Federal Judge James Jarvis Dies of Cancer

Knoxville (AP) -- Senior US District Judge James H. Jarvis, II of Knoxville died of cancer Wednesday. He was 70.

Jarvis was a respected jurist who was instrumental in transforming a former media company headquarters into a federal courthouse honoring former US Senator Howard Baker, Junior.

In 1972, he was appointed to a Blount County law and equity court judgeship and five years later was elected to a circuit court judgeship. He held the position until 1984, when he was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan.

Jarvis served as Chief Federal Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee from 1991 to 1998.

During that time, he urged the government to buy the former Knoxville headquarters of Whittle Communications and convert it into a new federal courthouse, spending the same $35 million that would have gone to building a new building.

The government agreed and in 1998 dedicated the four-story, Georgian-style campus covering two city blocks to Baker.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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