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.