Court of Appeals Opinions

Format: 07/23/2014
Format: 07/23/2014
Charles William Coulter and wife, Donna Lee Coulter, v. Richard Anthony Hendricks
03A01-9505-CH-00150
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge Houston M. Goddard
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Howard N. Peoples

This is a suit by Charles William Coulter and Donna Lee Coulter, brother and sister of Linda Diane Rose Hendricks, who died in an automobile accident on April 24, 1994, seeking to have her marriage on April 1, 1994, to Richard Anthony Hendricks, annulled. The Chancellor granted Mr. Hendricks' motion under Rule 12.02( 6) of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, which contended the complaint failed "to state a claim upon which relief can be granted."

Hamilton County Court of Appeals 10/03/95
Charles William Coulter and wife Donna Lee Coulter, v. Richard Anthony Hendricks
03A01-9505-CH-00150
Authoring Judge: Judge Charles D. Susano, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Howell N. Peoples

I concur wholeheartedly in the majority opinion. I write separately to address the plaintiffs' contention that their sister married Richard Anthony Hendricks "in jest." Even assuming, for the purpose of argument, that the common law requirement of mutual intent to be bound is still a requirement for a valid marriage in Tennessee, an allegation that the parties married in jest is conclusory in nature. Furthermore, it is not supported in the complaint by factual allegations and hence not conceded to be true by the defendant's motion to dismiss. Such a
pleading admits well-pled facts, not conclusions of the pleader. See Swallows v. Western Electric Co., Inc., 543 S.W.2d 581, 583 (Tenn. 1976); Dobbs v. Guenther, 846 S.W.2d 270, 273 (Tenn. App. 1992). Therefore, the conclusory allegation of a marriage in jest does not render the trial court's action of dismissal inappropriate. The well-pled facts, liberally construed in favor of the plaintiffs, do not make out a cause of action.

Hamilton County Court of Appeals 10/03/95
Ollie Davis and R.D. Davis, v. Horace Hall
02A01-9410-CV-00245
Authoring Judge: Judge W. Frank Crawford
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Wyeth Chandler

This appeal involves a suit to recover damages for personal injury and property damage arising out of an automobile accident. Plaintiffs, Ollie H. Davis and R. D. Davis, appeal from the judgment of the trial court on a jury verdict for the defendant, Horace Hall.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 10/03/95
J.T. Holt, and wife Gertrude Holt and Dennis Holt, v. Opal Tolliver and Freddy L. Smelcer
03A01-9505-CH-00161
Authoring Judge: Judge Houston M. Goddard
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Dennis H. Inman

This is a suit to determine the boundary line between the Plaintiffs' and the Defendants' property and to confirm that the Plaintiffs have a right-of-way over the property of the Defendants.

Greene County Court of Appeals 10/02/95
Rick Haynes and Karen Haynes, v. John Walker and wife Rosa Mae Walker and Harold Woods
03A01-9504-CH-00133
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge Houston M. Goddard
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Chester S. Rainwater

The Plaintiffs, Rick Haynes and his wife Karen Haynes, initially sued their adjacent landowners, Defendants John Walker and wife Rosa Mae Walker and Harold Woods. The Plaintiffs sought a declaration that they were entitled to a right-of-way to gain access to tract 8 of the Clint Jones property, a 15.72-acre tract owned by them in Jefferson County. Thereafter, Michael Woods and his wife Paula Young Woods, who acquired a portion of Harold Woods property, were added as party Defendants by an agreed order.

Jefferson County Court of Appeals 10/02/95
First Tennessee Bank National Association, v. C.T. Resorts Company, Inc., C. Gary Triggs, and James C. Childrers
03A01-9503-CH-00102
Authoring Judge: Judge Charles D. Susano, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Sharon Bell

First Tennessee has filed a petition for rehearing. The petition basically argues two points: first, that the undisputed material facts show that the defendants did not timely assert their claims of misrepresentation, and hence waived them; and second, that we erred in construing the parties' "First Modification, Renewal, and Extension Agreement and Apointment of Successor Trustee."

Knox County Court of Appeals 10/02/95
Alfred Carroll Jones and Betty Jones, v. City of Johnson City, Tennessee
03A01-9506-CV-00196
Authoring Judge: Judge Charles D. Susano, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge Lewis W. May

This suit was brought against the City of Johnson City(Johnson City) pursuant to the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA), T.C.A. § 29-20-101, et seq. The plaintiff, 1 The wife's claim was for loss of services, companionship, consortium, etc. 2 Alfred Carroll Jones (Jones), was injured while working at the Towne Acres Elementary School, a facility owned and operated by Johnson City. At the time of the injury, the school was closed while an addition was being built to the existing structure. The trial court granted Johnson City's motion for summary judgment, holding that Jones expressly assumed the risk of his injury and "as a matter of law that [Johnson City] owed no legal duty to" Jones based on the undisputed facts. Jones and his wife, the
plaintiff Betty Jones1, appeal, raising the following issues:

Court of Appeals 10/02/95
Matthew E. Rader, et al., v. Clarence McDowell, et al.
03A01-9506-CV-00191
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge Clifford E. Sanders
Trial Court Judge: Judge Dale C. Workman

The Appellant has appealed from a judgment denying its "Application for Execution." We affirm.

Knox County Court of Appeals 10/02/95
Rex M. Massengale, Sr., v. Audrey L. Massengale
03A01-9503-CV-00086
Authoring Judge: Judge Charles D. Susano, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge Robert M. Summitt

This is a post-divorce proceeding involving the custody of the parties' one minor child, Rex M. Massengale, Jr., whose date of birth is September 20, 1985. The parties were divorced by the "Final Judgment and Decree" of the Dade County, Georgia, Superior Court entered on October 19, 1993. That document approved and adopted the parties' agreement that the child's custody should be vested with his mother, Audrey L. Williamson1 (Mother2). The instant controversy was initiated by the child's father, Rex M. Massengale, Sr. (Father), on November 16, 1994, not quite 13 months after the divorce, when he filed a petition to change the child's custody. After a bench trial, the trial court dismissed the Father's petition. Father appeals, raising two issues:

Hamilton County Court of Appeals 10/02/95
Eddie Williams, Jr. v. Tennessee Department of Correction
02A01-9503-CV-00046
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge Hewitt P. Tomlin
Trial Court Judge: Judge Joseph H. Walker

Eddie Wililams, Jr. ("petitioner") filed a pro se Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Circuit Court of Laderdale County against the Tennessee Department of Correction ("TDOC" or respondent"), seeking court review of actions taken by a prison disciplinary board, prison warden, and the department commissioner. Due process violations resulting therefrom were also alleged. The trial court granted summary judgment to respondent and petitioner has appealed. On appeal, a single issue was presented for review: whether the trial court erred in granting summary judgment. For the reasons stated hereinafter, we reverse the judgment of the trial court.

Lauderdale County Court of Appeals 10/02/95
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Washington County Court of Appeals 09/29/95
03A01-9506-CV-00199
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Knox County Court of Appeals 09/29/95
03A01-9506-CH-00207
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