Judge Curtis Collier speaks to students visiting his courtroom at the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building in 2008.
Judge Curtis Collier speaks to students visiting his courtroom at the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building in 2008.
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published Monday, May 5th, 2014
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Curtis L. Collier, who rose from humble beginnings in the poverty-ridden Mississippi Delta region of rural Arkansas during the 1950s era of segregation to become the first and only black U.S. district judge in eastern Tennessee, will move into semi-retirement in October.

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