Kingsport lawyer named to Judicial Selection Commission

Kingsport attorney Steve Rose was appointed to the Judicial Selection Commission on Thursday by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. The 17-member commission nominates candidates for all vacancies on the state's appellate courts, including the state Supreme Court. Rose is a native of Kingsport, a University of Tennessee Law School graduate and a past president of the Kingsport Bar Association. He is a partner with the West and Rose law firm, reports.
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Court: TCA


Jon S. Jablonski, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeffrey S. Wertz.

Virginia Lee Story, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellee, Laura W. Audiffred.


The husband appeals every aspect of the trial court's ruling in a divorce and custody action. The trial court designated the wife as the primary residential parent and gave the husband limited visitation time with the children. The court awarded the wife alimony and attorneys' fees and meticulously divided the parties' marital property. The husband contends he should be the primary residential parent, or in the alternative should be allowed greater visitation time with the children. He further contends that the awards of alimony and attorneys' fees were excessive and that the distribution of the marital estate was inequitable. We find no error with the numerous decisions of the trial courtwith the exception of one aspect of the parenting plan, that being that the husband is deprived of visitation for eleven straight days every two week visitation cycle. Thus, we modify the permanent parenting plan to afford him a more customary visitation every week and affirm the trial court in all other respects.


Court: TCA


D. Marty Lasley, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellant, T.P.H.R.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Amy T. McConnell, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services.


The Juvenile Court terminated the parental rights of T.P.H.R. ("Mother") to her three children, K.R.R., A.O.R., and C.T.R., (the "children") who are ages 7, 5 and 4, respectively. The Juvenile Court held that: (1) there was clear and convincing evidence that grounds existed to terminate Mother's parental rights pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 36-1-113(g)(1), (g)(2) and (g)(3); (2) there was clear and convincing evidence that termination of Mother's parental rights was in the children's best interest; and (3) that the Department of Children's Services ("DCS") had made reasonable efforts to assist Mother to reunite with her children. Mother appeals challenging each of these rulings. After a careful review of the record, we affirm the Juvenile Court's judgment as modified.


Court: TCCA


Leslie S. Hale, Assistant Public Defender, Blountville, Tennessee, for the appellant, David Wayne Watkins.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and Teresa Smith, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The defendant, David Wayne Watkins, pled guilty to the offenses of theft over $1000, felony reckless endangerment, and felony failure to appear. As a result, he received a total effective sentence of eight years to be served consecutively to a prior sentence of six years he was already serving. On appeal, the defendant argues that the trial court erred in denying alternative sentencing and ordering confinement. Finding no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


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