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Court: TCA


Billy Joe Mauldin, Paris, Tennessee, pro se.

W. Brown Hawley, II, Paris, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Robert W. Hawley.


This appeal arises from a judgment entered by the trial court in favor of plaintiff. In his complaint, plaintiff asked the trial court to remove a cloud from the title to his property and to enjoin defendant from making certain fraudulent claims in the future. Defendant asserts that the trial court did not have subject matter jurisdiction over the dispute. On review, we find that the chancery court has the authority to grant the equitable relief requested by plaintiff. The court therefore had subject matter jurisdiction over the dispute. The judgment is affirmed.


Court: TCA


Jeffrey S. Rosenblum and Marc E. Reisman, Memphis, Tennessee for the Appellant, Scott Peatross.

Debra L. Fessenden, Memphis, Tennessee for the Appellee, Shelby County Tennessee.

Gail O. Mathes, Memphis, Tennessee for the Appellee, City of Memphis.

James F. Kyle and Jessica M. Hackett, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Shelby County Healthcare Corporation d/b/a Regional Medical Center at Memphis ("the Med").

Christopher V. Vescovo, Edd L. Peyton, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellee, Amos Raymond, M.D.


This appeal results from the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants. The issue before the trial court was the scope of a release agreement signed by the decedent's children and one of the defendants ("the Med"). The remaining defendants argued that this agreement provided for the release of claims against all potential defendants. Plaintiff responded that the parties to the agreement had no intention of releasing additional parties. Examining the language of the release and the circumstances surrounding its execution, we agree with the trial court's finding that plaintiff's claims against defendants were released. We also agree with the trial court's finding that the agreement released any civil rights claims that plaintiff might assert against the Med. The judgment of the trial court is therefore affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Blake E. Sempkowski, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nathan Brad Cornwell.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; C. Berkeley Bell, Jr., District Attorney General; and Kevin Keeton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

A Hamblen County Criminal Court jury convicted the appellant, Nathan Brad Cornwell, of driving under the influence, third offense, a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to eleven months and twenty-nine days and fined one thousand, one hundred and ten dollars. The court also ordered that his driving license be suspended for three years. On appeal, he challenges the sufficiency of the convicting evidence. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Emeterio R. Hernando, Lewisburg, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Terry Phelps.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Chuck Crawford, District Attorney General; Michael D. Randles, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Bedford County grand jury indicted the Defendant, Terry Phelps, on charges of violating the sex offender registry statute due to failure to register a change of residence. He pled guilty, agreeing to allow the trial court to determine his sentence. Before the sentencing hearing, the Defendant filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea, which the trial court denied. The trial court sentenced him to three years in the Tennessee Department of Correction ("TDOC") as a Range II offender. The Defendant now appeals, contending: (1) the trial court erred when it denied his motion to withdraw his guilty plea; and (2) the trial court erred in setting the length and range of his sentence. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the trial court's judgment.

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Date: 2009-09-10

Opinion Number: 09-153


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