News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Mike Faulk as circuit court judge for the Third Judicial District, replacing Judge Kindall T. Lawson, who retired effective June 1.
“Mike will bring vast experience to the bench,” Haslam said. “He has served his state well in the past, and I know he will serve the citizens of the Third Judicial District well in this new role.”
Faulk, 59, has worked in The Faulk Law Office in Church Hill since 1982. He served as a Tennessee state senator representing Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties in the 106th and 107th Tennessee General Assemblies. While serving as a state senator, he was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, among other duties.
“I am deeply humbled by the Governor’s confidence in me, grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of East Tennessee and privileged to work with the other judges and court personnel of Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins and Hancock counties,” Faulk said.
News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Thomas R. “Skip” Frierson, II as a judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Section.
Frierson replaces the Hon. Judge Herschel P. Franks, who retired at the end of 2012.
“Skip Frierson has spent the last 23 years serving in public office in East Tennessee, and he brings a wealth of experience to the bench,” Haslam said. “We are fortunate to have someone in this role with his qualifications and expertise.”
Frierson has served as chancellor in the Third Judicial District, which is comprised of Hamblen, Greene, Hawkins and Hancock counties, since 1996. In 1990, he was elected as Hamblen County General Sessions Court judge, serving in that capacity as judge of the Domestic Relations Court, Probate Court and as municipal judge for the City of Morristown.
He is a past president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and serves as chairperson of the conference’s Tennessee Judicial Family Institute. Frierson was elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation in 2007 and served as president of the Tennessee Trial Judges Association from 2007-2009. He was honored as “Trial Judge of the Year” by the American Board of Trial Advocates, Tennessee Chapter in 2000.
“I am deeply honored by the trust and confidence which Gov. Haslam has placed in me in making this appointment,” Frierson said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the state on the Court of Appeals, and I will give my full effort and commitment to performing the duties of judicial office diligently and impartially while promoting trust and confidence in the Tennessee judiciary.”
Frierson, 54, attended Walters State Community College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1980, earning his J.D. from the University Of Tennessee College of Law in 1983.
He and his wife, Jane, have three children, Reagan Lea, Parker and Garrett, and they are members of the First United Methodist Church of Morristown.
— Note: Haslam chose Frierson over two other nominees sent him by the Judicial Nominating Commission: Former state Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill, and Chancellor Jerri S. Bryant of Athens.
The Judicial Nominating Commission has chosen Chancellor Jerri S. Bryant, of Athens, along with Chancellor Thomas Frierson, of Morristown, and State Sen. Mike Faulk, of Church Hill, from among the 11 candidates for an East Tennessee seat on the state Court of Appeals.
From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:
The three names, vying for the seat of retired Judge Herschel P. Franks, will be sent to Gov. Bill Haslam for final appointment.
…Local attorney Chris Clem serves as the nominating commission’s vice chairman and helped lead the interview process, which lasted most of the day. “We had 11 extremely qualified candidates from Bristol and Johnson City down to Chattanooga,” Clem said. “It was a very hard task.”
Clem said each of the applicants received votes. Based on recent judicial nominations, Clem estimated the governor to take two to three months to select the replacement for Franks, who will officially retire on Dec. 31.
…Bryant, 50, has served as chancellor for the 10th Judicial District since 1998. The district includes Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties.
Frierson, 54, has served as chancellor for the 3rd Judicial District since 1996. The district includes Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties.
Mike Faulk, 59, was elected to the Tennessee senate in 2008. He did not seek re-election this year and his term has expired. He is a private practice lawyer.
News release from Administrative Office of the Courts:
Nashville, Tenn. – Eleven attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy on the Tennessee Court of Appeals Eastern Section, which serves 13 judicial districts in east Tennessee. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Court of Appeals Judge Herschel P. Franks on December 31, 2012.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public meeting to interview the following candidates:
Brian K. Addington
Worker’s Compensation Specialist
State of Tennessee
Esther L. Bell
Chief Executive Office
Global Intellectual Property Asset Management, PLLC
Jerri S. Bryant
10th Judicial District
Jesse Dewayne Bunch (former state senator)
Circuit Court Magistrate
10th Judicial District
Michael A. Faulk
Solo Practice/State Senator
The Faulk Law Office
Church Hill, Tennessee
Thomas Radcliffe Frierson
3rd Judicial District
David Edward Long
Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC
Jimmie Alice Carpenter Miller
Hunter, Smith & Davis, LLP
Hugh J. Moore, Jr.
Chambliss Bahner & Stophel, PC
Sarah Yarber Sheppeard
Sheppeard and Mynatt, PLC
Daniel P. Street
The application for each candidate is available at www.tncourts.gov.
The public hearing will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m., EST. at the Sheraton Read House Hotel, 827 Broad Street, Chattanooga. During the public hearing, attorneys and members of the public may express their approval or objections to the candidates.
Following the public hearing, the commission will interview each applicant before recommending three candidates to the governor. Members of the public are invited to attend both the public hearing and the interviews.
As a parting gift before leaving the state Legislature, five outgoing lawmakers spent more than $13,000 of taxpayer money to go on a four-day junket to Chicago, according a TNReport review of state records. Taxpayers are covering the costs for everything from airfare and mileage to staying in $227-a-night hotels and taking $40 taxi cab rides during the trip. The registration fees were as high as $615 per person for the National Conference of State Legislatures annual summit in August. Some of the lawmakers, who had been defeated at the ballot box or announced their retirement, claimed five and six days’ per diem at $173 per day.
For lawmakers who knew at the time they would leave office after the November election, those bills amount to a taxpayer-funded “retirement party,” one critic said.
“People who serve in the Legislature for long periods of time tend to get a sense of entitlement about what the taxpayers owe them,” said Ben Cunningham, spokesman for Tennessee Tax Revolt, a taxpayer advocacy group.
What’s worse, he said, is that the speakers of both chambers signed off on the $13,388 worth of expense reports.
,,,The outgoing lawmakers are House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, and Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, who lost their primaries on Aug. 2, four days before the conference, and retiring lawmakers Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill; Rep. Bill Harmon, D-Dunlap; and Rep. Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington.
— Note: The article referenced above is, I think, the last story filed by Andrea Zelinski for TNReport. She’s moving to The City Paper, where she will continue to report on state government and political stuff, after a week or so vacation with her husband. The move has inspired some commentary — HERE, for Betsy Phillips, who is glad there’s a woman around among the dwindling Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps. I’m glad she’ll be around, too — not because she’s female, but because she’s a relatively fresh face compared to us old coots and is cool, competent and professional while actually paying a lot of attention to the ongoing process.
From an email distributed by Sen. Mike Faulk: Rosella Dykes Faulk
(March 23, 1930 – July 5, 2012)
(Kingsport, TN – July 5, 2012) Rosella Dykes Faulk, age 82, of Kingsport, TN passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012 at her home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Faulk was born in Hawkins County, and lived in Church Hill most of her life before moving to Kingsport in 1984. She was a member of the Bellevue Christian Church, and a member of the Genealogy Society. She also was a longtime member and former chairman of the Church Hill Rescue Squad Crewets.
She is preceded in death by her husband; Loy G. Faulk, her parents; Carson & Lurlie Jones Dykes. Step-Son; Don Faulk, four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include two sons; Senator Mike Faulk of Kingsport, Greg Faulk and Carrie of Memphis, Daughter; Kathy King and husband, Dave of Piney Flats, Step-son; Loy Kenneth Faulk and wife, Shirley of Blountville. Grandchildren; Katy Faulk, Andy Faulk, Miko Faulk, Michael Faulk, Michelle Faulk, Ashley Penley and Alex King. Step-grandchildren; Kenneth Faulk, Chris Faulk, Rene Winkle, Diane Marshall, and Donnie Faulk. several step-great grandchildren. Brothers, Jerry Dykes of Surgoinsville, Leo Dykes of Church Hill, and Randall Dykes of Rogersville, one sister; Mary Housewright of Church Hill. Postscript: “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” –
Henry Van Dyke
My family and I give thanks to all who have expressed sympathy & love! Moreover, we are grateful you have joined with us in celebrating the life well-lived by my little mama, Rosie.
Even in her passing from this life last Thursday, she lived out a sermon on dying with dignity. As someone said at the funeral home, she was a steel magnolia – tough as steel and sweet as the bloom of a magnolia.
By Lucas Johnson, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sponsor of a state Senate proposal that seeks to encourage the commercial slaughter of horses in Tennessee withdrew the measure Wednesday, but said he likely will revive it if a similar bill makes progress in the House.
Republican Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport took the legislation off notice in the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee. A House floor vote on the companion bill has been delayed until Monday evening.
Faulk said the proposal is intended to encourage Tennessee to develop rules and regulations in case a commercial slaughter operator wants to locate in the state and “properly, humanely … dispose of horses.”
“I don’t care for the notion of a horse slaughter plant,” he said. “But it’s one of those parts of the cycle of life that is necessary. As repugnant as it may seem to someone who has a horse that is a pet, the fact of the matter is, that animal is eventually going to die.”
By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A measure to eliminate the rights of businesses, schools and universities to bar employees from storing firearms in parked vehicles is headed for a full Senate vote.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-1 on Tuesday to advance the bill after Chairwoman Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, refused a request to hear from representatives of FedEx Corp. or other large employers that oppose the bill.
“I don’t know that any more testimony is going to change anybody’s mind,” Beavers said.
The original version of the measure sponsored by Sen. Mike Faulk would have applied to any person with a legal firearm, but the Kingsport Republican narrowed the scope of the bill by having it apply only to the state’s 344,000 handgun carry permit holders.
The bill was subsequently expanded by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, to cover anyone with a Tennessee hunting license as long as they are at least 21 years old.
Unlike handgun carry permits, hunting licenses require no training or background check. An AP reporter ordered one online during the committee hearing for $27.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican sponsor of a proposal that would let workers store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers’ lots said Tuesday that he has listened to GOP leaders and plans to amend the legislation so that it’s not so broad.
Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport decided to delay the measure a week in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in a House subcommittee.
Currently, the measure would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit. It also would apply to any private or public parking lot, meaning guns could be stored at schools or colleges.
Statement from Cynthia Bundren Jackson:
I am announcing today, that I will be a Republican candidate for State Senate
for the 4th Senatorial District, consisting of Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock,
Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties. My decision to enter this race comes
after the announcement made by Senator Mike Faulk to not seek reelection to the Senate seat.
Senator Faulk has done an excellent job in representing our Senatorial District, and his leadership and presence will be missed. I fully understand both his family and business considerations that factored into his decision, and my thoughts and prayers are with him.
Since Senator Faulk’s announcement last week, I have been contacted by many
people throughout the district encouraging me to offer myself as a candidate.
After much discussion and deliberation with my family and friends, I have
decided to proceed.
I am a native of Hawkins County. I am a licensed real estate broker and the
owner of Main Street Realty, having served Hawkins and surrounding counties for 22 years. In addition to my business experience, I have always shown interest in politics and government. I currently serve as President of the Hawkins County Republican Women and I served as First Vice President of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women. I worked at the federal level, serving as a field representative and special projects coordinator for the First
Congressional District. I believe that my background in business and government uniquely qualifies me for the office of State Senator.
Earlier this morning, I turned in my qualifying petition to the Hawkins County
Election Office and will be delivering certified copies to all counties
comprising the 4th Senatorial District. I have had the pleasure of talking to
many friends and supporters from all over the district the past few days, and I
plan on traveling throughout the district over the next several months to listen
to concerns and seek support for the primary that will be held August 3, 2012.
Since Senator Faulk’s announcement came just last week, I am still in the
process of establishing an office and assembling a campaign staff. However, I
can be reached by cell phone at 423.754.3502.
— Note: While designated District 4 during Faulk’s term, the seat is renumbered as district 8 in redistricing