On June 16, at the Grundy County Courthouse, Republican representatives from the six-county 12th Judicial District held a caucus and unanimously nominated Missy Thomas Blevins to be on the August 2 ballot to fill the open Chancery Court judge seat. The seat was recently vacated by Jeffrey F. Stewart who held the position since 1989.
Blevins is a past president of the 12th Judicial District Bar Association and current East Tennessee Governor for the Municipal Judges conference.
Blevins has been in private practice for 15 years; she is the municipal judge for Jasper, Kimball, and South Pittsburg.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden officiated the caucus.
The Twelfth District Chancery Court is one of 31 chancery courts in Tennessee. It is located in Winchester, and has jurisdiction over Grundy, Marion, Franklin, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, and Rhea counties. Chancery Courts handle a variety of issues including lawsuits, contract disputes, applications for injunctions, and name changes. A number of matters including divorces, adoptions, and workers’ compensation can be heard in either chancery or circuit court.
Missy Blevins is pictured at the caucus with Iva Michelle Russell (left) and Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden (right).