Bar foundation inducts new fellows

The Tennessee Bar Foundation recently inducted 35 new fellows. They are:

Brentwood: Rebecca C. Blair, Julie A. Boswell.
Chattanooga: Arthur P. Brock, John W. McClarty, Susan Elliott Rich.
Cleveland: Michael E. Jenne.
Clinton: Bruce D. Fox.
Dyersburg: W. Lewis Jenkins Jr.
Franklin: Mark L. Puryear III, Virginia Lee Story.
Greeneville: Marcia Phillips Parsons.
Huntingdon: Donald E. Parish.
Jackson: Edward L. Martindale Jr., Michelle Greenway Sellers.
Kingsport: R. Wayne Culbertson.
Knoxville: Dennis R. McClane, Carl A. Pierce, Nathan D. Rowell.
Lawrenceburg: J. Christopher Williams.
Memphis: Carl Q. Carter, Robert E. Craddock Jr., John T. Fowlkes Jr., C. Suzanne Landers.
Milan: C. Timothy Crocker.
Nashville: Kathryn E. Barnett, Clisby Hall Barrow, Mark A. Baugh, Lela M. Hollabaugh, Susan L. Kay, Edward D. Lanquist Jr., Melvin J. Malone, George H. Nolan.
Savannah: Ron E. Harmon.
Waynesboro: Joel Douglas Dicus, James Y. Ross.

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Court: TSC


Court: TCA


Ronald A. Barker, Tiptonville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; and Kellena Baker, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellees, Tennessee Department of Correction.


Inmate of the Tennessee Department of Corrections appeals the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the Department in inmate's declaratory judgment action. Finding no error, we affirm.


Court: TCA


Sam F. Cole, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sheila Naantaanbuu.

Theresa H. Patterson, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Zulu Naantaanbuu.


In this divorce action, Wife appeals the trial court's denial of: (1) an oral motion for a continuance supported by her doctor's affidavit; and (2) a motion to add, as necessary parties, two mortgagees of real estate alleged to be marital property. Discerning no error, we affirm.


Court: TCA


Deana C. Hood, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Rachel Elaine Smith.

James Daniel McGrath., Columbia, Tennessee, Pro Se.


Mother appeals action of the trial court in adding a "paramour provision" to an order approving parenting plan for minor child. We modify the judgment and affirm in all other respects.


Court: TCCA


Jason R. McLellan, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brent Allen Blye.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, District Attorney General; and William B. Harper, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


Following a jury trial, the Defendant, Brent Allen Blye, was convicted in Case Number S50,833 of possession with intent to sell 26 grams or more of cocaine, a Class B felony, and two Class A misdemeanors and was sentenced by the trial court pursuant to an agreement by the parties. At the sentencing hearing, the Defendant pled guilty to several felony and misdemeanor charges in three unrelated cases and was sentenced pursuant to a plea agreement to an effective term of 30 years. In this appeal as of right, the Defendant contends that (1) his pro se motions should be considered as a motion for new trial in Case Number S50,833; (2) the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to sustain his convictions in Case Number S50,833; (3) the trial court erred in denying his motion to withdraw his guilty pleas in Case Numbers S46,736, S48,639, and S51,239; (4) his right to a speedy trial was violated in Case Number S46,736; (5) the trial court erred in sentencing him; and (6) the trial judge who presided over the sentencing hearing for all four cases should have recused herself. Following our review, we affirm the convictions but remand the case for the entry of corrected judgments consistent with this opinion.


Court: TCCA


Timothy R. Wilkerson, Kingsport, Tennessee (on appeal), and William A. Kennedy, Blountville, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Douglas Wayne Young.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and Barry P. Staubus and Teresa Nelson, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

A Sullivan County Criminal Court Jury convicted the appellant, Douglas Wayne Young, of aggravated rape and sentenced him to twenty-two years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, the appellant claims that the trial court erred in (1) admitting the appellant's nine millimeter handgun into evidence; (2) admitting scientific evidence from a DNA and serology expert; (3) finding that there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction; (4) giving the jury an instruction concerning flight; and (5) imposing a sentence of twenty-two years. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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