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AMANDA DAWN ALDERIDGE v. LYNN VERNON ALDERIDGE, JR.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Lynn V. Alderidge, Jr., Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Amanda Dawn Alderidge, Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Judge: CLEMENT

In this divorce proceeding, the appellant contends the trial court erred by granting the divorce to his wife and designating her as the primary residential parent of their minor child. Finding no error, we affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/alderidgel_050407.pdf


CHRISTOPHER SCOTT EVERETT v. KERRY KATHLEEN EVERETT

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Thomas F. Bloom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kerry Kathleen Everett.

Donna L. Green, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellee, Christopher Scott Everett.

In this appeal from a final order of divorce, the wife appeals the trial court's designation of the husband as the primary residential parent, identification of marital assets and allocation of marital debt, denial of transitional alimony, and calculation of the wife's child support obligation. We affirm the trial court's residential placement arrangement as reflected in the agreed parenting plan and also affirm the designation of the husband as primary residential parent. In addition, we affirm the trial court's classification of the husband's father's financial assistance to purchase the marital home as a debt rather than a gift; the trial court's denial of the wife's request for transitional alimony; and the trial court's decision regarding the wife's earning capacity for purposes of setting child support. However, we have determined that the trial court erred by allocating to the wife part of the responsibility for the repayment of the husband's student loans.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/everettc_050407.pdf


JOHN ANTHONY MELTON v. JENNIFER SHANNON PROFITT (MELTON) JOHNSON

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Janet S. Kelley, Dickson, Tennessee, for Appellant.

Dan R. Bradley, Waverly, Tennessee, for appellee.

Judge: FRANKS

At the time the parties were divorced, they essentially agreed to a joint custodial arrangement for their two children. Subsequently, the father filed a Petition alleging change of circumstances and for primary custody of the children. The wife filed a Counter-petition for primary custody. The Trial Court heard evidence and awarded primary custody to the father. The mother has appealed. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/meltonj_050407.pdf


IN RE: MATTER OF ABDULLAH RAHIM

Court: TCA

Judge: COTTRELL

A prisoner appeals from the denial of his petition for a name change. Although he sought to change his name back to his original name, an intervening statutory enactment precludes name changes by persons convicted of specified crimes. Because the prisoner was convicted of one of the enumerated crimes, we affirm the trial court's denial of the petition.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/rahima_050407.pdf


MICHAEL WALDRON v. TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Michael Waldron, Pro Se

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Bradley W. Flippin, Assistant Attorney General for Appellee, Tennessee Department of Correction

Judge: CRAWFORD

Appellant challenges trial court's order granting summary judgment in favor of the Appellee and denying Appellant's petition for declaratory relief. We affirm.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/waldronm_050407.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JARVIS HODGES

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Gregory D. Gookin, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Jarvis Hodges.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Assistant Attorney General; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and Alfred L. Earls, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Jarvis Hodges, pled guilty to twelve offenses: six counts of aggravated burglary, Class C felonies; one count of burglary and two counts of theft over $1000, Class D felonies; and two counts of theft under $500, Class A misdemeanors; and possession of a weapon, a Class C misdemeanor. He was sentenced as a Range I, standard offender to an effective sentence of seven years in the Department of Correction. He appeals his sentence, arguing that the trial court erred by ordering consecutive sentencing and that he should have receivedour review, we affirm the sentence imposed by the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/hodgesj_050407.pdf


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Court calls temporary halt to Workman execution
U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell today issued a temporary restraining order to stop the planned May 9 execution of convicted killer Philip Workman. The order is set to expire on May 14, when a hearing on a motion for preliminary injunction will be held. Workman sought the delay so he could file a constitutional challenge to the state's newly-adopted death penalty procedures.
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