KBA recognizes Reeves, installs Ramsey as president

The Knoxville Bar Association presented its prestigious Governor's Award to former TBA President Pamela L. Reeves this morning during its annual meeting. With more than 300 lawyers and judges in attendance, the KBA recognized Reeves as "one of the most admired and loved attorneys in the history of the Knoxville Bar Association" and also installed Thomas R. Ramsey III as its new president. In addition, the KBA named the rest of the elected leadership team and recognized, Maurice Guinn, Doug Lynn and O.E. (Sonny) Schow IV with President's Awards for taking on the task of inventorying the files of two deceased attorneys.

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Court: TCA


Judy A. Oxford, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, J. T.

Douglas Earl Dimond, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

Robert Harry Plummer, Jr., Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Guardian Ad Litem for Minor Child.


Mother appeals the Circuit Court's finding her in criminal contempt for violation of a court order and the Circuit Court's total suspension of contact between her and the child. Finding the criminal contempt to be proper, we affirm. Finding the total suspension of mother's visitation was not the least drastic measure available, we reverse and remand for the court to determine whether the prior visitation schedule should be revised.



Court: TCA


Jon Steven Jablonski, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Karen Thomas.

Phillip Edward Schell, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Skinner.


This is a post-divorce case where Father petitioned for modification of the child custody order based on alleged material change in circumstances. The Williamson County Circuit Court partially granted the petition finding a material change in circumstances, but that a change in custody from Mother to Father was in the best interest of only one of the children, leaving custody of the other child with Mother. Both Father and Mother assert error by the trial court. We affirm in part, reverse in part and remand this case for further proceedings.



Court: TCA


Rich Heinsman, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Huey Strader.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr, Attorney General and Reporter, Arthur Crownover, II, Senior Counsel, for the appellee, Charles Traughber and Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.


Huey Strader, an inmate in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Davidson County Chancery Court, seeking review of the decision of the Board of Probation and Paroles revoking his parole, alleging that the Board acted arbitrarily and illegally by relying on hearsay evidence and on a confidential witness statement, in violation of his constitutional rights to due process and rules applicable to parole revocation proceedings. The trial court denied relief. Finding no error, we affirm the decision of the Chancery Court.



Court: TCCA


Dan T. Bryant, District Public Defender, and Trenena G. Wilcher, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Lucky Hollandsworth.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Lisa Zavogiannis, District Attorney General and Thomas J. Miner, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The defendant, Lucky Hollandsworth, was convicted by a jury in the Warren County Circuit Court of theft of property valued at $500 or less, a Class A misdemeanor. See T.C.A. sections 39-14-103 (2006) (theft of property); -105 (2006) (grading of theft). The defendant received a sentence of eleven months and twenty-nine days, with 150 days to be served in jail and the balance to be served on probation. In this appeal, the defendant contends (1) that the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction, (2) that the trial court erred in its jury instructions on identity, and (3) that the trial court erred in sentencing him. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.



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