TBA among partners on Bredesen mentoring initiative

Gov. Phil Bredesen launched a new statewide mentoring initiative today with an event at Nashville's downtown Public Library. The initiative, operated by the governor's Children's Cabinet, will pair volunteer mentors with children in foster care. Bredesen pronounced himself "particularly pleased" that the program will be undertaken in partnership with the ABA and TBA, and singled out TBA President Larry Wilks for specific mention. The launch came during a Martin Luther King Day observance event with the governor, First Lady Andrea Conte, Department of Children's Services Commissioner Viola Miller and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. in attendance. It was led by former Tennessean publisher John Siegenthaler. Find out more about the program on the governor's web site. Find out how to volunteer to be a mentor or be involved in the program.
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Court: TCA


Lewis L. Cobb, John D. Stevens, Jackson, TN, for Appellants.

James I. Pentecost, Jon A. York, Jackson, TN, for Appellees.


This case involves an automobile accident that occurred on a road maintained by Madison County. The plaintiff sued the negligent driver who struck his vehicle, the other driver's parents, and Madison County. Relevant to this appeal, the plaintiff alleged that the design of the road and inadequate signs and road markings contributed to the accident. The trial court granted summary judgment to Madison County, finding that it was immune from suit under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act. We affirm.



Court: TCCA


William A. Kennedy, Blountville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James A. James.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and Barry Staubus, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The appellant pled guilty in the Sullivan County Criminal Court to several offenses and received a total effective sentence of fifteen years to be served on probation. Subsequently, the trial court revoked his probation and ordered that he serve the sentences in confinement. On appeal, the appellant admits that he violated probation but claims that the court erred by ordering him to serve his sentences in confinement. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.



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