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Court: TCA


Herbert S. Moncier, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellants, State of Tennessee and Knox County, Tennessee, ex rel. Bee DeSelm, James Gray, Carl Seider, H.R. DeSelm, Jennifer Arthur, William S. Collins, Donna Brien, David Havercom, Mary Hook, Susan Jenkins, and Miriam Levering.

James L. Murphy and Austin L. McMullen, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Knox County Election Commission.

John E. Owings, Knox County Law Director, and Martha Haren McCampbell, Deputy Law Director, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellees, Diane Jordan, Billy Tindell, John Griess, Mark Cawood, John R. Mills, Phil Guthe, and Larry Clark.

Robert H. Watson, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Timothy Hutchison.

Judge: LEE

The plaintiffs brought this action seeking the removal of several Knox County officials from office on the ground that they were ineligible for their positions by operation of the term limits provision of the Knox County Charter. Six days after the plaintiffs filed their complaint, the Tennessee Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Jordan v. Knox County. The Supreme Court in its Jordan opinion, released on January 12, 2007, decided all issues raised in the case before us. Accordingly, we affirm the trial court's dismissal of the plaintiffs' complaint on the basis of mootness.


Court: TCA


John H. Dotson, Michael Casey Shannon, and J. Martin Regan, Memphis, Tennessee for the appellant Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of Memphis.

Gary K. Smith, Karen M. Campbell, Memphis, Tennessee, and Adam D. Horowitz, Miami, Florida, for the appellee John Doe.

Judge: KIRBY

This appeal involves the denial of a motion to dismiss based on the statute of limitations. The plaintiff, a thirty-seven year old man, filed a lawsuit against the defendant Catholic diocese. His complaint alleged that, as an adolescent, he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest employed by the defendant diocese. The lawsuit alleged that the diocese was negligent in hiring, retaining, and supervising the priest, and that the diocese breached its fiduciary duty to the plaintiff by failing to disclose to him its knowledge that the priest had abused other young boys. The diocese filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the lawsuit was barred by the statute of limitations. In response, the plaintiff argued that the statute of limitations was tolled under the discovery rule, the doctrine of fraudulent concealment, and the doctrine of equitable estoppel. The trial court denied the motion to dismiss. The diocese was granted permission for this interlocutory appeal. On appeal, we reverse, finding that the plaintiff's complaint is time-barred, and cannot be saved by the discovery rule, the doctrine of fraudulent concealment, or the doctrine of equitable estoppel.


Court: TCA


Richard A. Fisher, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the Appellants, Frankie Lewis and Herbert J. Haney, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated.

Ronald D. Wells and Stacy Lynn Archer, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority.

Robert S. Thompson, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Bradley County Commission.


This lawsuit challenges actions by the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority (the "Airport Authority") and the Bradley County Commission (the "Commission") involving the rezoning by the Commission of certain property located in Bradley County from Forestry Agricultural Residential to Special Impact Industrial. The Airport Authority intends to relocate the Cleveland Municipal Airport to the rezoned property. Frankie Lewis originally filed this lawsuit and Herbert Haney was added later as a plaintiff. As pertinent to this appeal, the Trial Court determined that Lewis lacked taxpayer standing to bring this lawsuit against the Airport Authority and granted the Airport Authority's motion to dismiss. Lewis appeals the dismissal of his lawsuit against the Airport Authority. As to the Commission, both plaintiffs allege statutory and procedural violations surrounding notice of the requested rezoning and the conduct of the Commission in eventually granting the request for rezoning. The Trial Court granted the Commission's motion for summary judgment after concluding that there were no genuine issues of material fact and the Commission was entitled to a judgment as a matter of law. Both Lewis and Haney appeal that summary judgment. We conclude that the Trial Court did not err in granting the Airport Authority's motion to dismiss and the Commission's motion for summary judgment. The judgment of the Trial Court is, therefore, affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Donna Orr Hargrove, District Public Defender; and Andrew Jackson Dearing, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Jovan Xavier Moore.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Charles Frank Crawford, Jr., District Attorney General; and Michael D. Randles, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

Aggrieved of his five Bedford County Circuit Court jury convictions of selling .5 grams or more of cocaine and his effective Department of Correction sentence of 24 years, the defendant, Jovan Xavier Moore, appeals. He challenges the sufficiency of the convicting evidence, the trial court's order consolidating the five separate indictments for trial, and the trial court's sentencing determinations. Because we hold that one conviction is infirm due to the trial court's denial of a severance of the trial regarding that single offense, we reverse one conviction and remand it for a new trial but affirm the others. We also affirm the trial court's sentencing determinations.


Court: TCCA


Author Ray Turner, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Deshea Dulany, Assistant Attorney General; and D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

The petitioner, Author Ray Turner, appeals the circuit court's order summarily dismissing his petition for writ of habeas corpus. Following our review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the court's order.


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