Advisory Task Force on Composition of Judicial Districts to Hold Meeting at Roane State

Nashville, Tenn. –  The Advisory Task Force on Composition of Judicial Districts will hold a public hearing in Jackson on Monday, May 20 to receive comments from those interested in sharing their thoughts on judicial districts in Tennessee.  The public hearing will be held at 1 p.m. at Roane State Community College – Raider Room, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman.

The Advisory Task Force strongly encourages any interested policymakers, attorneys, or members of the public to attend and share their thoughts and concerns on the compilation of Tennessee’s judicial districts. Attendees must sign up online in advance to speak. Each speaker will be limited to five minutes. Interested parties may also submit written public comments to the Advisory Task Force for consideration. Written public comments must be submitted online. While all input and suggestions on redistricting are welcome, the Task Force has recently developed eight focus questions on which it is particularly interested in receiving feedback. The focus questions are available on the Task Force webpage.

The links below can be used to sign up to speak or to submit a written comment:

Advisory Task Force website

Reserve a spot to speak at a hearing

Submit a written public comment


The Advisory Task Force will hold an additional public hearing in Murfreesboro on June 12. Previous meetings were held in Nashville and Jackson.

The Advisory Task Force was created on May 21, 2018 when then-Governor Bill Haslam signed into law Public Chapter 974. The Advisory Task Force has 11 members, appointed jointly by the Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House, “to review the composition of Tennessee’s current judicial districts.” A full list of committee members, including biographies, is available online.

Chaired by the Honorable Telford E. Forgety, Chancellor in the 4th and 5th Judicial Districts, the Advisory Task Force is charged with reporting its recommendations for “a proposed statewide redistricting plan [that provides] reasonable and timely access to Tennessee’s circuit, chancery, and criminal courts and shall promote the efficient utilization of publicly funded resources allocated for the courts.” The plan must be published by December 1, 2019.

Tennessee currently has 31 judicial districts, ranging from nine single-county districts to a six-county and a seven-county district, and 158 trial-level judges.  Each district also has an attorney general office and public defender office. In 2018, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation that created three new judge positions. The new positions were in the state’s 19th Judicial District, which serves Montgomery and Robertson counties; the 16th Judicial District, which includes Rutherford and Cannon counties; and the 21st Judicial District, which includes Hickman, Lewis, Perry, and Williamson counties.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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