Gov. Haslam was in Church Hill Tuesday to swear in newly appointed Judge Mike Faulk and Chancellor Doug Jenkins. (contributed photo)
CHURCH HILL - Gov. Bill Haslam was in Church Hill Wednesday afternoon to officially swear in a couple of Hawkins County boys who were appointed to fill judge vacancies last month.
Former state senator and longtime Church Hill attorney Mike Faulk was appointed by Haslam to complete the term of retiring Third Judicial District Circuit Judge Kindall Lawson.
Rogersville attorney Doug Jenkins was also appointed by Haslam to complete the term of Third Judicial District Chancellor Thomas Frierson, who had previously been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
Although Faulk and Jenkins were already sworn in and are serving on their respective benches, Haslam took the opportunity to join them at Church Hill Middle School Wednesday afternoon and make it official in a ceremony held in the gym before the entire student body and about 200 guests and dignitaries.
"They both have had outstanding legal careers," Haslam said. "They both had ironically grown up on a farm, and they know the value of hard work. Mike had served in the state legislature and brought that. Doug's family had been involved serving politically as well, so I think they both brought the right life experience that will matter when they're on the bench."
Faulk and Jenkins serve four counties including Hawkins, Hamblen, Greene and Hancock. Both of their seats come up for election in 2014.