TBA board to fill Dixon's seat

The Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors will appoint a member to fill the vacancy created by the election of Jackie Dixon as vice president of the TBA. The appointment will be made at the board's June 5 meeting. Any member who lives or practices in the 5th District (Davidson County) is eligible for appointment. To indicate your interest in the seat, contact TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur no later than May 31. The new board member will serve until the elections, which will take place in spring 2011.
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Court: TSC


Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; and Mark A. Fulks, Senior Counsel, for the appellant, the State of Tennessee.

Jay Norman, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Terrance Lavar Davis.

Judge: CLARK

We granted permission to appeal in this habeas corpus case to address the legality of a pleabargained sentence requiring the defendant, being sentenced for two cocaine offenses committed in a school zone, to serve twenty-two years of a Range I sentence at "100%." The defendant alleges that his sentence is illegal because it makes no provision for the possibility of early release on parole. The trial court denied relief. On appeal, the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the trial court and remanded for further proceedings. We hold that the defendant's sentence is not illegal, and he is therefore not entitled to habeas corpus relief. We reverse the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals.


WADE concurring

LEE concurring


Court: TCA


Vanessa Cross, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kempton Lamonte Daniels

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, Amy T. McConnell, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, State of Tennessee, ex rel Sherrie Morneet Alexander.


While cohabitating with Appellant, Mother gave birth to a child, and shortly thereafter, Appellant acknowledged paternity. Several years later, a DNA test allegedly indicated that Appellant was not the child's biological father. After receiving the DNA test results, Appellant waited more than two years to file a petition to disestablish paternity, which the juvenile court denied. Because Appellant failed to file his petition for Rule 60.02 relief "within a reasonable time," we affirm the decision of the juvenile court.



Court: TCA


Joe M. Brandon, Jr., Smyrna, Tennessee, for the appellant, Thomas Leon Norton

William E. Squires, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellee, City of Murfreesboro


This case involves an appeal from a judgment entered by a city court following a traffic citation. The circuit court found that the defendant had not violated the city ordinance alleged to have been violated, but the court sua sponte determined that the defendant had violated a different city ordinance. The defendant appeals. We reverse and remand.



Court: TCA


William Lee Maddux, T. Ryan Malone, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellants, Kindred Healthcare, Inc., Kindred Healthcare Services, Inc., Kindred Healthcare Operating, Inc., Kindred Nursing Centers limited Partnership, George A. Munchow, J. David Marchant and Melisa Lucinda Hall.

Cameron C. Jehl, Deborah Truby Riordan and Carey Lynn Acerra, Little Rock, Arkansas, for the appellee, Allison J. Person.


This is an action for negligence and wrongful death filed against a nursing home by the administrator of decedent patient's estate. The trial court denied Defendant nursing home's motion to dismiss or, in the alternative, for summary judgment upon finding decedent patient was not competent to execute the power of attorney pursuant to which decedent's daughter had executed an arbitration agreement with Defendant. Defendant appeals. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.


Constitutionality of Amendment to Grandparent Visitation Statute

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-05-07

Opinion Number: 10-62


Comptroller's Service on Proposed State Procurement Commission

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-05-07

Opinion Number: 10-63



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