Four attorneys up to fill seat left vacant by Young

Four Blount County attorneys have submitted their names to be considered to replace retiring Circuit Court Judge Dale Young.

Steven H. Cook, Robert N. Goddard, Tammy M. Harrington and Lynn C. Peterson submitted their names by the Feb. 11 deadline to fill the 5th Judicial seat.

All four candidates live in Maryville. Cook is assistant United States attorney for the Eastern Division of Tennessee. Goddard is with Goddard and Gamble Attorneys. Harrington is deputy district attorney general with the Fifth Judicial District, and Peterson is with Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop, P.C.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, in the Circuit Court Division I Courtroom at the Blount County Justice Center. During the public hearing, attorneys and members of the public may express their approval or objections to the candidates.

Following the public hearing, the commission will interview each applicant before they recommend three candidates to the governor. Members of the public are invited to attend both the public hearing and the interviews.

Laura Click, public information officer with the Administrative Office of the Courts, said the commission members will make their decision after interviewing the candidates. “They’ll interview everyone, have the public hearings and the nominating commission will decide which names to send to the governor that day,” she said. The governor will choose the candidate to fill the position.

There are 17 members of the Judicial Nominating Commission. Eight were appointed by the Speaker of the House, eight were appointed by the Speaker of the Senate and one member was appointed jointly.

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