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WILLARD DICKERSON v. INVISTA SARL

Court: TWCA

Attorneys:

Doug S. Hamill, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Willard Dickerson.

Gerard Michael Siciliano, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Invista Sarl.

Judge: BLACKWOOD

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-225(e)(3) for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law. The employee alleged that he suffered a compensable injury as a result of a fall at his workplace. The trial court held that the injury was not compensable because the fall was idiopathic and was not associated with a hazard of the employment. Employee appeals, contending that the evidence preponderates against the finding of the trial court. We affirm the judgment.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC_WCP/2007/dickersonw_121407.pdf


RICK L. MORRISON v. CITY OF KNOXVILLE

Court: TWCA

Attorneys:

John P. Dreiser, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, City of Knoxville

Jimmy Brown Johnson, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Rick L. Morrison

Judge: BLACKWOOD

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court in accordance with the provisions of 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 trial court found that Employee had sustained a hearing loss as a result of his employment and awarded 30% permanent partial disability to the hearing of both ears. Employer has appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in finding that Employee's hearing loss was work related. In the alternative, Employer argues that the trial court erred in finding the hearing loss to be related to Employee's work for Employer. Finally, Employer contends that the trial court used an incorrect burden of proof. We affirm the judgment.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TSC_WCP/2007/morrisonr_121407.pdf


IN RE: A. R. AND J. R.

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Thomas H. Miller, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, T.L.R.

Nick Perenich, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, S.R.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Douglas Earl Dimond, Senior Counsel, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Jeanah P. McClure, Nashville, Tennessee, guardian ad litem.

Judge: CLEMENT

Both parents appeal the termination of their parental rights on the ground of substantial non- compliance with the permanency plan and failure to remedy persistent conditions. The dispositive issue is whether the Department failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite the family. The reasonableness of the Department's efforts to reunite a family is dependent upon whether the services rendered were adequate to meet the needs of the family. In this case, the Department knew both parents needed significant psychological services to afford them the reasonable opportunity to meet the goals of the permanency plans and to remedy persistent conditions. The Department knew this because the psychologist who performed the mental health assessment of each parent at the direction of the Department issued a report recommending that both parents receive specific and significant mental health counseling. The record fails to establish that the Department provided the essential psychological services, without which the other services provided by the Department could not meet the needs of either parent or the family. Accordingly, we vacate the order terminating the mother's and father's parental rights and remand for further proceedings.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/ar_121407.pdf


HELEN M. BORNER, ET AL. v. DANNY R. AUTRY

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Mitchell G. Tollison of Jackson, Tennessee For Appellants, Helen M. Borner, Lekesa F. Borner, Individually and as Parent and Next Friend of Kaderius Q. Hunt, a minor.

Wesley A. Clayton and Matt S. Shepherd of Jackson, Tennessee For Appellee, Danny R. Autry.

Judge: CRAWFORD

This is a Tenn. R. App. P. 9 interlocutory appeal from the Order of the trial court striking medical bills attached to Plaintiffs/Appellants' complaint pursuant to T.C.A. section 24-5-113. The trial court specifically held that, because Plaintiffs/Appellants incurred total medical expenses in excess of the statutory maximum of $4,000.00, the Plaintiffs/Appellants were not entitled to the statutory presumption of reasonableness and necessity. Finding no errors of law, we affirm and remand.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/bornerh_121407.pdf

KIRBY concurring
http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/bornerh_con_121407.pdf


JERRY BUNDY v. FIRST TENNESSEE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION d/b/a FIRST TENNESSEE EQUITY LENDING

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Dan M. Norwood and David B. Stevenson, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jerry Bundy.

Frederick J. Lewis and Whitney K. Fogerty, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, First Tennessee Bank National Association d/b/a First Tennessee Equity Lending.

Judge: KIRBY

This is an age and sex discrimination case. The fifty-nine-year old male plaintiff worked for the defendant bank as a loan officer. In April 2003, he attempted to process a loan for a customer and did not disclose to the bank underwriting department documents he had received from the customer. When this was discovered, the plaintiff was placed under investigation. His employment was ultimately terminated for violating bank policy. The plaintiff filed this lawsuit, alleging age and sex discrimination. The bank filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the plaintiff could not establish a prima facie case of discrimination, or that the bank's legitimate non-discriminatory reason for terminating him was pretextual. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the bank. The plaintiff now appeals. We affirm, concluding that the plaintiff submitted insufficient evidence to establish the fourth element of his prima facie case, that he was either replaced by an employee outside the protected class, or that he was treated less favorably than a similarly situated employee outside the protected class.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/bundyj_121407.pdf


JONATHAN FORD, CHRISTIE FORD and KATHY FORD v. THE NEW GREATER HYDE PARK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH and LISA NELSON v. STEVEN CORBIN

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Fred E. Jones, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, for appellant City of Memphis.

David A. McLaughlin and Tiffany G. Johnson, Memphis, Tennessee, for appellees Lisa Nelson, James Gray III, Bonnie Blanchard, Gillie Ford, and Kathy Ford.

Shannon D. Elsea, Memphis, Tennessee, for appellees James Miller and Kathy Ford.

Judge: KIRBY

This interlocutory appeal concerns the liability of a municipality. Pursuant to the municipality's ordinances, a municipal inspector inspected a church building. The inspector sent a letter to the owners of the building notifying them that, due to the dilapidated condition of the building, they were in violation of a city ordinance. Over a year later, the building collapsed, killing four people, including three children, and injuring a fifth. The plaintiffs filed suit against the municipality for negligence based on the initial inspection and the municipality's failure to take appropriate action after the initial inspection. Three separate lawsuits were consolidated into this action. The municipality filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that it was immune from liability. The motion was denied. The municipality was then granted permission for this interlocutory appeal. On appeal, we affirm in part and reverse in part the trial courtís denial of summary judgment, holding that the defendant municipality may not be immune from liability for some claims under the facts presented in this case.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2007/nelsonl_121407.pdf


ERIC T. ARMSTRONG. v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Angela R. Hoover, for the Appellant.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Renee W. Turner,Assistant Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WELLES

The Appellant appeals the trial court's dismissal of his petition for post conviction relief. The Appellant has presented a new claim on appeal. The Court concludes that the claim is waived due to Appellant's failure to raise it in his petition below. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/armstronge_121407.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TIMOTHY RAY AZBILL

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Richard W. DeBerry, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Timothy Ray Azbill.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Hansel Jay McCadams, District Attorney General; and Jerry W. Wallace and Ed McDaniel, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Timothy Ray Azbill, was found guilty by a Decatur County jury of aggravated burglary, rape of a child, and especially aggravated kidnapping, and received an effective sentence of twenty-five years in the Department of Correction. The defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his convictions and the trial court's application of sentencing enhancement factors. After review, we conclude that the defendant's claims are without merit and affirm the judgments. However, we additionally conclude that, as to the convictions for rape of a child and especially aggravated kidnapping, the court began at the midpoint of the range, rather than the minimum as required, and, therefore, remand for resentencing as to those two offenses.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/azbillt_121407.pdf


DWIGHT BLAKE v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

John H. Richardson, Jr., Fayetteville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Dwight Blake.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Elizabeth T. Ryan, Assistant Attorney General; Charles Crawford, District Attorney General; and Hollyn Hewgley, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The defendant, Dwight Blake, appeals the Lincoln County Circuit Court's denial of his petition for post conviction DNA testing. See T.C.A. section 40-30-301 (2006). The defendant claims his counsel1 at trial failed to inform him of the DNA results, and he now requests an opportunity to re-test his DNA results. Finding no abuse of discretion, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/blaked_121407.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOHN BRITT

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Karen Massey and Michael Johnson (at trial); William D. Massey and Lorna S. McClusky (on appeal), attorneys for appellant, John Britt.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; Karen Cook and Emily Campbell, Assistant District Attorneys General, attorneys for appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: THOMAS

The defendant, John Britt, appeals as of right his jury convictions in Shelby County Criminal Court for two counts of solicitation of first degree murder. The trial court imposed consecutive sentences of ten years as a Range I, standard offender for each count, resulting in a total effective sentence of twenty years. On appeal, he asserts that the trial court committed plain error in its admission of allegedly improper testimony, in failing to declare a mistrial due to improper behavior by the prosecutors during the trial, and in failing to adequately instruct the jury after the defendant was improperly impeached regarding a prior bad act. He also asserts that the trial court improperly overruled the defendant's objection to testimony and commented on the evidence in the presence of the jury. Finally, he urges this court to find plain error in the trial court's sentencing for multiple reasons, including allegations that the imposition of the enhanced length and consecutive manner of service violates Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296, 124 S. Ct. 2531 (2004). Following our review, we affirm the defendant's convictions for solicitation of first degree murder but conclude that the trial court's imposition of sentences beyond the presumptive minimum violated Blakely. Therefore, upon remand, the trial court shall enter judgments to reflect sentences of eight years, for each count, to be served consecutively.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/brittj_121407.pdf


TONY CARRUTHERS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Larry E. Copeland, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee; William T. Ramsey, James G. Thomas, and J. Aaron Morris, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tony Carruthers.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Elizabeth T. Ryan, Assistant Attorney General; William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and John Campbell, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The petitioner, Tony Carruthers, appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. In April 1996, a Shelby County jury convicted the petitioner of the first degree murders of Marcellos Anderson, Delois Anderson, and Frederick Tucker and imposed a sentence of death for each conviction. The Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentences on direct appeal. State v. Carruthers, 35 S.W.3d 516 (Tenn. 2000). In December 2001, the petitioner filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief. By order entered April 16, 2002, the supreme court appointed a Davidson County post-conviction court to preside over the case. Post-conviction counsel was appointed and an evidentiary hearing was subsequently conducted on various dates between August 29, 2005, and November 3, 2005. On February 2, 2006, the post-conviction court entered an order denying the petition. On appeal to this court, the petitioner raises issues of ineffective assistance of pretrial and appellate counsel and prosecutorial misconduct. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/carrutherst_121407.pdf


CLARENCE W. CARTER v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Michael A. Colavecchio, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Clarence W. Carter.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Cameron L. Hyder, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III., District Attorney General; and Amy Eisenbeck and John Zimmermann, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The petitioner, Clarence W. Carter, appeals the post-conviction court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. On appeal, he argues that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel at his trial and at his sentencing hearing. After a thorough review of the record and the parties' briefs, the judgment of the post-conviction court denying post-conviction relief is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/carterc_121407.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. REGINALD ANTHONY LAYE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Andrew Jackson Dearing, III, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for Appellant, Reginald Anthony Laye.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; J. Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; and Michael D. Randles, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

Appellant, Reginald Anthony Laye, pled guilty to evading arrest and criminal impersonation prior to a jury trial, during which he was convicted of possession of .5 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to sell and possession of .5 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to deliver. The trial court merged the two convictions for possession into one conviction for possession of a Schedule II drug for resale. As a result of the convictions, Appellant was sentenced to an effective sentence of ten years and six months. After the denial of a motion for new trial and the filing of a timely notice of appeal, Appellant argues in this Court that the evidence was insufficient to support the conviction for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver. After a review of the record, we determine that the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver and, therefore, affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/layer_121407.pdf


NATHAN MORK MILLER v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Nathan Mork Miller, Nashville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Dan Hamm, Assistant District Attorney General; for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

This matter is before the Court upon the State's motion to affirm the judgment of the habeas corpus court by memorandum opinion pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Petitioner appeals the habeas corpus court's dismissal of his petition for habeas corpus relief. Upon a review of the record in this case, we are persuaded that the habeas court was correct and that this case meets the criteria for affirmance pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Accordingly, the State's motion is granted and the judgment of the habeas court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/millern_121407.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SAMMY MORRISON

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Robert G. Morgan, Jasper, Tennessee; for the Appellant, Sammy Morrison.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; J. Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; David O. McGovern, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

A Grundy County jury convicted the Defendant, Sammy Morrison, of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The trial court sentenced him to eleven months, twenty-nine days, with all but forty hours suspended for the DUI and to five days, suspended, for the resisting arrest conviction. On appeal, the Defendant argues that there was not sufficient evidence to support his convictions. After a thorough review of the evidence and applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/morrisons_121407.pdf


COREY LAMONT RADLEY V. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Ryan C. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Corey Lamont Radley.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Jon P. Seaborg, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

A Davidson County jury convicted the Petitioner, Corey Lamont Radley, of second degree murder, and the trial court sentenced him as a violent offender to twenty-five years in prison. The Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief claiming that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel, and the post-conviction court dismissed the petition after a hearing. The Petitioner appeals the dismissal, contending that his trial counsel was ineffective for not calling a witness at his motion for a new trial hearing who would have testified that he overheard jurors in the Petitioner's case improperly discussing the Petitioner's case. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/radelyc_121407.pdf


JASON WAYNE ROGERS v. CHERRY LINDAMOOD, WARDEN

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Jason Wayne Rogers, Pro Se, Clifton, Tennessee.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Mark A. Fulks, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The petitioner, Jason Wayne Rogers, appeals the circuit court's order summarily dismissing his pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus. Following our review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the circuit court's order.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/rogersj_121407.pdf


RODNEY SMITH v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

Rodney Smith, pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Mark A. Fulks, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WEDEMEYER

The Appellant, Rodney Smith, appeals the trial court's dismissal of his petition for habeas corpus relief. The Appellant fails to assert a cognizable claim for which habeas corpus relief may be granted. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2007/smithr_121407.pdf


Adoptions by More Than Two Persons or Persons Not Cohabitating

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-12-14

Opinion Number: 07-162

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2007/ag_07_162.pdf

Personnel Transfers in Sheriff's Office -- Follow-up to Op. Tenn. Att'y Gen. 07-106

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2007-12-14

Opinion Number: 07-163

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/AG/2007/ag_07_163.pdf

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