Sevierville judge seeks Supreme Court position

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Gary R. Wade of Sevierville has become the second candidate to apply to be considered for the impending vacancies on the Tennessee Supreme Court. J. Houston Gordon of Covington had applied earlier. The Administrative Office of the Courts will continue accepting applications for the first seat to be filled until March 31. Information on the vacancies and the application process can be found on the AOC web site.

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