Lewis is new TBA president, lawyers honored at luncheon

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade administered the oath of office to new Tennessee Bar Association President Buck Lewis of Memphis during the Lawyers Luncheon at the TBA Convention in Gatlinburg today. Read his comments here. Also during the annual Lawyers Luncheon, special recognitions were given with President's Awards, the Leech Award for Public Service and the Joe Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing. See pictures from the event here.

Yesterday at the Young Lawyers Division annual meeting and election, Tasha Blakney of Knoxville was elected vice president. She will be president in 2010. Michelle Sellers of Jackson ascended to the YLD presidency.
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IN RE J.M.N. JERRY CLYDE NIX EX REL. JACY MARIE NIX v. AMY NIX CANTRELL

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

James N. Adams, Jr., Corinth, Mississippi, for the appellant, Amy Nix Cantrell.

Ken Seaton, Selmer, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jerry Clyde Nix.

Judge: KIRBY

This case involves a non-custodial parent's attempt to give consent for her fourteen-year-old daughter to get married. After the parties divorced, the father was designated the primary residential parent for the parties' daughter, and the mother had regular visitation. When the daughter was fourteen years old, the father took her to the mother's home for visitation. Without telling the father, the mother took the daughter and her eighteen-year-old boyfriend to the juvenile court below to seek permission to get married. At the juvenile court, the mother signed an affidavit consenting to the marriage. Based on the mother's affidavit, the juvenile court judge signed an order granting the daughter and her boyfriend permission to marry. They immediately obtained a marriage license and got married. After learning of the marriage, the father filed a motion in the juvenile court asking it to set aside its order giving the daughter permission to marry. After a hearing, the juvenile court granted the motion to set aside. It also held that setting aside the prior order rendered the daughter's marriage void. The mother now appeals. We affirm, concluding that the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in setting aside its order giving the daughter permission to marry. Additionally, we note that the marriage is merely voidable, not void.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/nixj_061308.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE EX REL. BRADLEY COUNTY, TENNESSEE V. #'S INC. , ET AL

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Carlton J. Ditto, Chattanooga, Tennessee, appellant, pro se.

Timothy L. Payne, Cleveland, Tennessee, appellee, pro se.
Robert Thompson and Joseph K. Byrd, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellee, State of Tennessee ex rel. Bradley County.

Judge: LEE

The issue presented in this appeal is whether the purchaser of real property at a delinquent tax sale is entitled to recover delinquent property taxes paid on the property during the redemption period. We hold that funds expended to pay delinquent property taxes during the redemption period are lawful charges to preserve the value of the property pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-5-2704, and therefore, the purchaser is entitled to recover these charges. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is reversed.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/numbers_inc_061308.pdf


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