Ash Appointed Senior Judge, Gov. to Fill Spot Until Election

Circuit Court Judge Don Ash will step down from the 16th Judicial District position, effective Sept. 1, to become a senior judge. Ash announcded Thursday that he will continue serving on the Circuit Court bench in Murfreesboro until Gov. Bill Haslam appoints a successor to fill the remainder of his term, which runs until 2014 when the position will be placed on the ballot. Ash, who has spent 18 years on the bench, will be one of four standing senior judges in the state assigned on a temporary basis to hear cases statewide. The Daily News Journal has more