NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Court of Criminal Appeals judges Jeffrey S. Bivins and Roger A. Page have been retained by Tennessee voters.
Both won approval by approximately 3-1 margins in Thursday’s election asking voters to retain or replace them. Judges rarely lose such votes in the state.
Bivins, on the Middle Division of the court, was appointed to the court last summer. Before that, he was a Circuit Court judge for Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson counties.
Page, on the Western Division, was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam last December to replace the late Judge J.C. McLin after serving as a Circuit Court judge for Chester, Henderson and Madison counties since 1998.
News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced his appointment of Judge Roger Page to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Section.
Page currently serves Chester, Henderson and Madison counties as a circuit court judge for Division III of the 26th Judicial District, a position he has held since his first election in 1998, and he replaces the late Judge J.C. McLin on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Section.
“Roger has been practicing law in West Tennessee for nearly his entire legal career, and he brings extensive experience and knowledge to the bench,” Haslam said. “I appreciate his willingness to continue serving the people of West Tennessee.”
Page, 56, was an assistant attorney general for Tennessee from 1991-1998, when he was elected as the 26th Judicial District circuit court judge.
He received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Memphis Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law in 1984. He is also a former licensed pharmacist, graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1978 and practicing full time until he entered law school in 1981.
“I’m excited by this new opportunity to serve West Tennesseans, and I appreciate Gov. Haslam for selecting me for this duty,” Page said. “I’m honored to follow Judge McLin, who was a friend and very good judge and who did an excellent job in this position. We all miss him very much.”
Page was a member of the Judicial Evaluation Commission from 2004-2008 and currently serves on the Tennessee Judicial Conference Bench-Bar Committee. He attended the National Judicial College with an emphasis on general jurisdiction and search and seizure issues.
The Henderson native is married to Judge Carol McCoy and has two children, Ethan and Justin, who is married to Hannah, and a grandson, Will.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A registered sex offender has been ordered to pay about $460,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to TennCare fraud and theft charges.
A Sullivan County judge on Friday sentenced 53-year-old Danny Anderson of Kingsport to 15 years of probation after he pleaded guilty.
The charges stemmed from about $19,000 in TennCare benefits paid to Samuel Page, a resident of Holston Manor deemed eligible for benefits after he gave Anderson $460,000 from his accounts.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Anderson transferred the funds from Page’s bank account between February and April.
Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Nelson told The Times News it was unclear whether Page understood what he was doing when he gave his money to Anderson, who was convicted in 1989 of aggravated rape (http://bit.ly/ooKCN6 ).
The judge ordered Anderson to pay about $19,000 back to the TennCare program and return $370,000 to Page within the next 10 business days. He ordered Anderson to return the remainder of Page’s money, approximately $70,000, over the course of his probation.