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Court: TCA


L. Bruce Peden, Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mildred Elaine Miller.

Larry Samuel Patterson Jr., Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jay Hill Davidson.

Judge: KOCH

This appeal involves a former husband's efforts to stop making monthly payments to his former wife as required by their marital dissolution agreement. Seven years after the divorce, the former husband filed a petition in the Chancery Court for Maury County claiming that these payments were alimony and that he was no longer required to pay them because his former wife had married again. Following a bench trial, the trial court concluded that the disputed payments were alimony payments even though the parties' marital dissolution agreement had characterized them as part of the division of the marital estate. Accordingly, the trial court held that the former husband was no longer required to make the monthly payments to his former wife. The former wife has appealed. We have determined that the trial court erred by classifying the disputed payments as alimony and by relieving the husband of his obligation to continue paying them.



Court: TCA


Stephen T. Greer, Dunlap, Tennessee, for the appellant, Precision Aerodynamics, Inc.

G. Patrick Watson, Atlanta, Georgia, and J. Harvey Cameron, Jasper, Tennessee, for the appellees, James L. Rubio and Ann Rubio.


Plaintiff brought this action to authenticate and enforce a $53,000,000 default judgment awarded against Defendant by the Superior Court of Walton County, Georgia. Defendant, a Tennessee corporation, contends the Georgia judgment is void because the Georgia court never had in personam jurisdiction over Defendant. The basis of the collateral attack on the Georgia judgment is that service of process was insufficient because the summons was served on the personal secretary of Defendant's registered agent, not Defendant's registered agent. The Circuit Court of Sequatchie County, Tennessee ruled the service of process was valid and the judgment was enforceable. We affirm.



Court: TCCA


David Brady and John B. Nisbet, III (on appeal) and Joe L. Finley, Jr. (at trial), Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Scott Nolan Tabor.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; William Edward Gibson, District Attorney General; and Gary McKinzie, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The appellant, Scott Nolan Tabor, pled guilty in the Cumberland County Criminal Court to theft of property valued ten thousand dollars or more but less than sixty thousand dollars and received a four-year sentence to be served on supervised probation. Subsequently, the trial court revoked the appellant's probation and ordered that he serve his entire sentence in confinement. On appeal, the appellant claims that the trial court erred by ordering him to serve his sentence in confinement and that the trial court had no jurisdiction to revoke his probation. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.



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