Lt. Governor Ramsey Appoints David Golden To Judicial Nominating Commission

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) on Thursday announced the appointment of David A. Golden of Hawkins County to the Judicial Nominating Commission. Mr. Golden will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of commission member Theresa Lee.

“The laws of the state of the Tennessee are only as good as the judges who interpret them. It is critical that we identify individuals of keen intellect, sound judgment and personal integrity capable of rendering prudent decisions in agreement with our laws as written,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “David has the mind, talent and experience to separate the wheat from the chaff to find Tennesseans the very best judges available. I am extremely pleased he has agreed to serve.”

Mr. Golden joined Eastman Chemical Company in 1995 as an attorney, eventually rising to the position of vice president, associate general counsel, and corporate secretary. Mr. Golden has responsibility for Eastman’s Law Department overseeing personnel in the United States, Europe and Asia. He also has overall responsibility for Eastman’s Ethics and Corporate Compliance program.

A native of Albany, Georgia, Mr. Golden holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a J.D. degree, also from Brigham Young University. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2012.

The Judicial Nominating Commission was created in 2009 when Lt. Governor Ramsey reformed the process for selecting Tennessee’s appellate judges to provide more transparency and accountability in the judiciary. The new commission has 17 members and is responsible for making judicial nominations to state appellate courts and the state Supreme Court when vacancies arise.

Eight of the 17 members of the commission are appointed by the speaker of the senate. Eight of the members are appointed by the speaker of the house. One member is jointly appointed by the speakers of the senate and house. As provided by statute, each of the states’ three grand divisions must be equally represented on the commission.

The commission nominates three candidates for judicial vacancies as they occur. The governor can then appoint one of the nominees as a judge or ask for a slate of three more nominees.

Tranco Logistics Adds To Team

Locally owned transportation company Tranco Logistics announces the new vice president of Sales and Operations for their OTR department, Brian Starnes.  Mr. Starnes is part of a strategic growth plan that Tranco has put in place for 2017.  Mr. Starnes came to Tranco Logistics in 2016 from Lesco Logistics where he served as director of Operations, Sales, and Safety. ... (click for more)

TDEC Announces Open Registration For 3rd Annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards And Forum

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Clean Fuels, will hold the third annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum during Clean Air Month from May 23-24 at the Nashville Public Library.   “This event will bring together state experts, local leaders and community ... (click for more)

Inmate Dies At County Workhouse On Wednesday Night; Investigation Underway

An inmate died at the county workhouse at Silverdale on Wednesday night, and an investigation is underway.   Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies/CID were called to investigate the death of an inmate at CoreCivic (formerly CCA).  The inmate was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased at that time.     The identity of the ... (click for more)

Walker County Will Not Seek Land For Durham Railroad Trail From Couple Who Sought To Block It

Walker County, Ga., under a new administration, will not seek to condemn land from a couple along a proposed public trail on the old Chickamauga to Durham Railroad. Former County Attorney Don Oliver, who supported the trail idea, in the waning days of the Bebe Heiskell administration went to court to condemn property in the name of Stanley Lowe and Jill Wyse at the community ... (click for more)

Getting The Message

Our school age youth have inspired me with their responses during “Q and A” sessions after my readings as a volunteer during African American History Celebrations and Read across America Celebration, too.  Before this school year, I read to classes at Orchard Knob Elementary School and at Rivermont Elementary School, here in Hamilton County.   Their answers to factual ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ed Chief ‘Embarrassed’

At the start of the school year in September, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Candice McQueen held an “educational summit” with state legislators from embattled Hamilton County. The entire “summit” took a prescribed 90 minutes and was such a dog-and-pony show her strongest statement was, "Create your plan around the right vision, have some metrics and align to the right ... (click for more)