Blount County Republican Women are excited about the governor’s appointment of Judge Tammy Harrington to the bench and hosted a reception in her honor on June 27 at the Blount County Public Library.
The drop-in get-together attracted a crowd as the newly sworn-in judge stood with her husband, Joe, as they greeted folks as they entered.
“The Republican Women are such a wonderful organization. They’re the hardest working individuals in the party, and they have a great history and tradition in Blount County,” Judge Harrington said. “I so appreciate them doing this for me.”
Attorney Clint Woodfin praised the new judge. “I wanted to congratulate Judge Harrington on her appointment to the bench and wish her much success. I know she’ll do a great job,” he said.
Attorney Craig Garrett said he dropped in to wish the new judge well. “She brings a fresh new face to the bench,” he said. “I’m excited. I think she’ll make a great addition to the court.”
Circuit Court Judge David Duggan said it has been easy for him to transition from referring to Harrington as a prosecutor to a judge. “I really like Tammy, and I really respect her. She has tremendous ability and is going to be great,” he said.
Duggan said Harrington has helped him by taking his Monday dockets and thus freeing him up to handle some older cases he had taken under advisement. “She’s a hard worker,” he said.
Assistant District Attorney Clint Frazier worked with Harrington when she was a prosecutor and said he expects good things from her. “She’s going to be excellent, and we’re all happy,” he said. “She’ll do a wonderful job for the community.”
District 8 State Sen. Doug Overbey said Harrington will make a big impact as judge. “She brings a new and fresh perspective,” he said.
Virginia Morton, Blount Utilities Board member, said she was happy when Harrington was named to the bench. “It made me very proud we have a lady on the court,” she said.
Clara Peals said Harrington worked diligently in her job before as a prosecutor and said that often it appears most attorneys in the District Attorney’s office move on to better jobs. “I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “I told the District Attorney he was raising them up right because they always move on up.”
Fonda Angel, president of the Blount County Republican Women, said Harrington was the right person to take over the late Judge Dale Young’s place as Circuit judge. “She’s wonderful. She’s been an assistant district attorney for all these years, and she’s amazing,” Angel said.
Denise Evans praised the new judge. “She’s making a mark for women in politics in Blount County,” Evans said.
Peggy Lambert, District 5-A Blount County commissioner, said Harrington was the person for the job. “She was the best qualified,” Lambert said. “She wasn’t chosen because she is a woman. The governor did not do that. It is her ability.”