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Court: TCA


Mark D. Edmonds, Jonesborough, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Mary Lou Gammo.

Thomas C. Jessee, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the Appellees, Richard Rolen and Lisa J. Rolen.


Mary Lou Gammo sued her neighbors, Richard and Lisa Rolen, seeking removal of a fence the Rolens erected which prevented Ms. Gammo from using an alley located on the Rolens' property. Ms. Gammo alleged that language in a deed in her chain of title granted an easement for use of the alley or, in the alternative, that she and her predecessors in title had established an easement by prescription. A Special Master heard evidence and concluded that there was no easement in favor of Ms. Gammo over the Rolens' property. The Trial Court adopted the findings of the Special Master and dismissed Ms. Gammo's complaint. After careful review, we hold that the language in the deed in Ms. Gammo's chain of title which identified the boundary of her property with "an iron pin in an alley or driveway which affords an outlet from the Lot hereinabove described to New Street" created an easement appurtenant for use of the Rolens' alley because the lots now owned by Ms. Gammo and the Rolens were held by a common grantor when this deed was executed. We affirm the Trial Court's ruling that Ms. Gammo did not prove the existence of a prescriptive easement. Affirmed in part and reversed in part.



Court: TCA


Philip C. Kelly and Gwynn K. Smith, Gallatin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sharon Ann Powell Parks.

Mitzi Samples and J. Christopher Clem, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellees, Joseph Brentley Powell and Mitzi P. Samples.

Judge: LEE

The decedent executed a will in 2001 and a second will in 2004. The decedent made handwritten alterations to the 2001 will at some time subsequent to its execution. After the decedent died, the 2004 will could not be located, and the 2001 will was presented for probate. The trial court ruled that the 2001 will was revoked by the 2004 will and that the decedent died intestate. We reverse the judgment of the trial court because there was no proof that the terms of the two wills were inconsistent or that the 2004 will contained a clause revoking the earlier will. Further, we remand for a determination as to whether the decedent intended to revive the 2001 will and if so, the effect of the decedent's markings on such will.



Court: TCA


Jerrold L. Becker, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Rommie Delee Stone, Jr.

Douglas R. Beier, Morristown, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Cathy (Stone) Crawford.


Cathy (Stone) Crawford ("Mother") and Rommie Delee Stone, Jr. ("Father") were divorced in 2002. Mother and Father have a son who is seven years old. Following the divorce, the parties operated under a residential co-parenting schedule which essentially split each party's co-parenting time on an equal basis, although Mother was designated as the primary residential parent. In 2005, Mother filed a petition to modify the parenting plan claiming, among other things, that the current schedule no longer worked once the child began school. Following a trial, the Trial Court concluded that a material change in circumstances had been proven such that it was appropriate and in the child's best interest to modify the existing residential parenting schedule by limiting Fathers' residential time with the child. Father appeals. We modify the judgment, affirm the judgment of the Trial Court as modified, and remand for further proceedings consistent with this Opinion.


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TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-10-19

Opinion Number: 07-146


Private Act Environmental Court

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-10-19

Opinion Number: 07-147


Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Laws

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-10-22

Opinion Number: 07-148



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