Juror Problems Cause Mistrial In Major Trial Planned In Circuit Court

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Juror problems led to a mistrial having to be declared on Wednesday morning in a Circuit Court case that had been expected to last up to six weeks.

Judge Neal Thomas said one juror had a panic attack just prior to the case starting and another advised that she had a hardship and could no longer serve.

He said that left the court with only 12 jurors. He said he was unwilling to start without alternates available.

The case involves a dispute about the Canyon Ridge Resort on Lookout Mountain, which underwent financial woes and had some ownership changes.

Canyon Ridge Resort LLC, Singing Sisters Falls LLC and Scenic Land Company LLC  (developer Duane Horton) is suing Sterne, Agee & Leach and Edmund J. Wall.

Grove Street Partners LLC was also a defendant, but it reached a settlement on Tuesday.

Attorney Bill Colvin asked that a new jury be empaneled next week, saying there had been significant expense in getting the case ready for trial and getting witnesses lined up.

Judge Thomas said selection of a new jury will start next Tuesday.

Attorney Colvin said he now projects the case may take 3-4 weeks.

Judge Thomas noted that of the initial 96 jurors summoned that only 26 had said they could serve for the duration of the trial.


Cook Arrested For Aggressive Panhandling On Gunbarrel Road

Chattanooga Police have charged Anthony Lebron Cook with aggressive panhandling on Gunbarrel Road. Cook, 51, is also charged with public intoxication. An officer said he responded to Panda Express on a panhandling call. Employees said they had asked Cook to leave multiple times, but he refused. They said he kept asking for money for food. When the officer arrived, Cook ... (click for more)

Mailing Mix-Up Mars Corporation’s Quest For Comments On Proposed New Grocery Store, Shopping Center

Signal Mountain residents opened their mailboxes  Monday  to find fancy brochures featuring colorful architects’ sketches of a proposed new grocery store and commercial center a North Carolina corporation hopes to construct along both sides of Taft Highway.  The proposal by the Keith Corporation (TKC)    is expected to be formally presented at ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Meme From The Meanies

Hardly a day goes past that I don’t receive several strings of memes in my incoming emails and yesterday there was one particular collection that gave me pause for thought. First, here’s the definition of a meme: “An Internet meme (/mi?m/ MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry or for humorous purposes, from person to person via ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Wins Wildcat Classic Again

Early season prep baseball tournaments are meant for a few things; primarily competition, repetition, and learning a few things about your team over the course of a few games.   The Ooltewah Owl baseball nine apparently has learned it likes collecting championship trophies in them as well.   For the second year in a row, the Owls won the longstanding ... (click for more)

Lady Vols Fall To Oregon State, 66-59, In 2nd Round Of NCAA's

KNOXVILLE-- Senior center Mercedes Russell logged her 46th career double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead Tennessee, but it wasn't enough as the No. 12/13 Lady Vols (25-8) fell to No. 13/12 Oregon State (25-7) in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Freshman Anastasia Hayes also had a double-digit outing for the No. 3 seed Lady Vols, posting ... (click for more)