Temporary Replacement Sought for Sullivan Sessions Court

Sullivan County General Sessions Court Judge William Watson plans to temporarily step down from the bench for medical reasons and has asked for a short-term replacement, TriCities.com reports. In a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam, Watson requests medical disability under a little used state statute, which will allow him to keep his judgeship while seeking medical treatment for a defective heart valve. Haslam spokesman Dave Smith said the governor is accepting applications for the temporary position until Feb. 7, and then will review all of the candidates and “work through the process and find the best fit.”