Raines to Replace Taylor as Hawkins Judge

Hawkins County commissioners have appointed attorney Carroll Chris Raines to replace General Sessions Judge James “Jay” Taylor, who resigned May 1 after being charged with misconduct by the Court of the Judiciary. Raines prevailed over attorney John Anderson. He will hold the seat until county residents vote in the Aug. 2 general election. In that race Republican J. Todd Ross faces Democrat Terry Risner. Last July, commissioners appointed Taylor following the death of Judge David Brand. The Citizen Tribune has more