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Court: TCA


D. Mitchell Bryant, Athens, Tennessee, for appellant.

Jennifer L. Chadwell, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for appellee.


In this divorce action the Trial Judge divorced the parties and enforced an Affidavit of Support executed by the husband as a part of the wife's application for permanent residency in the United States, and also ordered the husband to continue the wife's health insurance through COBRA for a period of no less than eighteen months and no longer than thirty-six months. On appeal we affirm the Judgment of the Trial Court.


Court: TCA


J. Myers Morton and George W. Morton, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee for the Appellants, The IJ Company, Inc. and Reinhart Foodservice, LLC.

D. Scott Hurley and Anna R. East, Knoxville, Tennessee for the Appellee, Collier Development Company, Inc.


The IJ Company, Inc. ("IJ") sued Collier Development Company, Inc. ("Collier Development") d/b/a Rocky River Brewery & Grill ("Rocky River") seeking, among other things, payment from Collier Development for food service products IJ had supplied to Rocky River. After a bench trial, the Trial Court dismissed the case finding and holding, inter alia, that IJ had not met its burden of proving that it had a contract with Collier Development. IJ appeals to this Court. We affirm.

STATE OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES, v. KATIE ANN WALSH, In the Matter of J.W.W. (d.o.b. 4-6-07), A Child Under Eighteen years of Age

Court: TCA


C. Brad Sproles, Kingsport, Tennessee, for appellant, Katie Ann Walsh.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, and Jill Z. Grim, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for appellee, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.


In this action to terminate the parental rights of the defendant mother, the Trial Court determined, after hearing the evidence, that there was clear and convincing evidence that the mother had failed to substantially comply with the permanency plan, that the persistent conditions continued that had established the basis for removal of the child from the mother at the outset, as the mother had continued involvement in criminal activity. Further, that the mother had abandoned the child. On appeal, the mother waived the issue of whether the termination of her parental rights was in the child's best interest. On the issues raised on appeal by the mother, we affirm the findings and Judgment of the Trial Court.


Court: TCCA


Nathan Whittle, Lebanon, Tennessee, for the Appellant, David Wayne Gray.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Deshea Dulany Faughn, Assistant Attorney General; Tom P. Thompson, District Attorney General; Robert Hibbett, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Petitioner, David Wayne Gray, appeals the dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. The post-conviction court dismissed the petition, finding that the petition was time barred and that no due process consideration existed to toll the statute of limitations. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the post-conviction court's dismissal of the petition as time barred.


Court: TCCA


J. Liddell Kirk, Knoxville, Tennessee (on appeal), and Raymond Mack Garner, District Public Defender (at trial), for the appellant, Matthew Scott Green.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Michael L. Flynn, District Attorney General; and Rocky H. Young, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Matthew Scott Green, appeals the trial court's order revoking his probation for his Class C felony conviction of vandalism over $10,000, ordering him to serve a year in jail, and extending his probation by one year. We hold that the trial court did not err and affirm its judgment.


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