Binkley Wins 3-way Vote for Circuit Court

Mike Binkley, an attorney who touted celebrity endorsements during his campaign, easily led a three-way contest for the circuit court in Williamson County. But it may have been his critique of Derek Smith's lack of civil trial experience that put him over the top in yesterday's primary. Smith, a career prosecutor who was appointed to the seat in December by Gov. Bill Haslam, had sought to hold on to the seat in the three-way race with Binkley and Judy Oxford. No one qualified to run on the Democratic ticket, which means Binkley will run uncontested in August. The Tennessean reports