Coffee County Judge John Rollins dies

The Hon. John Wiley Rollins, Circuit Court Judge in the 14th Judicial District of Tennessee, died Jan. 24, following an extended illness. He was 66. Rollins was elected Circuit Court Judge for Coffee County in 1990 after serving as assistant district attorney in the 6th and 14th Judicial Districts and in private practice after earning his law license in 1973. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1972. He was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates for nearly 20 years, served as chair of the TBA General Practice Section in 1983-84, and was a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Visitation will be at the Coffee County Funeral Home in Manchester on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. On Jan. 28, a procession to Manchester City Cemetery will leave the funeral home at 10:30 a.m., for a graveside service at 11.

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Randall Pierce, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, for the appellant, Homer J. Johnson, Sr.

Jeffrey Spark, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, William A. Baker, II.


Shortly after the parties entered into a contract for the sale of a piece of real estate, the seller refused to transfer possession and informed the buyer that he did not intend to close on the property. The buyer filed suit for breach of contract and demanded specific performance. The seller denied that the contract of sale was valid or enforceable and presented a number of different and inconsistent allegations to support his contention. The trial court granted summary judgment to the buyer. We affirm.


Court: TCA


James F. Logan, Jr., Cleveland, Tennessee, for appellant, Elizabeth Diaz Graham.

William J. Brown, Cleveland, Tennessee, for appellee, Christopher Scott Graham.


The parties to this action were divorced in Bradley County, Tennessee, and the mother then moved to Florida with the children as the custodial parent under the agreed Parenting Plan. The father brought this action, charging the mother with contempt of court and petitioned the Court to modify the existing Parenting Plan by awarding the father custody of the minor children. Among the defenses raised by the mother was the lack of subject matter jurisdiction in this State, but the Trial Judge held that courts in Tennessee had subject matter jurisdiction over the issues in dispute. On appeal, we reverse on the basis that the courts of Tennessee do not have subject matter jurisdiction over the issues, and remand for transfer of the matter to the appropriate Florida court.


Court: TCA


Henry D. Fincher and Craig P. Fickling, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Lloyd Lafever and Mary Ellen Lafever.

Jerry A. Jared, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Richard Lafever, Rita Lafever, Robert Lafever, and Joanne Lafever.


In this boundary dispute, the trial court found in favor of the plaintiffs. Although we have concluded that the trial court erred in applying a presumption based upon the payment of taxes, the evidence does not preponderate against the trial court's determination of the proper boundary line. We therefore affirm.


Court: TCA


Michael G. Hatmaker, Jacksboro, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Don R. Moses.

Jon G. Roach, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellee, City of Jellico, Tennessee.

Judge: LEE

The issue in this case is whether the Tennessee General Assembly may delegate to a municipality its constitutional authority to vest judicial power in a court by establishing and ordaining a court. After review, we affirm the trial court's ruling that the Jellico City Court was not validly created by Chapter 167 of the Private Acts of 2002 and the subsequent Jellico city ordinance because it resulted from an impermissible delegation of the Tennessee General Assembly's constitutional authority to establish and ordain a court.


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