NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov.
Bill Haslam has 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. Frierson, Former State Senator Mike Faulk
and and Chancellor Jerri S. Bryant, representing the 10th Judicial District, were the candidates
for the post. "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.
Frierson's appointment leaves the chancellor post vacant, which will also be filled by a
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