Group seeks judges' views on hot-button issues

A new conservative group headed by state Senator David Fowler, R-Signal Mountain, has asked Tennessee Supreme Court justices and appeals judges seeking re-election to provide their views in writing about same-sex marriage, abortion and the teaching of evolution. In a Chattanooga Times Free Press article on the survey, TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur says that the judicial system depends on judges who are impartial.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Court: TCA


Michael P. Sayne, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Jennifer Keller, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Lister Distribution, Inc.

James G. Rickman, Maryville, Tennessee, and W. Tyler Chastain, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Scott Worley.

Judge: LEE

The issue presented in this appeal is whether the trial court correctly held that the employee, who had signed an employment contract granting him severance pay if he was terminated without good cause, was fired without good cause. The trial court held that Lister Distribution, Inc., the employer, failed to demonstrate that it terminated Scott Worley's employment for good cause. The trial court awarded Mr. Worley $45,000 in severance pay pursuant to the contract. We find that the evidence presented is conflicting and heavily dependent upon credibility assessments, and that the evidence does not preponderate against the trial court's judgment. Consequently, we affirm.


Court: TCCA


Joseph F. Harrison, Assistant Public Defender, Bountville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Rita Lynn Neff.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Blind Akrawi, Assistant Attorney General; Greeley Wells, District Attorney General; and James Goodwin, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Rita Lynn Neff, appeals from the order of the trial court revoking her probation and ordering that her effective eight-year sentence be served in the Department of Correction. On appeal, the Defendant argues that the trial court abused its discretion by revoking her probation and ordering that her sentences be served in confinement. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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