published Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Tennessee appeals court vacancy draws 11 applicants

Eleven attorneys, including three from Chattanooga, Bradley and McMinn counties, have applied to fill the vacancy on the Eastern Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Herschel P. Franks, a news release states.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public meeting to interview Brian K. Addington of Kingsport, Esther L. Bell of Knoxville, Chancellor Jerri S. Bryant of Athens, Magistrate Jesse Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland, Michael A. Faulk of Church Hill, Thomas Radcliffe Frierson of Morristown, David Edward Long of Knoxville, Jimmie Alice Carpenter Miller of Kingsport, Hugh J. Moore Jr. of Chattanooga, Sarah Yarber Sheppeard of Knoxville and Daniel P. Street of Blountville, Tenn.

Each candidate’s application is at

The public hearing will be held Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. EST at the Sheraton Read House Hotel in Chattanooga. During the hearing, attorneys and members of the public may express their approval or objections to the candidates.

After the hearing, the commission will interview each applicant before recommending three candidates to the governor. The public is invited to attend the hearing and the interviews.

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