April 24, 2003
Volume 9 Number 074
Following this index are summaries of each case, including its name, first paragraph, author's name, and the names of attorneys for the parties of each opinion.This Issue (IN THIS ORDER):
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Howard H. Vogel
GARY LINDSEY V. PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.A.C.
Court:TSC - Workers Comp Panel
Arthur G. Seymour, Jr., Robert L. Kahn, Frantz, McConnell and Seymour,
Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Philips Electronics, N.A.C.
Robert L. Ogle, Jr., Ogle and Campbell, P.C., Sevierville, Tennessee,
for the Appellee, Gary Lindsey.
This workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special
Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann.
S 50-6-225(e) for hearing and reporting of findings of fact and
conclusions of law. The employer appeals a finding of permanent and
total disability asserting that the injury is to a scheduled member.
VICKI B. CARLTON v. SHARON L. DAVIS
Michael K. Radford, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellant, Vicki B.
Scott A. Rhodes, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellee, Sharon L.
The trial court granted summary judgment to Appellee based upon
expiration of the applicable statute of limitations. Appellant
asserts that Tennessee Code Annotated section 56-7-1201(g) tolls the
statute of limitations, or that, in the alternative, Appellee is
equitably estopped from relying upon the statute of limitations. We
affirm the action of the trial court.
MYRON GENTRY, et al., v. HOSPITAL HOUSEKEEPING SYSTEMS OF HOUSTON, INC.
Donald Capparella, Brentwood, Tennessee; Daniel C. Todd, Nashville,
Tennessee, for the appellants, Myron and Linda Gentry.
G. Brian Jackson, Bryant C. Witt, Nashville, Tennessee, for the
appellee, Hospital Housekeeping Systems of Houston, Inc.
This appeal arose after the trial court granted summary judgment for
Hospital Housekeeping Systems of Houston, Inc. on a suit brought by an
employee of Centennial Medical Center who slipped and fell after
stepping on wet carpet. Because a material factual dispute exists, we
reverse the trial court's decision and remand.
ARTHUR INGRAM, JR., et al. v. BEAZER HOMES CORPORATION d/b/a PHILLIPS
ORDER DENYING PETITION FOR REHEARING
IN RE: M.L.J. And R.R.J., et al. v. JOHNNIE LOUISE JOHNSON, et al.
Christina Flury Sitz, Tracy City, Tennessee, for the appellant,
Johnnie Louise Johnson.
Marshall A. Raines, Jr., Jasper, Tennessee, for the appellant, Lurie
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter and Elizabeth C.
Driver, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee
Department of Children's Services.
The Juvenile Court for Sequatchie County terminated respondents'
parental rights. We affirm.
SCOTT JURGENSMEYER, et al. v. JAMES F. PRATER
Robin J. Gordon, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants Scott
Jurgensmeyer and Jim Wise.
James H. Harris III, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, James F.
In this consolidated case involving claims of fraud, negligent
misrepresentation, breach of contract, and violations of the Tennessee
Consumer Protection Act, the trial court granted summary judgment for
the defendant on the ground that he had not acted individually and his
corporation had not been named as a defendant. For the following
reasons, we reverse and remand the decision of the trial court.
JAMES H. RANDALLS v. STANLEY G. HOPP, M.D. AND TENNESSEE ORTHOPAEDIC
John M. Cannon, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James H.
Richard K. Smith, Kathleen W. Smith, Nashville, Tennessee, for the
appellees, Stanley G. Hopp, M.D. and Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance,
This is an appeal from the denial of a motion to set aside dismissal
of the action for failure to comply with the seventh scheduling order
entered during the five year pendency of this case. Because the trial
court clearly acted within its discretion in view of the history of
the case, we affirm.
WILLIAM D. BUFORD v. STATE OF TENNESSEE
William D. Buford, Nashville, Tennessee (on appeal), pro se, and
Eugene Honea, Assistant District Public Defender (at trial), for the
appellant, William D. Buford.
Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; David H. Findley, Assistant
Attorney General; and Derek K. Smith, Assistant District Attorney
General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The petitioner, William D. Buford, appeals the trial court's denial of
his petition for post-conviction DNA testing. See Tenn. Code Ann. SS
40-30-403, -404 (Supp. 2002). The issues presented for review are
whether the trial court erred by its refusal to permit DNA
(deoxyribonucleic acid) testing and by its refusal to substitute
counsel based upon the petitioner's dissatisfaction with the
performance of his appointed counsel. The judgment of dismissal is
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOE CHARLES DEGRAFENREID
Michael W. Whitaker, Covington, Tennessee, for the appellant, Joe
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Jennifer L. Bledsoe,
Assistant Attorney General; Elizabeth Rice, District Attorney General;
and Walt Freedland, Assistant District Attorney General, for the
appellee, State of Tennessee.
The Defendant, Joe Charles Degrafenreid, was convicted by a jury of
driving under the influence (DUI) as a second offender. In this
direct appeal, the Defendant argues that the evidence is insufficient
to support his conviction for DUI and that the trial court erred by
denying his motion to suppress. Finding no error, we affirm the
judgment of the trial court.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. THURMAN L. WHITSEY AND CHARLIE MAE WHITSEY
Brent Horst, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Thurman L.
Cynthia F. Burnes (on appeal) and Kyle L. Marquardt (at trial),
Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Charlie Mae Whitsey.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley,
Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney
General; and John C. Zimmerman, Assistant District Attorney General,
for the appellant, State of Tennessee.
A Davidson County jury convicted defendants Thurman L. Whitsey and his
mother, Charlie Mae Whitsey, of conspiracy to possess cocaine with
intent to sell. The jury also convicted Thurman Whitsey of possession
of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to
sell, and unlawful possession of a weapon. In addition, the jury
convicted Charlie Mae Whitsey of facilitation of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell, simple possession of marijuana, and facilitation
of unlawful possession of a weapon. The trial court imposed an
effective sentence of eleven years upon Thurman Whitsey and an
effective sentence of seven years upon Charlie Mae Whitsey. On
appeal, both defendants contend the trial court erred in denying their
motions to suppress evidence obtained as a result of an invalid search
warrant. Charlie Mae Whitsey also submits the evidence was
insufficient to support her conviction for facilitation of unlawful
possession of a weapon. Upon review of the record and applicable law,
we reverse and dismiss Charlie Mae Whitsey's conviction for
facilitation of unlawful possession of a weapon and Thurman Whitsey's
conviction for unlawful possession of a weapon; otherwise, we affirm
the judgments of the trial court.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. THURMAN L. WHITSEY AND CHARLIE MAE WHITSEY
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