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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Feb 20, 2014

Child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew — who was fired for changing a child’s name from Messiah to Martin — has picked up a petition to run for sessions judge. Ballew’s decision to change the child’s name was overruled, and Circuit Judge Duane Sloan fired her from her appointed job. She has been cited by the Board of Judicial Conduct and faces a hearing next month. Ballew has picked up a petition to run for the post being vacated by the retirement of Sessions Judge Ben Strand, based in Dandridge. There are four other candidates in the race, the Metro Pulse reports.