Judge To Retire

General Sessions Judge, William "Bill" Russell has submitted his notice to retire to county commission. His retirement will be effective August 31st, 2010. Commission voted Monday night to accept the judge's retirement.

Russell's current term of office would have expired in 2014. Russell has served as judge for more than eleven years.

The timing of Russell's retirement will cause the judges seat to be included in the upcoming election cycle. The position will be on the May primary ballot.

Qualifications to seek the office of general sessions judge require one to hold a legal degree, be 30 years of age and a resident of Loudon County. Those interested is running for the office have until February 18th, 12:00 noon to file their qualifying petitions.