Court of Appeals Opinions

Format: 10/25/2014
Format: 10/25/2014
Nancy Buchanan, Mother et al., Next of Kin of Corwendell D. Perkins, Deceased, v. Hardemen County Tennessee and Hardeman County Highway Dept.
02A01-9411-CV-00257
Authoring Judge: Judge Holly Kirby Lillard
Trial Court Judge: Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood

This matter appears appropriate for consideration pursuant to Rule 10(b) of the Rules of the
Court of Appeals of Tennessee. The plaintiffs/appellants in this cause, Nancy Buchanan, et al., (“Buchanan”) appeal the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to defendants/appellees, Hardeman County, Tennessee, et al., (“Hardeman County”). After a serious automobile accident on Minnie Hill Road in Hardeman County, Buchanan filed suit against Hardeman County for wrongful death, alleging that the road was not properly maintained by the County. Buchanan alleged that the accident would not have occurred had a lower speed limit been posted, a warning sign been erected, the curve properly delineated by road markings, and guardrails been installed. Buchanan argues that the doctrine of sovereign immunity does not apply to Hardeman County in this case and that the road was unsafe, dangerous, and defective under Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-20-203(a).

Hardeman County Court of Appeals 12/09/96
Angie Brooks, v. Kimberly Quam Davis and Gayle Schaal, and Erica Brooks, a minor B/N/F Angie Brooks, mother and natural guardian, v. Kimberly J. Quam Davis and Amy Schaal
01A01-9509-CV-00402.
Authoring Judge: Judge Henry F. Todd
Trial Court Judge: Judge Robert W. Wedemeyer

This appeal is from the dismissal of the separate, but consolidated, suits of a mother and daughter for their personal injuries sustained while guest-passengers in a vehicle owned by Gayle (Amy) Schall and operated by Kimberly J. Quam Davis (hereafter "Ms. Davis"). Allstate Insurance Company (hereafter "Allstate") was served with process as an uninsured motorist insurer.

Montgomery County Court of Appeals 12/08/96
Dixie Millburn Selby, v. Landon Selby - Dissenting
01A01-9604-CH-00159
Authoring Judge: Judge William C. Koch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge:

I concur with the court’s conclusion that the increase during the marriage of the equity in Ms. Selby’s six Glaze Court duplexes is marital property. However, I have prepared this separate opinion to address an issue concerning the valuation of this marital property that is not addressed in the main opinion. Since the trial court undervalued this interest, I would remand the case for further proceedings.

Court of Appeals 12/06/96
Dixie Millburn Selby, v. Landon Selby - Dissenting
01A01-9604-CH-00159
Authoring Judge: Judge William C. Koch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge:

I concur with the court’s conclusion that the increase during the marriage of the equity in Ms. Selby’s six Glaze Court duplexes is marital property. However, I have prepared this separate opinion to address an issue concerning the valuation of this marital property that is not addressed in the main opinion. Since the trial court undervalued this interest, I would remand the case for further proceedings.

Rutherford County Court of Appeals 12/06/96
Dixie Millburn Selby, v. Landon Selby
01A01-9604-CH-00159
Authoring Judge: Judge Samuel L. Lewis
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Don R. Ash

This is an appeal by defendant/appellant, Landon Selby, from a decision of the chancery court which granted appellant and plaintiff/appellee, Dixie Millburn Selby, a divorce and distributed the parties' marital and separate assets. The facts out of which this case arose are as follows.

Rutherford County Court of Appeals 12/06/96
Charles E. Greer v. Correction Corporation of America, et al.
01A01-9604-CH-00150
Authoring Judge: Judge Ben H. Cantrell
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Robert S. Brandt

An inmate in a Tennessee prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America filed a complaint which alleged that prison guards employed by the corrections company had converted his personal property. The chancery court dismissed his complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. We reverse and reinstate the complaint.

Davidson County Court of Appeals 12/06/96
Knott's Wholesale Foods, Inc., v. Billy L. Azbell and J & R Foods, Inc.
01A01-9510-CH-00459
Authoring Judge: Judge Holly Kirby Lillard
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor John W. Rollins

In this case, Defendant Billy Azbell (Azbell) appeals the trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff Knott’s Wholesale Foods, Inc. (Knott’s), finding that Azbell breached his fiduciary duty of loyalty as an employee. The trial court issued injunctive relief against Azbell and subsequently found that Azbell and defendant J & R Foods (J & R) engaged in a civil conspiracy to circumvent the injunction. Injunctive relief was issued against Azbell and J & R, and both defendants were held liable for compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees. Azbell and J & R appeal. We affirm in part and reverse in part.

Court of Appeals 12/06/96
Louis A. McRedmond, Patrick J. McRedmond, Jr., and Monica McRemond Terry, on behalf of Elk Brand Mfg Co., v. Andrew Marianelli, Walter Marianell, David Manning, et al.
01A01-9412-CH-00594
Authoring Judge: Per Curiam
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr.

The captioned plaintiffs have appealed from a summary judgment dismissing their suit against the captioned defendants.

Davidson County Court of Appeals 12/06/96
Cynthia Albright v. Joseph L. Mercer, III
01A01-9607-CH-00333
Authoring Judge: Judge Samuel L. Lewis
Trial Court Judge: Judge Henry Denmark Bell

This is an appeal by defendant/appellant, Joseph L. Mercer, III, from a decision of the Chancery Court for Williamson County awarding plaintiff/appellee, Cynthia Albright, attorney's fees of $1,000.00.

Williamson County Court of Appeals 12/04/96
Elizabeth Ann Boutin, v. Francis John Boutin
01A01-9601-CH-00014
Authoring Judge: Judge William C. Koch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge Henry Denmark Bell

This appeal involves a provision in a marital dissolution agreement requiring the father to prepay his child support. Upon discovering that one of his children had decided not to complete high school, the father stopped paying the agreed amount of child support and filed a petition to terminate his child support obligation on the ground that the prepayment agreement was premised on the children’s continued enrollment in high school. The Chancery Court for Williamson County denied the petition, and the father perfected this appeal. We have determined that the trial court correctly enforced the amended marital dissolution agreement and accordingly affirm the judgment as modified herein.

Williamson County Court of Appeals 12/04/96
Colemill Enterprises, Inc., v. Joe Huddleston, Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Revenue
01A01-9605-CH-00218
Authoring Judge: Judge Samuel L. Lewis
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr.

This is an appeal by plaintiff/appellant, Colemill Enterprises, Inc. ("Colemill"), from a decision of the chancery court which affirmed the determination of defendant/appellee, Joe Huddleston, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue ("Commissioner"), that Colemill owed certain state and local sales and use taxes. The facts out of which this matter arose are as follows.

Davidson County Court of Appeals 12/04/96
Allen D. Curtis, and Carolyn June Rice, v. William M. Rice, and Rice & Papuchis Construction Company, Inc.
01A01-9605-CH-00211
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Tom E. Gray

This is an appeal by plaintiffs/appellants, Allen D. Curtis and his wife, Carolyn June Curtis, from a decision of the chancery court which dissolved the partnership formed between Curtis and defendant/appellee, William M. Rice, and which distributed the partnership's assets.1 The facts out of which this matter arose are as follows.

Sumner County Court of Appeals 12/04/96
Freddy Lee Jones v. Michael Greene, Commissioner Tennessee Department of Safety
01A01-9505-CH-00187
Authoring Judge: Judge William C. Koch, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr.

This appeal involves over $45,000 seized during the search of a house in Memphis for illegal drugs. After the Commissioner of Safety ordered the forfeiture of the money, the person claiming the funds filed a petition for review in the Chancery Court for Davidson County asserting that the forfeiture statutes deprived him of his constitutional right to a jury trial and violated the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the United States and Tennessee Constitutions. The trial court upheld the forfeiture statutes and the forfeiture, and this appeal followed. We have determined that Tennessee’s forfeiture statutes are constitutional and that the record contains substantial and material evidence supporting the commissioner’s forfeiture order. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment.

Davidson County Court of Appeals 12/04/96