- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (AP) - The names of three applicants for an upcoming criminal court vacancy in the 9th Judicial District have been forwarded to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.

The applicants are Walter B. Johnson II and Porsche Lyn Shantz of Lenoir City and Jeffery H. Wicks of Rockwood.

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met Friday to consider the applicants to succeed Judge E. Eugene Eblen, who is retiring Dec. 31.

The district serves Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties.

The Administrative Office of the Courts said the person appointed will serve through August, with an election to be held Aug. 4 to decide who will serve the remaining six years of the eight-year term.

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