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VOL. 132 | NO. 138 | Thursday, July 13, 2017

Trump Nominates Norris, Parker to Memphis Federal Court Bench

By Bill Dries

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President Donald Trump has nominated state Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris and Memphis attorney Tommy Parker to be the two newest judges in Memphis federal court, according to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Trump announced the nominations Thursday, July 13, among several nominations to the federal bench – all of which go to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. It also comes the same day that the Senate confirmed former Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty of Nashville as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan.

TOMMY PARKER and MARK NORRIS

Norris’s nomination had been rumored for months as Norris has also been considering a bid for the Republican nomination for Tennessee Governor in 2018. Norris has been an attorney for more than 30 years including during his tenure as a state Senator and before that as a Shelby County commissioner.

Parker is a shareholder at Baker Donelson and before that served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for almost a decade. He is a former president of the Memphis Bar Association as well.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 116 288 17,672
MORTGAGES 143 337 20,372
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 11 2,656
BUILDING PERMITS 139 488 36,434
BANKRUPTCIES 43 158 11,322
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 93 5,802
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 27 6,741
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 86 4,002