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Judge Ray Grimes elected President of Judges Council

Judge Ray Grimes

Judge Ray Grimes

Judge Ray Grimes, of Clarksville, has been elected President of the Tennessee Council Of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The Council represents the 98 courts with juvenile court jurisdiction in the state’s 95 counties.

The goal of the Council is to educate and provide technical assistance to the state’s 112 judges, 34 magistrates, and over 350 staff with juvenile court jurisdiction.

The Hornorable Judge Grimes obtained his law degree from the University of Memphis. He began his career as an attorney in Clarksville in 1981 and was elected General Sessions & Juvenile Court Judge – Division III in 1988. He served as County Commissioner from 1994 – 1998.

He is married to Sharon T. Massey, a Clarksville Attorney. For more information about the Council go to

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An update on my case against CG&W for breach of contracts


This is an update to David Cutting’s previous letter “Theft by City Hall

The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

Many readers requested updates to my article about theft by city hall, in which I wrote how I am battling to get the City’s Gas and Water Department (CG&W) to honor contracts and return customer deposits.

Yesterday, September 14, 2009, we suffered a minor defeat when Judge Grimes denied my motion for evidence, due to technical legal errors. He admonished me that although I am without counsel, he will cut me no slack for not having an attorney. I understand this, as it would be unfair to attorneys to hold them to higher standards. However, he should not have given Lance Baker, the city attorney, free legal advice by telling him he can “quash” my future subpoenas. «Read the rest of this article»

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“Theft” by City Hall

The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

The Logo of the Clarksville, TN Gas and Water Department

On May 25, 2005, I opened an account with Clarksville Gas and Water Department, and gave a $225 deposit, which I was told would be refunded after four years. Four years later, on May 26, 2009, I applied for the return of my deposit. The clerk and her supervisor told me that new policies instituted by new management prohibit returns until after service ends, and “THE CITY CAN DO WHATEVER IT WANTS”.

I filed suit, charging breach of a legal contract, diversion, and unfair trade practices. No attorney arrived to represent the city in General Sessions Court on July 8, so Judge Shelton phoned the city attorney, Lance Baker. He later met with me, which gave me the opportunity to explain my case and share the evidence. We then went before the clerk, who reset my case for a two-hour trial before Judge Grimes on November 9th. «Read the rest of this article»

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