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Social Security Benefit Changes 2017

By Grayson Cannon

Each year around this time, Social Security publishes its list of changes for the following calendar year, including important cost-of-living adjustments.  This year, based on the Consumer Price Index, only a very small cost-of-living increase of .3 percent is being applied. This means the monthly benefits paid to the disabled and retirees and their dependents under Title II of the …

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LMT 2017, Rutherford County, Globalization

By Jay Ingrum

On September 21st and 22nd of 2016, the Leadership Middle Tennessee class ventured to Rutherford County for two full days, and the focus was on “Globalization.”  It was an issue that I had never really thought of before, and I wouldn’t have necessarily connected Middle Tennessee and globalization.  However, I was wrong.  Globalization is a huge part of the Rutherford …

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Leadership Middle Tennessee, 2017, Part One

By Jay Ingrum

In September of 2016, I had the pleasure of beginning  a year long journey with thirty-seven other classmates in the 2017 Leadership Middle Tennessee class.  Leadership Middle Tennessee is a regional leadership program founded in 1999 as an initiative of Partnership 2010.  Diverse leaders from business, education, government, and non-profits participate in the program from across the ten counties in …

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Appeals in Tennessee Civil Cases, Part 2

By Grayson Cannon

In the previous part of this blog on Appeals in Tennessee Civil Cases, we discussed appeals from two lower-level courts in Tennessee.  This time, we’ll discuss appeals from courts of record in Tennessee, which are the Circuit and Chancery Courts in each county. Appeals from Circuit and Chancery Courts must be made within thirty days and will generally go to …

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Appeals in Tennessee Civil Cases, Part 1

By Grayson Cannon

I often get asked whether a court’s decision can be appealed to a “higher authority,” and what the appeal might be like.  This two-part discussion will cover some basic information about appeals in civil cases in Tennessee. There are avenues of appeal from most civil courts.  However, there may be limitations on what can be appealed, what the appeal can …

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Child Support Calculation When You’re Self-Employed

By Grayson Cannon

Child support calculation in Tennessee is performed according to the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines.  They are found in Tennessee’s administrative regulations, at Tennessee Administrative Code part 1240-2-4.  Tennessee uses a dual-income approach which figures the income for both of a child’s parents into the calculation of child support.  Calculating the gross amount of income as required by the Child Support Guidelines …