J.B. Bennett Announces Candidacy For Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
J.B. Bennett
J.B. Bennett

Saying he was acting with the encouragement of family and friends, J.B. Bennett officially announced his candidacy for Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge, Division 1, in the Republican Primary.  Judge Jacqueline Bolton recently announced her decision not to seek re-election. 

“Today, after much prayer and guidance, I am announcing my candidacy for Circuit Court Judge in the Republican Primary,” said Mr. Bennett. “For many years, I have sought the right opportunity to serve the citizens of Hamilton County, who have been so very good to me and my family. I believe my experience, temperament and sense of fairness make me the right choice to be Circuit Court Judge.”

Acknowledging his family’s strong history of public service and the example set by his dad, Bill Bennett, former Hamilton County Commissioner and current Assessor of Property, Mr. Bennett said, “Our family believes in public service and I’ve been raised to give back to our community.  I believe this is the time for me to step up and do just that.”

Tom Decosimo will serve as campaign treasurer and observed, “J.B. will serve our community as a true servant leader from the bench.  The legacy of service of his family is unquestionable.”

Mr. Bennett is 47, and has 20 years of experience practicing law.  He is licensed to practice law in state courts in Tennessee, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. J.B. has been involved in numerous jury trials in various courts. For over 20 years, he has practiced law with one of the most respected law firms in Chattanooga: Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, where he is a shareholder.

In law school, Mr. Bennett earned the best oral advocate award and was on the first place team in the Ray Jenkins Trial Competition. He served as the Vice Chair of the Moot Court Board, and he was a member of the National Trial Team. He was also selected to the Order of Barristers in law school.

Mr. Bennett has served on the board of directors of Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga, Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park, The Children’s Advocacy Center, and he has sat on the Community Advisory Board of PBS Affiliate WTCI-TV. Mr. Bennett also served as an appointed Commissioner of the Hamilton County Election Commission.

Mr. Bennett is a Chattanooga native and a graduate of Boyd-Buchanan High School and the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Robin, reside on Signal Mountain.

“I announce my candidacy for Circuit Court Judge and humbly ask for your vote and support,” said Mr. Bennett.

Catoosa County Arrest Report For Oct. 14-20

Click  here  for the Catoosa County arrest report for Oct. 7-13. (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AKERS, SHANNON LEE  322 OLD APISON ROAD COHUTTA, 30710  Age at Arrest: 44 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga HARASSMENT --- BARRETT, MISTY L  2609 EAST 41ST STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FUGITIVE (ARREST FOR CRIME ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)

After Productive Open Week, Vols Eye Gamecocks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --  Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, Josh Malone, Colton Jumper, Ethan Wolf and Emmanuel Moseley spoke to reporters at a weekly press conference. No. 18 Tennessee (5-2, 2-2 SEC) is coming off of its bye week and next face South Carolina (3-4, 1-4 SEC) on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium with a 7:15 p.m. ET broadcast on ESPN2. ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Draws Top Ranked Greeneville, CCS Opens With Madison Magnet

For the second year in a row, Notre Dame drew the top-ranked Greeneville in the opening round of the TSSAA Class A/AA state tournament.  Notre Dame is scheduled to play Greeneville on Wednesday at 8 p m. (EST)  in Murfreesboro. CCS will play Madison Magnet in the first round on field #1 at 7:30 p.m. (EST) . CCS and Greeneville met in the state championship game ... (click for more)