Child Support Magistrate Removed from Bench

Cocke County Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, who ordered a baby's name to be changed from ‘Messiah,’ has been removed from the bench, WJHL reports. An order from the Fourth Judicial District terminated her as of midnight Jan. 31, according to the report. Melissa Moore was named as her replacement. Ballew also faces charges from the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct, which alleges that her conduct violates Canons 1 and 2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. WATE and WBIR cover the story.