Speculation begins on Vines' replacement

A little more than a week after U.S. Attorney Jim Vines announced he is leaving his post, names of potential successors are beginning to circulate. The Nashville City Paper reports today that Gary Brown, a partner with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz, and Gus Puryear, general counsel for the Corrections Corporation of America, have been mentioned as possible replacements. Brown has said he is not a candidate. Whoever is nominated will face uncertain prospects as the U.S. Senate is set to adjourn soon for the fall campaign season.


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Court: TSC


Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Preston Shipp, Assistant Attorney General; W. Michael McCown, District Attorney General; and Weakley E. Barnard, Assistant District Attorney, for the Appellant, State of Tennessee.

John S. Colley, III, Columbia, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Jason Allen Ruiz.

Judge: CLARK

We granted this appeal to address the proper standard of review for applications to suspend the balance of a sentence previously imposed. We hold that appellate courts should reverse a trial court's grant or denial of such applications only upon finding an abuse of discretion. Finding no error by the trial court in this case, we reverse the Court of Criminal Appeals.



Court: TCA


Stuart B. Breakstone, Kathy Baker Tennison, Memphis, TN, for Appellant.

Linda L. Holmes, Memphis, TN, for Appellee.


This appeal stems from a divorce. In this appeal, the husband asserts that the circuit court erred when it (1) awarded his wife transitional alimony in the amount of $4,000 per month for the first four years and $1,000 per month for the next five years, (2) assigned 100% of the parties' marital debts to him, and (3) allocated $650 for his wife's work related child care expenses when calculating the parties' child support obligations. Husband argues that the amount of transitional alimony was excessive as he did not have the ability to pay that amount and that the amount exceeded his wife's needs. He also argues that the circuit court should have equitably distributed the parties' marital debts and that the circuit court should not have allocated work related child care expenses in excess of his wife's monthly gross income. Additionally, the wife has requested that this Court award her attorney's fees on appeal. We affirm as modified the decisions of the circuit court. We decline to award the wife her attorney's fees on appeal.



Court: TCA


Dan R. Alexander, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Marje Largin and Jennifer Siliski.

Lisa M. Carson, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellees, Williamson County Animal Control Shelter/Center and Williamson County, Tennessee.


The plaintiffs filed this conversion and negligent bailment action against Williamson County and the County's Animal Control Shelter, alleging the defendants failed and/or refused to return animals and accessory equipment owned by the plaintiffs. The County filed a Tenn. R. Civ. P. 12.02(6) motion to dismiss, contending the complaint did not allege the tort was committed by an employee of the County acting within the scope of employment as required by the Governmental Tort Liability Act. The trial court granted the motion to dismiss and denied the plaintiffs' last minute motion to amend the complaint, finding the proposed amended complaint would not cure the deficiencies. Finding no error, we affirm.


With Part Concurring and Part Dissenting Opinion

Court: TCA


Richard L. Colbert, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Metropolitan Nashville Education Association and James Fuller.

Karl Dean, Director of Law, Department of Law of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County , and Jennifer L. Bozeman, Metropolitan Attorney, Nashville, Tennessee, for theappellee, The Metropolitan Board of Public Education.


The trial court awarded summary judgment to Defendant Board of Education, vacating a portion of an arbitration award that required reinstatement of Plaintiff to his high school coaching assignment. We reverse.


KIRBY concurring in part and dissenting in part


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