Dignitaries including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary R. Wade will gather in Morristown Tuesday for the investiture of Tennessee’s newest Court of Appeals judge, Thomas R. Frierson, II.
The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 9:45 a.m. at Morristown-Hamblen High School West with a reception to follow. Jack Fishman will make opening remarks followed by an invocation by Pastor Chuck Starks of First United Methodist Church.
Speakers will include Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas, Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain, Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Charles Susano, Jr. and Chief Justice Wade.
Gov. Haslam will make remarks before he gives the oath of office to Judge Frierson.
Haslam appointed Judge Frierson in February to fill the vacancy created when Judge Herschel P. Franks retired at the end of 2012. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Frierson was a chancellor in the 3rd Judicial District, serving Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties.