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The ABA Journal reports that Memphis U.S. District Judge Bernice Donald has been selected by the Nominating Committee to become ABA secretary. She will become the first woman of color to serve as an officer in the ABA when she begins her three-year term in August 2008. Two other Tennessee lawyers are also featured in the magazine. In its Supreme Court report, the lead item discusses an employment law case that Nashville lawyer Todd Presnell was scheduled to argue before the court next week. News reports today say the company making that appeal plan to ask the court to dismiss it. Also featured is Memphis attorney Lucian Pera, who shares his experiences as an in-house ethics counsel and talks about plans for supporting lawyers in that role through the ABA Business Law Section.
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Howard H. Vogel
TIM HOLLIS v. ATC, INC. and SOMPO JAPAN INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA
D. Brett Burrow and Gordon C. Aulgur, Brewer, Krause, Brooks, Chastain & Borrow, Nashville,
Tennessee, for the Appellants, ATC, Inc. and Sompo Japan Insurance Company of America.
Donald D. Zuccarello and Nina Parsley, Law Office of Donald D. Zuccarello, Nashville, Tennessee,
for the Appellee, Tim Hollis.
This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation
Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated Section 50-6-225(e)(3)
for hearing and reporting of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The employer contends that the
trial court erred in finding that the employee suffered a compensable back injury which arose out of
and in the course of his employment. We affirm.
VIVIAN LAROSE JOHNSON v. COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES, INC., ET. AL.
Betty Ann Milligan, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellants, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., and
Constitution State Service Company
Vivian Larose Johnson, Memphis, Tennessee, pro se.
This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation
Appeals Panel in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-225(e)(3) for hearing and
reporting of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The employee, Vivian Larose Johnson, sought
workers' compensation benefits for carpal tunnel injuries to both hands and a separate injury to her
back. The trial court found the employee had sustained a work related injury and that she had
sustained a sixty percent permzzanent partial disability to the body as a whole without specifying the
validity of her separate claims. The employer, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (Coca-Cola), has
appealed, alleging the trial court erred in finding Ms. Johnson's claim for benefits for the injury to
her back had been filed within the limitations period established by Tennessee Code Annotated
section 50-6-203(a), and in awarding Ms. Johnson sixty percent permanent partial disability as a
whole. We agree, reverse in part and remand the case to the trial court for determination of the
DONNA ROBERTS v. KMART CORPORATION
Angus Gillis, III, Nashville, Tennessee, for Plaintiff-Appellant, Donna Roberts.
Hal W. Wilkins, Nashville, Tennessee, for Defendant-Appellee, Kmart Corporation.
This is a workers' compensation appeal referred to and heard by the Special Workers'
Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann. Section 50-6-225
(e)(3) for hearing and reporting to the Supreme Court of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The
plaintiff contends that the trial court erred in finding that she had failed to demonstrate that she had
suffered a permanent injury to her back while in the course of employment for the defendant. We
conclude the trial court was correct in its finding, however, and therefore, we affirm the decision of
the trial court.
CYNTHIA J. RIDDLE v. AMOS LEE RIDDLE
William K. Lane, III, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Cynthia J. Riddle.
Barbara J. Walker, Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellee, Amos Lee Riddle.
This case concerns child custody determinations following a divorce. Appellant appeals the trial
court's ruling designating Appellee as primary residential parent of the parties' two minor children.
However, Appellant failed to provide the Court of Appeals with a complete record of the trial court
proceedings; specifically, transcripts of two hearings, one after which the trial court made its initial
custody determination and the other after which the trial court changed its initial custody
determination. Therefore, based on the incomplete appellate record, this Court cannot review the
facts and must affirm the trial court.
WASTE MANAGEMENT, INC. OF TENNESSEE v. SOLID WASTE REGION BOARD OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY ET AL.
Thomas G. Cross, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Solid Waste Region Board of the
Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
James R. Tomkins, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Chris Utley, Brenda Gilmore, Matthew
Walker, Arthur Harris, Frances Utley, Johniene Thomas, and Kenneth Caine.
John P. Williams and Thomas V. White, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Waste Management,
Inc. of Tennessee.
This appeal involves the efforts of the operator of a private construction and demolition waste
landfill to obtain approval to expand its landfill. The board overseeing the local government's solid
waste management plan denied the operator's application after the area residents objected. The
operator then filed a petition for review in the Chancery Court for Davidson County. The trial court
permitted the area residents to intervene and, based on the record of the board's proceedings,
determined that the board's decision was legally unsound and was not supported by the evidence.
The regulatory board and the area residents have appealed. We have determined that the board's
denial of the permit to expand the private landfill was clear error, and, therefore, we affirm the trial
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES MICHAEL HANNERS
B.F. "Jack" Lowery and G. Jeff Cherry, Lebanon, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Michael
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Mark A. Fulks, Assistant Attorney General;
William Whitesell, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The appellant, James Michael Hanners, was convicted by a Rutherford County jury of
misdemeanor assault, a lesser-included offense of abuse of a child under six years of age, in
September 2002. In January 2003, the trial court sentenced the appellant to eleven months and
twenty-nine days. In August 2005, the appellant moved for expungement of any records relating
to the charge of child abuse, which the trial court denied relying on Tennessee Code Annotated
section 40-32-101, as amended May 22, 2003. On appeal, the appellant argues that the denial of
his motion for expungement violates the Ex Post Facto Clause of the Tennessee Constitution
because he was entitled to expungement at the time of his conviction and sentencing. After our
review of the parties' briefs and the record as a whole, we reverse the judgment of the trial court
and remand for entry of an expungement order.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SCOTTY WAYNE HENRY
J. Barney Witherington, IV, Covington, Tennessee, for the appellant, Scotty Wayne Henry.
Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General;
Elizabeth Rice, District Attorney General; Colin Campbell, Assistant District Attorney General, for
the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The Defendant, Scotty Wayne Henry, pled guilty to one count of promoting the manufacture of
methamphetamine and one count of felony reckless endangerment. Pursuant to Tennessee Rule of
Criminal Procedure 37, the Defendant reserved as a certified question of law the issue of whether
the search and seizure of evidence that led to his indictment and guilty plea were unconstitutional.
We conclude that the search and seizure were constitutional, and the judgments of the trial court are
ANTONIO HOYLE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
Mike Mosier, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Antonio Hoyle.
Michael E. Moore, Acting Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney
General; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and Alfred Lynn Earls, Assistant District
Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
against the petitioner, the state points to a letter written by the district attorney general listing the charges against
the petitioner. The letter was made part of the record at the post-conviction hearing.
IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE
Assigned on Briefs December 5, 2006
ANTONIO HOYLE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
Direct Appeal from the Circuit Court for Madison County
No. C-06-53 Roy B. Morgan, Jr., Judge
No. W2006-00784-CCA-R3-PC - Filed April 11, 2007
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DENNIS JARRETT
George Morton Googe, District Public Defender; and Gregory D. Gookin, Assistant Public Defender,
for the appellant, Dennis Jarrett.
Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General;
James G. (Jerry) Woodall, District Attorney General; and Anna M. Banks, Assistant District
Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
Defendant, Dennis Jarrett, was indicted on the following charges: count one, driving after being
declared a habitual motor vehicle offender; count two, driving under the influence of an intoxicant
and/or drug; count three, driving under the influence, seventh offense; count four, felony reckless
endangerment; count five, felony evading arrest; count six, possession of drug paraphernalia; count
seven, violation of implied consent law; and count eight, failure to appear. Following a jury trial,
Defendant was found guilty on counts one, four, five, six, seven, and eight. In a separate proceeding,
Defendant entered pleas of guilty on counts two and three. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial
court sentenced Defendant to an effective sentence of six years for his convictions, the length and
manner of service of which Defendant does not challenge on appeal. Defendant argues on appeal
that the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction of felony reckless endangerment. After a
review of the record, we affirm the trial court's judgments.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. PAULINE LACEY
Richard McGee, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Pauline Lacey.
Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General;
Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Amy Eisenbeck, Assistant District Attorney
General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The Defendant, Pauline Lacey, appeals from the sentencing decision of the Davidson County
Criminal Court. The Defendant was indicted for four counts of aggravated assault, and she
subsequently pled guilty as charged. Pursuant to the terms of the negotiated plea agreement, the
Defendant received an effective four-year and six-month sentence, and the trial court was to
determine the manner of service. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court ordered the
Defendant to serve sixty days in jail, followed by probation for the remainder of her sentence. On
appeal, the Defendant argues that the trial court erred in denying her request for full probation.
Finding no error, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CHARLES OWENS
C. Edward Fowlkes, Nashville, Tennessee; and John Edward Herbison, Nashvillle, Tennessee,
for the appellant, Charles Owens.
Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Preston Shipp, Assistant Attorney
General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Brian Holmgren, Assistant
District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
Defendant, Charles Owens, was indicted on five counts of aggravated sexual battery and one
count of rape of a child involving victim Y.B., and one count of attempted rape of a child and
three counts of aggravated sexual battery involving victim J.S. Both victims are minors and will
be referred to by their initials. The State entered a nolle prosequi as to count seven of the
indictment charging Defendant with the rape of J.S., and the remaining counts were renumbered
accordingly. Following a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of six counts of the aggravated
sexual battery of Y.B., and not guilty of the charges involving J.S. After a sentencing hearing,
the trial court sentenced Defendant as a Range I, standard offender, to eight years for each
aggravated sexual battery conviction. The trial court ordered Defendant to serve his sentences
for his convictions in counts two and three consecutively with each other and to his conviction in
count one, and his sentences for his convictions in counts four, five, and six concurrently with
his sentence in count one, for an effective sentence of twenty-four years. Defendant does not
challenge the sufficiency of the convicting evidence, or the manner or length of service of his
sentences. On appeal, Defendant argues that the incidents of prosecutorial misconduct which
occurred during opening and closing argument, and during the State's direct and crossexamination
of the witnesses at trial, were so pervasive that Defendant was denied his right to a
fair trial. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES RIELS
Excerpts from the Court of Criminal Appeals' Decision
LaTonya Burrow (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Riels.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Michelle Chapman McIntire, Assistant Attorney
General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Gerald Harris and Michelle Parks,
Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
[Deleted: Introductory Paragraph]
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ROBERT CHARLES YORK
Andrew Jackson Dearing, III, Assistant Public Defender, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the
appellant, Robert Charles York.
ey General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
Michael E. Moore, Acting Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney
General; W. Michael McCown, District Attorney General; and Michael D. Randles, Assistant
The defendant, Robert Charles York, pled guilty to violation of the light law, two counts of
evading arrest, fourth offense driving under the influence (DUI), driving on a revoked license,
and violation of the implied consent law and received an effective sentence of ten years as a
Range II offender. On appeal, he challenges the sentencing decision of the Bedford County
Circuit Court arguing that he should have been sentenced to community corrections rather than
incarceration. Following our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the trial
court's sentencing decision.
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