Early voting ends Saturday; Wilks urges participation

Early voting for the Aug. 3 election ends Saturday, and TBA President Larry Wilks urges Tennessee attorneys and their staffs to take part. "Judicial retention elections are only held every eight years in Tennessee, and the legal community has a responsibility to support the judges and justices they believe are playing a positive role in our justice system," Wilks said. "We encourage attorneys to actively participate in the election and to give their staff members time off to vote."
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Court: TSC


Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, District Attorney General; and Bret Gunn, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Charles E. Walker, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Daniel W. Livingston.

Judge: BIRCH

The defendant was indicted for evading arrest, a Class E felony. The State filed a Notice of Enhanced Punishment pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 40-35-202, listing fourteen prior convictions by case number, offense, date of offense, and jurisdiction. Thereafter, a superseding indictment was issued elevating the felony evading arrest charge to Class D felony evading arrest. The State did not amend the notice of intent to seek enhancement. A jury convicted the defendant of Class D felony evading arrest, and the trial court sentenced the defendant as a career offender to twelve years for that offense. We granted this appeal to determine whether the Notice of Enhanced Punishment filed under the original indictment was sufficient to inform the defendant of his exposure to enhanced punishment in the event of a conviction for evading arrest. Because we find that such notice was sufficient, we reverse the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals and reinstate the trial court's judgment.



Court: TCA


Eddie Davidson of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellant, Colette Calmelet.

Larry Hayes, Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellee, Marcel Yemba Eluhu.


This is a parental relocation case. Mother/Appellant appeals from the trial court's order denying her request to relocate with the parties' three minor children on the grounds that the relocation had no reasonable purpose as required by T.C.A. Section 36-6-108. We affirm.


MEMPHIS HEALTH CENTER, INC., by Sadie Davis and Cornelia Berry, Directors, and Morristein J. Holman, Chief Executive Officer and Director v. GREGORY GRANT, DEAN JOHNSON, CYNTHIA COMBS, CLAUDETTE BRANCH, ERNEST HUGHES, LEAOLA CRUTCHFIELD, BETTY MILLER, FREDERICK SANDERS, EDDIE DANDRIDGE, DYRIE GOODS, and BROWN McGHEE, individually and in their capacity as the Board of Governors of Memphis Health Center, Inc.

Court: TCA


Kathleen L. Caldwell, Memphis, Tennessee, for Defendants/Appellants, Gregory Grant, Dean Johnson, Cynthia Combs, Claudette Branch, Ernest Hughes, Leaola Crutchfield, Betty Miller, Frederick Sanders, Eddie Dandridge, Dyrie Goods, and Brown McGhee, individually and in their capacity as the Board of Governors of Memphis Health Center, Inc.

Robin H. Rasmussen, Memphis, Tennessee, for Plaintiff/Appellee, Memphis Health Center, Inc., by Sadie Davis and Cornelia Berry, Directors, and Morristein J. Holman, Chief Executive Officer and Director.

Judge: KIRBY

This is a derivative action. The board chairman of a nonprofit health care center was found guilty of submitting false claims in violation of federal law. Thereafter, the health care center's chief executive officer and two of its board members filed a derivative action on behalf of the health care center against the chairman and health care center's remaining board members for violating their fiduciary duties to the corporation. The derivative suit sought, inter alia, injunctive relief to require the board to take action against the board chairman, and to enjoin the board from allegedly violating the CEO's employment agreement by terminating her. The trial court issued a temporary restraining order, enjoining the board from violating the health care center's bylaws, from violating federal regulations, and from terminating the employment of the CEO. Subsequently, the trial court found the defendant board members guilty of contempt for violating that order and entered a permanent injunction against the defendants. The permanent injunction awarded in the contempt action removed the defendants from the board and permanently barred them from the premises. The defendants appealed. We affirm, finding that the trial court's action was warranted in the face of the board’s failure to take action regarding the board chairman after the federal judgment for filing false claims was entered against him.



Court: TCA


David H. Dunaway, LaFollette, Knoxville, for the appellant, Henry Kent Sudberry.

Larry G. Trail, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellees, Royal & Sun Alliance, Investigations and Intelligence Services, Inc.


Trial court granted motion to dismiss tort claims as barred by statute of limitations where the injury alleged was loss of employment. To the extent the employee alleged he had a contract for continued employment, his complaint was not subject to Tenn. R. Civ. P. 12.02(6) dismissal because the three year statute of limitations applies to cases involving loss of property, including contractual rights.



Court: TCCA


C. Michael Robbins (on appeal) and Ted Hansom (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Richard Barrom.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; David E. Coenen, Assistant Attorney General; and Lance E. Webb, Assistant District Attorney General Pro Tem, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

Following a jury trial, the defendant, Richard Barrom, was convicted of assault by causing extremely offensive or provocative physical contact, a Class B misdemeanor. The trial court deferred sentencing, placed the defendant on diversion for eleven months, twenty-nine days, and ordered him to perform thirty hours of community service work and complete an anger management program. On appeal, he argues that: (1) the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction; (2) the trial court erred in overruling his objection to hearsay testimony; (3) the trial court improperly removed a juror based on race; and (4) his conviction was barred by prior jeopardy. Additionally, the State argues that the trial court erred by granting judicial diversion. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Allocation of Funds to School Board

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2006-07-27

Opinion Number: 06-118



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