Judicial investiture ceremonies take place this week
With judicial elections completed for another eight years, judges around the state are preparing to take office this week. Ceremonies and receptions mark the beginning of these new terms. Judges in Memphis got a jump on the rest of the state with swearing-in ceremonies today.
In Nashville, an investiture ceremony and reception for circuit and chancery court judges will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium. TBA President Larry Wilks will participate. To RSVP for the reception, call Kitty Lammers at (615) 862-5990 or Lindy Hunter at (615) 862-5700. Separate swearing-in ceremonies will be held for criminal court judges, general sessions court judges and individual judges. Visit the Nashville Bar Association's online calendar at www.nashbar.org for more information.
In Knoxville, judges, chancellors, the district attorney and the public defender will be sworn-in tomorrow at a 4 p.m. ceremony at the Supreme Court building. On Friday, Sept. 1, general sessions court judges and the juvenile court judge will be sworn in at 9 a.m. in the main assembly room of the county building. At 1:30 p.m., appellate court judges will take the oath of office in a ceremony at the Supreme Court building. A reception will follow. For more information about any of these events, contact the Knoxville Bar Association at (865) 522-6522.
Next Thursday, Sept. 7, the Chattanooga Bar Association hosts "An Evening Honoring the Judiciary" from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Tivoli Theater Centre. The event will honor retiring judges and include a robing ceremony for new judges. To RSVP call (423) 756-3222.
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Howard H. Vogel
JERRY WAYNE LYNCH v. CITY OF JELLICO, ET AL.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, and Juan G. Villasenor, Assistant Attorney
General, for the Appellants, State of Tennessee and Attorney General Paul G. Summers.
Jennifer M. Caywood and Chris Myatt, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellants, Lincoln Memorial
University and St. Paul Travelers Insurance Company.
John T. Batson, Jr., and Hanson R. Tipton, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellant City of Jellico.
David H. Dunaway, LaFollette, Tennessee, for the Appellees David A. Lozano and Jerry Wayne Lynch.
Andrew C. Clarke and R. Sadler Bailey, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Amicus Curiae, Tennessee
Trial Lawyers Association.
In these consolidated workers' compensation appeals, we are asked to decide the constitutionality
of various provisions of the Workers' Compensation Reform Act of 2004. Specifically at issue is
whether the benefit review conference requirement embodied in Tennessee Code Annotated Sections
50-6-203(a) (2005), 50-6-225(a)(1) (2005), and 50-6-239(b) (2005), violates the due process
protections of the Tennessee or United States Constitutions, the separation of powers doctrine in
Article II, Sections 1 and 2 of Tennessee's Constitution, or the open courts doctrine found in Article
I, Section 17, of the Tennessee Constitution. Additionally, we are asked to decide whether the
method used to determine permanent partial disability benefits, namely the multiplier provisions of
Tennessee Code Annotated Section 50-6-241(d)(1)(A) (2005) used in conjunction with the American
Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides), violates
equal protection; due process; the Tennessee Human Rights Act, Tennessee Code Annotated Section
4-21-101 (2005); and the Tennessee Handicap Act, Tennessee Code Annotated Section 8-50-103(a)
(2002). The trial judge determined that each of these provisions of the Workers' Compensation
Reform Act of 2004 -- the benefit review conference, the multiplier, and use of the AMA Guides -- is
unconstitutional. After carefully considering the record and relevant authority, we conclude that the
trial judge erred. Accordingly, the trial court's judgments are reversed.
WILLIAM ERIC BREWER V. THE HARTFORD
Blakeley D. Matthews and James K. Simms, IV, Cornelius & Collins, LLP, Nashville,
Tennessee, for the appellant, The Hartford.
Kyle C. Atkins, Adams, Flippin & Atkins, P.C., Humboldt, Tennessee, for the appellee, William
This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation
Appeals Panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated
Section 50-6-225(e)(3) for a hearing and reporting of findings of fact and conclusions of law.
William Eric Brewer suffered a work-related injury December 17, 2001, while employed at the
Courier Chronicle. The Hartford, the defendant, is the workers' compensation insurance carrier
of the employer and has litigated this case in its individual name. The defendant contends that the
trial court erred when it failed to find that Mr. Brewer's injury was proximately caused by his
voluntary intoxication. After carefully considering the record, we affirm the trial court and
conclude that the defendant failed to prove that the voluntary intoxication was a proximate cause
of Mr. Brewer's accident.
PHILLIP BROW V. PENSKE LOGISTICS, INC., et al
James Randall Krenis, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Phillip Brow.
Garrett M. Estep, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Penske Logistics, LLC.
Lauren S. Lamberth, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee,
Department of Labor, Second Injury Fund.
This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation
Appeals Panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated
Section 50-6-225(e)(3) for hearing and reporting to the Supreme Court of findings of fact and
conclusions of law. The plaintiff, Phillip Brow, has appealed the trial court's dismissal of his
workers' compensation claim. He contends that the trial court erred when it failed to award him
workers' compensation benefits as a result of a fall at work that he contends aggravated a
pre-existing shoulder condition. After carefully considering the record, we affirm the judgment of
the trial court.
CAROL PIPKIN v. TENNESSEE ELECTROPLATING, INC.
William B. Walk, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tennessee Electroplating, Inc.
J. Thomas Caldwell, Ripley, Tennessee, for the appellee, Carol Pipkin.
This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals
Panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated Section 50-6-
225(e)(3) for hearing and reporting to the Supreme Court of findings of fact and conclusions of law.
In this appeal, the employer insists the evidence preponderates against the trial court's findings as
to causation and extent of permanent partial disability. The employer further insists the claim
should have been dismissed by the trial court because the injured worker failed to give timely written
notice. We conclude the trial court's judgment should be affirmed.
IN RE: The Estate of MARJORIE LOUISE BREVARD, Decedent, W.
Brian T. Mansfield, Sevierville, Tennessee, for proponent/appellant.
William L. Harbison, Nashville, Tennessee, for appellees.
The Trial Court granted contestants of a Will summary judgment, voiding the Will. On appeal, we
vacate the summary judgment.
STEPHEN KRUPP v. MAURA CUNNINGHAM-GROGAN
Donald Capparella, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Stephen Krupp.
Joanie L. Abernathy, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellee, Maura Cunningham-Grogan.
This appeal involves the custody and visitation rights of the parents of a fifteen-year-old girl. The
parents were already divorced by the time they moved to Tennessee. The mother was the primary
residential parent, but the parties had informally agreed that the father would have more overnight
visitation than was required by the Florida court's custody and visitation order. After the parents'
relationship deteriorated in late 2003, the father filed a petition in the Circuit Court for Williamson
County requesting that he be designated the child's primary residential parent. The mother
responded by requesting that the father's visitation be reduced and that she be given sole decision-making authority over the child's religious upbringing and non-emergency healthcare. The trial
court, sitting without a jury, dismissed the father's petition and granted the mother's counter-petition.
The father appealed. We have concluded that the trial court properly found that there has been a
material change in circumstance since the entry of the Florida custody order but that it is not in the
child's best interests to modify the Florida court's custody and visitation arrangement other than to
increase the father's summer visitation from three weeks to four and to vest final decision-making
authority over the child’s non-emergency healthcare and religious upbringing with the mother.
GREG LANDAICHE and wife, COLLEEN LANDAICHE, Plaintiffs/Appellees, v. JERRY JENKINS and wife, BELINDA JENKINS, Defendants, and WAYNE BYRD, Defendant/Appellant, and BUDDY MARTIN, JERRY JENKINS, BELINDA JENKINS and LEONARD F. BROWN, Intervening Petitioners, and JACK ELKINS, MARILYN ELKINS, JANIE V. LOVE, JOSEPH P. PAYNE, CHARLES PYLE, MARY HOLLINGSWORTH BYRD, KYLE ROBINETTE, WANDA ROBINETTE, and GARY WARDEN, Intervening Petitioners/Appellants, v. GREG LANDAICHE and wife, COLLEEN LANDAICHE, Respondents/Appellees
Greg Leffew, Rockwood, Tennessee, for Appellants.
Robert Francis Chapski, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellees.
The Trial Court held that the easement at issue in this case had been abandoned. On appeal, we affirm.
Description of Correction: In the opinion published on Aug. 28, 2006, the name of the appllees' attorney on page one was
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DARRELL DEWAYNE ARMOUR
Ardena J. Garth and Donna Robinson Miller, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Darrell
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Blind Akrawi, Assistant Attorney General;
William H. Cox, III, District Attorney General; and Rodney Strong and Mary Sullivan Moore,
Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
A Hamilton County Criminal Court jury convicted the appellant, Darrell Dewayne Armour, of rape
and incest, and the trial court sentenced him to concurrent sentences of ten and six years, respectively. In this appeal, the appellant claims (1) that the trial court erred by admitting "fresh complaint" evidence; (2) that the trial court erred by allowing the State to say during its opening
statement that the appellant refused to speak with a detective during his investigation; (3) that the
State improperly allowed a prospective juror to make favorable comments about two State witnesses
during voir dire; (4) that the trial court improperly allowed a nurse to testify about the victim's
medical records; (5) that the State violated State v. Ferguson, 2 S.W.3d 912 (Tenn. 1999), when a
police detective lost his investigative notes; and (6) that the trial court erred by refusing to apply
mitigating factors to the appellant's sentences. Upon review of the records and the parties' briefs,
we affirm the appellant's convictions and the length of his sentences. However, because the
judgment of conviction for rape does not reflect that the appellant must serve one hundred percent
of that sentence, we remand the case for entry of a corrected judgment.
DORMAN O'NEAL ELMORE, JR. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
Randal R. Boston (on appeal), Crossville, Tennessee; Anthony W. Turner (at trial), Crossville,
Tennessee, for the Appellant, Dorman O'Neal Elmore, Jr.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Brian Clay Johnson, Assistant Attorney General;
William E. Gibson, District Attorney General; and Anthony J. Craighead, Assistant District Attorney
General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.
In February 2001, the Appellant, Dorman O'Neal Elmore, Jr., was convicted by a Cumberland
County jury of five counts of rape. Following a sentencing hearing, Elmore received an effective
twenty-two year sentence as a violent offender. The motion for new trial, which raised the issues
of: (1) sufficiency of the evidence; (2) evidentiary error; and (3) sentencing error, was filed nineteen
days after the judgment had become final. Notwithstanding the trial court's lack of jurisdiction to
hear the motion, a hearing was conducted, and the motion for new trial was denied. No appeal was
taken, and no further action occurred for almost four years, at which time Elmore, proceeding pro
se, began filing various pleadings seeking status review of his case. Eventually, Elmore was granted
a "delayed appeal" of his convictions as authorized by the post-conviction act. No additional motion
for new trial was filed. On appeal, Elmore seeks review of the three issues originally presented in
his time-barred motion for new trial. After review, we conclude that Elmore's argument with regard
to sufficiency of the evidence is without merit, as is his issue of sentencing error. The issue of
evidentiary error is waived, as it was not raised in a timely motion for new trial. See Tenn. R. App.
P. 3(e). Accordingly, the Appellant's judgments of conviction and effective sentence of twenty-two
years are affirmed.
MICHAEL McBEE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
Michael McBee, Mountain City, Tennessee, Pro Se.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General;
Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The petitioner, Michael McBee, appeals the trial court's order dismissing his petition for post-conviction relief. The state has filed a motion alternatively requesting that this court dismiss the appeal or affirm the trial court's denial of relief pursuant to Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals
Rule 20. The petition is barred by the statute of limitations and was properly dismissed. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. LISA MYERS
Stephen M. Wallace, District Public Defender; and Joe Harrison, Assistant District Public Defender,
for the Appellant, Lisa Myers.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Jennifer L. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General;
H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and Rebecca H. Davenport, Assistant District
Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.
The defendant, Lisa Myers, appeals her Sullivan County effective incarcerative sentence of eight
years on her guilty-pleaded convictions of Class D theft and two worthless checks. The defendant
had sought a probationary sentence or some other form of alternative sentencing, which the trial
court rejected. Our review of the record discloses no basis to disturb the trial court's sentencing decision, and we affirm the judgments.
ANTONIO YOUNG v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
Antonio Young, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; C. Daniel Lins, Assistant Attorney General, for
the Appellee, State of Tennessee.
The petitioner, Antonio Young, appeals from the order dismissing his petition for writ of habeas
corpus. The state has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the trial court's denial of relief
pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. The petitioner has failed to
establish that he is entitled to habeas corpus relief. Accordingly, the state's motion is granted and
the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.
Application of Public Chapter 965
TN Attorney General Opinions
Opinion Number: 06-137
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