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In re M.N.

Court of Appeals of Tennessee, Knoxville

June 5, 2019

In re M.N.

          Assigned on Briefs April 15, 2019

          Appeal from the Chancery Court for Roane County No. 2017-AD-518 Frank V. Williams, III, Chancellor

         The trial court terminated the parental rights of T.N. (mother) with respect to her child M.N. The court also granted a petition for adoption by stepmother A.N. Because the court did not "make[] specific findings of fact and conclusions of law," Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1-113(k) (Supp. 2018), we remand the case to the trial court for the entry of an appropriate order.[1]

         Tenn. R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Case Remanded with Instructions

          Allison M. Rehn, Harriman, Tennessee, for the appellant, T.N.

          Jason R. Hines, Harriman, Tennessee, for the appellees, J.E.N. and A.D.N.

          Charles D. Susano, Jr., J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which Richard H. Dinkins and Thomas R. Frierson, II, JJ., joined.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION [2]

          CHARLES D. SUSANO, JR., JUDGE

         I.

         The trial court entered the following order:

         This matter came for hearing on June 28, 2018, before the Hon. Chancellor Frank Williams, Chancellor for Roane County, Tennessee for Final Hearing on the Adoption Proceedings. Based upon the pleadings, the arguments of the Petitioners and the record as a whole, the Court finds and Orders as follows:

1. [T.N.] had proper service and notice of the Court hearing but was not present at the opening of Court at 9:30 a.m.
2. [T.N.] spoke with her attorney the night before court and said that she was going to be at Court for the hearing.
3. The Court delayed the trial of the case for an hour, until 10:30 a.m., at which time [T.N.] was not present and her attorney ...

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