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Court: TCA


A. Russell Larson of Jackson, Tennessee for Appellants, Dentis Sisson and Cathy Sisson

Shannon A. Jones of Alamo, Tennessee for Appellees, Riley Bolding and Pam Bolding


This is an appeal from a judgment entered on a Jury verdict. The appeal arises out of a commercial real estate sale and involves the alleged misrepresentation of a restrictive covenant attached to property at issue. The Jury found that the Defendants/Appellants intentionally and negligently misrepresented the restrictive covenant that applied to the property. Finding that there is no material evidence to support the Jury’s finding that Plaintiffs/Appellants’ reliance upon Defendants/Appellees’ representation was justified, we vacate the Judgment entered on the Jury Verdict.



Court: TCA


David L. Stewart, Winchester, TN, for Appellant

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter, Kellena Baker, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, TN, for Appellee


In this appeal, we are asked to review a juvenile court’s termination of a father’s parental rights to his minor daughter. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services originally filed a dependency and neglect petition in the Juvenile Court of Lincoln County against the mother and the father of the minor child. That court ultimately dismissed the petition as to the mother, gave the mother custody of the child, and ruled that the child was dependent and neglected due to the father’s anger management problem. Accordingly, the juvenile court ordered the father to undergo anger management counseling before he would be permitted to have contact with his daughter. Mother subsequently abandoned the child on the side of a roadway in Franklin County. The department filed a dependency and neglect petition in the Juvenile Court of Franklin County and obtained temporary custody of the child. The department subsequently filed a petition in the Juvenile Court of Franklin County seeking to terminate the parental rights of the mother and the father. As to the father, the petition focused on his failure to complete the anger management counseling ordered by the Juvenile Court of Lincoln County. The Juvenile Court of Franklin County ultimately terminated the parental rights of the father, but the court continued the case against the mother due to insufficient service of process. The father appealed the termination of his parental rights to this Court. We hold that the Juvenile Court of Lincoln County obtained exclusive, continuing jurisdiction over the child as a result of the dependency and neglect proceeding in that court. Accordingly, we vacate the order of the Juvenile Court of Franklin County, as that court did not have subject matter jurisdiction over the petition to terminate the parental rights of the father, and we remand the case to the trial court for further proceedings.



Court: TCA


Aldo J. Stolte, Nashville, TN, for Appellants

John D. Kitch, Nashville, TN, for Appellee Smith County

James D. Madewell, Cookeville, TN, for Appellee, Nationwide Insurance Company (Unnamed Defendant)

Michael P. Mills, Nashville, TN, for Appellees, Doug Clemmons and Clemmons Wrecker Service


This case involves the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendants in a lawsuit filed in relation to an automobile accident. The plaintiffs are the parents of a daughter who, while traveling along Interstate 40 in Smith County, Tennessee, became stuck in the mud alongside the interstate. A deputy of the Smith County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and summoned a wrecker to remove the vehicle. While traveling to an ATM machine to obtain the money necessary to pay the wrecker owner for his services, their daughter pulled her car to the shoulder of the interstate near an interstate crossover, which the wrecker owner and the deputy had used to reverse directions on the interstate. After waiting for a few minutes, their daughter, for unknown reasons, pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The resulting collision killed their daughter and the driver of the other vehicle, who happened to be an uninsured motorist. The parents filed a lawsuit alleging common law negligence on the part of the uninsured motorist, the county for the actions of the deputy, and the owner of the wrecker service. Pursuant to statute, the parents also served notice of the lawsuit on their uninsured motorist carrier. The trial court subsequently entered an order dismissing the uninsured motorist from the lawsuit for insufficient service of process. The remaining defendants, including the unnamed insurance carrier, moved for summary judgment. The plaintiffs did not oppose the grant of summary judgment to the uninsured motorist carrier. The trial court ultimately granted summary judgment to the county and the owner of the wrecker service holding that they owed no duty of care to the decedent as a matter of law. The parents appealed the grants of summary judgment to the defendants to this Court. As for the grants of summary judgment to the owner of the wrecker service and the county, we affirm the trial court’s rulings. As for the Appellant’s issues relating to the uninsured motorist carrier, we find that these issues are not justiciable under the doctrine of mootness.



Court: TCA


Lewis L. Cobb, Jackson, Tennessee, and Sara E. Barnett, Jackson, Tennessee, for defendant/appellant City of Jackson.

Charles M. Purcell, Jackson, Tennessee, and Matt S. Shepherd, Jackson, Tennessee, for plaintiff/appellees Richard Schneider, Tajuana Cheshier, Jamie Page, and the Gannett Satellite Information Network.


This case involves the Tennessee Public Records Act. The plaintiff newspaper sought access to investigative records generated by local law enforcement during the course of criminal investigations. The newspaper also sought financial documents relating to a license agreement between the municipal government and a private baseball franchise. The municipal government refused to disclose the criminal investigative records and failed to respond to the newspaper’s written requests for the baseball franchise documents. The newspaper filed suit against the municipal government in the Madison County Chancery Court. After a show-cause hearing, the trial court ruled that the Public Records Act required the disclosure of both types of documents, and awarded the newspaper attorney’s fees. The municipal government appeals. As to the criminal investigative records, we recognize the common-law law enforcement privilege, and on that basis we vacate the judgment of the trial court, reverse the award of attorney’s fees, and remand for further proceedings. Regarding the baseball franchise documents, we find that, insofar as the documents were not in the possession of the municipal government at the time of the newspaper’s requests, they were not subject to the Public Records Act at that time, and on that basis we vacate the trial court’s award of attorney’s fees and remand for further proceedings.


Adoption of Metropolitan Government

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2006-06-12

Opinion Number: 06-100



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