Retired Hawkins Co. Judge to Hear Sullivan Funding Case

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary R. Wade on Thursday assigned retired judge James E. Beckner to hear the case of Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson against county mayor Steve Godsey. Anderson is seeking $9.9 million in new funding from Sullivan County, which he says is the amount he needs to adequately fund the county jail and sheriff’s office as he is charged to do by state law. Beckner retired from the bench in Hawkins County after serving more than 30 years. The Times News has the story