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Montgomery County Judge Jill Bartee Ayers confirmed to Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Jill Bartee-Ayers was confirmed to the appointment of Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section by the Tennessee General Assembly, on April 12th, 2021.

A vacancy was created at the Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle District, by the retirement of Judge Thomas Woodall in fall 2020.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Jill Bartee Ayers

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Jill Bartee Ayers

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Montgomery County Circuit Court Conducts Hybrid In-person/Virtual Trial

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – On February 11th, 2021, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Katy Olita, with permission from the Tennessee Supreme Court, hosted the first 19th Judicial District circuit court civil trial using a virtual/in-person hybrid process.

The new technology used for the trial was recently obtained in Montgomery County through funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Katy Olita holds 19th Judicial District circuit court civil trial using a virtual/in-person hybrid process

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Katy Olita holds 19th Judicial District circuit court civil trial using a virtual/in-person hybrid process

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City of Clarksville prevails in Clarksville Greenway Lawsuit

 

Judge says law insulates City of Clarksville from ‘premises liability action’

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville has prevailed in its defense against a lawsuit seeking damages after a bicycling injury on the Clarksville Greenway.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ross H. Hicks on November 30th granted the City’s second Motion for Summary Judgment dismissing the case, known as Marquis v. City.

Clarksville Greenway at Mary’s Oak trailhead.

Clarksville Greenway at Mary’s Oak trailhead.

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Judge denies Robinsons’ $800,000 attorneys fees request in City of Clarksville lawsuit

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – Despite Jeff and Sherri Robinson’s request for more than $800,000 in attorneys fees in their ongoing lawsuit against the City of Clarksville, the trial court has ordered the City to pay only $30,000.

Instead, City of Clarksville is ordered to pay plaintiffs’ lawyers $30,000

Instead, City of Clarksville is ordered to pay plaintiffs’ lawyers $30,000

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Crossing guards visit Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, want Safer School Zones

 

Crossing guards message: “Slow down, get off the phone, pay attention”

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department continues to focus on enforcement of traffic laws in school zones and around school buses.

It only takes a few moments of conversation with school crossing guards to understand the depth of the problem. Three guards — Raphaela Velasquez, Vanna Gibson and Barbie Hemmingsen — recently visited Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts to appeal for help in getting drivers to behave in school zones.

Clarksville Crossing Guards, from left, Vanna Gibson, Raphaela Velasquez and Barbie Hemmingsen recently visited City Hall to appeal for community help in getting drivers to behave in school zones.

Clarksville Crossing Guards, from left, Vanna Gibson, Raphaela Velasquez and Barbie Hemmingsen recently visited City Hall to appeal for community help in getting drivers to behave in school zones.

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City of Clarksville reports Five of Six claims brought by Robinsons in multimillion dollar lawsuit dismissed

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville has prevailed on five of six claims brought by Jeff and Sherri Robinson in a longstanding legal dispute over a would-be alley and two small parcels of land near the Robinson’s downtown Blackhorse Pub and Brewery.

Clarksville City Hall

Clarksville City Hall

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Guilty Verdict returned on 1995 Montgomery County Murder Case

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge has returned a guilty verdict on a Madison, TN woman who was one of the main suspects in a 1995 cold case the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation indicted and arrested for murder in 2008.

Yesterday, Lajeanra Yvette Polk, 47, was convicted of one count of felony murder and one count of second degree murder for the 1995 death of 33-year-old Carolyn “Tina” Vega-Velasquez.

Lajeanra Yvette Polk

Lajeanra Yvette Polk

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Recusal of Judge Ross Hicks puts redevelopment libel suit on hold

 

With Judge Ross Hicks having recused himself from a libel lawsuit related to redevelopment issues in Clarksville, pending, the August 4th hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court on this controversial suit is on hold, awaiting assignment to another judge. Judge Hicks’ recusal, which can be based on a conflict of interest, follows on the heels of a reversal of the previsous dismissal of this case.

Two weeks ago in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, Judge Hicks dismissed a libel suit filed against the grassroots Clarksville Property Rights Coalition regarding downtown redevelopment, but on July 29 the Court notified the Institute for Justice of Virginia, CPRC’s legal representatives, that the signing of the order was “a mistake,” that oral arguments and discovery in this case would be heard August 4. Judge Hicks recusal canceled scheduled hearings in that matter and the lawsuit is, for now both resurrected and in limbo. «Read the rest of this article»

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Libel lawsuit against CPRC: It’s not over yet

 

With the CPRC vindicated just last week, Montgomery Court now says it made “a mistake.” The libel suit against the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition has been resurrected, with motions, discovery on August 4.

Last week the Montgomery County Circuit Court dismissed a libel suit filed against the grassroots Clarksville Property Rights Coalition regarding downtown redevelopment, but late today the Court notified the Institute for Justice of Virginia, CPRC’s legal representatives, that the signing of the order was “a mistake,” that oral arguments and discovery in this case will in fact be heard on Monday, August 4.

The Institute for Justice has just been informed by the clerk’s office of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, that a mistake in that office led to the accidental signing of an order granting IJ’s motion to dismiss a libel lawsuit brought against members of the Clarksville Property Rights Coalition (CPRC). As a result, that order will be rescinded and Judge Ross Hicks will hear oral argument on IJ’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Monday, August 11. The court will also conduct a discovery hearing on Monday, August 4.

Joyce Vanderbilt, owner of Kelly's on Riverside Drive, displays the controversial ad that resulted in a libel suit against the CPRC.

The case, borne of a highly controversial ordinance passed by the Clarksville City Council in November, 2007, that “blighted” some two square miles of downtown Clarksville, culminated in a libel suit over a newspaper ad taking some city officials to task for their actions in supporting the ordinance that potentially opened the door for taking of properties by eminent domain and for private development. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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