Sumner County Considers New Judgeship

Sumner County commissioners have yet to decide whether to fund a new judgeship for the county due to worries about raising taxes to cover the costs. Rising caseloads have prompted the need for a third judge in the county’s General Sessions Court, but the move could cost up to $1 million, experts say. Commissioners appear split between those willing to raise taxes to fund the position and those unwilling to do so. Supporters of an additional judgeship say crowded dockets and long wait times in the courtroom raise security and constitutional issues. The Tennessean has more.