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Court: TCA


Billy D. Murray, Harriman, Tennessee, pro se Appellant.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, and Warren Jasper, Assistant Attorney General for the Appellee, the State of Tennessee, ex. rel., Cindy J. Burris.


The State of Tennessee, ex. rel., Cindy J. Burris ("the State") filed a petition for modification of child support against Billy D. Murray ("Father") in November of 2005. The case was heard by a Referee and the Referee's Findings and Recommendations were entered in February of 2006, ordering Father to pay $173 per month in current support and $7 per month toward child support arrearages of $10,659.14. Father appealed the Findings and Recommendations to the Juvenile Court and the Juvenile Court entered an order confirming the Findings and Recommendations. Father appeals to this Court. The record on appeal contains no transcript or statement of the evidence. We vacate that portion of the award that represents State benefits received by Cindy J. Burris ("Mother") after the entry of the 1992 judgment and affirm as to all remaining issues.


Court: TCA


Charles Patrick Flynn, Michael K. Radford, Brentwood, Tennessee, for Appellants, Sam Teague and Sam Teague Chrysler, Inc.

Benjamin C. Regen, Dickson, Tennessee, for Appellee, Harper-Wittbrodt Automotive Group, LLC.


This is an appeal from the granting of specific performance pursuant to an option to purchase contained in a lease agreement between Sam Teague and Sam Teague Chrysler, Inc., and the predecessor in interest of Harper-Wittbrodt Automotive Group, LLC. Each of the parties have made numerous assignments of error with respect to the ruling of the trial court and the relief granted by it. After consideration of each of the issues raised by the parties, we affirm, in all respects, the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


J. Reed Dixon, Sweetwater, Tennessee, for the appellant, Edward Forester.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Jennifer L. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; Jerry N. Estes, District Attorney General; and Jon Chalmers Thompson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Petitioner, Edward R. Forester, was convicted of aggravated burglary and received a sentence of eleven years in the Department of Correction. This Court affirmed the conviction and sentence, and the Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief, which the post-Conviction court dismissed after a hearing. The Petitioner now appeals, contending that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. Specifically, the Petitioner claims that his trial counsel was ineffective by: (1) failing to call two witnesses; and (2) failing to request a jury instruction on the lesser-included offense of criminal trespass. Finding no reversible error, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.


Court: TCCA


Ciondre T. Moore, alias, Ciondre T. Porter, alias, pro se, Henning, Tennessee

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; Paula R. Gentry, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Ciondre T. Moore, alias, Ciondre T. Porter, was convicted in three separate cases of multiple offenses and sentenced to twelve years of intensive probation. Subsequently, two violation of probation warrants were issued, and the Defendant pled guilty to violating his probation. He then filed a pro se motion alleging that the trial court had made a clerical error by not giving him sentencing credit for the time that he had served on probation. The trial court denied the motion after a hearing. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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