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Court: TWCA


Jennifer P. Keller and Philip R. Baker, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the Appellant, J.T. Walker Industries d/b/a Rite Screen, Inc.

Gary L. Goldstein, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Sheila Reece.

Judge: SCOTT

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-225(e)(3) for hearing and reporting to the Supreme Court of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The employee developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of her employment. The trial court awarded her 50% permanent partial disability to both hands. The employer has appealed, contending the award is excessive. We modify the award to 50% permanent partial disability to both arms, and affirm the judgment.



Court: TCA


Michael H. Sneed, Nashville, Tennessee, for appellant.

Joseph M. Huffaker and Mary Beth Haltom, Nashville, Tennessee, for appellee.


Plaintiff fell in a puddle of oil in the parking lot near the Save-a-Lot Market. The Trial Court granted the market and the owner of the parking lot summary judgment. On appeal, we affirm.



Court: TCCA


David M. Livingston, Brownsville, Tennessee, for the appellant, John Kenneth Hayes.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Assistant Attorney General; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Julie K. Pillow, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, John Kenneth Hayes, was convicted of theft of property over $10,000, a Class C felony, and sentenced as a Range I, standard offender to four years in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he argues that the trial court erred in ordering that he serve 120 days in confinement prior to being placed on community corrections. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court but remand for entry of a corrected judgment to reflect the community corrections service of the defendant's sentence.



Court: TCCA


Jason L. Hudson, Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Randy Bernard Mitchell.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; and C. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Randy Bernard Mitchell, appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief, arguing that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to adequately investigate his case and for failing to fully explain the ramifications of his guilty plea. Following our review, we affirm the denial of the petition.



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