Governor Bill Haslam has selected assistant district attorney Lila Statom as a General Sessions Court judge.
She takes the place of Judge Ron Durby, who left the bench after citing medical reasons.
Ms. Statom is a longtime mainstay in the criminal division of General Sessions Court, directing the handling of cases for the district attorney's office.
She is the second female judge on the court - joining Christie Sell.
Others are Gary Starnes, David Bales and Clarence Shattuck.
Ms. Statom is a Red Bank High School graduate who went on to get her law degree at Memphis State University and a master's in law at Emory University.
She joined the prosecutor's office in Nashville in 1989, and joined the staff of District Attorney Bill Cox in 1998.