Hamblen Co. Honors Retiring Judge

Earlier this week, Hamblen County officials gathered to honor retiring General Sessions Judge Joyce M. Ward, who has served local citizens for 16 years. Morristown attorney Kelley Hinsley opened the ceremony and spoke about how Ward’s character made her not just a great judge, but also a cancer survivor. Also at the event, state Sen. Steve Southerland presented Ward with a certificate from Gov. Bill Haslam conferring on her an award of merit for faithful service. Ward made local history as the first woman to hold the general sessions judgeship in Hamblen County. See a photo from the event in the Citizen Tribune