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Conservatorship is meant to protect, but in Tennessee, it sometimes destroys

Just two years ago, 80-year-old Jewell Tinnon was living comfortably in the Edgehill house she and her late husband had bought and paid for years earlier. Tucked away in the home on a cul-de-sac off 13th Avenue South were a life’s worth of possessions, her prized Sunday church clothes and her diamond rings. Parked outside was her 1995 low-mileage Pontiac. But all that was before a petition was filed, without her knowledge, in Davidson Coun…

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Conservatorship strips 81-year-old widow of all possessions (TN)

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Here in America, none of us expect to have our home, property or legal rights infringed upon without due process. But things work a little differently than you might expect in one court system right here in Nashville. One woman ended up losing everything, and it could happen to anyone. Jewell Tinnon used to own a home. It was paid for. “I had red carpet. I had red carpet,” she said. But that house, and ev…

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Witnesses’ tales reveal flaws in TN’s conservatorship law

…servator to have control over another person’s health care or finances when that person is judged to be incapable of making decisions for him- or herself. Barry’s testimony followed that of several witnesses, including Jewell Tinnon of Nashville and songwriter Danny Tate, who testified that conservatorships had wrongly stripped them of all their possessions. Both were released from conservatorships after they obtained medical exams to prove their…

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Danny Tate analysis of newly exposed Jewell Timmon/Nashville probate case (TN)

Yesterday we posted a new conservatorship/guardianship abuse story about a Nashville woman named Jewell Tinnon.  Today we call your attention to analysis of that piece as posted at Impeachrandykennedy’s Blog by Nashville’s own adjudicated-pauper-by-probate-court Danny Tate. In Pauper v. Probate: THE SURPRISE ENDING!, Tate discusses the “trademarks of abuse and corruption represented in this story” and connects the dots of playe…

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Sealing of conservator cases raises concerns (TN)

…as placed in a conservatorship over the objections of her mother, Renate Arnold. His actions in that case have been challenged in a pending federal court suit. In contrast to those two cases, the records in the case of Jewell Tinnon have remained open. Tinnon, 82, was placed in a conservatorship by Kennedy and saw her house and all her belongings auctioned off, primarily to pay the costs of lawyer fees. Tinnon ultimately got out of the conservato…

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