Vanderbilt Law Review

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The tremendous expansion of the functions of local governmental agencies, particularly into provinces heretofore reserved for private enterprise, has resulted in a similar expansion of local government law. It seems safe to assert that within the confines of local government law can be found legal principles and rules from practically every other field of law. It is necessary, therefore, to limit the scope of an annual survey of local government law; no longer is it possible to include in a survey article such as this a discussion of all of these legal principles and rules. Nor is such a discussion necessary, sincemany of these rules will be treated in other survey articles. Consequently, the present survey article will attempt to emphasize various aspects of this body of law which would not receive treatment elsewhere in the survey or which would not be expected, as a general rule, to be discussed in another survey article.'Although a number of cases involving local government law were decided by the Tennessee appellate courts during the survey period, very few involved questions of first impression. Since most of the rules underlying these decisions were fairly well-settled, there is little need for extensive background analysis. With relatively few exceptions, therefore, only a brief sketch of the individual cases will be attempted.