Court of Appeals Opinions

Format: 02/27/2015
Format: 02/27/2015
Kenneth Dale Nance, v. Tina Louise Nance
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge William H. Inman
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor John Walton West

Custody of the five-year old son of these parties was awarded to his mother, the propriety of which the appellant-father questions. Our review of the findings of the trial court is de novo upon the record of the trial court, accompanied by a presumption of the correctness of the finding, unless the preponderance of the evidence is otherwise. TENN. CODE ANN. § 50-6-225(3)(2). Stone v. City of McMinnville, 896 S.W.2d 584 (Tenn. 1991). We cannot substitute our judgment for that of the trial judge, and we are not positioned to evaluate the credibility of the parties or their witnesses. Walls v. Magnolia Truck Lines, 622 S.W.2d 526 (Tenn. 1981).

Henry County Court of Appeals 12/16/96
Jerrell McVay and Cynthia Marie McVay, State of Tennessee Intervenor, v. Sharon Blen, Custodial Parent of Lauren Nicole McVay, a minor
Authoring Judge: Judge Holly Kirby Lillard
Trial Court Judge: Judge Kenneth A. Turner

This case arises under the Grandparents’ Visitation Act. The Petitioners/Appellees, Jerrell
McVay and Cynthia Marie McVay (“Grandparents”), filed a petition with the juvenile court for
court-ordered visitation with their paternal grandchild, Lauren Nicole McVay. The Juvenile Court
awarded visitation to the Grandparents, pursuant to the Grandparents’ Visitation Act. The child’s
mother, Respondent/Appellant Sharon Blen (“Mother”), appeals the trial court’s decision. We

Shelby County Court of Appeals 12/16/96
David Vaughn vs. Daimler Chrysler
Authoring Judge: Judge Houston M. Goddard
Trial Court Judge: Jean A. Stanley
David W. Vaughn sues Daimler Chrysler Corporation and Grindstaff, Inc., seeking damages in connection with his October 1994 purchase of a 1994 Chrysler LHS automobile which was manufactured by Chrysler and sold to him by Grindstaff. The complaint alleges violations of T.C.A. Title 55, Chapter 24, commonly known as the "Lemon Law." The Trial Court sustained a motion for summary judgment filed by the Defendants, resulting in this appeal, wherein Mr. Vaughn contends there are disputed material facts rendering summary judgment inappropriate. We affirm.
Carter County Court of Appeals 12/15/96
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Hamilton County Court of Appeals 12/13/96
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Lois Smith and Cecil Smith, v. Bethel Marie (Smith) Schneider, v. Roger Allen Smith
Authoring Judge: Judge David R. Farmer
Trial Court Judge: Chancellor Joe C. Morris

The petition was filed in accordance with T.C.A. § 36-6-301 which states: Grandparents’ visitation rights. -- (a) The natural or legal grandparents of an unmarried minor child may be granted reasonable visitation rights to the child during such child’s minority by a court of competent jurisdiction upon a finding that such visitation rights would be in the best interests of the minor child. Lois Smith and Cecil Smith appeal from the trial court’s denial of their petition seeking visitation rights with their grandson, Jonathon Allen Smith, pursuant to T.C.A. § 36-6-301.1 The appellants are the parents of Roger Allen Smith whose marriage to Bethel Marie Smith (now Schneider) ended in divorce in April 1990. Jonathon Allen Smith was born to that marriage and was age 7 at the time of the hearing which is the subject of this appeal. Custody of Jonathon was awarded to his mother.

Henderson County Court of Appeals 12/11/96
Darryl Jones, as surviving next of kin of Goldie Jones, Deceased, v. Dana A. Watson,and Sheree Watson
Authoring Judge: Senior Judge Hewitt P. Tomlin
Trial Court Judge: Judge Robert L. Childers

Darryl Jones (hereafter “Plaintiff”) filed suit in the Circuit Court of Shelby County against Dana A. Watson and Sheree Watson (hereafter “Defendants”) to recover damages for the wrongful death of his wife, Goldie Jones, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Defendants were insured by Allstate Insurance Company ( hereafter “Allstate”). Allstate ultimately entered into a settlement agreement with plaintiff and pursuant thereto issued not one but two consecutive settlement checks to plaintiff. Because the son of the deceased wife incorrectly filed a wrongful death action on his own behalf, plaintiff was prevented from consummating the settlem ent agreement with
Allstate. Some three years after plaintiff’s suit had been filed, defendants filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that plaintiff had failed to comply with Rules 3 and 4 T.R.C.P. in that defendants had not been served with process, nor had an alias summons been issued, nor had the action been  recommenced within one year of the date of the issuance of the original process, thus plaintiff’s claim was barred by the one year statute of limitations. The trial court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss. The sole issue presented by plaintiff on appeal is whether the trial court erred in so doing. We find that it did and reverse.

Shelby County Court of Appeals 12/11/96
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: William B. Cain
Maury County Court of Appeals 12/11/96
Wherein The Board'S Discretion Is Not So Broad. See Totty v. Tennessee Dep'T Of
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Trial Court Judge: William C. Koch
Court of Appeals 12/11/96
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Trial Court Judge: Tom E. Gray
Sumner County Court of Appeals 12/11/96