Court of Appeals Opinions

Format: 04/22/2018
Format: 04/22/2018
Richard Gause D/B/A Roofworks of Tennessee, v. Anice Cole, D/B/A Riverside Shop and Jerry Ogle
Authoring Judge: Judge Don T. McMurray
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Chester R. Rainwater, Jr.

This case originated as an action to enforce a lien for work and materials pursuant to  T. C. A. § 66- 11- 126. The plaintiff alleged that he had furnished equipment, labor, and materials which were used for improvements on the property which the defendant, Cole occupied as lessee and the defendant, Ogle, was an owner. The defendant, Ogle, filed an answer, generally stated that he owned an interest in the subject property, but was without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations set forth in the complaint.



Sevier County Court of Appeals 06/05/97
Deborah Hendrix, v. First Tennessee National Corporation, D/B/A First Tennessee Bank
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge William H. Inman
Trial Court Judge: Judge G. Richard Johnson

This action for damages for defamation and outrageous conduct was dismissed on motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff presents the propriety of the dismissal for appellate review, which is de novo on the record with no presumption of correctness. Johnson v. EMPE, Inc., 837 S.W.2d 62, 68 (Tenn. App. 1992).

Court of Appeals 06/05/97
Mabel Donnelly v. Robert E. Walter M. D. and Hermitage Nursing Center - Concurring
Authoring Judge: Judge Charles D. Susano, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor G. Richard Johnson

Plaintiff Mabel Donnelly (Donnelly) appealed the trial court’s denial of her motion to reconsider a grant of summary judgment to the defendants Dr.  Robert E. Walter (Dr. Walter) and Hermitage Nursing Home (Hermitage).  She presents for our review the question of whether the denial of her  motion to reconsider was an abuse of the trial court’s discretion. For their part, the defendants contend that Donnelly’s appeal should be dismissed because of her failure to serve a copy of the notice of appeal on the clerk of this court. We affirm.

Carter County Court of Appeals 06/05/97
Brian Grant vs. Tonya Grant
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Court of Appeals 06/05/97
In Re: Estate of Carl Parrott; Wanda P. Patterson v. Jerry K Galyon - Concurring
Authoring Judge: Judge Don T. McMurray
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Chester S. Rainwater, Jr.

This is a declaratory action wherein the parties seek to have a portion of the will of Carl Parrot t, deceased, construed by the court. Carl Parrott died testate on February 20, 1990. His Last Will and Testament was executed on January 3, 1983, and named his attorney, Jerry K. Galyon, and his daughter, Wanda Parrott Patterson, co- executors.

Sevier County Court of Appeals 06/04/97
Christopher Brian Minnich, v. Nancy Graves Roberson
Authoring Judge: Judge Don T. McMurray
Trial Court Judge: Judge Bill Swann

This is an appeal from the judgment of the trial court granting joint custody of the parties' minor children to the parties, with the husband having primary residential custody. For reasons hereinafter stated, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Court of Appeals 06/04/97
Edward J. Eyring, M.D., v. Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center, Inc., and Fort Sanders Alliance, Inc.
Authoring Judge: Per Curiam
Trial Court Judge: Judge Wheeler A. Rosenbalm

We are primarily called upon in this appeal to decide whether the Tennessee Peer Review Law of 1967 ( T. C. A. § 63-6-219) ( t he La w), grants immunity to hospitals for actions taken against physicians. 1. Parkwest Hospital was purchased by Fort Sanders Alliance in 1990 and became known as Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center. We hereafter refer to the hospital as "Parkwest". 2.  upon recommendations of peer review boards or committees.  For reasons hereinafter stated, we believe that the law was intended to, and does, grant hospitals such immunity. We affimr the judgment of the trial court.

Knox County Court of Appeals 06/04/97
Terri G. Bowers, v. Frederick Allan Bowers
Authoring Judge: Judge Herschel Pickens Franks
Trial Court Judge: Judge Bill Swann

In this custody dispute, the Trial Judge granted custody of the parties' child to the father, and the mother has appealed.

Knox County Court of Appeals 06/04/97
Iva Dell Brown McAlexander v. Kenneth Jackson McAlexander
Authoring Judge: Judge David R. Farmer
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Joe C. Morris

Following the trial court’s order granting the parties an absolute divorce, distributing the parties’ property, awarding custody of the parties’ four minor children to Iva Dell Brown McAlexander (the Mother), and ordering Kenneth Jackson McAlexander (the Father) to pay child support to the Mother pursuant to the Child Support Guidelines, Father appealed. The sole issue presented by the Father is whether the trial court erred in granting custody of the parties’ four children to the Mother. We affirm.

Madison County Court of Appeals 06/02/97
Jerry Williams v. Memphis Housing Authority and Mable Monday v. Memphis Housing Authority
Authoring Judge: Judge David R. Farmer
Trial Court Judge: Judge Wyeth Chandler

Defendant Memphis Housing Authority(MHA) appeals several orders entered by the trial court in favor of two of MHA’s former employees, Plaintiffs/Appellees Jerry D. Williams and Mable Monday (collectively, the Employees). In separate actions filed below, the Employees sued MHA for breach of employment contract. In both cases, the trial court entered orders granting the Employees’ motions for summary judgment based on the court’s conclusion that MHA’s Manual of Operations constituted part of the employment contract between the parties and, further, that MHA breached this contract by terminating the Employees without just cause. Amending the pleadings to conform to the proof in the records, the trial court’s foregoing orders also granted summary judgment to the Employees on their claims that, in terminating the Employees, MHA violated their rights to substantive and procedural due process.1 After conducting a subsequent hearing on the issue of remedies, the trial court entered final orders granting the Employees back pay and reinstatement to their former positions with MHA.2 Upon MHA’s motion, this court consolidated MHA’s appeals of the trial court’s judgments in favor of Williams and Monday because the appeals involve common questions of law and fact.3

Shelby County Court of Appeals 06/02/97
Evelyn Campbell, a/k.a Elvin Campbell, Erma Dorton and Edria Humphrey, vs. Union Planters Bank , Formerly Commerce Federal Savings Bank
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge Herschel P. Franks
Trial Court Judge: Kindall T. Lawson
In this action to recover on two certificates of deposit against the bank, the Trial Judge directed a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs after sustaining an objection to the bank's attempt to offer its business records in evidence. The bank has appealed, and we reverse and remand for a new trial.
Hamblen County Court of Appeals 05/31/97
Gilley vs. Culpepper
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: William C. Koch
Court of Appeals 05/30/97
Gilley vs. Culpepper
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Ellen Hobbs Lyle
Davidson County Court of Appeals 05/30/97