Judge Simmons to Retire After 23 Years

Ninth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr., who has presided over cases in the four-county district for 23 years, has announced he will not seek re-election next year, Knoxnews reports. A Roane County resident, Simmons was appointed interim judge in 1990 and then won elections in 1992, 1998 and 2006. Before he became judge, Simmons practiced law for 20 years in Rockwood with J. Polk Cooley. In his brief announcement, Simmons said he decided to step down from the bench to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family.