Court of Appeals Judge Highers to Retire

Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Alan E. Highers has notified Gov. Bill Haslam that he will not seek re-election when his term expires Aug. 31, 2014. The decision creates a vacancy in Western Section of the court. Because statutory authority for the Judicial Nominating Commission expires June 30, the commission will meet June 29 in Jackson to interview and select nominees for the seat. Qualified applicants should submit an application by noon Central on June 19. Highers is the third appellate judge to announce retirement plans, joining Court of Appeals Judge Patricia J. Cottrell and Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Joseph M. Tipton. The commission will meet June 27 in East Tennessee and June 28 in Nashville to interview candidates for those seats.