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IN THE MATTER OF: B.A.C. (d/o/b 6/16/07), A Child Under Eighteen (18) Years of Age

Court: TCA


Charles L. Holliday, Jackson, Tennessee, for the Appellant.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, and Douglas Earl Dimond, Senior Counsel, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services.

Lanis L. Karnes, Guardian Ad Litem.


This appeal arises out of a termination of parental rights. The juvenile court terminated the parental rights of Rebecca Cornelius ("Mother") on April 7, 2009, after finding grounds of severe child abuse and persistence of conditions. We affirm.



Court: TCA


Grace E. Daniell, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Donna Bellomy.

Tracy E. Kern, New Orleans, Louisiana, Laurie M. Chess, Miami, Florida, and Stacy Lynn Archer, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellee, AutoZone, Inc.


This discrimination lawsuit was filed by Donna Bellomy ("Plaintiff") against her former employer, AutoZone, Inc. ("Defendant"). Plaintiff claimed Defendant failed to promote her because she was a female and that Defendant otherwise created a hostile environment for female employees. Plaintiff also brought various tort claims, including claims based on negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The Trial Court granted Defendant's motion for summary judgment and dismissed all of Plaintiff's claims. Plaintiff appeals. We affirm the Trial Court's grant of summary judgment with respect to the various tort claims brought by Plaintiff. However, we conclude that there are genuine issues of material fact with respect to Plaintiff's Tennessee Human Rights Act claims. We vacate the grant of summary judgment on Plaintiff's Tennessee Human Rights Act claims and remand this case for further proceedings consistent with this Opinion.



Court: TCA


John C. Ryland, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Elizabeth Burks.

Michael H. Johnson and Melissa Bradford Muller, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, The Kroger Company.

Winston N. Harless and Mary Beth Haltom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Village Roofing Company, Inc.

Richard C. Mangelsdorf, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Roof Management, Inc.

William H. Poland, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the Intervenor appellant, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Administrator for Swift Industrial Health and Benefit Plan.


This is a negligence action resulting from a slip and fall by a customer at a Kroger grocery store. The plaintiff slipped on a pool of water created by one of several leaks in the roof of the grocery store. The plaintiff filed suit against three defendants, The Kroger Company, Roof Management, Inc., a roofing consultant responsible for facilitating necessary repairs to the roof of the grocery store, and Village Roofing Company, Inc., the roofing contractor which made repairs to the roof when called upon to do so. Village Roofing and Roof Management each filed motions for summary judgment. The trial court granted summary judgment to both Village Roofing and Roof Management finding they did not owe a duty of care to the plaintiff and if they did owe a duty that their acts and omissions were not the proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries. We have determined there are genuine issues of material fact that preclude a determination of whether Village Roofing or Roof Management owed a duty of care to the plaintiff or whether their actions were or were not the legal cause of Ms. Burks' injuries. Therefore, we reverse the grant of summary judgment to Village Roofing and Roof Management and remand for further proceedings.



Court: TCA


Joseph Howell Johnston and John Herbison, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Karl S. Davidson.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Steven A. Hart, Special Counsel, and Janet M. Kleinfelter, Senior Counsel, for the appellees, Governor Phillip Bredesen, Commissioner, Gina Lodge, (former) TennCare Director J.D. Hickey, Commissioner David Goetz, Commissioner Paula Flowers and (former) Deputy Governor David Cooley.


Plaintiff filed a cause of action against several State officials, in their individual capacities, asserting multiple claims after being disenrolled from TennCare following amendments to TennCare in 2005. The trial court granted Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's claims for failure to state a claim. We affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand for further proceedings.



Court: TCCA


Dwight E. Scott, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Mario Marquis Gray.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General, and Rachel Sobrero, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

Petitioner, Mario Marquis Gray, also known as Mario Marquis Grey, entered a best-interest plea in Davidson County to one count of aggravated burglary in exchange for a sentence of six years, to run consecutively to a prior conviction for which he was on probation at the time of his arrest. Petitioner sought post-conviction relief on the basis that he received ineffective assistance of counsel and that his guilty plea was unknowing and involuntary. After a hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief. On appeal, Petitioner argues that he was improperly denied relief by the post-conviction court. After a review, we determine that Petitioner has failed to show that he received ineffective assistance of counsel or that his guilty plea was entered involuntarily. Accordingly, the judgment of the post- conviction court is affirmed.



Court: TCCA


David Moore, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General, and Bret Gunn, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

Following an indictment by the Davidson County Grand Jury, Petitioner, David D. Moore, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver over twenty-six grams of cocaine. Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief alleging ineffective assistance of counsel based upon counsel's failure to file an original motion to suppress and instead relying on the motion of a co-defendant. The post-conviction court summarily dismissed the petition for failing to state a colorable claim. When viewing the allegations in the petition in the light most favorable to Petitioner, we conclude that he has stated a colorable claim. Therefore, we reverse the post-conviction court's dismissal of the petition and remand so the post-conviction court can appoint counsel and conduct an evidentiary hearing.



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