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Herron back as full-time Democratic chairman after trial victory

Roy Herron has returned to full-time work — and pay — as chairman of the state Democratic Party after serving as an attorney in monthlong trial that resulted in a $15.2 million verdict for his client, a young man left permanently disabled by alleged malpractice of a doctor and hospital.
Herron, a former state senator, stopped drawing his chairman’s salary May 15 to prepare for the trial, which began June 3 and ended July 3 with a Weakley County Circuit Court jury verdict in favor of Cody Wade of Martin, Tenn., who was 17 when left with brain injuries while under the care of the defendants following a traffic accident.
Herron, who was part a team of attorneys representing Wade and his grandparents, returned to the party headquarters to resume full-time work on Monday, according to Democratic spokesman Brandon Puttbrese.
Defendants in the case were Dr. Susan Lowry of Martin and Cane Creek Rehabilitation Hospital, owned by Rebound LLC, an affiliate of HealthSouth Corp. They may appeal the verdict.
“This verdict can mean that he lives in Weakley County with his family and those who love him, instead of the state taking Cody from his family and shipping him to Memphis, Nashville or even East Tennessee to languish and survive in a distant nursing home that takes ventilator-dependent patients,” Herron told the Union City Messenger.

Rep. Holt Seeks to Resign County Commission Seat, Name Successor

State Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, tried to resign his seat on the Weakley County Commission and suggest his successor at the same time. It didn’t work, according to the Weakley County Press and WCMT radio..
In Weakley County, there are two commissioners per district. Holt is a Republican; the other District 1 commissioner, John Salmon, is a Democrat, according to the story, and local rules provide that, in the case of a vacancy, the remaining commissioner in the district – in this case Salmon – would nominate the successor to vacated seat.
Holt wants Bobby Dunlap, presumably a Republican, to replace him. He proposed to resign, contingent on agreement that Dunlap would replace him.
Weakley County Commission Chairman Jimmy Westbrook swiftly met his resignation attempt with an “our of order” response.
“You can’t resign based on a future event,” Westbrook said
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HT/Trace Sharp