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The latest hot button topics in an ever-changing entertainment industry will take center stage this Thursday when the TBA's Entertainment and Sports Law Section hosts a CLE program at Belmont University's Curb Center. The program will feature Kos Weaver and Jessi Alexander with Disney Music Publishing, Lynn Morrow of Adams and Reese, and a panel of literary publishing aficionados, including Francis M. Wentworth Jr., vice president and general counsel at Thomas Nelson.

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Court: TWCA


Raymond S. Leathers, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Vanderbilt University.

Kirk L. Clements, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Vickie J. Myers.

Judge: KOCH

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann. section 50-6-225(e)(3) (2008) for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law. After developing an allergy to latex, a hospital employee filed a claim for workers' compensation benefits in the Chancery Court for Davidson County. While the case was pending, the trial court declined to require the employee to submit to an independent medical examination in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann. section 50-6-204(d)(1) (Supp. 2009). The trial court conducted a bench trial and determined that the employee's latex allergy was an occupational disease. The trial court also determined that the employee had a fifteen percent impairment to the body as a whole and awarded her permanent partial disability at fifty percent. The employer has appealed. We have determined that the trial court erred by failing to require the employee to submit to an independent medical examination. Accordingly, we vacate the judgment and remand the case for further proceedings.



Court: TCA


Robbie C. Lewis, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, Wanda B.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Douglas Earl Dimond, SeniorCounsel, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services.


The Department of Children's Services brought this action to sever the parental rights of the mother to her three minor children. As the case developed, the sole ground for termination relied upon by the Department was the mother's conviction for violation of Tenn. Code. Ann. section 39-15-402, concerning child abuse. However, this particular statute is not listed as the grounds for termination in Tenn. Code Ann. section 37-1-102(C). The Trial Court terminated the parental rights based upon her criminal conviction. The mother has appealed. We reverse the Trial Court on the grounds that the statute relied upon by the Department does not establish grounds for termination of parental rights.



Court: TCCA


Larry Samuel Patterson, Jr., Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brittany Scott Pye.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Deshea Dulany Faughn, Assistant Attorney General; and Mike Bottoms, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Brittany Scott Pye, was convicted by a Maury County jury of sale of .5 grams or more of cocaine, a Class B felony. See Tenn. Code Ann. section 39-17-417. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court imposed a fifteen-year sentence for this conviction, which was ordered to be served consecutively to two prior sentences. In this direct appeal, the Defendant challenges only the imposition of consecutive sentences. After a review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court. However, we must remand for entry of a corrected judgment.



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State attorneys are asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to set an execution date for Billy Ray Irick, the 51-year-old death row inmate convicted in the 1985 rape and slaying of a 7-year-old Knoxville girl he had been babysitting. Irick's attorney, Howell Clements, says he plans to file a response requesting the court not set an execution date because a long-standing mental illness makes his client incompetent to be executed, Knoxnews.com reports.

LAW newsletter looks at current legal topics
The latest newsletter from Nashville's Lawyers' Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter, highlights a pair of issues in the news -- flood relief efforts by lawyers and the scheduled execution of Gaile Owens. LAW member Martha Boyd offers a wrap-up of activities by Nashville area lawyers in helping those affected by the recent flooding, while Jackie Dixon interviews Nancy Jones on the Owens case. Jones, who has been an active volunteer and recent leader of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, talked about the YWCA's decision to ask Gov. Bredesen to commute Gaile's death sentence to life in prison, and her decision to write a guest column on the topic for the Tennessean.
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GOP judicial candidates appear at forum
Republican candidates vying for the open Chancery Court seat in Hamilton County stressed their conservative stances during a Monday night campaign event. The five GOP candidates are competing for the nomination and a chance to run against Valerie Epstein, the only Democrat running to fill that seat that had been held by Chancellor Howell Peoples until his retirement.
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Recovery centers open in Millington, Dyersburg
State and federal agencies today opened Disaster Recovery Centers in Millington and Dyersburg where victims of flooding can get face-to-face help with questions about federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other programs. The Millington center is in the Millington Civic Center, 8077 Wilkinsville, and the Dyersburg center is at the Dyersburg Mall, 2700 Lake Road.
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Tennessee legislators are urging President Obama to add money to an upcoming appropriations bill to help pay for recovery in 52 counties that suffered in the recent flooding. The state's congressional delegation wrote that, "Tennesseans are helping themselves and their neighbors, but Tennessee will require federal assistance beyond what current emergency programs' funding can support."
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Services planned for Arlington attorney
Services will be May 28 for Arlington attorney Paul E. Lewis, who died at his home on Friday. He was 61. Mr. Lewis was a practicing attorney in the Memphis area for over 30 years. A former DUI judge, he was board-certified in DUI defense by the National College for DUI Defense and certified as a DUI specialist by the Tennessee Supreme Court's Commission on Continuing Legal Education. He has served on the faculty at the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School and has been a contributing author to the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers magazine and the National DUI Journal. The memorial service will be held Friday, May 28, at 1 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church of Bartlett.
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