Tarwater Confirmed

Tennessee lawmakers have confirmed Dwight Tarwater to serve on the state’s highest court starting this summer. Tarwater will replace outgoing Justice Sharon Lee upon her retirement on Aug. 31. Justice Lee announced in November that she would retire from the Tennessee Supreme Court after serving on the bench since 2008, when she was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.Justice Lee is the only remaining justice on the five-member court to be appointed by a Democrat after Justice Cornelia Clark died in 2021.