Group Of State Prosecutors Supporting Retention Of 3 Supreme Court Justices

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Several Tennessee prosecutors have signed on to an effort to retain three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who are facing a retention election.

They said they "have joined forces to oppose efforts to politicize our courts while noting that our current Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld almost 90 percent of death penalty cases."

Serving as statewide spokesperson is Tom P. Thompson Jr. of the 15th Judicial District, Tennessee’s longest-serving district attorney general at 37 years – possibly making him the nation’s longest-serving record-holder. He is currently running unopposed for another eight-year term serving Wilson, Smith, Macon, Jackson and Trousdale Counties.

He said, “As a district attorney, I may not agree with them on every single case but I know this: I understand that all three of these justices are fair, they are impartial, they protect our rights under our Tennessee and U.S. Constitutions, and these justices are tough on criminals.

 “That is all I need to know. All three of these justices should be retained.

”I understand that some prosecutors may not agree with every decision made by this court. It is an adversarial system, and these justices have had to make some tough calls, but the fact is these justices and this court have upheld almost 90 percent of death penalty cases. They are not soft on crime. These justices have had outstanding records and deserve to be retained.”

Prosecutors joining DA Thompson to support retention efforts include:

- Dan Alsobrooks, District Attorney of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties - Berkeley Bell, District Attorney of Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, and Hawkins County - Mike Bottoms, District Attorney of Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne Counties - Garry Brown, District Attorney of Crockett, Gibson and Haywood Counties - John Carney, District Attorney of Montgomery and Robertson Counties - Dave Clark, District Attorney of Anderson County
  - James Dunn, District Attorney of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier Counties - John Gill, Former U.S. Attorney of Knoxville who served under President Reagan at the recommendation of U.S. Senator Howard Baker - Torry Johnson, District Attorney of Metro Davidson County - Hansel McCadams, District Attorney of Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry Counties - Randy Nichols, District Attorney of Knox County - Greeley Wells, Retired District Attorney of Sullivan County - Bill Whitesell, District Attorney of Cannon and Rutherford Counties.


Many Waldens Ridge Scenes Featured In Stokes Picture Book

A number of early views of Waldens Ridge are among the rarities found in the Stokes Photo Collection. There are many photos of the roads up the mountain showing streetcars, wagons and early autos. There are scenes at Rainbow Lake, Falling Water Falls, Signal Point and other scenic spots. Several photos are included of the Signal Mountain Hotel. The more than 700 photos ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AMEZCUA, NICOLE RENEE WHITWORTH WOMENS FACILITY HARTWELL, 30643 36 Hamilton County THEFT UNDER $500 CRIMINAL TRESPASSING CRIMINAL TRESPASSING AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL TRESSPASS THEFT OF PROPERTY THEFT UNDER 500 THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER 500 ATCHLEY, ORBAN EDWARD 165 ELM STREET SOUTH PITTSBURG, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill - And Response

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (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)

Signal Mountain Falls In State Volleyball Semis

SMYRNA, Tenn. – It’s a good thing that Signal Mountain volleyball coach Jennifer Redman is a young lady because her heart might not be able to stand the pressure if she wasn’t. Redman’s Lady Eagles were thisclose to being sent to the loser’s bracket in the opening round of the State Volleyball Tournament here at Stewarts Creek High School Wednesday afternoon. Had it been a ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Sweeps Loretto To Open Class A State Volleyball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Playing what coach Alfie Dodd called a sub-par match, Boyd-Buchanan’s Lady Bucs were still good enough to sweep Loretto, 3-0, Wednesday morning in the opening match of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Class A state volleyball tournament at Blackman High School. Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. “We advance and we know we can ... (click for more)