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United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Columbia Division
April 7, 1987, Filed
No. 1-86-0056, Bk. No. 182-03781
L. CLURE MORTON, SENIOR U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
This matter is before this Court on appeal of an order entered May 16, 1986, by the Honorable George C. Paine, II, United States Bankruptcy Judge, in a case commenced under Chapter 11 of Title 11, United States Code, by Gene Dunavant and Son Dairy, a partnership (sometimes referred to as the "debtor"). The order appealed from confirmed the debtor's Chapter 11 plan, as modified by a post-confirmation modification filed pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1127(b). The Federal Land Bank of Louisville ("Land Bank"), a secured creditor of the debtor, filed a notice of appeal with respect [*329] to the order. For reasons more particularly set forth below, the order of the Bankruptcy Judge will be affirmed and Land Bank's appeal dismissed.
The standard of review on this appeal is governed by Rule 8013, Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, which provides in part as follows: "Findings of fact shall not be set aside unless clearly erroneous, and due regard shall be given to the opportunity of the bankruptcy court to judge the [**2] credibility of witnesses."
On November 17, 1982, (the "Petition Date"), Gene Dunavant and Son Dairy, a general partnership composed of Gardner Eugene Dunavant and his son, Dennis Dunavant, filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of Title 11, United States Code, with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. On the Petition Date the partnership operated a dairy farm in Giles County, Tennessee. Thereafter, the debtor was automatically continued in possession of its properties and continued the operation of its business during Chapter 11 as debtor-in-possession. See, 11 U.S.C. §§ 1107, 1108.
At the Petition Date the debtor's principal assets consisted of approximately 676 acres of improved real property situated in Giles County, dairy cattle, machinery and equipment and crops and feed. The debtor's principal creditors included Land Bank, which was owed approximately $ 550,000.00, secured by deeds of trust on the real property junior only to a deed of trust securing a purchase-money note with a balance of approximately $ 72,500.00, in favor of Fain Ingram. Farmers Home Administration ("FmHA") was owed approximately $ 650,000.00, [**3] evidenced by four different notes secured variously by junior liens on the real property and first-lien security interests in the cattle, certain machinery and equipment and crops and feed. The debtor owed approximately $ 150,000.00, to four other entities whose claims were secured by machinery and equipment. Unsecured trade debt totalled approximately $ 200,000.00. See, generally, Record, Item 4.
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75 B.R. 328 *; 1987 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6264 **
In re: GENE DUNAVANT AND SON DAIRY, Debtor; FEDERAL LAND BANK OF LOUISVILLE, v. GENE DUNAVANT AND SON DAIRY and Simmental Breeding Corporation
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