CLE director Shearon steps down; Curl is acting director

David Shearon, the first and only executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, is resigning effective Oct. 31. He has held the position since the commission's inception in 1987. The commission has appointed its current assistant executive director, Andrea Curl, as acting director.

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Charles Wayne Smithson, Jr., Smithville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Bratten Hale Cook, Smithville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Liberty State Bank.


The defendant has appealed from a default judgment granting the plaintiff possession of his 1995 Lincoln Towncar. Because the defendant did not file his notice of appeal within the time permitted by Tenn. R. App. P. 4, we dismiss the appeal.


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