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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 7, 2021

Retired Judge James Kenneth Porter, who served as a circuit court judge in the 4th Judicial District, died Monday in Newport, one day shy of his 87th birthday, the Administrative Office of the Courts announced today. Judge Porter retired from the bench in 1993. He was first elected as a circuit court judge in 1974 after having served as a state senator for one term and a state representative for four terms representing Cocke County. Porter graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1957. A private family graveside service will be held in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.