After 19 years on the bench, U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier said today he is taking "senior status" effective in October.
He said he had notified President Barack Obama via letter of his decision.
Senior status is a semi-retirement position for federal judges.
Collier's decision opens up a judge seat in Chattanooga, where the federal court has two district judges and two magistrate judges.
Collier served with the U.S. Attorney's Office before being appointed to the judgeship by President Bill Clinton in 1995.
For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...