Dec 13 2015
09:09 am

As Judge Jeff Wicks moves to Circuit Court he vacates a General Sessions Court position. State code requires vacancies in county offices are required by the Tennessee Constitution to be filled by the county legislative body, with a successor elected at the next general election, which is:

Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said Friday that the sessions court judge position will be on the ballot for the Aug. 4, 2016 election. The winner will take office on Sept. 1, and serve the remaining six years of the eight-year term.

(RCN) ((updated)

This means that your County Commission will appoint our next General Sessions Court Judge who will serve until the August elections. At that time voters will choose between the appointee and any challengers, should the appointee choose to run for reelection, and it is assumed that to be the case.

Names I've heard mentioned so far:

Rockwood City Judge and attorney, Mark Foster.

Assistant District Attorney Terry Stevens

Who else?

Here is some information from the Roane County website:

General Sessions

General Sessions Courts are courts of limited jurisdiction which hear both civil and criminal cases. The jurisdiction of Roane County General Sessions Court has been determined by state laws and private acts to include the following types of cases:

Criminal matters for preliminary hearings in felony cases and misdemeanor trials in which a defendant waives the right to a grand jury investigation and trial by jury in Criminal Court-Hearings are held on Mondays.
Divorces & Orders of Protection- Hearings are held on Wednesdays & Thursdays.
Civil Cases with alleged damages less than $25,000- Hearings are held on Fridays.
Traffic Citations-Hearings are held on Fridays.

The Honorable Dennis Humphrey and the Honorable Jeffrey Wicks serve as the General Sessions Judges in Roane County. The Roane County General Sessions Judges also have jurisdiction over Juvenile matters which are heard on Tuesdays.

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.