State Representative Watson To Chair Criminal Justice Committee

Friday, January 11, 2013

State Representative Eric Watson was named to chair the Criminal Justice Committee of the Tennessee House of Representatives.  Watson will have charge of one of the most powerful committees in the House as a result of the appointment by House Speaker Beth Harwell.

“During his time with the Tennessee legislature, Representative Watson has worked tirelessly on behalf of his district to produce new jobs, improve educational opportunities and secure state and federal improvement grants,” said Speaker Beth Harwell. “He has truly been dedicated to serving the people of the state of Tennessee throughout his long-standing career.”

This is a major appointment for Rep. Watson. Since first being elected to the House, Watson has risen rapidly through the ranks, having just completed a term as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee for the 107th General Assembly. He was also served as Chairman of the Criminal Practice and Procedure Subcommittee for the 106th General Assembly.

Most recently Rep. Watson was appointed to Co-Chair the NCSL Standing Committee on Law and Criminal Justice and to serve on the Tennessee Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

“This appointment is a real plus for the people of this District. Being a committee chairman gives much more clout to the district and being able to get things accomplished for my constituents,” said Watson.

Rep. Watson has spent his career in law enforcement. He is a Graduate of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation State Academy – Class President; Graduate of Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy; Graduate of the Tennessee Sheriffs School; Graduate of Tennessee Public School System; United States Marshal Service Academy; Andersonville Theological Seminary, Master’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude and  Graduate of University of Tennessee Martin.

In making the announcement Speaker Harwell noted, “Eric Watson will do an excellent job as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  He previously served as the Judiciary chairman and his background in law enforcement will serve the committee well.”

Rep. Watson has garnered accolades from many constituent groups including The Tennessee Association of Realtors, “2008 Legislator of the Year”; County Officials Association of Tennessee,  “2010 Outstanding Service Award”; Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police, “2010 Outstanding Service Award”; “2011 Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee District Attorneys Generals Conference;  2012 Veteran of Foreign Wars Loyalty Day Award;  2012 Best Political Leader Award of Bradley County;  2012 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Award.

Rep. Watson said, “I am honored and humbled to receive this appointment. My goal is simply to serve the people of this state by seeing they are protected and their rights are protected from those who prey on innocent Tennesseans.”

Rep. Watson has served in the 104th, 105th, 106th, 107th, and 108th General Assemblies. He represents Meigs, Polk and Bradley County.




Attorney General Slatery Names Solicitor General

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced that Andrée Sophia Blumstein will join the office as solicitor general.   Mrs. Blumstein will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts, review written opinions, and advise the attorney general. “I could not be more pleased that Andrée has accepted this important appointment,” Attorney General Slatery ... (click for more)

Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Falls To 7.1 Percent In September

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in September was 7.1 percent, down 1.0 percent from 8.1 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 7.8 percent. The rate dropped because there were 4,034 fewer unemployed people in the Northwest Georgia area in September, according to the federal government’s ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Man Airlifted To Erlanger After Early Morning Crash In Bradley County

Bradley County EMS responded to an early morning crash Thursday at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Lauderdale Memorial Highway and Walker Valley Road in Charleston. Three ambulances and an EMS supervisor responded to the scene. There were three vehicles involved and one car left the roadway.   One adult man suffered serious injuries and it was determined that he needed ... (click for more)

Chairs Cost How Much?

Many times while growing up, I would go to the store with my parents. More often than not, I would see something I wanted, and ask my parents to buy it for me. More often than not, they said no. “Why?” I asked. “Son, money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s a phrase I’m sure many of us have heard more than once over the course of our lives. However, I have since learned that they were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Dear Friend Luther

One sunny morning in June years ago, the renowned radio icon Luther Masingill was on his way back to the WDEF studios on South Broad Street when he stopped for a red light and noticed a young couple in a car idling next to his familiar light blue Ford pickup. “What caught my eye was a buck-toothed boy eating a banana in the back seat,” he explained in an aside to that day’s lunchtime ... (click for more)