Brentwood Academy case argued today at Supreme Court

Attorneys in the decade-old case involving Brentwood Academy and the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association were before the U.S. Supreme Court today, arguing whether the association's recruiting rules for high school sports help protect students or infringe on free speech. A ruling is expected by the end of June. The First Amendment Center carries this Associated Press report:

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Court: TWCA


Marcia McShane Watson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Saturn Corporation

Barbara Medley, Lewisburg, Tennessee, for the appellee, Kenneth Polly


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. On this appeal, the employer, Saturn Corporation (Saturn), challenges the finding of the trial court that the avascular necrosis (AVN) suffered by the employee, Kenneth Polly, was advanced by his work activities and that the injury sustained by him was compensable under the Workers' Compensation Law. We agree with the trial court's finding and affirm.


Court: TCA


Joseph E. Ford, Winchester, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Thelberta Clark Sells

Mark Stewart, Winchester, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Harold Jackson


This lawsuit was filed originally by Harold Jackson (Plaintiff) seeking to establish his right to use an easement located on land owned by Thelberta Clark Sells (Defendant). Following a trial, the Trial Court determined that Plaintiff had established his right to an easement. The Trial Court established the physical parameters of the easement and prohibited Defendant from interfering with Plaintiff's proper use of the easement. The Trial Court's judgment establishing Plaintiff's entitlement to the easement was not appealed and became a final judgment. Shortly thereafter, Plaintiff filed a petition for contempt claiming Defendant had erected a fence over the easement and otherwise obstructed Plaintiff's use of the easement. Defendant denied she was in contempt and requested the Trial Court "move" the easement to a more convenient location. The Trial Court found Defendant in contempt of court and refused to "move" the easement. Defendant appeals, and we affirm.


Court: TCA


Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Janie C. Porter, Senior Counsel, for Appellants, State of Tennessee

William B. Hubbard and Marc Jenkins of Nashville, Tennessee; J. Richard Lodge Jr., and Russell S. Baldwin of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellant, Oce Imagistics, Inc.

James A. DeLanis, Darwin A. Hindman, III and Mary Ann Miranda of Nashville, Tennessee for Appellee, Lanier Worldwide, Inc.


This case involves the protest of a bid made pursuant to an invitation to bid issued by the State for copy machines. Upon protest made by several of the bidders as to the bid made by the selected bidder, the board of standards, after review, awarded the contract to the selected bidder. The next qualified bidder filed suit in chancery court, and the chancery court reversed the decision of the board of standards and awarded the contract to the complaining bidder. The State-defendants and the selected bidder appeal. We reverse and remand.


Court: TCA


Irma Merrill Stratton of Memphis, Tennessee for Appellant, William H. Thomas, Jr.

David Wade and J. Lewis Wardlaw of Memphis, Tennessee for Appellees, Outdoor Management, LLC and John W. Harris, Trustee


Appellant appeals from the trial court's orders finding Appellant in civil contempt and awarding attorneys' fees and costs to Appellees. We affirm.


Court: TCCA


Anthony Bond, pro se Appellant

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; and Bradley W. Flippin, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Tennessee Department of Correction

Judge: LEE

While an inmate at the South Central Correctional Facility, Anthony Bond was found guilty by the prison disciplinary board of assault on a visitor, placed in punitive segregation for 15 days, and ordered to pay a $5 fine. Mr. Bond challenged the conviction by filing a petition for writ of certiorari in the Wayne County Chancery Court. The trial court, after granting the petition and reviewing a certified copy of the disciplinary record, found that Mr. Bond was not entitled to any relief and dismissed the case. After careful review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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