Nine apply to fill vacancy on Tennessee appeals court

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nine people have applied to fill a vacancy in the eastern section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The vacancy was created by Judge Sharon G. Lee's appointment to the state Supreme Court.

All but one of the applicants are lawyers in private practice, while Vonda M. Laughlin is an associate professor at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City.

Another applicant, John Westley McClarty of Chattanooga, was among the three finalists for the Supreme Court position that Lee was selected for.

The applicants include four lawyers from Knoxville: Adrienne L. Anderson, Mark Antoine Brown, Carol S. Nickle and Sarah Yarber Sheppeard. The remaining applicants are Sharon Dawn Coppock of Strawberry Plains, Conrad Mark Troutman of LaFollette and George Taylor Underwood Jr. of Powell.

The Judicial Selection Commission meets Nov. 18 in Knoxville to narrow the list down to three finalists.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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