Chief Justice Wade Says Politics Should Have No Place In Retention Election

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tennessee Chief Justice Gary Wade, during a stop in Chattanooga on a statewide swing urging voters to retain him and two other justices, said politics should have no place in judicial elections.

He said during an interview at the Davis-Hoss law office, "Making the right decision is hard enough without looking around the courtroom trying to figure out who are Democrats and who are Republicans."

Chief Justice Wade said he and Justices Cornelia Clark and Sharon Lee got wind in February that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was helping organize a campaign to unseat the three appointees of Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen.

Chief Justice Wade said, "We are proud of our record in the criminal law and that law enforcement and prosecutors have fared well in the Supreme Court over the last eight years."

He said, "This is one of the hardest-working group of judges that I've been around. They take their jobs very seriously."

The chief justice said the justices are keeping up with their workloads, while going out on the campaign trail from time to time. "We are basically doing double time," he said.

He said 94 percent favored retention in a state bar association poll, and he said a qualifying commission whose membership included some named by the lieutenant governor recommended that the judges stay on. 

Justice Wade called the anti-retention campaign a dangerous trend that flies against the notion of three separate branches of government.

He said, "Justices have all this time been free of such interference, but now I fear there is some over-reaching from one branch to the other."



Red Bank Commission Makes Zoning Changes

The Red Bank Commission made zoning changes related to lot sizes for several residential properties on Tuesday night.   The request to rezone 3500 Tacoma Ave. and 215 E. Euclid Ave. from R-1 Residential to RZ-1 Residential Zero Lot Line was approved on first reading. There are two houses on the adjoining property, but in order to have the ability to sell them separately, ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BROWNFIELD, STEVEN DERRICK  HOME AWAY HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga BURGLARY THEFT OF PROPERTY-UNDER 1000 FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD BURGLARY UNLAWFUL CARRYING OR POSSESSING WEAPON --- BUCKNER, ROBERT ARRON  17502 ASPEN RIDGE ... (click for more)

Thankful For Tennessee

While Christmas reigns supreme as a holiday marking the birth of our Lord, I have always felt a special connection with Thanksgiving. These days Christmas unfortunately includes ubiquitous commercialism which can distract us from the true meaning of the day. Thanksgiving stands apart from all that. This day gives us an opportunity to reflect and take stock of our many blessings.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Eve

I don’t know who was the first to do the Famous Pregnant Turkey prank but I’ll bet you a handful of giblets there will be a lot of copycats who try it today. The trick is finding a Cornish hen that is small enough to stuff inside the larger turkey. Then you skillfully pack the bird with some of that sausage-sage dressing and put your Thanksgiving dinner in the oven. When all ... (click for more)

Davis, Volker Power Soddy-Daisy Past Hixson 53-31

Tuesday was Game 2 for Bill Eller being back on the sideline as a head basketball coach. “I was nervous as heck in the first one,” Eller said Tuesday night after his Trojans belted Hixson, 53-31, behind the potent one-two scoring punch of Josh Davis and Doug Volker. “But this is my 29 th year coaching. It’s like riding a bicycle and once the ball is tipped, it’s about the ... (click for more)

CCS Sweeps Polk Co. In Thanksgiving Round Robin

Coach Eddie Salter appears to have a pretty good basketball team at Chattanooga Christian, but he’s still looking for the right chemistry as he finds the best combination of players to put on the floor. The season is still really young and the Chargers had only played one game coming into their annual Thanksgiving Round Robin Tournament Tuesday night, but it looks like he will ... (click for more)