Judge Strand to Step Down in August

Jefferson County General Sessions Judge Ben Strand Jr. announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election in August 2014, the Newport Plain Talk reports. Strand has served on the bench since 1998 as the general sessions judge and the juvenile and probate judge. From 2009 to 2013, he served on the state’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and previously served as president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. He also served in the TBA House of Delegates.