July 26, 2000
Volume 6 -- Number 116

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00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
01 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court Workers' Compensation Panel
01 New Document(s) or Proposed Rule(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
03 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Court of Appeals
03 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals
00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Attorney General (PDF format)
00 New Judicial Ethics Opinion(s)
00 New Formal Ethics Opinion(s) from the Board of Professional Responsibility
 

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Lucian T. Pera
Editor-in-Chief, TBALink

BOBBY RAY CARPER v. RAMER WOOD PRODUCTS

Court:TSC - Workers Comp Panel

Attorneys:

Carol A. M. Hayden, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ramer Wood
Products

Christopher L. Taylor, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Bobby Ray
Carper                          

Judge: MALOAN

First Paragraph:

This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special
Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel of the Supreme Court in accordance
with Tennessee Code Annotated S50-6-225(e) for hearing and reporting
to the Supreme Court of findings of fact and conclusions of law.  The
defendant, Ramer Wood Products (Ramer), appeals the judgment of the
McNairy Chancery Court awarding permanent partial disability of thirty
percent (30%) to the right arm and twenty-five percent (25%) to the
left arm.  For the reasons stated in this opinion, we affirm the
judgment of the trial court as modified to a single award of
twenty-seven and one-half percent (27-1/2%) permanent partial
disability to both arms.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC_WCP/carperbr.wpd


SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE STATE LIST FOR PERMISSION TO APPEAL Court:TSC - Rules http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC_Rules/CERTLIST_0724.wpd
JAMES WILLIAM BROOKS, III, v. SHIRLEY MARTHA (BROOKS) ZAPF. Court:TCA Attorneys: William H. Horton, Chattanooga, for Appellant. Jennifer H. Lawrence, Chattanooga, for Appellee, Shirley Martha (Brooks) Zapf. Judge: FRANKS First Paragraph: The parties were divorced in 1991, and the husband was ordered to pay the wife alimony of $12,000.00 per year. Husband brought this action to terminate alimony, on the grounds that the wife subsequently received a substantial inheritance and no longer needed support. The Trial Judge terminated the alimony award, and the wife has appealed. We affirm. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/brooksj.wpd
WILLARD HAWK, JR., et al. v. CHATTANOOGA ORTHOPAEDIC GROUP, P.C., et al. Court:TCA Attorneys: Anita B. Hardeman and Harry F. Burnette, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellants, Willard Hawk, Jr. and Janice Hawk. John B. Bennett and Daniel M. Stefaniuk, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Appellees, Chattanooga Orthopaedic Group, P.C., and David M. O'Neal, M.D. Judge: SUSANO First Paragraph: This is a medical malpractice case. We granted the plaintiffs' Tenn. R. App. P. 9 application for an interlocutory appeal in order to review an order of the trial court dismissing the amendments to the plaintiffs' original complaint and granting the defendants' motion in limine pertaining to evidence of a disabling hand condition of the defendant surgeon, Dr. David M. O'Neal. We reverse. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/HawkWH.wpd
KNOXVILLE'S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, v. WOODFAM INVESTMENTS, L.P., Court:TCA Attorneys: G. Wendell Thomas Jr., Knoxville, for Plaintiff-Appellant, Knoxville Community Development Corporation. James S. Tipton, Jr., and Thomas S. Scott, Jr., Knoxville, for Defendant-Appellee, Woodfam Investments, L.P.. Judge: FRANKS First Paragraph: Plaintiff sued to reform or void release of deed restrictions on property owned by defendant. The Trial Court ruled plaintiff failed to establish a basis for relief by clear and convincing evidence. We affirm. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/kcdcorp.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SUSAN BLACKBURN Court:TCCA Attorneys: Lee Ofman, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Susan Blackburn. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, Kathy Morante, Assistant Attorney General, Ron Davis, District Attorney General, Lee Dryer, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WELLES First Paragraph: The Defendant, Susan Blackburn, was charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant and driving with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent or more. She was subsequently tried by jury in Williamson County and found guilty of third-offense driving under the influence. In this appeal as of right, the Defendant argues that the trial court erred by overruling her motion for mistrial based on prosecutorial misconduct, by improperly instructing the jury concerning the Defendant's level of blood alcohol concentration, by allowing the prosecutor to make improper remarks during closing arguments, and by improperly denying the Defendant's motion to suppress the results of her blood tests. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/blackburns.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MORGAN LEWIS RAY Court:TCCA Attorneys: John E. Herbison, Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew Jackson Dearing, III, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Morgan Lewis Ray. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, Elizabeth T. Ryan, Assistant Attorney General, Robert Crigler, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: OGLE First Paragraph: Morgan Lewis Ray appeals his conviction by a jury in the Bedford County Circuit Court of one count of driving under the influence, fifth offense, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of driving on a revoked license, second or subsequent offense, a class A misdemeanor. The trial court imposed a sentence of eleven months and twenty-nine days incarceration in the Bedford County Jail for driving under the influence, requiring service of one hundred percent of the sentence. The trial court also imposed a sentence of eleven months and twenty-nine days incarceration for driving on a revoked license, requiring service of seventy-five percent of the sentence. On appeal, the appellant presents the following issue for review: whether the evidence produced at trial was sufficient to support both convictions. Following a review of the record and parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/RayMorganL.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MARILYN SKAGGS Court:TCCA Attorneys: Randy Hillhouse for the Defendant, Marilyn Skaggs. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, and Lucian D. Geise, Assistant Attorney General for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WEDEMEYER First Paragraph: The Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated burglary, one count of theft, and three counts of forgery. The Defendant was sentenced to serve sixty days in jail followed by six years of supervised probation. Subsequently, the Defendant's probation officer alleged that the Defendant violated the terms of her probation for numerous reasons. Following a hearing, the Defendant's probation was revoked. The Defendant now argues the following: (1) that the trial court erred in admitting as an exhibit a computer printout of summary notes, (2) that the trial court erred in admitting as an exhibit a faxed copy of an affidavit in lieu of the actual affidavit, and (3) that the court erred in revoking the Defendant's probation. After a review of the record and applicable law, we find no merit to the Defendant's contentions and thus affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/SkaggsMarilyn.wpd

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