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3 judge finalists named for Tenn. Supreme Court vacancy

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Thomas R Machnitzki
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three state appeals judges appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam are finalists to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments interviewed nine applicants during a public hearing Tuesday before narrowing the field to three and sending the names to the Republican governor.

The finalists are Thomas "Skip" Frierson II of Morristown, Robert Montgomery Jr. of Kingsport and Roger Page of Medina. The governor's two appointments to the Supreme Court so far — Jeff Bivins and Holly Kirby — previously served as state appeals judges.

The opening created by the retirement of Justice Gary Wade gives Haslam the opportunity to give the five-member court a Republican majority after decades of Democratic control.

Wade has announced that he's retiring a year into his second eight-year term.