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A memorial service will be held Monday for prominent Knoxville lawyer and former Knoxville mayor Robert L. Crossley who died Friday. He was 78. Crossley is also known across the state for the bar study program he developed, which over 38 years prepared over 10,000 future lawyers, judges and law professors for the state bar exam. Read more about Crossley's life and career:

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Ben H. Houston, II, Knoxville, Tennessee for the Appellant, D.A.B. V. MICHAEL NESBITT, COUNTY MAYOR OF SMITH COUNTY

Court: TCA


Gary Vandever, Lebanon, Tennessee, for Defendant/Appellant Michael Nesbitt, County Mayor of Smith County.

E. Guy Holliman and Debbie C. Holliman, Carthage, Tennessee, for Plaintiff/Appellee Johnny C. Bane, Sheriff of Smith County.

Judge: KIRBY

This is a lawsuit filed by a sheriff to resolve a budget dispute. The sheriff sued the county executive, seeking funding to hire new personnel for the sheriff's department, as well as equipment and training for the new personnel and salary increases for current personnel. The trial court authorized the hiring of several new employees and the reinstatement of three clerks cut from the previous year’s budget. The trial court also authorized the funding necessary to equip and train the additional personnel and awarded a salary increase for the position of chief deputy. The county executive now appeals the decision of the trial court. We reverse the trial court's order as to the hiring of an additional detective, finding that the trial court did not have authority to approve the hiring of the detective. We also modify the judgment to delete funding for the equipment and training of the detective. We affirm the remainder of the trial court's judgment.


Court: TCA


Ben H. Houston, II, Knoxville, Tennessee for the Appellant, D.A.B.

Michael E. Moore, Acting Attorney General and Reporter, and Lauren S. Lamberth, Assistant Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.


The State of Tennessee Department of Children's Services ("the State") filed a Petition to Terminate Parental Rights of D.A.B. ("Father") to the minor child D.A.E. ("the Child"). The case was tried and the Juvenile Court entered on order finding and holding, inter alia, that clear and convincing evidence existed to terminate Father's parental rights to the Child under Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 36-1-113(g)(1), (g)(2), and (g)(3), and that termination was in the best interest of the Child. Father appeals claiming that the Juvenile Court erred both in finding that grounds for termination existed and that termination was in the Child's best interest. We affirm.


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