied Consumers' motion, and the case proceeded to trial. At the conclusion of a bench trial, the court held that the plaintiff was entitled to coverage under the uninsured motorist provisions of the Consumers policy. The court determined, inter alia, that the motorcycle the plaintiff was driving was a "covered auto" intended for resale. Consumers appeals, arguing that this holding is in error. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/fergusonjl_042806.pdf


I N RE: ESTATE OF LOWELL FRAZIER

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Dudley W. Taylor, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Glenda Faye Smith.

Johnny V. Dunaway, LaFollette, Tennessee, for the Appellees, Sam and Debbie Lough, asparents of Matthew Lough; Darryl and Elizabeth Herron, as parents of Chelsea Herron; Matthew Lough and Chelsea Herron, by and through their guardian ad litem; and Gail Peine.

Judge: LEE

In this appeal involving the Estate of Lowell Frazier, the issues presented are: (1) whether thetrial court erred in awarding a guardian ad litem fee in the amount of $82,925 and assessing one half of that fee against the prevailing party, Glenda Faye Smith and Mr. Frazier’s estate; (2) whether the trial court erred in failing to sanction Attorney Johnny V. Dunaway for alleged violations of Tenn. R. Civ. P. 6 and 11; and (3) whether the trial court erred in failing to dismissthe will contest action filed by Gail Peine, the niece of the decedent, on res judicata grounds. We hold that under the equities and circumstances of this case, the trial court abused its discretion in its award of the guardian ad litem fee, and remand for consideration of an appropriate fee. We dismiss the appeal as to the issue of whether the court erred in refusing todismiss the will contest action, because it is not a final judgment and not appealable as of right. We affirm the judgment of the trial court in all other respects.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/frazierlowell_042806.pdf


SHARON LEMONS, ET AL. v. RHONDA CLOER, ET AL. AND JIMMY DARRELL SILVERS, ET AL. v. RHONDA CLOER, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Phillip A. Fleissner and Scott N. Davis, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Warren N. Coppedge, Jr., Dalton, Georgia; and William W. Keith, III, Chatsworth, Georgia, for the appellants, Sharon Lemons and Ralph C. Pritchett.

Jerry H. Summers, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Jack B. McNamee, Birmingham, Alabama, for the appellants, Jimmy Darrell Silvers and Sonya Rimer; Cynthia J. Sluder; Mary Martin; Anita K. Beavers; Jack D. Sherrill; and Sheila G. Sherrill. Phillip L. Hartley and Martha M. Pearson, Gainesville, Georgia; F. Gregory Melton, Dalton, Georgia; and Randy Sellers, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellee, Murray County School District.

Judge: SUSANO

These appeals find their genesis in a collision between a Georgia school bus and a CSX freighttrain in Polk County, Tennessee, just north of the Georgia state line. As a result of the collision, three children were killed and four others on the bus were injured. All of the children were minors. Three wrongful death actions and three personal injury actions – as well as other actions not involved in this appeal – were filed in the trial court. The cases before us named as defendants, Rhonda Cloer, the driver of the bus; the Murray County [Georgia] School District (the School District); and other entities. Regarding two of the wrongful death claims againstthe School District, the trial court held that the claims were barred by the personal injury oneyear statute of limitations. As to all of the claims arising out of the collision, the trial court heldthat the School District's liability could not exceed $300,000, the total amount of the coverage for one incident under the School District's vehicle liability policy. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/lemonss_042806.pdf


MONICA MCPEEK, ET AL. v. MELINDA S. LOCKHART

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Thomas C. Jessee, Johnson City, Tennessee, and Thomas Dossett, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the Appellants, Monica McPeek and Eldridge McPeek.

Leslie T. Ridings, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Melinda S. Lockhart.

Judge: SWINEY

Monica McPeek and Melinda S. Lockhart (Defendant) were involved in an automobile accident. Monica McPeek and her husband, Eldridge McPeek, (Plaintiffs or Ms. McPeek and Mr. McPeek respectively) sued Defendant. The case was tried and the jury found Ms. McPeek to be 40% at fault for the accident and Defendant 60% at fault and awarded Ms. McPeek damages of $4,000 and Mr. McPeek zero damages. Plaintiffs appeal claiming the Trial Court erred in refusing to grant an additur or a new trial after the jury refused to award loss of consortium damages to Mr. McPeek and that the Trial Court erred by allowing the introductionof certain of Ms. McPeek's medical records. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/mcpeekm_042806.pdf


WILLIE V. MELVIN, III, M.D. v. ANITA LOUISE JOHNSON-MELVIN, M.D.
With Concurring Opinion


Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Audrey L. Anderson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Anita Johnson-Melvin, M.D.

Gregory D. Smith and Aminah M. Collick, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Willie V. Melvin, III, M.D.

Judge: CAIN

Dr. Johnson (the wife) and Dr. Melvin (the husband) were married in October 1988 while the wife was pregnant with the parties' first child. That child born in 1989 and the second child born in 1991 are the only minor children of this marriage. Husband filed a complaint for divorce, claiming inappropriate marital conduct. The wife counterclaimed in that action. The actions of the trial court from which the wife appeals, and with which both parties raise issues on appeal, include the Decree of Divorce issued August 6, 2004; the interlocutory order and memorandum entered July 28, 2004; and three post-trial orders and one memorandum. Issues raised on appeal concern distribution of marital property, award of alimony and child support, and refusal to award the wife attorney fees and costs. We affirm the judgment of the trial court in all respects.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/melvinw_042806.pdf

KOCH CONCURRING
http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/melvinwcon_042806.pdf


PAMELA KAYE SMITH v. WILLIAM MICHAEL FAIR

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Mitchell D. Moskovitz, Adam N. Cohen, Memphis, TN, for Appellant

John C. Ryland, Memphis, TN, for Appellee

Judge: HIGHERS

The parties were divorced in October of 1999. The final decree of divorce incorporated the parties' marital dissolution agreement which provided a formula for establishing the father's child support obligation. The father subsequently filed a petition to modify his child support obligation, which culminated in the entry of a consent order incorporating a permanent parenting plan utilizing essentially the same formula for establishing the father's child support obligation found in the marital dissolution agreement. Shortly thereafter, father retained new counsel and filed another petition to modify his child support obligation seeking to have it set at $2,100 a month pursuant to the child support guidelines. In response, the mother filed a motion to dismiss the petition for, among other reasons, failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. At a hearing on the mother's motion, the father presented several exhibits which were considered by the trial court, thereby converting the motion to dismiss into a motion for summary judgment. The trial court dismissed the father’s petition for, among other reasons, failure to state a claim for which relief could be granted. The father timely filed an appeal to this Court. On appeal, the mother requests her attorney’s fees incurred in defending this appeal. We affirm the trial court's decision, and we remand this case to the trial court for the entry of an order awarding the mother her reasonable attorney's fees.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/smithpa_042806.pdf


JAMES TORRENCE, ET AL. v. THE HIGGINS FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, ET AL.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

James T. Williams and Robert F. Parsley, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Hunter Properties, Inc.

James F. Logan, Jr., Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellees, James Torrence and J.T. Lemons.

Judge: SUSANO

James Torrence and J.T. Lemons (the plaintiffs) were lessees of a four-acre tract of land in Polk County. During the original term of the lease, their lessor transferred acreage, which includes the four acres under lease, to a family partnership, The Higgins Family Limited Partnership (the Higgins Family). During an extended term of the plaintiffs' lease, the Higgins Family, without the consent or knowledge of the plaintiffs, granted Hunter Properties Inc., an option to purchase a 370-acre tract, which includes the four acres, for $1,350,000. Upon subsequent written notice of the option to the plaintiffs by the Higgins Family, the lessees attempted to exercise a right of first refusal set forth in their lease. The right of first refusal provides that "[s]hould the Landlord, during the lease term, or any extended term, elect to sell all or any portion of the Leased Property, the Tenant shall have the right of first refusal to meet any bona fide offer of sale on the same terms and conditions of such offer." The plaintiffs assert that the right of first refusal extends to the entire 370-acre tract. The Higgins Family refused to sell the lessees the property and this suit followed. The trial court held that the lessees had properly exercised their right of first refusal and were entitled to purchase the property for $1,350,000. Hunter Properties filed a notice of appeal and all parties raise issues. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2006/torrencej_042806.pdf


GARY E. ALDRIDGE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Gary E. Aldridge, Appellant, Pro Se.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Pamela Anderson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

On July 5, 2005, the petitioner, Gary Eugene Aldridge, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the Davidson County Criminal Court, attacking his 1997 Hickman County Criminal Court convictions of aggravated kidnapping, rape, two counts of aggravated rape, and two counts of assault. The petitioner's aggregate incarcerative sentence was 61 years, 60 years of which must be served with no release eligibility date. The petition alleged that (1) the Hickman County sentencing proceedings violated his right to a jury determination of facts upon which sentencing enhancement was based, (2) the trial court's imposition of consecutive sentencing was cruel and unusual punishment, (3) his marriage to the victim precluded the prosecution for rape, (4) the trial court violated his right to avoid self-incrimination, and (5) an amendment to the indictment violated his right to grand jury adjudication. In response to the state's motion to dismiss the petition, the habeas corpus court, on July 12, 2005, entered a thorough order dismissing the petition without an evidentiary hearing. The petitioner now appeals. We affirm the action of the habeas corpus court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/aldridgeg_042806.pdf


DONALD FRANKS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Ed Neal McDaniel, Savannah, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Donald Franks.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie Price, Assistant Attorney General; Robert "Gus" Radford, District Attorney General; and John W. Overton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Donald Franks, appeals the Hardin County Circuit Court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. On appeal, Franks argues that he was denied his Sixth Amendment right to the effective assistance of counsel. After review of the record, we affirm the denial of postconviction relief.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/franksdonald_042806.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ART MAYSE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Charles D. Buckholts, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Art Mayse.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; Wm. Paul Phillips, District Attorney General; and John W. Galloway, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Art Mayse, was convicted by a Fentress County jury of eight counts of rape of a child and four counts of aggravated sexual battery. Following a sentencing hearing, Mayse was sentenced to an effective thirty-two year sentence in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he has raised ten issues for our review: (1) whether the trial court erred in allowing the victim to testify in her Marine uniform; (2) whether the trial court erred in failing to strike four jurors for cause; (3) whether the trial court erred by engaging in improper ex parte communications with the jury; (4) whether the State's Bill of Particulars failed to sufficiently inform Mayse of the charges against him; (5) whether the trial court erred in failing to grant Mayse's motion for a change of venue; (6) whether the trial court erred by denying Mayse's motion for continuance; (7) whether the sentences imposed by the trial court violate Blakely v. Washington; (8) whether the trial court erred in denying Mayse's motion to recuse; (9) whether the evidence is sufficient to support the convictions; and (10) whether Mayse was denied a fair trial based upon the cumulative effect of errors committed. After review of the record, we find no reversible error and affirm the judgments of conviction and resulting sentences.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/mayseart_042806.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RUSSELL LEE MAZE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Dwight E. Scott, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Russell Lee Maze.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; David E. Coenen, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Karin Miller and Brian K. Holmgren, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

In January 2000, a Davidson County jury found the defendant, Russell Lee Maze, guilty of felony Class A aggravated child abuse in connection with injuries that his infant son sustained on May 3, 1999. The defendant appealed his conviction, State v. Russell Maze, No. M2000-02249-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn. Crim. App., Nashville, Aug. 16, 2002), and while his case was on appeal, the child died on October 25, 2000. Because the trial court erroneously failed to instruct the jury on knowing and reckless aggravated assault, knowing and reckless assault, and child abuse as lesser included offenses, the defendant's conviction was reversed, and the case was remanded for a new trial. The state then sought and obtained a superseding indictment charging the defendant with first degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse. A Davidson County jury convicted the defendant of both counts in April 2004, and the trial court sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment on the felony murder conviction and to 25 years as a violent offender on the aggravated child abuse conviction with concurrent service of that sentence to life imprisonment. On appeal, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the convicting evidence, complains that the trial court prejudicially erred in not allowing certain defense expert-witness testimony, and claims that he was denied a fair trial because the jury was exposed to extraneous influences from third parties. After an extensive review of the record, the briefs of the parties, and applicable law, we affirm the defendant's convictions.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/mazerusselllee_042806.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DAVID JONES MILTON

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Billy R. Rose, Jr., Assistant District Public Defender, Camden, Tennessee, for the Appellant, David Jones Milton.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Robert "Gus" Radford, District Attorney General; and Stephen D. Jackson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, David Jones Milton, was convicted by a Carroll County jury of aggravated sexual battery, a Class B felony, and sentenced to a term of fifteen years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, Milton raises the single issue of whether the evidence is sufficient to support the conviction. After review of the record, we affirm the judgment of conviction.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/miltondavidjones_042806.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOE MAC PEARSON

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Andrew Jackson Dearing, III, Assistant Public Defender, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the Appellant Joe Mac Pearson.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; David E. Coenen, Assistant Attorney General; W. Michael McCown, District Attorney General; and Weakley E. Barnard, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: HAYES

The Appellant, Joe Mac Pearson, was convicted by a Marshall County jury of the sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and the sale and delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance. As a result of these convictions, Pearson received an effective sentence of twenty-five years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, Pearson argues that the evidence is insufficient to support his convictions. After review of the record, we conclude that the evidence is sufficient. We remand, however, for merger of offenses and for entry of corrected judgments of conviction.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/pearsonjoe_042806.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. GARY DALE TIDWELL

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Ross Alderman, Public Defender, and Johnathan F. Wing, Assistant Public Defender (at trial), and Jeffrey A. DeVasher, Assistant Public Defender (on appeal), for the appellant, Gary Dale Tidwell.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Jim Todd and Sara Davis, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WADE

The defendant, Gary Dale Tidwell, was convicted of second degree murder. See Tenn. Code. Ann. Section 39-13-210 (2003). The trial court sentenced the defendant as a Range I, violent offender to seventeen years at one hundred percent. See Tenn. Code Ann. Section 40-35-501(i)(2)(B)(2005). In this appeal, the defendant asserts (1) that the trial court erred by denying his motion to suppress statements he made to police; (2) that the trial court erred by allowing evidence of the defendant's other crimes, wrongs, or acts in regard to his relationship with the victim's sister; and (3) that the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction for second degree murder. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/tidwellgarydale_042806.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KEVIN YOUNG

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Handel Durham, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kevin Young.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Pamela Fleming and Theresa McCusker, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WADE

The defendant, Kevin Young, was convicted of one count of possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana with intent to sell and one count of possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana with intent to deliver. See Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-17-417(a) (2003). The trial court merged the two counts into a single conviction and sentenced the defendant, a career offender, to six years in the Department of Correction. In this appeal, the defendant asserts (1) that the evidence is insufficient to support the convictions and (2) that the trial court provided an incorrect supplemental instruction to the jury. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2006/youngkevin_042806.pdf


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Knox judge blocks attorney in election case
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NBA honors Drake at Law Day Luncheon
The Nashville Bar Association was to present its Liberty Bell Award posthumously to Drake Holliday during its annual Law Day Luncheon today. Other awards to be presented included the Jack Norman Award, Minority Opportunities Awards & YLD Art/Essay Winners.

Mississippi justice aquitted on tax charges
A federal jury on Thursday acquitted Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. on tax evasion charges, likely ending a legal saga that has kept Diaz off the bench for more than two years, the Commercial Appeal reports.
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