Jellico board to reestablish city court

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By Charlotte Underwood

After a long and costly wait, the city of Jellico will finally have a city court system once again.

At the Jellico special called meeting on Tuesday night, the mayor and aldermen voted on a resolution to establish a city court system once again. The city has been without a court for around two years while the case was tied up in the state court of appeals.

After the court of appeals ruling, former City Judge Don Moses had until March 26 to file an appeal with the Supreme Court system, but he did not, leaving the way open for Jellico to re-establish the city court.

After the resolution passed, Mayor Forster Baird said, the only thing left to do was hire a city judge.

“We’ve got three people who are interested in the position,” said Baird.

Vice Mayor Mike Johnson suggested the board accept applications for another 30 days before making a decision.

“I’ve talked to several people who are interested in applying for the position; what’s another 30 days,” Johnson asked.

The board decided to continue taking applicants for the next two weeks.

“Any one interested has until April 16 at 5 p.m., to turn in applications,” said Baird.