3 applicants go to governor for Appeals Court post

The Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission submitted three candidates to Gov. Phil Bredesen today for his consideration in filling a Tennessee Court of Appeals vacancy. Those selected are: Sharon Dawn Coppock, Strawberry Plains; John Westley McClarty, Chattanooga; and Sarah Y. Sheppeard, Knoxville. The opening was created by the appointment of Judge Sharon G. Lee to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
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Court: TCCA


Michael Ralph Brown, Wartburg, Tennessee, Pro Se.

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


Petitioner, Michael Ralph Brown, appeals the trial court's summary dismissal of his petition for writ of habeas corpus in which he alleged that his sentence is illegal and void because he was sentenced as a Range II, multiple offender, instead of a Range I, standard offender. After a thorough review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.



Court: TCCA


William A. Kennedy, Blountville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, John Chadwick Cline.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, District Attorney General; and J. Lewis Combs, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


A jury convicted the Defendant, John C. Cline, of passing a worthless check, a Class E felony, and theft over $500, a Class E felony. The trial court sentenced the Defendant to two concurrent eighteen-month periods of probation. The Defendant appeals, contending that the evidence was insufficient to support the jury's findings; that the trial court erred in admitting evidence of prior bad acts; and that the trial court erred in admitting evidence of a prior conviction. After thoroughly reviewing the record and the relevant authorities, we conclude that there is no error and affirm the judgments of the trial court.



Court: TCCA


J. Liddell Kirk, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mitchell Henry Gribble.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Mike Flynn, District Attorney General and Clinton Frazier, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

Appellant, Mitchell Henry Gribble, pled guilty in the Circuit court of Blount County to two counts of theft, under $500, one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of burglary of a vehicle. The trial court sentenced him to an effective sentence of four years. Appellant was ordered to serve seven days and serve the remainder on supervised probation. After failing to attend his meetings with his probation officer, testing positive for opiates during a drug screening, failing to submit a DNA sample and failing to complete a drug and alcohol assessment, Appellant's probation officer filed a probation violation warrant. The trial court held a hearing and at the conclusion, revoked Appellant's probation. After a thorough review of the record, we find ample support for the trial court's decision. Therefore, we affirm the decision of the lower court.



Court: TCCA


Richard A. Tate, Assistant Public Defender, Blountville, Tennessee, for the appellant, George T. Pope.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Deshea Dulany, Assistant Attorney General; Greeley Wells, District Attorney General and Kent Chitwood, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

Appellant, George T. Pope, was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury for possession of .5 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, possession of twenty-six grams or more of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prior to trial, the State dismissed the charge for possession of .5 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver. After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of the remaining counts of the indictment. The trial court sentenced Appellant to an effective sentence of eleven years and approved the jury's recommendation of a $200,000 fine. After the denial of a motion for new trial, Appellant sought an appeal. He argues that the evidence is insufficient to support the convictions. We determine that the evidence is sufficient to support the convictions. Consequently, the judgments of the trial court are affirmed.



Court: TCCA


Paul E. Meyers, Assistant Public Defender, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Frank G. Watkins.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; and James Thompson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


Defendant-Appellant, Frank G. Watkins (hereinafter "Watkins"), appeals the Madison County Circuit Court's order revoking his community corrections sentence. Watkins contends that the trial court abused its discretion by failing to base its decision on a "willful" action. Following our review, we find no abuse of discretion. The judgments of the trial court are affirmed.



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