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Lay, McMillan are GOP candidates to replace Swann

Jake Mabe
Features/Politics columnist

The swan takes flight.

After 32 years on the bench, 4th Circuit Court Judge Bill Swann announced his retirement last year, shortly after lawyer Greg McMillan said he would seek the job whether Swann ran or not.

Swann is Knox County’s most controversial judge; lawyers and litigants either love or hate him. Many just bypass his court entirely, filing in Chancery Court and putting a burden on that court’s caseload.

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Circuit judge race photo finish

Jake Mabe
Features/Politics columnist

Hang on to your hats, y’all. This Circuit Court judge’s race could be a heck of a lot of fun.

Three Republican candidates – Kristi Davis, Ray Hal Jenkins and Billy Stokes – are running for the Division I seat being vacated by Dale Workman. Their contrast in styles was displayed at the Fountain City/North Knox Republican Club meeting last week.

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What’s next for Larry?

Jake Mabe
Features/Politics columnist

When cable television was relatively new, country-music singer Jim Ed Brown used to host a show from Nashville called “You Can Be a Star!” Think of it as a lower-budget, Music City version of “American Idol.” Winners got a record contract.

Hadn’t thought about it in years until R. Larry Smith made the surprising announcement that he was withdrawing as a candidate for the 7th District Knox County school board race.

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