All appellate judges retained on public vote

In yesterday's election, voters approved two Supreme Court justices and five appellate court judges who faced retention votes. They are: Supreme Court Justices William Koch and Gary Wade; Court of Appeals Judges Richard Dinkins, Andy D. Bennett and Steve Stafford; and Court of Criminal Appeals Judges Camille R. McMullen and D. Kelly Thomas Jr. According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, the affirmative votes statewide were all more than 70 percent.
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Court: TCA


Allison Barker Watson and Vivian E. Warner, Crossville, Tennessee for the Appellant, Linda Kay Edwards.

G. Earl Patton, Crossville, Tennessee for the Appellee Ronald Dell Edwards.


After sixteen years of marriage, Linda Kay Edwards ("Wife") sued Ronald Dell Edwards ("Husband") for divorce. After the trial, the Trial Court entered an order, inter alia, granting the parties a divorce, distributing the marital property, and ordering Husband to pay Wife transitional alimony in the amount of $2,600 per month for twelve months. Wife appeals raising issues regarding the distribution of marital property and alimony. We modify the Trial Court's Final Decree to order that Husband is to pay Wife alimony in futuro in the amount of $1,000 per month after the transitional alimony ends, and we affirm as modified.


Court: TCCA


Clyde A. Dunn, Newport, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Glen Andrew Adams.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; and James B. Dunn, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Glen Andrew Adams, was charged with Class C felony manufacture of marijuana. The Defendant applied for pretrial diversion, and the district attorney general denied his request. The trial court reversed, concluding that the district attorney abused his discretion and ordering that the Defendant be placed on pretrial diversion. The State appeals. Following our review of the record, the judgment of the Cocke County Circuit Court ordering the district attorney general to grant the Defendant diversion is reversed. This case is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings.


Court: TCCA


Quinton Cage, appellant, pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General & Reporter; and Lacy Elaine Wilber, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The petitioner, Quinton Cage, has appealed the Johnson County Circuit Court's dismissal of his petition for writ of habeas corpus. The State has moved this court pursuant to Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Rule 20 to summarily affirm the trial court's order. The petitioner has failed to establish a cognizable claim for relief. We therefore affirm the trial court's judgment.


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