State mourns death of Judge Bob Moon

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon died in his home early this morning from what appears to be a massive heart attack, according to Hamilton County courthouse officials. Moon, a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, earned his law degree at Memphis State in 1976 and returned to the area to begin practicing law. He served as Signal Mountain City judge for 13 years before becoming a General Sessions judge in 1996. General Sessions Court Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference, said that "Judge Moon served on the bench with great honor and dignity for many years. He was also adept at striking the right balance between serving the court, his community and spending time doing the things he enjoyed with the people he loved."

Funeral services have been set for Saturday at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home and on Saturday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

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J. Myers Morton, and George W. Morton, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Todd Marsh and Kari Marsh.

Gordon D. Foster, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, First Tennessee Bank National Association.


Todd Marsh and Kari Marsh ("Plaintiffs") sued Larry A. Storie ("Storie") and First Tennessee Bank National Association ("First TN Bank") with regard to, among other things, ownership of real property which had been the subject of both a tax sale and a foreclosure sale. After a hearing, the Trial Court entered an order on January 4, 2011 granting partial summary judgment dismissing First TN Bank from the case, and certifying the judgment as final as to First TN Bank pursuant to Tenn. R. Civ. P. 54.02. Plaintiffs appeal the dismissal of their claims against First TN Bank. We affirm.


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Herron announces plans to step down
Tennessee Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, today announced plans not to run for office in 2012, but instead serve as president of the Ned McWherter Center for Rural Development when his current term expires. The center, a non-profit, non-partisan, charitable organization that provides scholarships and educational opportunities for Tennessee students, was founded in 2008 with the blessing of former Gov. McWherter.
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Sevier lawyer to run for state house
Sevier County lawyer Andrew Ellis Farmer has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the state house seat currently held by Frank Niceley. Farmer says he will focus on educational opportunity, job creation and support for law enforcement, as well as working to stem the misuse of prescription drugs. He earned his law degree in 2007 from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich.
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Shelby Co. sessions court closed Friday
The Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court (Divisions 1-6) will be closed on Friday in observance of funeral services for Pashea Fisher, who served as Division VI clerk. Fisher was killed last week in a domestic violence shooting, along with her parents. The clerk's office will remain open.
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Legal aid groups plan additional layoffs in 2012
With the U.S. House and Senate cutting funding for civil legal assistance to the poor by about 14 percent for this budget year, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) reports that an ongoing wave of layoffs and staff reductions already engulfing local programs will likely worsen. The group released a survey today indicating that legal aid agencies plan to lay off 393 employees in 2012, including 163 attorneys. That makes for an expected loss of 1,226 full-time personnel compared with 2010 staffing levels.
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New bar foundation fellows named
The Tennessee Bar Foundation has named its 2011 class of fellows. The group includes Athens lawyer Bridget J. Willhite; Bristol lawyer Julie Poe Bennett; Chattanooga lawyers William E. Godbold III and Don Wayne Poole; Decherd lawyer Steven M. Blount; Dyersburg lawyer Jeffrey L. Lay; Franklin lawyers Joanie L. Abernathy and Mark Hartzog; Jackson lawyer Jeffrey P. Boyd; Knoxville lawyers Beecher A. Bartlett Jr., Donna R. Davis, Tony Farmer and Wayne A. Ritchie II; Lawrenceburg lawyers Charles W. Holt Jr. and Patricia B. McGuire; Lewisburg lawyer Michael M. Boyd; Memphis lawyers Leslie I. Ballin, Elizabeth T. Collins, Jef Feibelman, Monice M. Hagler, Robert L. Hutton, Jon P. McCalla and Shepherd D. Tate; Morristown lawyer John F. Dugger Jr.; Nashville lawyers Martha L. Boyd, Daniel L. Clayton, William J. Haynes III, Robert J. Mendes, Edward S. Ryan, Keith B. Simmons, Robert H. Waldschmidt and Sheree C. Wright; and Rogersville lawyer Kindall T. Lawson.

Caywood reflects on 50 years in the law
David Caywood had about $15 in his pocket on a particular day he was walking the halls during his years at Vanderbilt University. Lucky for him, the cost for taking a law school aptitude test back then -- half a century ago -- was only $10. On a lark, he decided to give it a shot. "And before I knew it, I was in law school," Caywood says, recalling his early steps into a profession he's now worked in for 50 years.
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