Governor vetoes 'guns in bars'

Gov. Phil Bredesen for the second year in a row has vetoed a bill to allow Tennessee handgun carry permit holders to bring their weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. The governor said in a letter to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville that he based his decision on the principle that "guns and alcohol don't mix."

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Court: TCA


Carthel L. Smith, Jr., Lexington, Tennessee, for the appellant, Donald Paul Clayton.

Mary Jo Middlebrooks, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Andrea Dawn Clayton.


Husband appeals the trial court's award of transitional alimony, alimony in futuro, and alimony in solido to Wife. Finding no abuse of discretion, we affirm.


Court: TCA


Mattie M. Lindsey, Pro Se.

Edmond L. Lindsey, Pro Se.

R. Campbell Hillyer, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Mark Lambert.

C. Michael Becker, Germantown, Tennessee, for the appellees, Gary Wilkinson and Russell Rutledge.

Christopher L. Vescovo and Edd L. Peyton, Memphis Tennessee, for the Appellee, State Farm Insurance Company.


This appeal arises out of a lawsuit filed against the attorneys and insurance company involved in the settlement of a personal injury claim. The trial court dismissed the claims of the plaintiffs/appellants, Mattie and Edmond Lindsey, for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The Lindseys did not appeal the original dismissal of their claims but instead moved to set aside the court's judgment nearly one year later. The trial court declined to set aside its judgment and granted a motion for sanctions against the Lindseys. We affirm the trial court's denial of the Lindseys' motion to set aside, vacate its award of sanctions, and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.


Court: TCA


Vanedda Prince Webb, Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Richard Edward Rogers

Damon E. Campbell, Union City, Tennessee, for the appellees, Charlie Ozment and Donna Ozment


This appeal involves a custody dispute between a father and maternal grandparents. The father and grandparents initially filed a joint petition to remove custody from the children's mother. When the father later filed a separate amended petition for custody on his own, the grandparents argued that he should be precluded from seeking custody due to a previous mediation agreement. The father argued that he was entitled to assert his superior parental right to custody against the grandparents. The trial court found the mediation agreement enforceable and did not consider the father's petition for custody. The father appeals. We vacate the trial court's order and remand for further proceedings.


Court: TCCA


Caroline E. Knight, Crossville, Tennessee, for appellant, Dorman O'Neal Elmore, Jr.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCLIN

A Cumberland County jury convicted the petitioner, Dorman O'Neal Elmore, Jr., of five counts of rape, Class B felonies. The trial court sentenced the petitioner to an effective sentence of twenty-two years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. The petitioner pursued a delayed appeal pursuant to the Post-Conviction Procedure Act, and this court affirmed his convictions and sentences. In his post-conviction petition, the petitioner alleges that he received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. Specifically, the petitioner argues that trial counsel's failure to file various pre-trial motions, to properly prepare and investigate the case, and to investigate the victim's background constituted deficient performance and prejudiced the defense. The post-conviction court denied relief. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.


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